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Spider-Totemic Deities

    Great Weaver 

Great Weaver

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Astral Form

Alter Ego: Kwaku Anansi

First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 #42 (August 2002)

A totemic spider-deity connected to Peter Parker through the Web of Life and Destiny, which empowers all the Spider-Totems. According to Ezekiel Sims, it is the being that spins the Web of Life, and is worshipped by the Spider Society, the Spider-Tribe of South America, and the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. It is later revealed that there are several such totemic spider-deities. The Other, also known as Ero, was introduced as a rival totemic deity who opposed Peter's resurrection, but was later retconned into being the true name of the spider-totem who resurrected him.


  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: It has appeared as a bespeckled black man in a suit and a an African shaman.
  • Big Good: A little bit of both this and Greater-Scope Villain, since without it Peter and the other Spiders might not have gotten their powers, but not all the Spiders are good guys.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: While it may be a godlike entity, it thinks like a spider. As such it isn't adverse to turning Peter or Kaine into monsters should they be in danger of dying.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Great Weaver was first mentioned in Spider-Man Annual 2001, which featured the Spider Clan.
  • The Chooser of The One:
    • It chooses who becomes the totemic avatars of the Web of Life and Destiny in almost every single universe, with most of them being incarnations of Peter Parker. By and far its most famous avatar is the Peter Parker of Earth-616 (and by extension his clones as well). Anya Corazon and Cindy Moon are backup avatars in case Peter dies or turns against it.
    • The Great Weaver eventually deems Ezekiel Sims unworthy of his pilfered spider powers and sends the Gatekeeper to kill him, though it was willing to let him take Peter's place as a true Spider-Totem.
  • Cosmic Entity: It is the totemic spider deity worshipped by (most notably) the Spider Society, and whose Web of Life and Destiny empowers its totemic avatars.
  • Decomposite Character: During JMS' run, the Great Weaver was the spider god who weaves the Web of Life and gave Peter his powers and resurrected him with enhanced powers, and Ero was an antagonistic spider totem that wanted to kill Peter to restore the natural order. Scarlet Spider retconned Ero into being the "Great Weaver" Spider-Totem who resurrected Peter and later Kaine with enhanced powers. The remaining aspects of the Great Weaver - weaving the Web of Life and giving Spider-Totems their powers - were rebranded as the Master Weaver in Spider-Verse.
  • Deity of Human Origin: According to the mythology of the Ashanti tribe, before becoming the most powerful Spider-Totem in existence it was the world's first incarnation of Spider-Man, Kwaku Anansi.
  • Divine Conflict: Despite being a cosmic entity responsible for empowering every spider-themed hero and villain in the multiverse, it has supernatural enemies that would love to eat it, namely the Inheritor Clan and Shathra, or usurp it, like the Spider-Queen.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Its astral form is a half-buried vaguely spider-shaped green mass embedded with light-green tentacles. Even Spider-Man - who is not only one of the smartest people in the Marvel Universe, but one of its avatars - couldn't wrap his head around what he was looking at when he accidentally ran into it. It's also manifested in spider-like and humanoid forms. And then there's how it appeared to Spider-Man Noir...
  • Get Out!: Booted Spidey back to Earth when he bumped into it in the Astral Plane during the Shade arc.
  • I Have Many Names: Spider-Man knows it as the Great Weaver, though it - or related entities - is also called the Other and the Gatekeeper.
  • Physical God: It's indicated to be the master of the Spider-Totems.
  • Retcon: Kaine's run as the Scarlet Spider conglomerated aspects of the Great Weaver with Ero to create the Other, while the remainder were repackaged as the Master Weaver in Spider-Verse.
  • The Rival: Its wasp equivalent, Shathra, and the Sisterhood of the Wasp. An annual also had a tribe of its worshippers be ousted from their temple and nearly exterminated by a tribe that worshipped a snake deity (possibly Set).
  • Super Empowering: As its moniker suggests, it is the spider-deity that spins the Web of Life and Destiny, the supernatural force that empowers spider-themed heroes and villains across the multiverse.
  • Humanoid Abomination: It appeared to Peter in a dream as a monstrous version of Spider-Man.
  • There Can Be Only One: It sent (or manifested as) the Gatekeeper to assassinate Ezekiel, though it was willing to kill Peter in his place.
  • Top God: Deities like Marvel Fairy Tales' Kwaku Anansi and Ai Apaec are little more than totemic avatars of its power.

    Master Weaver 

Master Weaver

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Alter Ego: Karn

First Appearance: Superior Spider-Man #33 (November 2014)

A being at the centre of the Web of Life and Destiny, the Master Weaver's duty is to maintain and spin the Great Web that powers all of the Marvel Multiverse's spider-people. Captured and enslaved by the Inheritors, the Master Weaver was forced to aid them in their attempted genocide of the totemic spider deities connected to the Web. The Master Weaver's identity is revealed to be the future self of the Inheritor Karn, and while Cindy Moon contemplates taking his place after he is murdered by Otto Octavius, Karn's younger self decides to trap himself in a time loop in order to atone for his own actions.


  • Captured Super-Entity: He was held prisoner by the Inheritor Clan, who use his power to travel from universe to universe hunting the totemic avatars. Those must be some tough handcuffs they've stuck on him.
  • Cool Mask: He wears a strange, gimp-like mask with six glowing red eye-like lenses.
  • Kill the God: The Superior Spider-Man claws it, leading to A Truce While We Gawk.
    Morlun: That was the Weaver of—of—of—the Web of Life and Destiny. You madman! Do you know what you've done?! All of history! Our future! The nature of reality itself!
  • Legacy Character: Master Weaver is just the title of the Spider-Totem who oversees the Web of Life and Destiny, and according to an arcane dagger Anya Corazon translates any totemic avatar can assume the position. After Karn's death, Spider-Zero takes up the position in Spider-Verse Vol. 3.
  • My Future Self and Me: Karn had several interactions with his past self, the first of which resulted in the death of the matriarch of the Inheritors and his exile.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Ejects Morlun from the Newspaper Comic Spider-Man's world and tells him it was temporally unstable. Morlun buys this, having been completely thrown for a loop by Comic-Book Time.
  • Reality Warper: He can alter the very fabric of reality itself by snapping or otherwise altering the strands of the Great Web.
  • Spider Tank: The spider-legged golden globe encapsulating the lower half of his body. Where it came from and who built it is a mystery, as while it can only be opened by the prongs of Karn's bident, which he built as a child, he inherited it from his future self.
  • Stable Time Loop: By taking over the position of Master Weaver from his future self, Karn traps himself in a time loop wherein he is destined to be killed by Otto Octavius and succeeded by his past self. This is broken in Spider-Geddon when the Master Weaver is killed by his sister Verna.
  • Sudden Name Change: The name Master Weaver is most-likely derived from the Great Weaver above, but other than spinning the Web of Life they have no other similarities.

    The Other 

The Other

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Notable Aliases: Ero, The Great Weaver, Miss Arrow

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #527 (February, 2006) note  Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #4 (March, 2006) note ; Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #11 (October, 2006) note 

"Are you the man who dreamed of being a spider? Or the spider who dreamed of being a man? Are you the one... or are you the Other?"

