Spider-Woman (Ultimate Marvel character)

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Spider-Woman
Ultimate Spider-Woman.jpg
The Ultimate iteration of Spider-Woman. Cover art to Ultimate Spider-Man #98 (October 2006). Art by Mark Bagley and Richard Isanove.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceUltimate 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 byBrian Michael Bendis (writer)
Mark Bagley (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoPeter Parker
Team affiliationsUltimates
New Ultimates
S.H.I.E.L.D.
Spider-Army/Web-Warriors
PartnershipsSpider-Man (Peter Parker)
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
Kitty Pryde
Human Torch
Notable aliasesJessica Reilly Drew, Julia Carpenter, Black Widow.
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength, speed, and agility; "spider-sense", ability to stick to surfaces, organic webbing

Ultimate Spider-Woman (Peter Parker; colloquial: "Jessica Drew", "Julia Carpenter", "Parker Peters" or "Black Widow") is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, they are the Ultimate Marvel equivalent of both the first and second Spider-Woman and Ben Reilly. As opposed to their prime counterparts, this version of Spider-Woman is a biologically female clone of Peter Parker.

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).[1] They were a supporting character in Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man and Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates.[2]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Clone Saga[edit]

Spider-Woman is a genetically-engineered clone of Peter Parker whose chromosomes were manipulated to make them biologically female. Created alongside Kaine to act as agents for the CIA (code name: Spider-Woman), they retain Peter's memories and love of Mary Jane Watson, also viewing themselves as Peter Parker. The intent of their creators was to erase their memories and implant new ones, but both escaped before the process could be carried out.[3] Doctor Octopus reveals himself as the mastermind behind the experiments that created them. All three fight Doctor Octopus together and eventually prevail. Peter surrenders to Nick Fury while the clones opt to flee.[4] At the storyline's close, Spider-Woman decides to start a new life apart from Peter, takes their leave of him after what they call "the most awkward hug in history", establishing a sibling-like relationship with him.[5]

Ultimatum[edit]

Spider-Woman later appears during the "Ultimatum" storyline, making their public debut when they help Johnny Storm apprehend the Vulture.[6] Storm begins to develop a romantic interest in Spider-Woman after a bad date with a famed but obnoxious teen singer, unaware that they are Spider-Man's female clone. They later meet May Parker while aiding civilians during Magneto's worldwide attack,[7] taking them to safety and promising to find Peter for them.[8] Later, they travel 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.[9] After briefly being chased by Hulk, Spider-Woman continues their 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.[10]

Doomsday[edit]

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". They are later attacked by the same creature that destroyed the building. [11] Spider-Woman then attempts to infiltrate Roxxon, posing as an employee named "Dr. Julia Carpenter".[12] On their first day, they are introduced to the Roxxon Brain Trust.[13] 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 them 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 their powers, she webs them up and attempts to flee. One of the Brain Trust members transforms into a brute of some sort and knocks them out before she can get away.[14]

In Ultimate Doom, Spider-Woman awakens to find themself 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 them, 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 them 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.[15] 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.[16]

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

After Peter apparently dies fighting the Green Goblin, Spider-Woman confronts the new Spider-Man (Miles Morales).[17] She later assists Iron Man and Hawkeye in fighting Electro.[volume & issue needed] Eventually, Spider-Woman becomes frustrated about being in the Ultimates team,[18] being captured along with Captain Britain by the new S.H.I.E.L.D. director Marvin Flumm,[19] but is later released and takes part in Captain America's swearing into the presidency.[20] When Captain America went to join the states once more, Spider-Woman joined the new president and was part of the ground forces.[21] 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.[22] After they are separated in the battle, Spider-Woman finds Miles and returns him to New York.

Initially, Spider-Woman is not forthcoming when Miles asks why she cares so much about him.[23] But after Miles quits being Spider-Man following personal tragedy,[24] Spider-Woman reveals to Miles that she is Peter's clone, explaining 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.[25]

All-New Ultimates[edit]

Later, Miles and Spider-Woman team up with Cloak & Dagger and Bombshell to fight Roxxon's Brain Trust and confront Phillip Roxxon.[26] Along with Kitty Pryde, the group becomes the New Ultimates, with Spider-Woman changing their superhero alias to "Black Widow" and embarking in a romantic relationship with Pryde, from their perspective renewing their relationship from their time as Peter Parker.[27]

Spider-Verse[edit]

During the "Spider-Verse" storyline, Spider-Woman 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 new bodies for themselves.[28]

Spider-Men II[edit]

Following the Secret Wars events that seemingly destroyed Spider-Woman's universe, they are returned to existence, once again using the Spider-Woman identity, and rejoining the Ultimates with a resurrected Peter Parker, who has reclaimed the Spider-Man mantle in Miles' absence upon emigrating to Earth-616.[29]

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 them of danger). In addition, their fingertips have spinnerets allowing them to fire silk-spinning webbing from them.[30]

In other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Matt (January 10, 2014). "In Marvel's Ultimate universe, fate looms large". Associated Press. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Mahadeo, Kevin (August 11, 2009). "Tuesday Q&A;: Brian Michael Bendis - The ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN writer takes us for a swing to discuss the new direction for the title". Marvel. Archived from the original on August 14, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #102
  4. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #104
  5. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #105
  6. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #129
  7. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #130
  8. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #131
  9. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #132
  10. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #133
  11. ^ Ultimate Comics: Enemy #1-2
  12. ^ Ultimate Comics: Mystery #2
  13. ^ Ultimate Comics: Mystery #3
  14. ^ Ultimate Comics: Mystery #4
  15. ^ Ultimate Comics: Doom #3
  16. ^ Ultimate Comics: Doom #4
  17. ^ Brian Michael Bendis (w), Sara Pichelli (a). Ultimate Spider-Man v2, 4 (January 2012), Marvel Comics
  18. ^ Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #8 (May 2012)
  19. ^ Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #9 (June 2012)
  20. ^ Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #16 (November 2012)
  21. ^ Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #17 (December 2012)
  22. ^ Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol 2 #17 (June 2012)
  23. ^ Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol 2 #18 (February 2013)
  24. ^ Bendis, Brian Michael (w), Pichelli, Sara (a). "Venom War" Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 22 (June 2013), Marvel Comics
  25. ^ Bendis, Brian Michael (w), Marquez, David (a). "Spider-Man No More" Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man 25 (September 2013), Marvel Comics
  26. ^ Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol. 2 #28 (December 2013)
  27. ^ All-New Ultimates #1 (April 2014)
  28. ^ Scarlet Spiders #1 (November 2014)
  29. ^ Spider-Men II #5. Marvel Comics
  30. ^ Ultimate Secrets vol 1, #1 (January 2008). Marvel Comics.
  31. ^ Beenox (September 7, 2010). Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. Xbox 360. Activision. Deadpool: And is it true there's a clone of you out there with your brain, but trapped inside a girl's body
  32. ^ Musgrave, Shaun (December 15, 2014). "Update Mondays: 'Boson X', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Oceanhorn', 'Boom Beach', And More". TouchArcade. Archived from the original on April 15, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  33. ^ Phillips, Tom (May 24, 2016). "Spider-Man swings free in Lego Marvel's Avengers today". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on March 29, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.

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