Alter Ego: Anya Sophia Corazon
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2 #1 (August 2004)
Anya Corazón, also known under the alias Spider-Girl and formerly Araña, is a Marvel Comics superheroine. She's introduced into Marvel Universe in Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2 #1 (August 2004) and is created by Fiona Avery and Mark Brooks.
While not starting out as a member of the Spider-Family, Anya was a member of the mystical part of the Spider Society and usually acted as their hunter. However, a crossover with Spider-Man eventually made her renounce her allegiance and pursue her own path.
She was amongst the Pro-Registration heroes in the Civil War, acting as Ms. Marvel's Tagalong Kid, and while questioning her worst moments, she continued to be on Carol's side, the two helping each other out, despite her father's misgivings. Carol once saved her from the mind control of Puppet Master, solidifying their relations.
Like the rest of the Spider-Family, she wasn't heard from any more until Grim Hunt, where luckily for her, Araña managed to survive the events and helped Spider-Man defeat Kraven. In the aftermath, she was handpicked by Julia Carpenter as the successor of the Arachne suit and becomes Spider-Girl as Julia succeeds the late Madame Web.
Her own series as Araña is titled as The Heart of the Spider. The series has 12 issues and was published from 2005 to 2006. As Spider-Girl, her series has eight issues, plus a three issue tie-in with the Spider-Island event, and was published in 2011.
Anya later becomes part of the new class of students when the Avengers Academy moves to the former headquarters of the West Coast Avengers, though she later returned to New York, becoming Spider-Woman's pupil, and played a key role in Spider-Verse. In the aftermath of the conflict, she choose to accompany Spider-UK (Billy Braddock), whose reality had been destroyed by an Incursion, to stay in the Loomworld, the Inheritors' former base, and form the "Warriors of the Great Web", in order use the Web of Life and Destiny to reach out any universe in need of a Spider-Man. Anya returns to prominence as a member of the multiversal Web Warriors team, as part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel initiative.
Anya appears on Marvel's Spider-Man, alongside Peter Parker, Miles Morales, and Gwen Stacy.
- Accidental Murder: Her father was seemingly in the middle of a Red Hulk rampage and was accidentally killed by him, though it's revealed that her father was actually poisoned at the same time the Red Hulk was, by a Nebulous Evil Organisation called "Raven" who thought Gilberto was getting a bit too close to their tracks, the poison caused the Red Hulk to rage and also caused his heart to fail, his presumably dead body was then crushed by falling rubble as Red Hulk proceeded to rampage.
- Action Girl: Aside from having superpowers, Anya is capable fighter and skilled gymnast.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Anya is Hispanic. All other Spider-Ladies before her are Caucasian.
- Almost Kiss: At the Avengers Academy prom, she almost had one with Reptil before being interrupted by a jealous Hardball.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Spiders, of course.
- Anime Hair: During her time as Araña, she kept her hair tied back in a short, spiky ponytail. She's since grown it out a lot longer.
- The Apprentice: She had a master-student dynamic with Miguel, Carol Danvers, Jessica Drew, and William Braddock, being a younger, enthusiastic hero who's almost fanatically dedicated to them and the causes they espouse.
- Badass Longcoat: Rarely wears one, but here◊. Also overlaps with In the Hood. She soon eschews it after Tony criticizes how it provides four points for an enemy to grab her by, noting she shouldn't take practical fashion advice from Wolverine.
- Bilingual Bonus: Araña is the Spanish word for spider. Anya is Hispanic (Mexican-Puerto Rican, specifically).
- Brainy Brunette: Aside from inventing her own Spider-like Bola, she also practices computer hacking in her free time.
- Brought Down to Badass: Even after temporarily losing her powers, she retains her skills and is still a strong fighter.
- Building Swing: With grappling-hook-like equipment as Araña, and with her own webbing as Spider-Girl.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: Took a break from crime fighting during the "Civil War" arc. But someone tried to rob the restaurant she worked at and a couple superheroes from the pro registration side(Miss Marvel and Wonder Man), who happened to be taking a lunch break, saw Anya's carapace come out. Literal in that they lost track of Araña in the scuffle but later showed up at Anya's house while she and Gil were celebrating her birthday.