A mysterious entity that first appeared following Peter's resurrection in The Other, taking the form of a swarm of pirate spiders in the shape of a female human. Ero claimed to be opposed to Peter's "violation of the natural order" and tried to kill him, but was forced to retreat. It later returned in human form as "Miss Arrow" and tried to reproduce using Flash Thompson as a host. During a final confrontation, it was killed by Spider-Man, but was resurrected by Mephisto's meddling with the timestream. Following Kaine's death at the fangs of the Lobos siblings, it appeared before him and revealed itself to have been the entity that resurrected and empowered Peter during The Other, offering Kaine the same deal as it had Peter.


  • Animalistic Abomination: It is an interdimensional totemic spider-god, and one of its forms is a gigantic spider-like monster.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: The above quote, which it posed to Peter while berating him for neglecting the spider side of himself. It later paraphrased this conversation when offering Kaine its powers.
  • Back from the Dead: Mephisto's temporal meddling ensured the events of The Other occurred differently, with Peter rejecting The Other, so it chooses Kaine as its host instead.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: The Carrion virus tried to possess Kaine, but was kicked out by the Other.
    Kaine: Carrion... I can feel him trying to get inside my head... which is bad news for him... because I've already got a monster in there, and it doesn't take kindly to being attacked.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Its preferred manifestation is as a a massive spider-monster.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: It manifests venomous stingers from its wrists as Miss Arrow, and grants its hosts the same ability.
  • Body of Bodies: As Ero she is composed of thousands of pirate spiders.
  • Call-Back: In Scarlet Spider #14 she references the Great Weaver's question to Peter in ''The Other'.
    Great Weaver: [to Peter] Are you the man who dreamed of being a spider? Or the spider who dreamed of being a man?
    Ero: [to Kaine] Unlike Parker, you're not a man who dreams of being a spider. You're a spider who dreams of being a man.
  • Cosmic Chess Game: Ms. Arrow is annoyed when the original Mysterio, who had just come back from the dead, mentions that he knows what she really is, and that it would be in her best interest to keep both of their bosses happy.
  • Cosmic Entity: The Other is a cosmic spider-entity akin to or a part of the Great Weaver, and one of the major players of the Web of Life.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: As Miss Arrow, the Other's manifestation took on the form of a dark-skinned human woman with blonde hair, specifically to be the Foil to Peter Parker being a light-skinned man with brown hair.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Similar to the Thousand, even though he was just a superpowered human and she is a supernatural entity. Both are connected to the spider that bit Peter, their true forms are a colony of spiders, and when the swarm is wiped out the sole survivor is killed by being stepped on. Also along with being dark skinned and blonde she says this is to contrast Peter being male.
  • Eaten Alive: By a flock of birds, though the last spider is crushed by Peter. This is undone by One More Day.
  • Eating the Enemy: Ate Morlun and Shathra, two of its supernatural enemies. Both later returned seeking revenge. When indwelling Kaine, it dismisses everything around him as "Prey."
  • Enemy Without: Following the events of The Other, Ero manifests as a humanoid swarm of pirate spiders and tries to kill Peter in order to see if he is worthy of receiving its powers.
  • Evil Counterpart: Describes itself as being one to the resurrected Peter, despite being revealed as the one who resurrected him to begin with.
  • Giant Spider: She is a manifestation of the Other, which was the giant spider that appeared before Peter during The Other arc, and assumes this form again when resurrecting Kaine the second time.
  • Greek Chorus: Ms. Arrow is a member of the "Geek Chorus" in the early version of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and is the one who shoehorned in Swiss Miss.
  • Humanity Ensues: As Ero, it took on human form as "Miss Arrow" to spy on Peter.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Ate Peter's shed skin from The Other incident to assume human form.
  • Just Desserts: Pre-retcon, she's eaten by a flock of birds.
  • Killed Off for Real: Its manifestation as Ero was killed by Spider-Man, and Morlun killed it at the end of Spider-Verse — with the Master Weaver indicating its resurrection was impossible. Later Subverted when it is revealed to still be alive, choosing The Peter Parker of Earth-982 as its next host.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: It bestows its reciprocals with venomous stingers, fangs, and other monstrous abilities.
  • Meaningful Name: The genus of pirate spider that comprises its body is Ero, and it assumes the alias of "Miss Arrow".
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Wanted to mate with Flash Thompson so that he would "give birth" to her offspring.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: When it takes over, its hosts transform into humanoid spider-monsters. One of its preferred forms when appearing as itself is a Man-Spider-like creature.
  • Physical God: It is one of the totemic spider deities who weaves the Web of Life and Destiny that holds the multiverse together. It gave Peter his enhanced powers and resurrected him after Morlun killed him, later doing the same for Kaine.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: When Aracely tries to read Kaine's mind, the Other attacks her and chases her out.
  • Retcon:
    • During J. Michael Straczynski's run, Ezekiel Sims tells Spider-Man that he got his powers from a totemic spider-deity called the Great Weaver, who spins a mystical force called the "Web of Life" that gives all the spider-themed heroes and villains their powers. Following Peter's final battle with Morlun, the Great Weaver resurrected him with augmented spider-powers. A second totemic spider-entity called Ero didn't like this and wanted to restore the natural order by killing Peter. Ero later returned in human form, calling herself "Miss Arrow", and tried to reproduce using Flash Thompson's pent up tantric energy before being killed by Spider-Man. After One More Day, Peter no longer possessed his augmented powers, which were instead given to Kaine in Spider-Island. Scarlet Spider Vol 2 #14 and Spider-Verse retconned things further by taking aspects of JMS' Great Weaver - resurrecting its avatar and giving them enhanced powers - and combining them with Ero to make "the Other"; and repackaging the rest of the Great Weaver's aspects as the "Master Weaver", who spins the Web of Life and Destiny and empowers most spider-themed heroes and villains.
    • In The Other, Peter embraced his Inner Spider and received enhanced powers. Mephisto retconned events so that Peter, afraid of what he would become, ultimately rejected The Other and caused it to seek out Kaine instead.
  • Secret Test of Character: Scarlet Spider and Spider-Verse reveal that Ero is actually a cosmic entity and manifestation of the Other, implying that its attacks on Peter were to see if he could handle and was worthy of his enhanced powers.
  • Spider Swarm: Ero is composed of thousands of spiders that possess a hive mind.
  • Super Empowering: It grants its host augmented spider-powers, including venomous wrist-stingers and the ability to communicate with spiders.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: The Other is an entity that is essentially the totemic embodiment of the Spider side of the totem's powers, i.e. his predatory instincts and spider-powers, and when it takes over things tend to get a little hairy... and fangy... with the occasional extra eyes and legs. Just ask Morlun and the Lobos siblings.
    The Other: Prey.
  • To the Pain: When Betty Brant thwarts Ero's attempt to impregnate Flash Thompson, she promises to make her spend the rest of her remaining days in terror.
  • The Worm That Walks: Like the Gatekeeper, when it first appeared it was composed of thousands of pirate spiders in a humanoid conglomeration.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: She tries to implant an egg sac in Flash Thompson to take advantage of his bottled up tantric energy. When Spider-Man kiboshes that plan, she decides to implant it in him instead, if only to kill him. Following the retcon, her reasons for wanting to do this become unclear.
  • Yandere: As Miss Arrow, it menaced Flash Thompson's female friends in an effort to keep his tantric energy all to himself, and was going to kill Debra Whitman when she and Flash got into an argument over Spider-Man.
  • You No Take Candle: When it first manifested, its speech was broken and stilted. As Miss Arrow and when it manifests in Peter's and Kaine's minds, it's far more eloquent.
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    Gatekeeper 

Gatekeeper

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First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #506 (June 2004)

Following the defeat of Shathra, Ezekiel Sims warned Peter that a new supernatural opponent, the Gatekeeper, was coming to kill him, and tried to convince him to return to the Great Weaver's temple in Ghana. The Gatekeeper manifested as a swarm of spiders in the shape of a human form, easily defeating Peter, and explained to him why he had been chosen as a totemic avatar. It explained that Ezekiel had misappropriated and misused his powers, and therefore been deemed unworthy of them. Ezekiel abducted Peter and took him to the Great Weaver's temple, explaining that the Gatekeeper would only let one of them live. He drugs Peter and summons the Gatekeeper, but just as it's about to eat Peter has a change of heart and attacks. The Gatekeeper grabs Ezekiel and pulls him into the darkness, and hasn't been seen since.


