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Quote1 From now on Spider-Woman fights back! Quote2
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Early Life

When Jessica Drew was about a year old, her parents moved from England to a small cottage in the outskirts of Wundagore Mountain in Transia. Her father, Jonathan Drew, geneticist and research partner to the man who would later become the High Evolutionary, found large amounts of uranium in their property, which gave them the financial resources to build a research facility to keep working on their controversial studies of evolution, genetics and cell regeneration.[16][17][18]

Experiment

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Jonathan Drew introduces the serum of his daughter

In the course of the next three years, life was good, until little Jessica became ill, poisoned by her long-time exposure to the Uranium that was so prevalent in their land. Jonathan, being an expert on the regenerative and immunological properties of arachnids' blood, injected Jessica with an untested serum made with the blood of several uncommon species of spiders, in the hopes of stopping the tissue damage and immunizing the girl from the Uranium radiation in her blood. Then, he sealed her in a genetic accelerator created by Herbert Wyndham a.k.a. the High Evolutionary to speed the process, but it only seemed to work at a very slow rate. In stasis for decades, her aging greatly slowed, until the treatments finally finished in recent years. Now a full grown woman with little life experience, Jessica found herself unwelcome among the New Men of Wundagore, who sensed the difference of her hybrid nature.[16][19]

Made for Hydra

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Flumm brainwashes young Jessica Drew

Jessica eventually set off on her own, leaving the Citadel of Science and found work as a barmaid in a nearby village. She also experienced her first romance, which tragically ended when an innocent prank panicked the young woman and she accidentally triggered a bioelectric blast that killed her boyfriend. Accused of witchcraft and murder, Jessica fled from an enraged mob into the clutches of Otto Vermis. The wealthy Vermis offered sanctuary to Jessica as a high-ranking leader in Hydra, an international terrorist movement. Vermis trained Jessica in the use of her powers and taught her espionage, martial arts, and various killing techniques. Hydra wanted to mold Jessica into the perfect assassin. Her mind already in a state of shock after the death of her boyfriend, Jessica lost all memory of her life before meeting Vermis, even her name.[16][1] Mentallo used his powers to convince her that Hydra was an organization that fights the encroaching powers of corporations.[20]

However, she rebelled on a basic level against them, going so far as to deviate from their conformity by making her first costume red instead of green. In her first and only field assignment for Hydra, Jessica refused to assassinate S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury. Rebelling against Hydra, Jessica defeated Vermis in a battle to the death. Before he died, Vermis tricked Jessica into believing that she was originally an artificially evolved spider instead of a mutated human.[1]

Spider-Woman

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Jessica Drew as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Distraught by what she learned, Jessica wandered Europe until a clash with Hydra in London brought her into contact with the Thing and Modred the Mystic. Modred magically revealed the truth of Jessica's true origins, and she lived briefly in London.[21] She was approached by the mysterious sorcerer named Magnus. Magnus tutored her in the ways of civilization and informed her that her father was murdered, leading her on a hunt for his killer. Jessica traveled to the United States with Magnus. She and Magnus met up with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jerry Hunt (who started a romantic relationship with her), and the trio settled down in Los Angeles. During her first few months in L.A., Jessica ran afoul of immortal sorceress Morgan le Fay in her Spider-Woman guise and foiled her plans to acquire the Darkhold (a tome of dark magic). With Hunt's help, she identified her father's murderer who died immediately after confessing.[22]

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Spider-Woman with Spider-Man

Eventually, she parted ways with both Jerry and Magnus,[23] and struggled for a long time to find a sense of belonging and purpose in the world. Jessica met her first female friend, actress Lindsay McCabe, at a pop-psychologist's therapy group.[24] The two became fast friends over their defiant departure from the group.[25] While she looked for a steady job, Jessica began working as a bounty hunter as Spider-Woman. She worked alongside attorney Scotty McDowell until they parted ways over their different goals and methods.[26]

Jessica accepted Lindsay's offer to be her roommate in San Francisco, and the two women started over in the City by the Bay. A period of personal success began in this time, beginning with Jessica's establishment as a private investigator. She quickly built a successful business and also fell in love with her landlord, David Ishima. Spider-Woman gained a reputation as the "Dark Angel of San Francisco", established ties with SFPD via Lieutenant Sabrina "Bree" Morrel,[citation needed] and began her long-lasting friendship with Carol Danvers.[27]

