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"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."
Cindy Moon
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Silk is a Marvel Comics superheroine who is first introduced into Marvel Universe in the first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 (April 2014). She's created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos.

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.

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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, written by Robbie Thompson (known for his work on Supernatural). Initially running for seven issues, Silk, like many other titles, was 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. This volume ran for nineteen issues.

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, reportedly later retooled into a series for Prime Video by 2020. It will reportedly be the first in a franchise of series for the streamer set in Sony's Spider-Man Universe, but it has not yet been confirmed if Espensen will reprise her role. It was also reported in December 2018 that Silk would feature in a spinoff of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, alongside Spider-Gwen and Jessica Drew, tentatively titled Spider-Women.

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Notable Comic Books
  • Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 (2014)
  • Silk (multiple runs):
    • vol. 1 (2015)
    • vol. 2 (2015-2017)
    • vol. 3 (2020-)
  • Amazing Spider-Man & Silk: The Spider(fly) Effect (2016)
  • Spider-Women (2016)
  • Spider-Geddon (2018)

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  • All Therapists Are Muggles: Averted. At Mister Fantastic's recommendation, Cindy begins seeing Dr. Marie Porter, a shrink who specializes in helping people with secret identities. Marie is one of the few people Cindy genuinely trusts, and is on a very short list of characters who believe that Cindy can get her life in order.
  • 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: Mockingbird worried that Silk's infiltration of Black Cat's organization would put her in serious risk of this, as did a few others, and not without reason. She almost killed a person under Black Cat's orders, and when asked about it, she stated she felt good after beating the man and throwing him off a roof (but claims that she knew he'd survive). The main thing that seemed to be pushing her into this trope is that she genuinely likes Cat and sees her as a friend, a feeling that Cat would mutually return. She ultimately doesn't go rogue, and Mockingbird apologizes for thinking she would.
  • Butch Lesbian/Lipstick Lesbian: Two of Cindy's co-workers, Lola and Rafferty, are lesbian couple and perhaps one of the most blatant examples of these. Lola is short-haired, tomboyish, and slightly masculine-looking. Rafferty is long-haired, cute, blonde, nerd-looking, and Meganekko.
  • Cat Fight: Against Black Cat. Lampshaded in this very cover.
  • Cool Big Sis: Aside from the usual sibling bickering, she was this towards her little brother, as seen in a flashback in Silk #1 here. The final arc of the first volume is about how Cindy searches for him and finally reunites with him again.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In her solo series by Robbie Thompson, her spider powers and the circumstances surrounding how she got them are written like an extended metaphor for a social or learning disability. Cindy was raised by two deeply loving parents, but when she got her powers, she and they were horrified and wanted nothing more than for her to go back to being a normal girl. Their fear allowed Ezekiel Sims to persuade them to lock away their teenage daughter in a bunker for over a decade. She isn't very adept at social cues, and at first cannot understand why Peter Parker doesn't want to lean into their Fantastic Arousal. Most other superheroes treat her as younger than she is and find her either endearing or aggravating, which translates to Cindy as condescension or fuel for her own self-loathing. She regularly worries that she'll never be a properly functioning adult on behalf of her circumstances, and in most issues, the only person she can confide in is her therapist. At the end of Thompson's run on the character, she accepts that these things will always be a part of her, but she owes it to herself to be comfortable in her own skin, in the company of people who care about her, such as Lola, Rafferty, Albert, and her parents, found at last, who apologize profusely for letting Ezekiel put her in that bunker.
  • 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 becomes this for Silk in Volume 2. It doesn't help that Cat is the only person besides Silk's therapist that isn't convinced Silk is a failure of some kind.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the All New, All Different universe, Silk has gone rogue and is working for Black Cat under the moniker of "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 Black Cat full-time after S.H.I.E.L.D. refuses to listen to the fact that her Earth-65 counterpart was causing trouble, not her. Then it turns out she went back to S.H.I.E.L.D. to continue busting Black Cat after they finally believed her story.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Subverted for Silk, who is probably the only Spider-Hero other than the aforementioned alternate universe Spider-Girl to be liked by J. Jonah Jameson from the start. JJJ is a fan of Cindy Moon's alter ego and also acts as a bit of a Parental Substitute for her. Which makes things interesting once Cindy starts working as the The Mole and tries to actively ruin her reputation and be labeled a menace to strengthen the facade. Instead, Jonah begins coming up with a number of excuses for her villainous behavior, refusing to believe Silk has actually gone bad. Later on, Cindy ends up devastated when an actually evil version of her from Spider-Gwen's dimension shows up to commit a major crime spree, causing Jameson to finally lose faith in her.
  • I Have This Friend: In Issue #1, Cindy says Dragonclaw sounds like a Pokémon, prompting her to ask "Is Pokémon still a thing... asking for a friend."
  • Important Haircut: Near the end of her first character arc in her solo comic, Cindy is in a fight with Black Cat that ends with the theif 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.
  • Morality Pet: Silk appointed herself as Black Cat's, and the two end up having a heart-to-heart where Silk tells her that she clearly isn't the full-fledged villain that everyone is making her out to be. Knowing that her sidekick earnestly views her in this way leads to Black Cat sparing Silk's life when she learns Silk is working for S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • 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. She stops when Silk reaffirms her faith in Black Cat not being a true villain, though.
  • 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 briefly turn yellow when she gets angry for a while after, implying that Felicia's vaccine wasn't perfect or took time to work fully.
  • Photographic Memory: Silk #1 reveals that she has this, and has her dismayed that the most vivid of these memories include telling her mother than she hated her.
  • So What Do We Do Now?: In the penultimate issue of Vol. 2, Cindy finds herself at a lost of what do after rescuing her parents, as reuniting her family was her only goal after leaving the bunker. The idea of continuing to be Silk doesn't even seem enticing for a while. It's only after talking with Jameson, her brother, and her therapist, as well as helping a kid get their kite out of a tree, that she decides to take Mockingbird's offer to join S.H.I.E.L.D. as a full-time hero.
  • Womanchild: Mainly manifests in her solo series, where her acting like an emotionally stunted and impulsive teenager is shown as the result of spending ten years in solitary confinement. As Jessica points out later in Spider-Women, that this and her anxiety issues are the only things Cindy has from being locked in solitary confinement for so long is a miracle.

Alternative Title(s): Silk

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