  • Animalistic Abomination: In the Great Weaver's temple, it manifested in the form of a huge black spider-monster with glowing red eyes and tentacles for legs when summoned by Ezekiel.
  • Body of Bodies: When it appears in New York, it assembles a body out of a swarm of spiders.
  • The Chooser of The One: It deemed Ezekiel unworthy of his spider-powers, and would only allow either him or Peter to live.
  • Cosmic Entity: It is a totemic entity uncannily similar to the Other's Ero form. Whether they were meant to be related or one-and-the-same is unknown.
  • Time Abyss: Ezekiel says he's over a thousand years old, and if he's anything like the other Spider-Totems, he's older than Earth-616 itself.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being a Spider-Totem, it hasn't been seen since the "Book of Ezekiel" arc and wasn't even mentioned in Spider-Verse.
  • The Worm That Walks: When it appeared in New York looking for Ezekiel, it manifested a humanoid body out of a huge swarm of spiders.

The Radioactive Spider

    Radioactive Spider 

Radioactive Spider

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The Radioactive Spider
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Notable Aliases: Goddess

First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (August, 1962)

A spider got caught in a radiation test at a public exhibition demonstrating the safe handling of nuclear laboratory waste materials, sponsored by the General Techtronics Corporation. The radiation, however, was slowly killing it. Before it died it bit a student from Midtown High named of Peter Parker. The spider's venom caused changes to Peter's DNA that gave him certain abilities of a spider, such as the proportionate strength and agility along with the ability to climb on any surface. He could now react to danger quickly with a "spider-sense".

The spider also had time to bite another person following Peter: Cindy Moon, who got the same abilities as Spider-Man. She later took up the identity of Silk.

A student by the name of Carl King, who witnessed Peter being bitten and connected it with the appearance of Spider-Man, ate the spider hoping to gain the same powers of Spider-Man, King decided to eat the spider. His body began to break down over time, mutating him into a swarm of thousand spiders sharing a single consciousness.

Due to having been turned into a Gamma mutate, the spider resurrected, attaining sentience and the ability to speak due to having been affected by Peter and Cindy's human DNA. The radiation emitted by the Isotope Genome Accelerator also caused her to split in two, with her clone being the spider that was eaten by Carl King. Capable of increasing her size to massive proportions, she was inspired by Spider-Man and Silk and set out to become a superhero under the name "Goddess" - which had been given to her by a researcher studying her.


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Spider Characters

    Ai Apaec 

Ai Apaec

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Alter Ego: Ai Apaec

Notable Aliases: The Decapitator, Dark Spider-Man

First Appearance: Osborn #1 note ; New Avengers Vol 2 #18 note 

Ai Apaec is a Peruvian spider-god, transformed into a dark version of Spider-Man by Norman Osborn.


    Araña/Spider-Girl 

Araña/Spider-Girl

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Alter Ego: Anya Sophia Corazon

First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2 #1 (August 2004)

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, Arana 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.

For more information on her, please refer to her page.

    Ezekiel Sims 

Ezekiel Sims

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First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 #30 (June 2001)

"This is the five million dollar question. I'm about to yank your chain like nobody else ever has before, and nobody else ever will again. So listen carefully. Did the radiation enable the spider to give you these powers? Or was the spider trying to give you those powers before the radiation killed it? Which came first? The radiation? Or the power? The chicken or the egg or the power?"

  • Alternate Self: It's revealed that Old Man Spider-Man from Earth-4 is Ezekiel from a universe where Morlun killed Peter. Tragically, this is only revealed after Daemos snaps his neck.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Claims he deduced Spider-Man's identity by hiring PIs - including Felicia Hardy - and then piecing together the scraps of evidence they collected. It's later revealed he knew Peter Parker was Spider-Man right from the start and has been keeping tabs on him throughout his superhero career.
  • Barefoot Sage: Has a penchant for holding philosophical conversations while walking on buildings' roofs and walls without shoes.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saved Peter from Morlun, nearly at the cost of his own life.
  • Big Good: A minor example: moments of selfishness aside, Zeke has done a lot of work to organize the protection of the Spider-Totems of Earth-616 from Morlun and others like him. He preceded Arana's mother as a hunter of the Spider-Society and founded a number of companies - most notably WebCorps - to act as fronts for it. He has been keeping tabs on the various individuals connected to the Web of Life, such as Peter Parker and Cindy Moon, for years.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mild example. He was a founder of WebCorps, tying both him and Spider-Man in with Araña. However, he used his powers for personal gain.
  • Doing In the Scientist: Tries to do this by telling Peter that his powers - along with those of other spider-themed superheroes and villains - come from a totemic spider deity called the Great Weaver and a mystic force called the Web of Life instead of radiation. Neither option is mutually exclusive in Peter's case.
  • Doom Magnet: It's revealed that Morlun, Shathra, and the Gatekeeper weren't after Peter, they were after Ezekiel due to the Spider-Totems deeming him unworthy of his powers.note 
  • Fed to the Beast: He tries to do this to Peter Parker in order to become Earth-616's primary spider totemic avatar, taking him to the Spider Totems' temple in Ghana and summoning one of them to devour him. He has a change of heart and sacrifices himself so that Peter can survive.
  • Harbinger of Impending Doom: Shows up out of the blue telling Peter his powers are supernatural in origin and that he is being hunted by a cannibalistic being with a taste for totemic avatars.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He saved Peter from Morlun and initially tried to take him into protective custody. When the Gatekeeper decreed that he was unworthy of being a Spider-Totem and had to die, Ezekiel tried to sacrifice Peter to become a true Spider-Totem himself. He had a change of heart at the last moment, leading to...
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to save Peter from the Gatekeeper.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Why he acquired spider powers in the first place, and why he tried to sacrifice Peter.
  • Killed Off for Real: He seemingly reappeared during the Grim Hunt arc telling Spider-Man to warn every spider-themed hero and villain about the Kravinoff family's vendetta, but it was really the Chameleon in disguise tricking Peter into walking into a trap.
  • The Mentor: Ezekiel is an older mentor who enlightens his younger pupil to the supernatural aspects of his powers and then dies, and is revealed to be a member of an ancient order of warriors possessing similar powers.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After leaving Peter to die, his Spider-Sense synchronizes with Peter's and he realizes that while he wanted to be a hero all his life, he had only used his ill-gained powers illicitly, whereas Peter had used his own powers altruistically, prompting a Heel Realization and a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Not Quite Dead: Seemingly died fighting Morlun, but was later revealed to have survived.
  • Power at a Price: Possesses the same powers as Peter, but is slightly weaker (i.e. He can lift 9 tons compared to Peter's 10) due to acquiring them illegitimately. The Great Weaver ultimately deems him unworthy of his powers and manifests as the Gatekeeper to kill him.
  • Properly Paranoid: Built a room designed to hide himself and other totemic beings so that Morlun couldn't find them. He takes Cindy Moon into protective custody when he learns Morlun is looking for her and tries to take Peter Parker in as well.
  • Targeted Human Sacrifice: Turns Peter into one in an attempt to become a legitimate Spider Totem when the Gatekeeper decides he has to die.

