Marvel Adding 2nd Radioactive Spider Bite Victim To Spider-Man

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Marvel Adding 2nd Radioactive Spider Bite Victim To Spider-Man

Amazing Spider-Man Silk Cover small

Introducing "Silk," who as it turns out is not Spider-Woman.

Smack dab in the middle of this summer's "Original Sin" storyline, Marvel is mixing thing up - or, if you like, making things even more convoluted - in the Spider-Man mythos. This July on the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #4, Marvel will introduce "Silk," a young woman who as it happens was also bitten by the same spider that gave Peter Parker his spider abilities.

Marvel revealed the new character over the weekend during a panel at C2E2. After her debut, she will feature in an ongoing story expected to last several years. Said Marvel Senior Editor Nick Loew: "Silk is going to be a major Spider... character over the next couple years. She got bit by the same spider that Peter Parker did and we're starting to tease her story in every issue of Amazing Spider-Man."

No further details about the new character were presented aside from a page from her debut issue and a variant cover, which indicates her costume is made of webbing, somehow. Presumably she will likely not end up learning "with great power comes great responsibility," at least not in the same way Peter Parker did.

This is an intriguing idea. Though... perhaps it's that I'm still frustrated by the clone saga, or the Brand New Day hilarity, or Doctor Octopus turning into Spider-Man, or the way Venom, once introduced, got all over everything in the Spider-Man family of comics like bad BO, but for whatever reason this news has my Spider sense tingling. Spider-Man has been the recipient of some of the worst character and mythology derailment in comics history, with no one able to figure out quite how to treat him since Venom was introduced post-Secret Wars back in the 80s. I can't help but feel like this is piling more needless complications onto an already incomprehensible miniverse. (There's also the annoying fact of the sexylady version of an existing hero, not to mention her silhouette which suggests her spider bite caused breast implants to form.)

On the other hand, some fresh perspective on the concept of Spider-Man might breathe new life into a series that has become almost insufferably Soap Operaish over the last 20 years. With Peter Parker soon to return to life after two years dead (and Otto Octavius having picked up the mantle), a sort of mirror image of his life might provide interesting perspective. We'll all see for ourselves come July.

Here's the full variant cover, courtesy of Newsarama.

What say you, commenters? Interesting concept, or just a few inches dug deeper into an already vast hole? Sound off in comments.

Source: Newsarama

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You're right, those are quite too big breasts...
And the rest of that cover, looks like Spidey bondage. Does not inspire confidence in me. :(

You sir leave Superior Spider-Man alone, it was awesome. The premise was cracktastic? Yeah. The book itself was still awesome. I raged like all did when I just learnt that they were going to make SpOck, but the book was well-written and I'm glad I read it.

The same spider? If that's literally true it's hilarious. I'm imagine Peter getting back and flinging the spider out of a window in shock, where it lands on a girl who gets bitten and throws onto someone else in shock...

Spider City. It was a bit gutting for that Peter Parker guy who was all ready to go become a superhero only to find out everyone else could shoot webs out of the wrists. He had to go back to his sucky life and in general Spider City adapted to the freak plague of a spider being thrown around and biting people. It made the daily commute a little more interesting at least.

Kenjitsuka:
You're right, those are quite too big breasts...

That's not what threw me off. Natural breasts can be that large. The incredibly tiny waist and way too wide and bulbous hips are what threw me.

"Corset" would have been a more apropos name than "Silk".

And the rest of that cover, looks like Spidey bondage. Does not inspire confidence in me. :(

I've never really been a fan of Spiderman, but I agree. I'm foreseeing a big pile of convoluted disappointment for the fans.

Such a shame.

I have to say: My first reaction to this was "Wait, that isn't already a thing?" I thought step 2 of Superhero creation was 'Make a superhero that is literally the same, but a woman.' I'm actually incredibly surprised that it took them this long to make such a character for somebody as popular and long-lived as Spiderman.

Doesn't EVERY female superhero in the Marvel universe have big breasts?

It looks like Silk has the most common super power. SO no big change there.

Wait, the same spider that bit Peter Parker? Well I suppose the radioactive must of expanded that spider lifespan and made it hard as nail to not be killed easily!
I suppose the same Silk make sense since they already used up Spider- girl, woman, Arachne, Tarantula and even using a different language for spider (Araņa)

Captcha creepy crawler, a coincidence!

Well her body proportions kind of match those of a spider, nearly non-existant waist and a bulbous arse region. I bet she's got a weird face which is why they're hiding it.

And if she really was bitten by the same spider I'm impressed. In fact I'd rather read a comic about that spider.

