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.
During Spider-Verse, she appeared in the first arc of Spider-Woman volume five, teaming up with Jessica Drew before spinning off into her own ongoing series in February 2015. Initially running for seven issues, Silk (and many other titles) were put on hold for the massive Secret Wars event, but returned with a new volume during the All-New, All-Different Marvel initiative later that year. In the second volume, Silk is working for Black Cat, or so it seems as she is actually a mole for SHIELD, but things start to get complicated, as Silk gains some anger issues as well as having a hard time remembering Black Cat isn't her friend.
Cindy appears (in her unpowered, civilian form) as a classmate of Peter's in 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, played there by Tiffany Espensen, later reprising the role in Avengers: Infinity War. In June 2018, it was announced that Sony began developing a film based on the character, but whether or not it will be set in the MCU (with Espensen reprising the role) is unconfirmed.
Notable Comic Books
- Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 (2014)
- Silk (multiple runs):
- vol. 1 (2015)
- vol. 2 (2015 — 2017)
- Amazing Spider-Man & Silk: The Spider(fly) Effect (2016)
- Spider-Women (2016)
- Spider-Geddon (2018)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe, (2017 — present), played by Tiffany Espensen
- Silk (TBA)note
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Spiders, being the avatar of a powerful Spider Totem.
- Arachnid Appearance and Attire: Her first costume is made entirely out of spider-silk, just look◊.
- Badass Boast:Ringer III: H-how're you—? Nobody's that fast!Silk: I am. Fast, tough, and smooth... as Silk! Yeah, that'll work.
- Bandaged Face: She's covered the lower half of her face with her spider-silk in her first costume.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
- Averted after Cindy gets a beating at the hands of Black Cat and ends up with a black eye.
- Averted again when Cindy gets some bruises on her cheek after fighting Mattie Franklin.
- Becoming the Mask: Her infiltration of Black Cat's organization has puts her in serious risk of this. She almost killed a person, admittedly a really really bad person. When asked about it later she stated she felt good after beating the man and throwing him off a roof. Though the thing that seems to most be pushing her into this trope is that she genuinely likes Cat.
- Berserker Rage: Silk was already someone not completely in control of her emotions, and being exposed to goblin serum didn't help, even after Cat cured her she still flies into a rage on occasion.
- Butch Lesbian/Lipstick Lesbian: Two of Cindy's co-workers◊ are lesbian couple and perhaps one of the most blatant examples of these. The butch is short-haired, tomboyish, and slightly masculine-looking. The lipstick is long-haired, cute, blonde, nerd-looking, and Meganekko.
- Cat Fight: Against Black Cat. Lampshaded in this very cover◊.
- Cheap Costume: For her first costume, Silk quickly slaps together a costume using her webbing. Spidey laments having never thought of doing that himself, although considering his webbing only lasts couple of hours that might be a good thing. She later makes herself a proper costume, after Natalie Long calls her original one "tacky".
- Combat Clairvoyance: To a greater degree than Spider-Man. She can track people quicker and easier and by her description see further along the threads of fate that power their Spider-Sense.
- Cool Big Sis: Was this towards her little brother as seen in a flashback in Silk #1 here◊ (aside from sibling bickering). Final arc of the first volume is about how Cindy searches for him and finally reunites with him again.
- Distaff Counterpart: She is this to Peter to a greater extent than any of the Spider-Women or Spider-Girls. Morlun even calls her "Spider-Bride".
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Cindy finally finds and rescues her parents, who were trapped in the Negative Zone. As thanks for everything Cindy did in dealing with the Black Cat, Mockingbird sets her family up with a new house/safehouse.
- Evil Mentor: Black Cat starts to become this for Silk in volume 2. It doesn't help that Cat is really the only person that isn't convinced Silk is a screw up or potential screw up.
- Face–Heel Turn: In the All New, All Different universe, Silk has gone rogue and is working for Black Cat under the moniker of the "Sinister Silk", lamenting that her brief stint as a hero has made it difficult for her to accrue any Villain Cred... but it's revealed she's actually The Mole for S.H.I.E.L.D. But, then, after the events of Spider-Women, Cindy decides to back the Black Cat full time after SHIELD refuses to listen to the fact that her Earth-65 counterpart was causing trouble, not her. Then it turns out she goes back to SHIELD trying to bust black Cat once more after they finally believe in her story.