    Madame Web 

Madame Web

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Alter Ego: Cassandra Webb

First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #210 (November 1980)

"You are much too bright to be asking such stupid questions."

  • Blind Seer: She's blind, but she has precognition and a number of other psychic powers to compensate.
  • The Cassandra: It's even in her name! Spider-Man initially dismissed her psychic powers as a hoax until she revealed she knew his secret identity.
  • Complete Immortality: She was supposedly granted this by the Circle of Five, but all it did was temporarily restore her health and youth.
  • Disability Superpower: She's blind and crippled to the point of needing to be on life-support, but possesses clairvoyance and a number of other psychic powers.
  • Easy Amnesia: After being attacked by the Juggernaut she is left with amnesia.
  • Killed Off for Real: During Grim Hunt she is murdered by Sasha Kravinoff after mocking her failure to resurrect Kraven properly. She transfers her powers to Julia Carpenter before dying, though.

    Ben Reilly (Scarlet Spider I/Spider-Man II/Jackal II) 

Ben Reilly (Scarlet Spider I/Spider-Man II/Jackal II)

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Alter Ego: Benjamin Reilly

First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #149 (October 1975)

Peter's clone and the first Scarlet Spider.

    Kaine Parker (Scarlet Spider IV) 

Kaine Parker (Scarlet Spider IV)

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Alter Ego: Kaine Parker

First Appearance: Web of Spider-Man #119 (December 1994)

"I'm doin' something very, very stupid. Don't screw up my hero moment, Parker."

The Jackal's first failed attempt to clone Spider-Man. A former supervillain who serves as an ally, an enemy, and a foil of Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and Ben Reilly. He later first appeared as the new Scarlet Spider.


    Silk 

Silk

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Alter Ego: Cindy Moon

First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1 (April 2014)

"My name is Cindy Moon. Intern by day. Super hero by night. Actually, I fight crime by day, too. And I also intern by night—you get the idea. Ten years ago, I got bit by a radioactive spider. See Previous, Re: Super Hero. Shortly after that fateful bite, I was locked inside a windowless bunker. For ten years. I did it to keep my family safe. To keep everyone safe. Safe from jerkstones like Morlun and his family. But now that threat is gone."

During the Original Sin storyline, Spider-Man would be exposed to the energies of the Watcher's eye alongside his fellow heroes. As secrets began to flow into his head, Spider-Man saw that the radioactive spider that bit him managed to bite another before it died—a young female student named Cindy Moon.

After she was bitten by the spider, Cindy's abilities manifested but she was unable to control them. Some time later, Ezekiel Sims would approach the Moon family to offer his help and guide Cindy in controlling her newfound abilities. After six years since getting bit and training to use her powers, Cindy is locked up inside a facility by Ezekiel to protect her and the other "spiders" from Morlun and his family: The Inheritors. But she was later freed by Peter Parker, kicking off Morlun's biggest hunt ever.

For more information on her, please refer to her page.

    Spider-Queen 

Spider-Queen

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Alter Ego: Adriana Soria

First Appearance: The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 2 #15 (August, 2004)

"The metamorphosis has begun. I feel you, all of you, reaching out along the web we all share. Whatever you were yesterday, that was another time. A different life. You are all my children now. My colony. My kingdom. And I am your queen."

A mutant with the ability to psychically control those who bear the "insect gene" - including anyone with arthropod-related superpowers - Adriana Soria was a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II, and was selected as a candidate for Operation Crossroads, a renewal of Operation: Rebirth - the super soldier program that had created Captain America. Adriana was drafted into the Marine Corps and became the first female Marine to go into combat, and after the war was assigned to the Bikini Atoll during the nuclear tests in hopes of awakening her powers. Exposure to radiation drove her insane and she was committed to an asylum before escaping and spending 50 years in hiding. Calling herself the Queen, she resurfaced in 2004 . note  and psychically took control of a number of humans to serve as her drones. Captain America and Spider-Man investigated, and the Queen realized that Spider-Man possessed the Insect Gene and selected him as her mate, infecting him with a mutagenic enzyme through her kiss that slowly transformed him into a giant spider. The Queen intended to have David Jaffe, the scientist in charge of Operation Crossroads, make a bomb that would kill any humans lacking the insect gene, but her plans for Spider-Man were foiled when he died shortly after completing his transformation, then shed his exoskeleton to reveal a reborn Peter Parker with enhanced powers. Spider-Man disarmed the bomb and Adriana was seemingly killed when SHIELD attacked her base, but later returned in 2011, having allied with the Jackal, transformed Captain America and Kaine into anthropomorphic spider-monsters, and converted her mutagenic enzyme into a "Spider Virus" that would give anyone infected powers identical to Spider-Man's before slowly transforming them into giant spiders. Attaining god-like power and transforming into a massive spider-like monster, the Spider-Queen was killed by the rejuvenated Kaine. The Jackal later cloned her, but said clones were killed by Spider-Man and Alpha.


