Fan Fic: Ultimate Spider Woman
An offshoot of Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams
, Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With the Light
stars Mary Jane Watson as the title heroine, with no connection to Jessica Drew as a female clone of Peter Parker
Mary Jane Watson seemingly has it all: wealth, beauty, and popularity. Unfortunately, much of it is a facade, behind which she hides an abusive home life and a deep hatred for her biological father. When she begins mysteriously developing bizarre, spider-like powers, Mary Jane assumes she is a mutant whose powers have begun to manifest themselves. Remembering all too well her father's feelings toward mutants, and inspired by the superheroes who have become more and more common in the world, Mary Jane creates a costume of her own and becomes the mysterious Spider-Woman, ostensibly for no better reason than to spite her father. What begins as an act of teenage rebellion, however, soon becomes much more as Mary Jane begins questioning why she became a costumed heroine, and the increasingly important role it has in her life.
Set in the same universe as Ultimate Sleepwalker
, Ultimate Spider-Woman
came about in part because of Jared's attempting to subvert the traditional expectations of Spider-Man
fans and make Gwen Stacy
Peter Parker's one true love. Eventually, he came up with the idea of doing a spider-themed series with Mary Jane as the star. The series ended up going in an entirely new direction, particularly about the nature of identity and how people step into different roles at different times. You can find it here.
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