However, Jessica's pattern of bad luck struck again when Ishima broke up with her after discovering the truth about her super heroics. Not long afterward, Magnus recruited Jessica to travel back in time for a final strike against Morgan Le Fey. Jessica succeeded in destroying her archenemy, but not before Morgan cast a spell that separated her time-traveling soul from her body. Jessica falsely believed that she had died and asked Magnus to cast a spell which made everyone who ever met her forget about her.[12]

Lucky for Jessica, the spell was broken when her friends Tigra and the Shroud discovered her body. The two performed CPR and revived her, although Jessica remained comatose. Tigra called her associates in the Avengers, who in turn called Dr. Strange. These heroes worked together to save Jessica from Morgan's act of vengeance. However, the process of Dr. Strange's spells and Jessica's physical ordeal temporarily left her powerless.[28]

Powerless

Abandoning her costumed identity, Jessica still worked with Lindsay at their private investigator's agency. She even helped the X-Men by providing them a temporary home after an encounter with the Beyonder.[29] Eventually, the two women traveled to Madripoor on a case that brought them into contact with Wolverine when he was using the alias of Patch.[30]

Remaining in the island nation for about two years, Jessica eventually returned to the States. She had an encounter with Jillian Woods and the current Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter) that seemingly restored her full powers.[31] However, an encounter with the criminal Charlotte Witter led to Witter stealing Jessica's powers to become the new Spider-Woman, Jessica helped renowned psychic Madame Web mentor a teenage heir to the Spider-Woman title named Mattie Franklin, who had defeated Witter to claim the mantle herself.[32]

Over time, Jessica slowly regained her powers, although they were unstable, during this time she teamed up with Heroes for Hire and Wolverine in Madripoor.[33] Having returned to America a case in New York involving a missing Mattie led Jessica to cross paths with another detective named Jessica Jones. After a brief misunderstanding wherein Drew repeatedly zapped Jones and Jones put her through a kitchen table, the two former super-heroines teamed up to save Mattie from Denny Haynes, a drug dealer who was using her to manufacture a super-drug derived from "Mutant Growth Hormone" (as well as from a misguided Speedball, who was attempting a sting operation against Haynes and who panicked when Drew and Jones barged in, releasing a barrage of kinetic energy that temporarily incapacitated Jones). Ultimately, Franklin was rescued, and with Drew's help, got cleaned up.[34]

New Avengers

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Spider-Woman (Veranke) in New Avengers

Later, Jessica sought a permanent solution to her fluctuating powers and thus accepted a deal with Hydra. In exchange, Jessica joined S.H.I.E.L.D. to spy on the counter-terrorist organization for Hydra. However, Nick Fury discovered this and thus used her to spread false intelligence. What neither Jessica or Fury knew, was that an enormous alien Skrull cell was in charge of the process to revive and stabilize her powers. After reviving her powers, Queen Veranke used her DNA to enable her to perfectly impersonate Jessica while she and her vast Skrull army were setting up the final stages of their pre planned invasion of Earth.[35] After an undefined, extended period of time (potentially two years at the most), Jessica, along with numerous other individuals, were rescued by Iron Man after being held captive in a Skrull spaceship which was orbiting the Earth with the rest of the Skrull fleet.[36]

Her return to Earth however, was not as well-received as most of the other freed captives. A number of superhuman heroes and criminals were easily reminded of the Skrull queen Veranke, who had orchestrated the entire invasion against Earth. Their negative aspects on Jessica were immediately clear and threatening to her. Wolverine soon recruited her into the latest incarnation of New Avengers. A few of her new teammates were suspicious of Jessica at first (Ronin and Luke Cage in particular). She immediately began working to prove her worth to the group assisting Luke Cage and Jessica Jones in search for their newborn daughter Danielle.[14] When Norman Osborn constructed his own "Avengers", the New Avengers arranged to trap, weaken, and duel Osborn and his "Dark" Avengers in order to expose the identities of his members. Jessica was to deceive Osborn and his government sponsored Avengers to a remote location in New York to ambush. Norman however, deduced her deception after his "broken" deal with her fellow Avenger Cage and instead sent the Hood and his gang which engaged Jessica and the New Avengers. Escaping from the fight, the New Avengers regrouped back at Captain America's safe-house angered and confused with Jessica feeling responsible for the setup and failing to deceive Norman Osborn.[37]

Agent of S.W.O.R.D.