  • Attempted Rape:
    • This was essentially what she planned to do with Spider-Man. She wanted for him to be her mate and father her children in her new world, even when he makes it clear he isn't interested. The fact that she uses her powers on him to try to control him and force him to love her, and later mutates him to act as an egg sac for her offspring, supports this further.
    • Judging by her dialogue (see Interplay of Sex and Violence below), she was going to do this to Flash before Captain America's timely intervention.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Ana was originally just a marine trying to serve her country, but when she and her unit were drafted to Operation Crossroads she was subjected to various testing in an attempt to awaken her powers as a super solider. When her powers didn't surface she was deemed a failure and sent to an asylum for her trouble. She eventually escaped when her powers awoke and swore revenge on the country that she felt had betrayed her, including Captain America.
  • Big Bad: Of the Spider-Island event.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Jackal, who betrayed her and was eventually revealed to be a clone.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: One of her main powers shown is being able to control anyone with an "insect gene", which in total amounts to about 1/3 of the world's population. Upon arriving in New York she instantly gains control of a large mass of people just by humming, and they obey her without question. Despite being controlled by her they still seem to possess some free will of their own, shown when one dived in front of Captain America's shield to save Queen from being struck when she didn't notice it.
    • Those with a strong will like Spider-Man were able to temporally resist Queen's control over them. During their second kiss Spider-Man almost gives into her seductions and control, but regains himself at the last moment. However, upon fully mutating into a giant spider he finally succumbs to Queen, embracing his role as her mate until his sudden "death".
  • Cloning Blues: Jackal stole one of her legs and used it to create Princess and the other Spider-Queens.
  • Combo Platter Powers: She has a handful of powers that don't seem to really be related such as her sonic scream, telekinesis and mutating kiss. Possibly explained by her having both mutant powers and activated insect genes.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She dishes plenty out to Spider-man in her debut storyline.
    • In their first fight he briefly manages to trip her up and restrain her before she breaks free, but once she starts using her powers she wins almost immediately, knocking him out with two sonic screams.
    • She makes even quicker work of him in their second fight, using her telekinetic powers to completely restrain him and pin him down, with him not even being able to fight back like last time.
    • She similarly has little trouble against a mutated Spider-Man, even as he continues to resist her and lunges at her she simply uses her powers to continually slam him into a brick wall until he falls unconscious while treating the whole event like it was a simple "lovers' quarrel" that she won.
    • She easily takes down Agent Venom in the Spider-Island storyline. Her Sonic Scream is especially effective on the Symbiote, and she beats Flash down while he is left weak and vulnerable from it. He didn't do much better even with the Symbiote's help though. She also easily takes down Captain America in a fist-fight, with him only managing to hit her once via sneak attack. Had Agent Venom not come to his rescue, stabbing The Queen from behind with Cap's shield, he almost certainly would have died.
  • Dating Catwoman: This was assumed to be the case by New York at first. Her first kiss with Spider-Man was caught on the news and shortly afterwards it was all anyone was talking about. But, everyone thought it was Spider-Man who kissed Queen instead of the other way around like it really was, even Mary Jane and Aunt May. In reality it is averted. Despite her flirting and beauty Spider-Man is not attracted to her at all and finds her just as disgusting as his other enemies, she just forces herself on him regardless.
  • Deadpan Snarker: After defeating the mutated Spider-Man by knocking him through a building, she lifts him up telekinetically and says she told him he'd fall for her, "like a ton of bricks."
  • Death Glare: She can give an absolutely terrifying one and a nasty snarl when angered. She first gives one to Spider-Man after listening to one of his bad jokes and kicking him in the leg when he tries to web her, then in the very next issue gives him another after he rejects her and forces her off him in the middle of her kiss.
  • Deity of Human Origin: By transforming most of New York's populace into giant spiders she hijacked the Web of Life, the supernatural force that grants arachnid-themed superheroes and villains their powers, and gained god-like power.
  • Dramatic Unmask: She has her mind controlled servants hold Spider-Man in a giant dogpile lock while she slowly peels off his mask, but stops halfway after getting to his nose. Subverted in that she wasn't trying to unmask him and doesn't care about his secret identity, she was unmasking him enough to kiss him.
  • Entitled to Have You: After meeting Spider-Man and defeating him, she is impressed by his strength and determination and declares that he is part of her hive now and she is his Queen. She declares he will be her mate and he will love her whether he wants to or not.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When she first meets Spider-Man she tells him he is shorter than she was expecting.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She acts flirty to Spider-Man, but she's really a sadist and a terrorist planning to kill a large portion of the world's population. When Spider-Man refuses her advances she becomes violent and angry, harming him and anyone around him to break his spirit. Even her flirting includes her hugging Spider-Man after she beats him unconscious and telling him he could never have stood up to her as a way of comforting him before forcing a kiss on him.
  • Forceful Kiss: In her debut appearance she easily defeats Spider-Man with her powers, and after telling him he could have never beaten her, gives him a big wet kiss on the lips while he can't resist her. She gives him another one while he is tangled in some web in the next issue, but he is able to force her off him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: This applies to her both in the actual comics and in real life.
    • In the comics: Queen was originally just an ordinary woman named Adriana trying to serve her country during World War II. She was subject to various testing in a secret project meant to create more super soldiers, but was deemed a failure and left to rot in an asylum. When her powers finally manifested she decided to use them for revenge on the country that wronged her, and when she resurfaced in 2004 her very presence is enough to scare Captain America shitless, describing her as being more dangerous "than a hundred hulks".
    • In real life: When the Queen debuted she was assumed to be an odd one-shot villain whose only purpose was to give Peter powers resembling the ones he possessed in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy, and was assumed to have been killed at the end of the arc. Come Spider Island, she's suddenly a lot more dangerous, and come Kaine's Scarlet Spider series, it's implied she was a pawn of Ero/The Other.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She calls herself Queen since she can control anyone with an insect gene, and she considers herself superior to all other humans, with or without the insect gene. She takes it a step further when in "Spider Island" she planned to mutate the whole world into giant spider mutants that she could control.
  • If I Can't Have You...: She is heartbroken when Spider-Man, who had just recently completed his transformation and was under her full control as her mate, suddenly dies right in front of her. When she encounters him shortly afterwards after his "revival", she tries to simply kill him since she knows she can't have him as her mate like she had wanted.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She appears in a beautiful and elegant dress, but shows it doesn't slow her down at all in fights. She is easily able to handle Spider-Man in a physical fight, quickly knocking him down with a kick and slamming him against a wall with a hard punch. She even breaks out of a hold when Spidey tries to restrain her legs, and kicks him across the face at an angle. She is also able to use her psychic and telekinetic powers to disable any foes so she doesn't need to get in close.
  • Kaiju: In the climax of Spider Island, she transforms into a monstrous 28 stories tall spider monster form, dubbing herself "The Spider Queen". This form was powerful enough to fight dozens of superheroes simultaneously.
  • Killed Off for Real: She is killed by Kaine at the end of the "Spider-Island" storyline.
  • Leave Him to Me: At the end of her first fight with Spidey, the hero continues to resist her despite being outnumbered and just seeing her knock out Captain America. Queen tells her drones to step aside, she'll deal with Spider-Man herself; and she knocks him out with a second sonic scream.
  • Little Black Dress: Her outfit during her debut appearance was an elegant black dress.
  • Love at First Punch: She initially seems unimpressed with Spider-Man during their first encounter, but once they begin to fight Spidey initially gets the upper hand against her by tripping her and begins to restrain her while she's down. Though she manages to quickly break free, she seems impressed by this and begins to flirt with Spider-Man for the remainder of their fight, and his resolve to keep fighting her even when she has him outmatched quickly impresses her enough to choose him as her mate.
  • Magic Kiss: Her saliva contains a mutagenic compound that connects those infused with it to the Web of Life - or amplifies their connection if they already are - and eventually transforms them into giant spiders.
  • Make an Example of Them: She orders several of her brainwashed drones to jump off a building to their deaths to teach Spider-Man a lesson for resisting her and as a demonstration of her powers.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Adriana can unleash a powerful scream. It was powerful enough to knock out Spider-Man with only two bursts, and later killed The Jackal after Queen had been powered up.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: One of her major goals through her first appearance was to get Spider-Man to love her and become her mate. She technically succeeded after Spider-Man fully mutated into a Giant Spider due to the effect of her kiss and was under her complete control. Unfortunately for her, the mutation ended up being unstable because it was happening too fast and Spider-Man's body was rejecting the process, causing him to "die" right in front of her shortly after she finally had him as her mate, essentially rendering her efforts All for Nothing.