I've always been curious why something like this never happened before, especially since everyone always seems more interested in the legendary Super Soldier Formula when far easier and existing power-granters already exist. Want bullet-proof skin? Research Luke Cage's experiment. Want another Spider-person? Inject a person with spider's blood like Jessica Drew or kidnap and dissect Spiderman to understand the mutations that give him his abilities. Fly people into space and get a whole army of irradiated Fantastic Four clones. Literally, not even the sky is the limit with this stuff!

vid87:
I've always been curious why something like this never happened before, especially since everyone always seems more interested in the legendary Super Soldier Formula when far easier and existing power-granters already exist. Want bullet-proof skin? Research Luke Cage's experiment. Want another Spider-person? Inject a person with spider's blood like Jessica Drew or kidnap and dissect Spiderman to understand the mutations that give him his abilities. Fly people into space and get a whole army of irradiated Fantastic Four clones. Literally, not even the sky is the limit with this stuff!

The Red Ghost did fly a bunch of monkeys into space and got them hit by the same cosmic rays, and wound up with a bunch of super monkeys exactly as intended. I think they had to handwave that the cosmic rays were a passing event and have gone away since? But the galaxy is a big place full of spacefaring aliens and they really ought to be sending people to find those things.

Kolyarut:
But the galaxy is a big place full of spacefaring aliens and they really ought to be sending people to find those things.

And why not, right? Marvel CU is kind've already running with that idea.

Spider-Man's had some baffling bad handling over the years for such a prominent character. I had just gotten interested in the character again a coupe years ago, only to find that what with the One More Day controversy and all that, nothing but the old reprints actually appealed to me. Brand New Day was supposed to be good, but by the time I'd checked back in that whole era was over and Dan Slott was the only writer again.

And the decision to give the character a weekly series with a single writer in charge instead the multiple monthlies that a big character/team like Batman/Superman/X-Men/Avengers traditionally has, which would let another writer take a shot at him wasn't a great idea. It's basically meant that for the last two years if you didn't like Dan Slott you were out of luck with Spidey. There was a really good team-up title, which was quite frankly better written that the main one, but since it was a companion series it couldn't actually dig into the supporting cast or make significant changes to the plot. Other than that, as much affection as I have for the character, I haven't read a Spidey ongoing in years.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the current Mark Waid/Chris Samnee Daredevil is the best Spidey to be published in years.

looks like Spider man pulled a Randy Marsh, lol.

FFFFFUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!! Now people are going to think my pseudonym comes from comics!
>:( I was quite proud of the fact that I had one that couldn't be attributed to any particular fandom :(.

Haven't they already done something like this with Thousand?
So it bit Peter, it bit Silk and then it got eaten by that dude. Man, that spider was busy!

Well...

It's saying quite something that the part of that silhouette that keeps drawing my gaze is her wrist.

I mean that's one thin wrist... There's supposed to be two bones in there but there barely seems room for one...

Is she going to be punching things with that? Because unless she also has the same doctor as Wolverine that's going to break...

32 year old male here. Having not been born in the United States of America, I remember reading whatever comic books I could as a child. For a long time I didn't even know there was a difference between Marvel and DC. I remember when Doomsday debuted and I learned that he had "killed" you know who, I was in shock. My thinking was "he killed HIM?! How? And where were the XMEN? Why didn't they help out in the fight?" I distinctly remember the friend that I was asking (that was the one that told me about it) answering "Cyclop's laser had little to no effect on Doomsday." Ah! Fanciful, youthful imagination filling in the blanks.

It wasn't until the age of 20-21 that I was fortunate enough to move to the USA, and one of my greatest joys was: "Yeah! It is now feasible for me to buy comicbook subscriptions and have them delivered in the mail." It was years still before I was able to financially justify doing so, but "The Amazing Spiderman" was the one that I decided I would buy. "You can't buy them all. Pick you favorite." And then "Brand. New. Mother ****ing! Day!" Happened. After everything that happened in the civil war, and "one more day," for them to simply undo everything that Spiderman had gone through because "reboot," I refused to read another issue.

I would check in on where the story is going from time to time, just because I can't help myself, and I want to get reinvested. The angle with SpOck intrigued me, but I know fans boys enough to know that it wouldn't last. But at least that angle got my interest. This "Silk" stuff, to me is "What? Because Spiderman needed ANOTHER spider person in his universe?"

Not interested.

Maybe her breasts are so big because they're engorged with spider silk, which she lactates as one of her special powers, which would also explain her self-produced silk costume (which may have peep-holes to allow her to squirt silk at her opponents at all times).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16554357

If scientists have crossed spider DNA with a goat to make a goat which produces spider silk from it's udders, then it stands to reason that a similar splicing of DNA in a human female would cause her mammaries to produce spider silk too, so Silk's breasts probably change in size depending on how much silk she's stored or squirted at enemies.

Her bizarre hip to waist ratio could also be due to the spider DNA (if her left hand is anything to go by), with her midriff resembling the join between a spider's cephalothorax and abdomen, and if webby tits and an insectoid body isn't already gross enough, I bet she also has 8 eyes and fangs.

If would be quite funny if this was true, that her hypothetical very sexualised silhouette was just a tease and in the light she resembles Jeff Goldblum's final form in The Fly.