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Jess, distraught after the Skrulls uprooted her life

Feeling like the most screwed over person on Earth due to Veranke's actions, Jessica was approached with an offer to join S.W.O.R.D. by Abigail Brand, which she accepted. Her first mission took her to Madripoor where she took on a Skrull posing as Spider-Man. After run-ins with Hydra, another Skrull, and the new Thunderbolts, Jessica eventually found a wayward Skrull and she took it down with the help of her teammates in the New Avengers. After the mission was over, Brand offered her different, new opportunities for jobs to do with S.W.O.R.D.[38][39]

An Avenger

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Hawkeye and Spider-Woman

Following the events of the Siege on Asgard, the fall of Norman Osborn and the dissolution of H.A.M.M.E.R., Steve Rogers took Norman's place as America's "top cop" and began coordinating superheroes more efficiently. Given her skill sets and abilities, and her role in the Skrull Invasion, Jessica was invited to join the Avengers and became an active member. During the first day of this new Avengers team, they came under attack by two foes: the first was a rogue Wonder Man, who was convinced that the Avengers were detrimental to the world, and the second was longtime Avengers foe Kang the Conqueror. After the situation with Kang was resolved, the Avengers fought against The Hood, who was attempting to retrieve the Infinity Gems.[40]

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During the Serpent's invasion of Midgard, Jessica realized she had feelings for her fellow Avenger Hawkeye, with whom she started a relationship. This blossoming romance came under some stress when a returned Norman Osborn and a resurgent H.A.M.M.E.R. attacked the Avengers in retaliation to his defeat, with H.A.M.M.E.R. now included with Hydra influence. Jessica attempted to fool some agents by claiming to still be part of the organization, but she failed and had to resort to direct combat.[41]

When the coming of the Phoenix Force led the Avengers into conflict with the X-Men of Utopia over what course of action was needed, Spider-Woman sided with the Avengers and was there to invade the island.[42] After some time and many missions together, she broke up with Barton after he had a one-night stand with a woman he only just met, not trusting him anymore and not wanting such a relationship.[43]

Spider-Verse

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Spider-Woman leads a newly freed Silk on a mission

Due to the severity of the event at hand, Jessica was one of the Spider-Heroes from Earth-616 recruited into the Spider-Army after defeating Looter and the Spiderlings, along with Spider-Girl, Spider-Man, Silk, and Scarlet Spider.[44]

When the resistance was visiting Earth-928, 2099 A.D., and encountered Spider-Man (Otto Octavius) with his own army already established in the war, they attracted the attention of the Inheritors as their proximity to each other made them easier to find.[45] Spider-Woman followed Silk with Spider-Man Noir to an unknown reality where they were being tracked by Brix and Bora. Spider-Man Noir was wounded in the fight and the trio escaped to Earth-90214 to allow him to recover from his injuries. After this, she was sent by Spider-Man to Earth-001 to gather more information on the Inheritors and to get said information required she reach their homeworld.[46] After encountering and replacing her doppelgänger from Loomworld, who was Morlun's lover, she was able to gather intelligence in regards to the Master Weaver and his role in the conflict, which helped the Spider Army ultimately win the battle against the Inheritors. After the battle with the Inheritors, Jessica decided to quit the Avengers in order to start a new life and to focus on helping ordinary civilians.[47]

Private Detective

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Spider-Woman, P.I

One such case involved D-List henchman for hire Roger Gocking, the Porcupine, as the spouses and lovers of several criminals were been kidnapped for ransom. Jess followed the clues to a small Upstate village, Moon's Hollow, where Jess easily blended in to discover that the "kidnappings" were all cons on the criminals by their spouses and families. Jessica discovered Roger's ex-wife Olivia and daughter Kalie doing well, but community founder used a powered exo-suit to attack her. As Jessica fought, she learned that Cat began the community because, like many in town, she was the abused spouse of a henchman. Realizing this, Jess promised not to say anything about the town if they all ceased blackmailing their villainous exes.[48]