- Chest Insignia: Anya has had a spider symbol on all her costumes, even on her Araña◊'s Civvie Spandex.
- Child Soldier: She was technically one for Carol during Civil War, which even Tony Stark briefly spoke against it and only reluctantly agreed as long as Carol supervised her.
- The Chosen One: It was stated in a What If? story that if Peter Parker is killed or did a FaceHeel Turn, Anya would have to become the new "Web of Life" Champion, which would lead to...
- Civvie Spandex: When she was Araña, sans the exoskeleton, her costume was comprised of an assortment street clothes.
- Continuity Nod: During the "Civil War" arc, she got a job at a restaurant called "Chicken Cow", a reference to a giant monster that fought the Incredible Hulk for days in an earlier Spider-man comic.
- Crapsack World / World of Badass: Discussed Trope. This◊ is essentially what Spidey told her about the Marvel Universe in general.
- The Cowl: In Marvel Comics 2's Spider-Girl, Anya is this in comparison to Mayday, who is more of The Cape.
- Curbstomp Battle: On the receiving end of one from Doomsdayman. Despite not being fully healed from it, Araña dealt one out to Arachne, who tried to ambush her as she was leaving work early after quitting. Under Puppet Master's control she also makes short work of Machine Man Aaron Stack but proves ineffective against Sleepwalker.
- Daddy's Girl: Since her mom has been long dead, so she's naturally this towards her father, until he's killed.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Her costume is mostly black, though she is one of the heroes.
- Dating Catwoman: Her Marvel Comics 2 counterpart and Black Tarantula (Fabian LaMuerto) had lots of Foe Yay. Then it was revealed they used to have a thing. Then they started living together. In Spectacular, Fabian proposed.
- Dead Serious: Brutally done to her father.
- Discard and Draw: After losing her initial set of powers along with the Hunter Spirit, she spends a brief stint as a Badass Normal. During Spider-Island, she contracts the Spider-Virus, gaining powers similar to the ones Spider-Man acquired after his encounter with the Queen, and keeps them even after being exposed to the cure.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Spider-Man, being a hero with arachnid-themed superpowers.
- Expy: Her original exoskeleton is generally modeled after Kamen Rider.
- Empowered Badass Normal: She has a new set of spider-powers with the outbreak of Spider-Island. She now has speed, strength, camouflage and Peter's organic web shooters from The Other, truly making her Spider-Girl. Unlike most, she keeps these powers after the storyline.
- Enemy Mine: With The Kingpin and Hobgoblin (Phil Urich) during Spider-Island.
- Epic Flail: She used to wield a pair of bolas.
- Friendly Enemy: Araña developed a friendship of sorts with the Sisterhood of the Wasp's assassin Amun, after saving his life from a gunman. He hasn't been seen since The Hunter Revealed storyline, however.
- The Fundamentalist: May Parker describes Anya as being a little too zealous in following Spider-UK, which is why May would rather hang out with the older but more grounded Gwen Stacy.
- Future Badass/Cynical Big Sister Mentor: In Spider-Girl she mentors May Parker, and later tries to pull a Grand Theft Me on her.
- Guile Heroine: Has demonstrated traces of this now that she has lost her powers, in using her civilian clothes as a trap to lure out Kraven's daughter into a one on one fight as opposed to letting herself be ambushed.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Formerly as Araña when she was incapable to produce her own webbing, she invented multipurpose spider-like grappling hooks, discs about the size of a palm, attached to cords; able to remotely grip objects, and act as both weapons (ranged or melee) and in a function similar to that of Spider-Man's web-lines. The multipurpose is so creative she can detach the cord at any length to use as a traditional bola or grappling hook for others.
- Heroic BSoD: After her father's death she lapses into depression and wanting revenge.
- Hunter of Monsters: Succeeded her mother as the Hunter of the Spider-Society.
- I Choose to Stay: In the end of Spider-Verse, Anya chooses to stay on Loomworld with Karn and Spider-UK to help in repairing the Web of Life, stating that there's way too many Spider-females back home and she can do way more on Loomworld.