I must be getting old. because I can't escape the feeling that I have seen this before. many many many times.It's like yet another story idea cooked up by the drunken frat fools over in the marketing department. Granted sometimes someone does something halfway interesting with oneof these ideas. But still it sounds half baked, idiotic and disturbingly formulaic. One picture just screams to me that this is the nexus of everything that has been wrong with comics since roughly 1992. The only thing missing are pouches.

"Also bitten by a radioactive spider," okay, sure. I could buy that I guess. It'd be a Spiderman clone, but eh, all superheroes have at least one. Heck, if memory serves me correctly, Spiderman has had at least one literal clone.

But the same spider? For some reason, in lieu of the tangled web of convolution that is a comic universe, that is the detail that raises my brow.

The House of Ideas at work, i' just glad S-man 2099 is coming back. This is just so uninspired.

Well she certainly seems to have the spider-ass abdomen for the role... and very few ribs. And massive bosoms.

I'm conflicted.

Jamash:
Her bizarre hip to waist ratio could also be due to the spider DNA (if her left hand is anything to go by), with her midriff resembling the join between a spider's cephalothorax and abdomen, and if webby tits and an insectoid body isn't already gross enough, I bet she also has 8 eyes and fangs.

If would be quite funny if this was true, that her hypothetical very sexualised silhouette was just a tease and in the light she resembles Jeff Goldblum's final form in The Fly.

Pfft, like that would stop me some people.

Falterfire:
I have to say: My first reaction to this was "Wait, that isn't already a thing?" I thought step 2 of Superhero creation was 'Make a superhero that is literally the same, but a woman.' I'm actually incredibly surprised that it took them this long to make such a character for somebody as popular and long-lived as Spiderman.

It already IS a thing.

There are SEVERAL Spider Women (Jessica Drew, Julia Carpenter, Mattie Franklin, Charlotte Witter, Veranke) and Spider-Girls (Mayday Parker, Anya Corazon).

Loop Stricken:

Jamash:
Her bizarre hip to waist ratio could also be due to the spider DNA (if her left hand is anything to go by), with her midriff resembling the join between a spider's cephalothorax and abdomen, and if webby tits and an insectoid body isn't already gross enough, I bet she also has 8 eyes and fangs.

If would be quite funny if this was true, that her hypothetical very sexualised silhouette was just a tease and in the light she resembles Jeff Goldblum's final form in The Fly.

Pfft, like that would stop me some people.

Good point.

It's like how apparently Mermaid legends originated from sailors seeing Manatees and mistaking them for women.

It was probably less a case of mistaken identity and more a case of "close enough".

CriticalMiss:
Well her body proportions kind of match those of a spider, nearly non-existant waist and a bulbous arse region. I bet she's got a weird face which is why they're hiding it.

And if she really was bitten by the same spider I'm impressed. In fact I'd rather read a comic about that spider.

XD GODS I HOPE THAT IS WHAT THEY DO WITH THIS.

I was just thinking: 1. Yea the artist there isn't doing any good for sexism in comics, "big boobs" is passable(only because it truly is that commonplace in comics so artists tend to do so subconsciously at this point) but wow that non-existent waist, AND (suprise!!!!) a thigh gap! That's a new one i hope doesn't become commonplace.

2. New characters on the other hand are ALWAYS a good thing in comics, they either become really likable and interesting then stick around, or they simply disappear after a small run. Comic creators need to write in new characters often so that we get some new material that isn't the same old "Spidey gets harassed by goblin #3 for a while" story lines.

and here I was looking for a hoping for a series about peter geting his life on track and dealing with all the changes made by the doc

oh lordy, what the fuck is wrong with her waist to her hip bone? Not sure why people are focusing on the breast when her hips look so unnatural. Comic books and the obsession for contorting their female characters...

I've seen enough ____ to know where this is going....

ugh, they really missed the mark here. they had the opportunity to make a progressive advancement in female character design that wouldn't even have to have been shoehorned in. as a female version of spiderman, it makes sense that the character would naturally be an agile, fit, lithe character with "normal" sized breasts.

EDIT: I'm referring to a character pretty much exactly like Faith from Mirror's Edge. i feel like in retrospect, Mirror's Edge was ahead of it's time from a marketing perspective. If it had come out during our current level of Female Awareness, it would be more of a symbol and appreciated for its character design.

Marvel reaaaally wants to make me regreat placin ASM to my pull list. Here was I AGAIN thinking, this one will be different, they wont tie it in to every freaking event and actually keep a consistent narrative and tell a hole story... but it seems I was dead wrong about Marvel comics... AGAIN!

Say what you will about DC but on the comic front they are doing way better imo.

But superior spider-man was pretty decent...Definitely not on par with the clone saga or Brand new day.

Not gunna lie. Her figure grabbed my attention as I saw her. It succeeded in getting my curiosity, though complaints about the new character in this thread are pretty valid. Also I saw her costume, I believe, with some net surfing.

Makes me realize I miss the female symbiotes from Separation Anxiety for some reason.

I hadn't kept up with Spider-man for a very long time.

Might be the angle that makes her figure look skewed?

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