  • Most Common Super Power: She has big breasts for her body size.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She looks like a beautiful young women only in her 20s but is actually a WWII veteran. She has also chosen the much younger Spider-Man to be her "mate", forcing several kisses on him and attempting to make him fall in love with her. She temporarily gains full control of him when her kiss transforms him into a giant spider.
  • Moment Killer: The only moment that can be remotely considered "romantic" between her and Spider-Man is when she visits him while she has him and Cap captured. During her visit she flirts with Spidey, calls his sense of humor cute, and reveals her real name to him. Spidey tries to resist her advances and her invasion of his personal space, but she simply tells him to relax and enjoy "nature's way" before planting another deep passionate kiss on him. Spidey is affected by her kiss and slowly starts to give into her seductions and control, seeing it as an honor to be loved by her and slowly begins to kiss her back before suddenly regaining control of himself and pushing her off him and spitting out her kiss. This act of disrespect causes Queen to drop her romantic attitude and fly into a rage against Spider-Man, vowing he'll love her whether he likes it or not and he will be her mate.
    Spider-Man: PTUI! Get offa me, lady!
    Queen: [snarls and grabs him by the chin] No one does that to me, you little worm! NO ONE!
    [Queen slaps Spidey across the face twice and grabs him across the chin, looking him in the eye]
    Queen: You'll forget you were ever a man, or that you lived among them. You're one of my hive now. You'll love me whether you like it or not. [turns to leave Spidey trapped in the dark]
    Spider-Man: I doubt it, you skank.
  • Mood-Swinger: She has shown a few occasions of this. She can go from being scary to flirty or vice-versa:
    • During her first encounter with Spidey, she knocks him around a bit and threatens his city before restraining him and saying she likes him.
    • She flirts with Spider-Man while he's captured and forces and deep kiss on him, but once he rejects her she angrily calls him a worm, slaps him across the face, and vows he'll love her whether he wants to or not.
  • Mutants: Adrianna belongs to a subspecies of Mutants called Homo insectus. She is so far the only known member of this subspecies.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: While seducing Spidey she gets up close and personal, much to his discomfort. He even begs her for personal space when she is leaning in to kiss him a second time, but she tells him to simply enjoy it.
  • Not Good with Rejection: She goes berserk whenever Spider-Man rejects her. One of the biggest examples was after he rejected her after she kisses him a second time. She snarls angrily calling him a worm, slaps him across the face twice, and vows that he'll love her whether he wants to or not.
  • Older Than They Look: She looks like an attractive 20-something woman, but is a WWII veteran.
  • One-Winged Angel: After being mortally wounded by Agent Venom, she sheds her human form and transcends into a 28-story-tall spider-monster with godlike power.
  • Physical God: After Ariana transforms, Julia Carpenter despairingly proclaims that the Queen has merged with the Web of Life to become a god.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: After getting her hair done by a hairdresser, she notes that she must remember to spare him when she puts her plan into action, since even though she can't control him it is hard to find a good hairdresser these days. She also says she will need to make a list of certain individuals she wants to save for other reasons, and adjust her plans to fit them.
  • Psychic Powers: She can psychically control those with the Insect Gene, which amounts to roughly a third of the world's population, including anyone connected to the Web of Life, and turn them into her "drones".
  • Sadist: While pummelling Agent Venom, she says that killing someone is the closest bond two people can share and that beating him to death is turning her on more than conquering the city did.
  • Sex Is Violence: Her speech to Agent Venom exposes her as a sadist who is turned on by death and violence. Her banter with Captain America is also full of innuendo.
    Queen: (while beating Agent Venom): Still, a smidgen too impudent. Better—humble. So much sexier this way, soldier. There's intimacy to taking a life. To be the last face a man will ever see. The closest bond two people can share. It's arousing. This gets me purring, gets me revved up more than taking over the entire city did. To mount you. To dominate you. To be the last woman you'll ever touch...
    Captain America: Don't mean to interrupt, Queen... Central Park has rules about public fornication... and we've got a fight to finish.
    Queen: So many handsome men vying for my affections. Fortunately, boys, my appetite is voracious. You seem upset, seeing me straddling another soldier. Don't be jealous, Steven. You'll always be my first. I don't want you to use protection. Don't hold back. Give me all you have. Yes, satisfy me. Oh, Steve. You are truly one of a kind. You make me feel like a woman. Make me feel incredible...
  • She's Got Legs: Her beautiful dress helps draw attention to her legs, especially since she holds her dress up to walk. While fighting Spider-Man she shows she is no slouch in kicks. She first spin kicks him in his legs for annoying her and kicks him across the face on two separate occasions.
  • Single Specimen Species: Adrianna is the only known member of the mutant subspecies Homo Insectus.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: She mixes this and Kiss-Kiss-Slap with her "relationship" with Spider-Man. During their first meeting, Queen angrily attacked him for his attempt to web her and violently punched his head into a wall. Immediately after this though she becomes attracted to Spider-Man, with him having impressed her, and after knocking him out in a bloody mess she passionately makes out with him, declaring him as her mate. From then on all their confrontations start with Queen flirting with him and trying to seduce him to her side, only for her to react violently and beat him up when he refuses her love, and then return to flirting with him once she's done.
  • The Social Darwinist: She sees herself as a survivor and ruler of all with an insect gene. She planned to kill all life on Earth that she couldn't control with a bomb, and even compared herself to a cockroach with the bomb. She chose Spider-Man as her mate because she recognized him as a survivor like her, and was impressed by his strength and determination against her, even if she knew he couldn't beat her, and saw him as the strongest of her "subjects."
  • Superpower Lottery: Adriana was stated to possess countless superhuman abilities, but only displayed a handful of them.
  • Super Strength: A very mild case, as she can lift roughly one ton in her base form, but is still strong enough to knock out Spidey and Cap.
  • Super Empowering: Exposure to her venom enhanced Peter's connection to the Web of Life, gave Arana spider-powers... and transformed most of New York's citizens into spider-monsters.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Adriana was a mutant born with the Insect Gene, and considered herself to be above even other mutants, calling herself the sole member of "Homo insectus".
  • "Take That!" Kiss: After beating Spider-Man with a second sonic scream she catches the unconscious hero in a hug and holds him close, saying he could have never beaten her before kissing him.
    Queen: Don't find shame in defeat Spider-Man. This is the way of things. You could never have stood against me. This is nature's way. (Kisses Spidey)
  • Tears of Remorse: She is reduced to tears when the mutated Spider-Man dies right in front of her, shortly after he finished his transformation and he was finally under her full control as her mate.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Her powers awakened when she was nuked during the Bikini Atoll test.
  • Unexplained Recovery:
    • She is knocked off the roof of a building by Captain America in her second issue but shows up in the very next issue without a scratch on her.
    • She is apparently killed in an explosion when her base is attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D. but years later resurfaces during "Spider-Is;and" with no clear indication of how she survived.
  • Villain Team-Up: She works with Jackal during the "Spider Island" storyline, creating the spider virus with his help.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: A dark variant. When she makes the decision to have Spider-Man serve as her "mate" she's made the decision to turn him into a giant spider monster that would serve as a living egg sac for her offspring. It was a small miracle he survived and returned to normal.
  • Villain Respect: She has a respect for those who she deems as "survivors". She quickly finds herself attracted to Spider-Man for this reason.
    Queen: Eh... I like you Spider-Man... you're a survivor. I can respect that. It's all about survival— who'll be left standing when the bomb goes off. Think of me as a cockroach. The biggest one you ever saw.
  • The Worf Effect: Her first appearance has her take over a large part of New York's population with her powers and she causes Peter's spider sense to go ballistic, making him bleed from his nose and ears. Cap tries to warn Spider-Man to stay away from her, but he ignores Cap and Queen proceeds to beat both of them with no trouble. Cap even says later that she's more dangerous "than a hundred hulks" and her kissing Spider-Man is a serious problem.
  • Worthy Opponent: She decided she liked Spider-Man enough to make him her mate shortly after meeting him, with most of this encounter being her beating him up, telling him she can tell he is a survivor like her and respects him for that. After knocking him unconscious she catches him in a hug, instead of letting him fall to the floor, and comforts him by telling him not to be shamed of his defeat before kissing him, beginning the process that will make him her mate. Downplayed a little by telling him he never stood a chance against her and becoming violently angry at him when he rejects her love.
  • You Have Failed Me: She eventually kills The Jackal after he fails her one too many times during "Spider Island". Though it turns out she actually killed a clone of The Jackal, and the real one had kept himself hidden from her during their entire partnership.
  • You Will Be Spared: She decides to spare the hairdresser who styled her hair, since it is hard to find a good hairdresser these days. She also notes she will need to make a list of anyone else she chooses to spare.