- Fantastic Arousal: She emits pheromones that cause Peter Parker to want to get intimate with her, and vice versa. It gets to the point where they can't be around each other for more than a few minutes before they start making out.
- Femme Fatalons: As of Volume 2, she can either turn her fingers into claws, or her costume has been upgraded to do so.
- Finger Firearms: Like Ultimate Marvel's Jessica Drew, she shoots her webbing from her fingertips instead of her wrists. She can spin different kinds too: Insulated strands to use against Electro and porous ones for more cushioned barriers. They also have barbed hook tips giving a stronger catch on things she hits. Very similar to the way the Great Weaver has been depicted spinning its webs given her purported stronger connection to the Web of Life.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Not as bad as Captain America, per se, but when she hits the Internet to search for her parents, she's stopped by the fact that Peter doesn't have Netscape Navigator. Peter also notes that, when she was locked away, Facebook had just barely started, putting her lockaway at about 2005-2006.Silk: Guess who's back. Back again.
Spider-Gwen: Ugh... has anybody considered putting Silk back in her time capsule?
- Gilded Cage: The bunker Ezekiel placed her in, and intended to place Peter inside as well.
- I Have This Friend...: In Issue #1, Cindy says Dragonclaw sounds like a Pokémon, prompting her to ask "Is Pokemon still a thing... asking for a friend."
- Important Haircut: near the end of her first character arc in Silk, Cindy is in a fight with Black Cat that ends with Black Cat dangling her by her hair over a long drop. After a moment of existential anguish over the source of the fight itself, she cuts off her own hair to escape. From this moment forward, she begins to move past her reliance on Spider-man & make her own decisions about her life, including later working with Black Cat in order to find information on her family.
- Manchild: Woman Child: Slowly have been Deconstructed in her series. Because she was locked in a bunker when she was a teenager, Cindy is a bit emotionally stunted.
- Meta Origin:
- Morality Pet: Silk has appointed herself as Black Cat's, and given Silk's "lucky" escape in issue 10 it seems to be working.
- Naïve Newcomer: Silk's naivety and enthusiasm for heroics would normally make her endearing, but when she teams up with Spider-Woman during Spider-Verse, Jess finds it very aggravating.
- Never My Fault: Occasionally attempts to shift the blame off herself whenever she screws up and things go FUBAR. Spider-Woman eventually gets fed up with this and chews her out on it.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She ends up getting Spider-Man: Noir laid up after she accidentally attracts Brix and Bora to their location. And then gets Spider-Woman trapped on Loomworld. And then wrecks the second teleporter when she returns to Loomworld to save Spider-Woman, even though she should be staying away from Loomworld. It happens a lot in Spider-Verse.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: After finding out Silk has betrayed her by working with S.H.I.E.L.D., Black Cat teleports the two of them to an abandoned warehouse and proceeds to beat Cindy to a bloody pulp in front of her goons, to show them what happens to people who double-cross her. The beatdown is interrupted by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents storming the building, and Cindy uses the last of her strength to leap through a skylight after being aided by an uppercut, landing on the roof. Black Cat simply teleports to the roof and continues beating her up.
- Not Quite Back to Normal: The Goblin King (Phil Urich) infects Silk with his knock-off Goblin Serum in an attempt to get her on his side, but she's saved by Black Cat, who had cooked up a cure. However, Silk's eyes are later shown turning yellow when she gets angry, implying that Felicia's vaccine wasn't perfect (it hasn't been brought up since, however).
- Older Than She Looks: Looks like a teenager, but is actually the same age as Peter who is canonically 28 as of 2014. Played for Laughs, as both Jessica Drew and Mockingbird who mentor Silk refer to her as a kid despite the fact that she's actually around the same age as them.Mockingbird: That's good to hear, young lady.
Silk: Dude, we're practically the same age.