Afterwards, Jess was worried Ben Urich would destroy the community by publishing his story, but he had already purposely missed the deadline, considering it might had undone the chance of a new life for so many people. On Ben's advice, Jess took in Roger as a protégé of sorts, given how helpful he had been and his honest desire to be better for his daughter. Jess was furious at Roger's risk to himself and others during the cases she brought him to, but came around when he figured out how to stop the Sheriff of Dodge, Kansas. Celebrating with Ben and Roger, she had to leave them without notice as Black Widow came to ask her to fight with the Avengers against an impending Incursion.[49]

Secret Wars

Knowing the universe would end soon, Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman chose Jessica and Black Widow to copilot a ship that would contain a handpicked few to restart humanity and escape the destruction of the universe. Their ship was shot down when the Children of Tomorrow invaded, and she and the ship's passengers were killed in the ensuing explosion,[50] though this timeline and the resulting deaths were later undone.[51]

Pregnancy & Motherhood

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Pregnant with her son, Gerry

Over the following year, Jessica got pregnant via artificial insemination,[52] but continued her crime-fighting life, enlisting Ben Urich and the Porcupine to help with her investigations while she was on the sidelines.[53] She was invited by Captain Marvel to visit a maternity ward run by Alpha Flight, but the hospital was taken over by Skrulls. Jessica hatched a plan with the other mothers in the maternity ward and together they defeated the Skrulls. However, when she called Carol for assistance, Carol revealed that the maternity ward was in fact inside a black hole.[11] The fight with the Skrulls continued, Jessica winning by a large margin. Before she could finish them off, however, she unexpectedly went into labor.[54] She had an emergency C-Section, and just seconds after the procedure was completed and she was handed her new baby boy, she got up from the operating table and defeated the last wave of Skrulls. Carol arrived just in time for Jessica to collapse from the immense postoperative pain she was experiencing.[55]

Jessica returned to her apartment to care for her newborn baby. She tried to go out with Carol, Clint, Patsy, and Jennifer, her friends, on multiple occasions, but all she could think about was her baby at home with the babysitter (Roger, who was in reality more than equipped to handle the child). She complained to Carol that she couldn't think about returning to superheroics now that another life depended on her. In the end, she concluded that the best thing she could do for her baby would be to show him how to be a hero.[52]

Civil War II

Later, Carol began a crime prevention endeavor with the Inhumans and their new predictor, however Jess wanted nothing to do with it, while focusing on working cases to support her son. To sell the pitch, Carol met with her and Jess reluctantly agreed to join. Once a part of it, Jess closed numerous predictions given to her by Carol. At the end of a long day, Jess took Ben Urich to a nearby bar, and she saw the news of Hawkeye's slaying of Bruce Banner, sending Jess into a rage. After investigating Bruce's last day, Jess proceeded to infiltrate Alpha Flight, looking for a fight with Carol, which ultimately resolving put a strain on their friendship.[56]

Hunting Hobgoblin

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Spider-Woman battles with Hobgoblin

While visiting Moon's Hollow to check in on the residents, Becs gave Jess a tour, happy to see everyone doing better; however, Olivia was visibly unwelcoming to Jess. Returning the her apartment in the evening, Jess read Gerry a bedtime story before Ben came over to inform her of Roger's demise by Hobgoblin.[57]

While Carol offered to babysit Gerry, Jess went to Olivia for leads, but learned she hated Jess for keeping Roger from raising Kalie, being her babysitter, and just using him oblivious to his affection for her. Afterwards, Ben informed her of Roger's feelings and why Olivia felt how she did. Needing a focus, Ben informs her Roger ran afoul of Hobgoblin, with Carol informing her of another man in the Porcupine suit robbing a bank in Queens. Confronting them, Jess learned Hobgoblin killed Roger to sell the "Porcupine" name rights, and she was later ambushed by Hobgoblin's men. Helped by a good samaritan, soon revealed to be Roger, who survived as he wore the indestructible maternity clothes Carol gave her. Happy to see him alive, Jess kissed him before Hobgoblin arrived and took him by a cable snare around his legs.[58]