    Spider-Woman I 

Spider-Woman I

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Alter Ego: Jessica Miriam Drew

First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #32 (February 1977)

"Raise your hand if you have spider powers, a history of erratic behavior and a deeply disturbing backstory involving trust issues. Also: a knife."

When Jessica was little, she was infected with uranium radiation and was in danger of dying. Her father used an experimental spider serum to save her, and put her in a tube to accelerate the serum's growth, saving her life but aging her rather rapidly to the point that she looks, and acts, much younger than she is. She was raised in Wundagore by the cow-woman Lady Bova, eventually left to make her way in the human world, fell in love... then accidentally killed her first love with her latent superpower: bio-electric blasts. Accused of being a witch, Jessica fled Wundagore and was taken in by HYDRA, tricked into thinking that it was a good place for refugees even though it was actually a terrorist group. She was trained in martial arts and learned to harness her powers more effectively. These include the discovery of her other powers such as Wall Climbing and Pheromones, which attract men and women. Oh, and she was given her codename, first Arachne, but quickly changed to Spider-Woman.

On her first mission to assassinate Nick Fury, Jessica came to realize that HYDRA was wrong, so she rebelled and was left on her own to cope with her power and with her daily life. It was tough, but eventually she managed to overcome her problems, especially meeting Spider-Man, who advised her to use her power for good; she later became a bounty hunter and a private detective.

For more information on her, please refer to her page.

    Spider-Woman II/Arachne/Madame Web II 

Spider-Woman II/Arachne/Madame Web II

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Alter Ego: Julia Eugenia Cornwall Carpenter

First Appearance: Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars (1984) #6 (October 1984)

Julia Carpenter got tricked into entering a program to create a superhero, under the guise of "Athletic Study", and was accidentally injected with a different spider serum, granting her super strength, wall-climbing and the ability to project psychic webbing from her fingerprints. She was given the identity of Spider-Woman by the Commission on Superhuman Activities, although she preferred "Arachne" (suggestion overruled). Her first major involvement was the Crossover event Secret Wars, in which she met Spider-Man and gave him the inspiration of the design for his symbiotic black suit, which would later become known as Venom. She was then roped into joining the newly-formed Freedom Force (Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, pardoned and given a government sanction, although other heroes would be added to the roster). Julia didn't make any friends on the team, however, when she helped free The Avengers from the Vault after the Force had arrested them on trumped-up charges. However, instead of locking her up, CSA director Valerie Cooper (Julia's college friend, who'd been responsible for turning her into Spider-Woman) gave her a second chance to serve her country, although she'd be officially classified as a rogue agent. Julia eventually got caught up with the West Coast Avengers, joining that team and severing her ties with the CSA. While with the Avengers, she was caught in a conflict with the criminal trio Death Web, whose powers were derived from the same source as Julia's, and whom she defeated when they threatened her daughter Rachel and her parents. Soon afterward, when the Avengers shut down the West Coast branch, she joined Iron Man's new team, Force Works, but after that team folded, she retired from superhero activity to continue raising Rachel.

The retirement, however was cut short when she, along with Jessica, was attacked by Charlotte Witter, and she was rendered wheelchair-bound. However, she still took a resistance and mentored the 3rd Spider-Woman, Mattie Franklin. Some time later, she was involved with the Civil War, joining Iron Man's Pro-Registration side and taking the name "Arachne", but eventually she revealed that she was The Mole for the Anti-Registration side. Before she could change sides, however, she was beaten down by Ms. Marvel and was forcefully separated from Rachel as her punishment. The loss of Rachel caused Julia to nearly slip into insanity: she broke out of the prison in the Negative Zone and went into Colorado to search for Rachel. In a fit of rage, she attacked a superpowered girl named Arana, but her instability cost her victory and she was beaten, whereas she met Ms. Marvel again, who apologized and promised to search for Rachel. But despite so, and even the success of reuniting with Rachel, it was clear that the friendship between Julia and Carol was strained.

Julia eventually moved to Canada and joined Omega Flight. She would end up unused for a while, until the Spider-Man story arc Grim Hunt, in which she was captured by Kraven the Hunter, who wanted to destroy every trace of the Spider family. Julia ended up being picked as the successor of Madame Web, but the process of the inheritance made her blind. Following this, she passed on her Arachne costume onto Arana.

For more information on her, please refer to her page.

    Spider-Woman III 

Spider-Woman III

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Alter Ego: Martha "Mattie" Franklin

First Appearance: The Spectacular Spider-Man #263 (November 1998)

The niece of J. Jonah Jameson, Mattie Franklin attended the Gathering of Five - a mystical ceremony that bestows the five people gathered with power, insanity, immortality, knowledge, or death - in place of her father, giving her spider abilities when she was chosen to receive power. Later, Spider-Man had a 10-Minute Retirement, so Mattie donned a costume similar to his and called herself Spider-Woman, taking his place in crime-fighting. Spider-Man realized this and helped her a bit after he got out of retirement.

Around this time, Doctor Octopus created a new villain named Spider-Woman using Madame Web's daughter Charlotte Witter; she attacked Jessica, Julia and Mattie and absorbed their powers. Both Jessica and Julia eventually guide Mattie to become the next Spider-Woman and defeat Charlotte, also getting parts of their Spider-Woman powers.

Mattie later fell in with a bad crowd: her boyfriend drugging her in order to harvest Mutant Growth Hormone from her body. She conducted an investigation into the activities of the Slingers, having sex with Ricochet to prevent him from finding out, but left the team in disgust. Unfortunately, the next time Mattie appeared was during the Grim Hunt arc and she was less lucky than the rest, being the first to be sacrificed by Kravinoffs.

For more information on her, please refer to her page.

    Steel Spider 

Steel Spider

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Alter Ego: Oliver Osnick

First Appearance: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #72 (November 1982)

"Stop this crime! Desist at once, or face the terrible wrath of—the Steel Spider!"

A chubby young nerd who idolized Dr. Octopus and built his own set of octopus tentacles. After meeting Spider-Man, he idolized Spidey instead and redesigned himself as "Spider-Lad", Spider-Man's sidekick. After being turned down by Spider-Man, he's had an off-again off-again career as the Steel Spider, in a metal exo-suit equipped with Spider-like abilities.


  • Progressively Prettier: Since somewhere in the 1990s he started to look much more slender and muscular. And he started wearing a cooler costume.

    Thousand 

Thousand

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Alter Ego: Carl King

First Appearance: Spider-Man's Tangled Web #1 (June 2001)

"Everything. I wanted what you had for myself, Parker. The things I could do with it... with power like that... but what I got was different. Something better, Parker. Something worse. Something that could live inside, that could liquefy the innards of a man and walk the Earth within his hollow shell... something that could watch. And wait. And fester."