- I Just Want to Be Special: After losing her powers (and before she got new ones), Anya had some doubts about her usefulness as a costumed hero. One particular moment was when she became depressed because she thought that if she had retained her old powers, maybe she could have prevented Rikki Barnes' death.
- Innocently Insensitive: While talking to Black Widow:
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Her first mission would be take down Peter Parker (if he became evil), and after that take up the role of Spider-Man.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While Miss Marvel had convinced Anya to sign the registration act, Gil's protest that she shouldn't have to and ridiculousness of not being able to see his own daughter if she had refused attend S.H.I.E.L.D's training sessions were perfectly rational. Keep in mind Ms. Marvel was supposed to be a proregistration book. Gil continued to protest the initiative, Ms. Marvel and S.H.I.E.L.D. in general, though it was related to something that happened to Anya every time.
- Kid Sidekick: Anya ended up over her head after being taken under Miss Marvel's wing so it did not last.
- Legacy Character: Her mother was apparently one of many Hunters in the Spider-Society and Anya briefly succeeded her as one. Later Julia Carpenter gave her the Spider-Woman costume, but she chose to keep her old nickname. Eventually, she changed her alias to Spider-Girl, if only because because everyone kept calling her that.
- Let's You and Him Fight: When she thinks Red Hulk killed her father she went after him to take revenge. They wound up teaming up to take out the real culprits.
- Mistaken Identity: She was believed by Ezekiel Sims' WebCorps to be their foretold champion and host to the source of their magic, a hunter spirit. It turned out their real chosen one, Nina Smith, was already in the group and the hunter only bonded with Anya by mistake. Nina was deemed unworthy after failing the proper ritual, which was rigged by Miguel since the hunter's host was also foretold to die in battle. After Anya is separated from the hunter it goes to the proper host, copies her carapace, and they attack her.
- Mood Whiplash: The first issue of her Spider-Girl series plays like a Spiritual Successor to lighthearted teen superhero like Young Justice. Then on the last page her father is killed. The second issue is all about her grieving.
- Most Common Super Power: Most often averted, as Anya is still a teenaged high school student and usually drawn with an athletic build and fairly flat chest. However, this trope is sometimes played straight Depending on the Artist, as seen in these◊ covers◊.
- Named by Democracy: Numerous people kept calling her "Spider-Girl" no matter how many times she corrected them. The codename she chose for herself in the Web Corps was "Araña" and even after she got kicked out she kept it, but Anya eventually relented and stopped correcting people when she realized it wasn't working.
- Knife Nut: Amun wielded knives capable of slicing through her carapace where bullets failed.
- Noodle Incident: Araña was unable to produce webbing, but would sometimes wake up with her room covered in spider webs. How or why this happened was never revealed.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Receives this treatment in Avengers Tower. Although we can understand this attitude coming from the other Avengers (even Spider-Man, since it's Doc Ock inside) the fact that even Carol Danvers treats her this way is somewhat sad.
- Older Sidekick: Formerly she had Miguel the mage and liked to assert her superiority over him since her hunter spirit was the source of his magic. Miguel is now a Dead Sidekick.
- Out of Focus: Following the Brand New Day Soft Reboot, there was a concerted effort to position Anya as the premier Legacy Character in the Spider-Man line. She was given a major role in the Grim Hunt storyline, made a member of the Young Allies (Marvel's attempt at a new Teen Teem), and was eventually given a new costume & official took on the Spider-Girl mantle. Her ongoing unfortunately ended up underperforming and got cancelled after 8 issues. To make matters worst new younger characters like Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen became breakaway successes and became the new focus for the Spider-Office.
- Ordinary High-School Student: She started off as a high school student before being roped into the Spider Society.
- Parental Abandonment: Originally only lacked a mother, but Paul Tobin's first order of business as he took the character over was to kill her loving dad.
- Pink Is for Sissies: Miguel had this reaction when she showed up to work with a pink Vespa.
