Spider-Woman (Ultimate Marvel character)

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The Ultimate iteration of Spider-Woman. Cover art to Ultimate Spider-Man #98 (October 2006). Art by Mark Bagley and Richard Isanove.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Ultimate Spider-Man #98 (October 2006) (as Jessica Drew)
Ultimate Comics: Mystery #2 (October 2010) (as Julia Carpenter)
All-New Ultimates #1 (April 2014) (as Black Widow)
Created by Brian Michael Bendis (writer)
Mark Bagley (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Jessica Reilly Drew
Team affiliations Ultimates
New Ultimates
Web Warriors
Partnerships Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
Kitty Pryde
Human Torch
Notable aliases Jessica Drew, Julia Carpenter, Black Widow, Peter Parker
Abilities Superhuman strength, speed, and agility; "spider-sense", ability to stick to surfaces, organic webbing

Ultimate Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, she is the Ultimate Marvel equivalent of both the original Spider-Woman and Ben Reilly.

Publication history[edit]

Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, the Ultimate incarnation of Spider-Woman first appeared in Ultimate Spider-Man #98 (October 2006), and appeared in All-New Ultimates #1 (April 2014) as the Ultimate Universe's third iteration of "Black Widow" (after Natasha Romanoff and Monica Chang). She is a supporting character in Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man and Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Clone Saga[edit]

Spider-Woman is a genetically-engineered clone of Peter Parker whose chromosomes were manipulated to make her female. Created to act as an agent for the CIA (code name: Spider-Woman), she retains Peter's memories. The intent of her creators was to erase her memories and implant new ones, but Jessica escaped before the process could be carried out.[2] Doctor Octopus reveals himself as the mastermind behind the experiments that created her. Jessica and Peter fight Doctor Octopus together, and eventually prevail. Peter surrenders to Nick Fury while Jessica opts to flee.[3] At the storyline's close, Jessica decides to start a new life and embrace her given identity. She takes her leave of Peter after what she calls "the most awkward hug in history".[4]


Spider-Woman later appears during the "Ultimatum" storyline, making her public debut when she helps Johnny Storm apprehend the Vulture.[5] Storm begins to develop a romantic interest in her after a bad date with a famed but obnoxious teen singer, unaware that she's Spider-Man's female clone. She later meets May Parker while aiding civilians during Magneto's worldwide attack,[6] takes her to safety and promises to find Peter for her.[7] Later, she travels to the center of Manhattan where Doctor Strange's home is being attacked by Nightmare; the Hulk begins to destroy the portal to the Dark Dimension, causing an explosion.[8] After briefly being chased by Hulk, Jessica continues her search for Peter and meets Kitty Pryde. They work together on the search as well as try to help survivors, but are overwhelmed by the deaths and destruction around them. They manage to find a remnant of Peter's mask, which Kitty takes with her and gives to Mary Jane Watson at Peter's home, informing her and May that Peter is still among the missing.[9]


In Ultimate Enemy, Spider-Woman is seen doing recon on the Roxxon Corporation, investigating possible illegal genetic experimentation, when the corporation building is attacked. It is assumed that the person behind the attack is the "Ultimate Enemy". She is later attacked by the same creature that destroyed the building. [10] Drew then attempts to infiltrate Roxxon, posing as an employee named "Dr. Julia Carpenter".[11] On her first day, she is introduced to the Roxxon Brain Trust.[12] Shortly afterward, they witness an attack on the Baxter Building and Roxxon suggests they move into an underground bunker. While waiting there, Misty Knight starts to ask her questions and figures out that she is not who she claims to be. The Roxxon Brain Trust then reveals that they suspect Roxxon in the attacks. Spider-Woman doesn't trust them and when they want to see her powers, she webs them up and attempts to flee. One of the Brain Trust members transforms into a brute of some sort and knocks her out before she can get away.[13]