Despite broken and dislocated bones, Jess pursued Hobgoblin to a junkyard, where she bested his henchmen and attained one of their gliders. In the air, Jess goaded Hobgoblin into a game of aerial chicken, with both gliders on a collision course. At the last second, Roger helped Jess by climbing up his snare and unbalanced Hobgoblin's footing to drop his guard for Jess to attack. While both were happy to be together, Hobgoblin still had men and was ready to still continue, but Captain Marvel arrived. Exhausted beyond reason, Jess and Roger were thankful at her intervention, and while Carol went on a rant about wanting to save Jess, the pair were too busy kissing again. Not letting go of her kiss with Roger, Jess gestured to Carol that they could be friends again, and the two superheroes reconciled.[59]

Once healed, Jess threw a party to tell her friends she was dating Roger, reassuring him that the others would accept him. When Roger went to calm Gerry, Jess got into an argument with Natasha over her life choices. After Gerry went out the window and began climbing the building, several superheroes present tried to catch the the baby; despite nobody being able to catch him, Jess was relieved when Roger rushed to rescue Gerry from a fall. Later, Jess thanked Carol for the new crib while Roger and Ben helped clean up her apartment; they stayed there while everyone else enjoyed the party.[60]

Spider-Geddon

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Kaine approached Jessica at her Midtown residence, asking for her help to combat the return of the Inheritors who escaped their irradiated world prison. While she didn't want to fight them again, she joined knowing that they might come for Gerry given his being a Spider totem. She acted as the team leader to find a way to end the Inheritors by preventing Solus' resurrection. With Spider-Kid as bait for Verna, as younger totems were especially tasty to her family, the team managed to get her killed with radiation overdose. However, upon claiming Solus' crystal, Jess fell for Verna's trap and was teleported to the Prime Universe, so that the other Inheritors could revive Solus.[61]

Jess was initially captured, but the Spider-Totems eventually defeated the Inheritors again and she was present in the end, when Otto put to motion his plan of rehabilitating the Inheritors, by killing them first to have them resurrected in the restoration chambers as innocent infants without their desire for totemic consumption.[62]

Strikeforce

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After the Vridai released some deadly viruses in the USAMRIID Research Compound, they brought Spectrum, Winter Soldier, Angela, Wiccan, and Spider-Woman (back on her classic costume) to the facility so they would be blamed once the Avengers arrived. Blade, who had come across the Vridai in the past, knew they were innocent and decided to help them defeat the actual criminals. Arriving at the Temple of the Three, they fought their way through the Vridai before coming across their leaders, Count Ophidian and Legie Knight Birgit.[63]

After tracking the Vridai across the world, they discovered the Count Ophidian they had encountered wasn't, in fact, the real one, as he had been held prisoner by Birgit all this time.[64] Scared of his "new captors", Count Ophidian revealed that the Vridai had lost their home after the War of the Realms and they had nowhere to go, so the team agreed to help "another wandering soul".[65]

Their next stop was Monster Island, where they established a temporary base with Deadpool's consent. During this time with Strikeforce, Jessica was low on funds and needing to provide for Gerry, who she couldn't even see very often due to the weird circumstances of the Vridai mission. After getting an email for a bodyguard job from pharmaceutical billionaire Michael Marchand, Jessica accepted the job, commissioning Ronnie for a new "work for hire" suit as opposed to her "superhero" classic suit.[66][67]

Back on Monster Island, Spider-Woman, Blade and Winter Soldier found themselves having to fight each other in a bar fight, and after Jess won, she was offered a job offer by Don Buggini to go pro. She didn't put much thought into it, but kept Don Buggini's business card.[66]

When leaving the bar, they were ambushed by Birgit, leading Count Ophidian to be kidnapped again. They followed Birgit to Svartalfheim and managed to return safely to Monster Island alongside Ophidian, but it still wasn't safe for him. Thinking back to her job offer, Jessica called for a ring fight where the team had to confront countless monsters and even each other. After a long battle, Spider-Woman was the apparent winner, only to be revealed that, in the last match, she had been replaced by Ophidian, who was then declared the winner and offered a job and residence in the Island.[68]