- Powered Armor: Formerly as Araña, she could summon Carapace, a blue spider-like exoskeleton around her body that emanates from the tattoo on her upper right arm, enhancing her abilities and protecting her from damage. She could control the thickness, coverage, and shape of the carapace. At its thickest, it is resistant to small firearms.
- Power Incontinence: Her carapace would involuntarily retract while she had the flu. Nothing ever came of it though.
- Power Tattoo: Formerly her tattoo could project a chitinous armored carapace and also draw it back in when Anya didn't want it around, but this ability was lost after Doomsday Man ripped the carapace from Anya's body. A story showcased in Marvel Team-Up had Terror gain all of her powers when he assimilated the tattooed arm, which had been blown off when Anya was killed in an explosion.Terror: What? Are you guys still hung up over this? The poor girl wasn't using it! I couldn't just let it go to waste! Besides, the magic armored crap that comes out of this tattoo thing has come in handy.Terror: I am going to weep the day this arm of Araña's rots so much that I have to replace it. And I don't even have working tear ducts!
- Progressively Prettier: As Araña she could have been mistaken as a boy due to her rather petite body, Civvie Spandex costume, and short hair. As Spider-Girl she has longer hair in a Tomboyish Ponytail, a form-fitting body glove costume, and more athletic body.
- The position of her old tattoo was changed from a Spider-like tattoo on her right shoulder to a big Spider-like tattoo on her back. It's currently on her left arm.
- Current comics seem to have forgotten she lost her original powers and that her current set are a result of her being infected with the Spider-Queen's venom.
- Secret Identity: Her identity was revealed during Civil War, but when she became Spider-Girl, her identity became secret again. This is a little subverted. A lot of people know her true identity because Anya is really careless at keeping her identity as a secret, often tweeting her whole life, putting her costume on in open bright streets and arriving her apartment and staying inside with the costume on. Her friend Rocky and The Kingpin have pointed out how easy was for them to find out her true identity.
- Sensual Spandex: Her costume as Spider-Girl, contrasting her Civvie Spandex costume as Araña.
- Spider-Sense: Her carapace would come out involuntarily in responses to danger (which caused her classmates in gym to accuse her of hiding some kind of metal weapon), with predictable results. It would even pop up in response to things she could not see coming (such as beverages to the back of her head).
- Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Turns out she can read the otherwise unintelligible script the Master Weaver's scrolls are written in, due to her powers being tied to a cult that worships Spider-Totems.
- Super Drowning Skills: If a part of Anya's carapace was submerged the thing would tighten and suffocate her. It does not quite count as a Weaksauce Weakness since she could just retract it and swim normally if needed but was a potential disadvantage in certain areas.
- Superpowered Evil Side: When she actually drew on the hunter spirit, she became stronger, faster, and so on. She also became much more willing to kill her enemies until she suppressed it again.
- Super Speed: Amun was faster than her unless she drew on the hunter spirit.
- Sword and Sorcerer: With Miguel it was Bolas and Mage.
- The Symbiote: Though of a different kind than Venom and Co. She was bonded to a hunter spirit and could project a blue carapace that protected her from dangers. Turns out the carapace did not come from the hunter spirit but after she was forcibly separated from it, it acquired a new host in Nina Smith, copied the carapace, and the two of them then tried to kill her. Sound familiar?
- Tears of Fear: When she was imprisoned during the Grim Hunt.
- Too Happy to Live: Her father was a nurturing, caring, and accepting parent who while concerned and apprehensive, still did his best to understand his daughter's need to do good with the abilities she'd trained so dedicatedly. So naturally, first order of business in her new series was to kill him.
- Wall Crawl: Back when she had powers. The Marvel handbook actually said she couldn't despite her frequently demonstrating otherwise on panel. She became able to do it again with a new set of spider-powers.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Anya developed feelings for Avengers Academy's Reptil and the feeling seemed to be mutual to the point that Reptil changed back to his normal young body (he had decided to keep the body of an older and more powerful version of himself) just because Anya asked him to in a prom where they almost kissed. The relationship was never mentioned again, even when Anya joined the Academy herself some time later (she wasn't featured in stories of the Academy at all while Reptil started pursuing other relationships).