A merciless bully, Carl King's favorite pastime was torturing Peter Parker. On the fateful day Peter was bitten by the mystical/irradiated spider, Carl witnessed his favorite punching bag instinctively use the abilities the spider gave him to avoid a car; Carl subsequently took to stalking Peter, who went on to become Spider-Man. Envious of Spider-Man's powers, Carl attempted to replicate them by stealing and eating the spider, which had been kept for study after dying. Instead of granting Carl arachnid-based abilities, the spider caused the thuggish youth to gradually metamorphose into a swarm of spiders, which could devour the innards of others and wear their skin like a suit. Laying low for years in order to master and strengthen his new form, Carl eventually went after Peter, intending to kill and replace him as Spider-Man.


  • Animalistic Abomination: Notable in that he used to be human.
  • Ax-Crazy: The consumption and death of his mother at his hands may have been an accidental killing, but what he did to his dad and girlfriend was perpetrated willingly and for little more than sick kicks. After going underground to get used to his new state and to build up his strength for Spider Man, he spent his time taking his violent urges out on the homeless population and whatever unfortunate happened to cross his path.
  • Body Horror: His powers embody this trope.
  • Break Them by Talking: What Carl tried to do to Peter during the time he bullied him, in addition to the physical violence. Emphasis on tried, as already back in school Peter, along with everyone else, saw right through him and knew he was nothing but a sadistic and pathetic sociopath who only knew cruelty and fear, and was only a threat to Peter on account of his larger size and greater physical strength.
  • Bully Brutality: During his Evil Gloating, King nonchalantly recalls doing such things to Peter as forcing him to eat dog crap, dangling him off the Williamsburg Bridge, and holding a knife to his crotch purely because he messed up his math paper.
  • Card-Carrying Jerkass: In high school, Carl was an even more vicious bully to Peter than Flash Thompson; in the present, he revels in the memory of how much he made Peter's life miserable and freely admits he was a "rotten kid." As the Thousand, he's crossed the line into Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He acknowledges himself as a supervillain after admitting he killed his parents to Spidey.
    Thousand: You remember what a rotten kid I was, Parker. It's hardly surprising I turned out to be a rotten supervillain, too.
    Spider-Man: A supervillain?
    Thousand: I think I fit the profile.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Having seen what the radioactive spider bite did to Peter, Carl decided to break into the exhibition building to acquire one for himself. It was only after he did so that he realized that he had no idea how to irradiate a spider, and the spider that bit Peter was dead, which left him with "Plan B" - eating the spider's corpse.
  • Disposable Vagrant: His main source of nourishment.
  • Entitled Bastard: He's insanely jealous of Peter's fame and power as Spider-Man, firmly convinced such things are rightfully his.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Flash Thompson, who does not appear in the story. Both bullied Peter, but while Flash did so due to his troubled home life and own insecurities, Carl did it simply because he was a sadistic sociopath. Both idolized and wanted to be like Spider-Man, and while Flash looks back on his time as a bully with embarrassment and shame, Carl revels in the memories of his past misdeeds.
  • Evil Gloating: After biting Spider-Man and paralyzing him, he ties him up and goes on a long monologue, explaining his origins, his powers, and how he plans to Kill and Replace Spidey. This, combined with the interruption of Peter's landlord, who King promptly devours, buys Spidey enough time for the poison to wear off. Spidey even lampshades it before breaking free and attacking him.
    Spider-Man: You're in love with the sound of your own voice. You strut around smirking like a two-year-old who's just finished potty training. You can't resist laying out every detail of your descent into evil and your big, bad plan... and you get so into it you forget your paralyzing poison is about to wear off.
  • Fatal Flaw: Carl's pathological need to gloat and grind Peter's face to the dirt when he has him at his mercy. See the Evil Gloating entry above.
  • Fat Bastard: As Carl, and Peter's landlord Mr. Ambrose.
  • For the Evulz: Regularly bullied and tormented Peter in high school for the hell of it. In his current state, he's just as bad, admitting he's a supervillain and recalling how he ate children with a smile on his face.
  • Giant Spider: The main spider is about the size of a human head.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Solely motivated by envy for Peter's life as Spider-Man, believing it to be perfect.
  • Humanoid Abomination: When he’s wearing his latest victim and pretending to be human, he perfectly embodies this. He can act and look perfectly normal up until the moment he feels he has the upper hand. At which point he can distort and warp his host body (which is little more than a bag of skin animated by his spider form) into a varied array of horrific configurations to overtake his opponents. He’s also completely divorced from humanity both in his natural state and mental state, as well as believes himself to be vastly superior both to normal people and Spider Man alike.
  • Hate Sink: He's a vile, predatory abomination both literally and figuratively. Even among Peter's worst foes like Norman Osborn and Carnage, the Thousand has none of their bravado or even slightly sympathetic qualities, being a vicious, entitled bully who kills and torments for the pettiest of reasons.
  • High-Voltage Death: Spider-Man electrocutes him, reducing the Thousand to the One. While swearing vengeance, the remaining spider is stepped on by an oblivious passerby.
  • Hive Mind: A single mind in one-thousand little bodies.
  • I Can't Sense Their Presence: He's immune to the Spider-Sense.
  • It's All About Me: Incorrigibly selfish, using everyone else for his entitled pleasure and punishing them for failing to satisfy his wants.
  • Kill and Replace: His plan for Spider-Man.
  • Madness Mantra: "It should have been me!"
  • Meta Origin: Ever wonder about what happened to the spider that bit Peter?
  • Never My Fault: Blames Peter for his condition and how it led to him devouring his girlfriend, even though he immediately dismisses normal human lives as worthless and, as Peter points out, he had a choice every step of the way.
  • Orifice Invasion: His spiders invade a person's body this way, devour their innards, and wear their leftover flesh as a suit.
  • The Paralyzer: His bite can temporarily immobilize others.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: For all his power, King is nothing more than a Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up, utterly fixated on Peter and insanely jealous of his fame and glory as Spider-Man. During their fight, he rants about how he believes he should have become Spider-Man and how he deserves Peter's "perfect life." Spidey even lampshades it, remarking that Carl hasn't changed at all from the pathetic bully he was when they were kids.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In addition to what Spidey says to Carl before breaking free and attacking him, there's also what he says when he's laying into him.
    Spider-Man: I remember you, Carl <punches him in the face>. Not quite the same way you do <punches him in the stomach>. You think the kids at school liked you? You think they liked that you picked on kids like me? You were pathetic, Carl! You didn't know how to make friends! You were terrified of girls! All you knew was cruelty and fear, and making people nervous to get your attention! And look how far you've come, Carl! <kicks him in the chin> You're just the same old SADIST you always were!!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The spiders.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Except he never did grow up, physically or mentally.
  • Self-Made Orphan: After becoming the Thousand, he crosses the Moral Event Horizon by murdering his own parents.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Like most bullies, is under a delusion that he was popular. He violently denies Peter's argument how pathetic everyone, including the other bullies, actually found him.
  • The Sociopath: He only cares for himself and what he wants, and is obsessed with becoming Spider-Man, believing he's entitled to the power and position Peter has. Other human lives are nothing but stepping stones to satisfy his wants, and he casually admits to Spidey that he ate dozens of people to grow stronger, including his girlfriend, his parents, and children.
  • Spider Swarm: The Thousand is a swarm of spiders in a human shell.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: He stalked Peter and followed his exploits as Spider-Man for years.
  • Undignified Death: As mentioned above, he ended up being killed by a random guy stepping on his last spider.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He willingly admits to Spider-Man that some of his victims have been children, which is far from the only atrocity he admits to in the long-winded account of his past.
  • The Worm That Walks: His true form is a swarm of a thousand of normal-sized spiders and one big one; he wears the skin of anyone he kills, after devouring their insides.

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