- One-Word Title: Protagonist Title, being her codename, as she's a superhero.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Her solo launching at the same time as Spider-Gwen did her no favours.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: She doesn't even cover her whole face as Silk. Making things even dumber, as Cindy Moon, she's working for a news station that wants to profit off Silk like the Daily Bugle profited off Spider-Man. Someone's gotta realize something's up soon.
- Parental Abandonment: Her family life wasn't the best as she and her mom were at each other's throats, but after spending ten years in the bunker, she has no idea where they might have gone. It is implied, however, that there is something more sinister behind their disappearance. Thanks to S.H.I.E.L.D., she finds out they disappeared into the Negative Zone in search of a cure for her Spider-Powers to protect her from the Inheritors. However, they came to realize they were oh-so-wrong about needing to save her from that. Cindy rescues them and brings them home.
- Parental Substitute: When Cindy gets a job at Fact Channel News, J. Jonah Jameson (who actually likes Silk, barring the period where she was impersonated◊ by her Evil Counterpart from Earth-65) ends up taking her under his wing, even giving her the nickname "Analog" after seeing her use a pen and notepad instead of a phone or tablet. He becomes somewhat father-y towards her, helps her find her missing brother, and "screams" raises at her, though things are apparently going to get awkward◊ in Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy when Mattie Franklin (Jameson's murdered adopted daughter) Comes Back Wrong.
- Photographic Memory: Silk #1 reveals that she has this and that her last real memories before the spider-bite was arguing with her parents and going out with her earlier boyfriend to the event that would get her her powers.
- Power Incontinence: The events of Spider-Verse has caused her powers to act strange, amplifying her Spider-Sense but lowering her pheromonal attraction. She can't stand it anymore and goes back to her bunker once more.
- Protagonist Title: The protagonist's codename, as she's a superhero.
- Red String of Fate: She and Peter were bitten by the same radioactive/supernatural spider. They can't be close to each other too long before their "pheromones" start making them go in for a makeout. However, it seems that the string's been cut as a result of Spider-Verse.
- Remember the New Guy?: She was one of Peter's classmates thirteen years ago In-Universe. Subverted in that he initially has no idea who she is.
- The Rival: When their pheromonal attraction starts interfering with their daily lives, Cindy suggests Peter take a hike and leave New York to her. Peter takes this as a challenge, while Cindy attempts to avoid
- Shout-Out: Her response upon hearing the name of one of Black Cat's criminal partner, Dragonclaw?Silk: "Seriously? Sounds like a Pokémon."
- Also shown to own a Staryu plush doll and have a Jigglypuff on her office desk.
- She also has a Sailor Moon poster in her apartment.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Her relationship with Peter has been very intimate, to the point where Anna Maria is uncomfortable around them. Both of them find their Fantastic Arousal inhibits their ability to fight crime, and Cindy is extremely uncomfortable with the situation. As of Silk Volume 0, they're apparently no longer romantically involved. In the flashback scenes, her high school boyfriend & herself also qualify, as do the friends that she helped set up in Issue #1, Lola & Rafferty.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Literally, as the second fight that breaks out between her and Peter ends with them making out due to their Spider-Senses freaking out when Morlun resurfaces.
- Spoiled Brat: She easily comes off as this because of Jessica Drew's assertion that Silk's Wide-Eyed Idealism will get them killed if they let her get away with it.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: In her defense, she recently spent a decade in a bunker, putting her somewhat behind the times in terms of popular culture, and her people skills in general are rather rusty. She is also strongly implied to have an anxiety disorder, which doesn't help matters much.
- Super Reflexes: Much more agile than Spider-Man, being capable of dodging his webbing in what the man himself describes as Matrix Bullet Time.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Peter mentions that he's killed Morlun, she's relieved. When he mentioned that he's done it twice, she flips out, realizing Peter's doomed everyone.
- Wide-Eyed Idealism: She's a newcomer to the superhero scene, and while her naivety and enthusiasm would normally make her endearing to veterans like Spider-Woman, the fact that they were embroiled in a war made Silk The Load in the worst possible ways.