In Ultimate Doom, Spider-Woman awakens to find herself bound on a table and meets the Brain Trust's leader, Doctor Octopus. It doesn't take long for Spider-Man to arrive and save her, just before Roxxon is attacked again. As the duo start rescuing civilians, they notice Doctor Octopus is also in danger. Although Spider-Woman wants to let him die, Spider-Man eventually manages to convince her to help save him. Rick Jones arrives with the Human Torch and they learn that heroes are gathering to take down Reed Richards. Spider-Woman and even Doctor Octopus join the group.[14] During the attack in the Negative Zone, Spider-Woman meets the Ultimates for the first time, and assists Captain America himself. After the confrontation with Richards, Spider-Woman becomes an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. at Carol Danvers's request.[15]

Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man and Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates[edit]

After Peter apparently dies fighting the Green Goblin, she confronts the new Spider-Man (Miles Morales).[16] She later assists Iron Man and Hawkeye in fighting Electro.[volume & issue needed] Eventually, Spider-Woman becomes frustrated about being in the Ultimates team.[17] She is captured along with Captain Britain by the new S.H.I.E.L.D. director Marvin Flumm,[18] but is later released and takes part in Captain America's swearing into the presidency.[19] When Captain America went to join the states once more, Spider-Woman joined the new President Howard and was part of the ground forces.[20] During the "United We Stand" storyline, Spider-Woman is reluctantly teamed with Miles during S.H.I.E.L.D.'s battle with the terrorist group HYDRA.[21] After they are separated in the battle, she finds him and returns him to New York.

Initially, she is not forthcoming when Miles asks why she cares so much about him.[22] But after Miles quits being Spider-Man following personal tragedy,[23] Jessica reveals to Miles that she is Peter's clone. She explains that although she has Parker's memories, she is not Spider-Man, but feels that Miles should be. This convinces him to resume the Spider-Man identity.[24] Later, the two team up with Cloak & Dagger and Bombshell to fight Roxxon's Brain Trust and confront Phillip R. Roxxon.[25] Along with Kitty Pryde, the group becomes the New Ultimates. Jessica changes her superhero alias to "Black Widow".[26]


During the "Spider-Verse" storyline, she teams up with Kaine and an alternate Ben Reilly to investigate the home of the Inheritors and find out how they are able to clone.[27]

Spider-Men II[edit]

Following the Secret Wars events that seemingly destroyed Jessica's universe, she is returned to the Spider-Woman identity and rejoins the Ultimates with Peter, who has reclaimed the Spider-Man mantle.[28]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Spider-Woman has all the powers of Spider-Man (superhuman strength, speed, and agility, the ability to stick to surfaces and a spider-sense that warns her of danger). In addition, her fingertips have spinnerets allowing her to fire silk-spinning webbing from them.

In other media[edit]


  1. ^ Mahadeo, Kevin (August 11, 2009). "Tuesday Q&A: Brian Michael Bendis". Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #102
  3. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #104
  4. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #105
  5. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #129
  6. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #130
  7. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #131
  8. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #132
  9. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #133
  10. ^ Ultimate Comics: Enemy #1-2
  11. ^ Ultimate Comics: Mystery #2
  12. ^ Ultimate Comics: Mystery #3
  13. ^ Ultimate Comics: Mystery #4
  14. ^ Ultimate Comics: Doom #3
  15. ^ Ultimate Comics: Doom #4
  16. ^ Brian Michael Bendis (w), Sara Pichelli (a). Ultimate Spider-Man v2, 4 (January 2012), Marvel Comics
  17. ^ Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #8 (May 2012)
  18. ^ Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #9 (June 2012)
  19. ^ Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #16 (November 2012)
  20. ^ Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #17 (December 2012)
  21. ^ Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol 2 #17 (June 2012)
  22. ^ Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol 2 #18 (February 2013)
  23. ^ Bendis, Brian Michael (w), Pichelli, Sara (a). "Venom War" Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 22 (June 2013), Marvel Comics
  24. ^ Bendis, Brian Michael (w), Marquez, David (a). "Spider-Man No More" Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 25 (September 2013), Marvel Comics
  25. ^ Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol. 2 #28 (December 2013)
  26. ^ All-New Ultimates #1 (April 2014)
  27. ^ Scarlet Spiders #1 (November 2014)
  28. ^ Spider-Men II #5. Marvel Comics
  29. ^ http://marvel.com/news/video_games/26213/spider-man_swings_into_lego_marvels_avengers[permanent dead link]