After having a celebratory dinner, the team briefed the Avengers on everything that happened the past few weeks and parted ways.[69]

Empyre

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Spider-Woman turned into a Kree Accuser

With the Cotati invasion underway, Carol approached Jess on an urgent matter: her newly discovered sister, Lauri-Ell, had been accused of a major crime and Carol needed Jessica's help to exonerate her, given her background with investigating suspects and finding the truth. Jessica was granted a projection of Carol's Universal Weapon along with some of Carol's most trusted friends, giving their costumes a Kree Green tone editing. Due to this transferral of portioned power, Carol was not as powerful as before, with Jessica giving assurance to her friend that she wouldn't be let down. Carol had grown suspicious of Wastrel, and Hulkling destroyed his alibi with confirmation of his escape from Kree custody, thus leading Carol, War Machine, Hazmat and Spider-Woman to go and arrest him as the real culprit behind the crime Lauri-Ell was accused of.[70]

New Suit, Hidden Truth

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Spider-Woman dons a new suit for a new adventure

Working security for Michael Marchand at the birthday yacht party of his daughter, Rebecca, Jess felt physically unwell and emotionally off-balance, going into a near berserker rage to defeat Rebecca's attempted kidnappers. After seeking medical help, she learned her radiation immunity was gone. Confronting Michael as the suspect, he confessed and claimed he'd used her father's research in curing Rebecca's cancer and failed, so he needed Jess to try and find a cure. A reluctant Jess agreed to help, as her condition could also be fatal to Gerry, who she left in Roger's care at an upstate farm. When robbing a medical warehouse belonging to Octavia Vermis, daughter of long-deceased Hydra Commander Otto Vermis, Jess greatly injured herself to save the last Latrodectus Aeternum spider needed for her cure.[71]

When Marchand's building was attacked, Jess neutralized Michael's doctor, who revealed himself to be a mole and evacuated Michael and Rebecca to a helipad, where the three made their way to a private jet. After piloting the jet while evading missile fire, they ran out of fuel and were forced to crash land. Still following Michael's lead, she realized he was hiding something important, and her suspicions were confirmed as he used Venom Blasts like hers to fight off dinosaur men. With the threat gone, Jess found they were at Wundagore Mountain, and discovered her mother alive; Jess learned Michael was her brother, thus making Rebecca her niece. Although upset her mother faked her death, she was enraged they had experimented on her for a cure. Coming under siege by Octavia's LMD army outside, Jess helped Michael and Rebecca fight, but could not hold out long. Once Octavia was inside, Jess was pushed into the line of fire by her mother.[72]

Powers

Spider Physiology: Spider-Woman possesses several superhuman powers derived from the genetic experiment that granted her spider-like abilities, ultimately stemming from her status as a totemic avatar.[44]Nick Fury's intel classified her as Power Level 8.[73]

  • Wall-Crawling: Spider-Woman's limbs can adhere to surfaces via electrostatic attraction. Spider-Woman can hold and carry a considerable amount of extra weight while sticking to walls without falling off; it's safe to assume that the weight she can carry is dozens of times her own, and the limits of how long she can do this before fatigue sets in are still unknown.
  • Superhuman Strength: Spider-Woman's muscular density and strength have been extraordinarily enhanced and enable her to lift about 7 tons.
  • Superhuman Speed: Spider-Woman is capable of running and moving at speeds much greater than even the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Spider-Woman's musculature generates fewer fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of an ordinary human. She can exert herself at peak capacity for several hours before fatigue begins to impair her.
  • Superhuman Durability: Spider-Woman's body is somewhat tougher and more resistant to injury than an ordinary human, although she is far from invulnerable. She is capable of withstanding impact forces that would severely injure or kill an ordinary human with only mild to moderate discomfort.
  • Superhuman Agility: Spider-Woman's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels beyond the human body's natural limits.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Spider-Woman's natural reaction time and reflexes are enhanced to levels beyond the human body's natural limits.
  • Superhuman Flexibility: Spider-Woman's body is extraordinarily limber and her tendons and connective tissues are twice as flexible as the average human being's, despite the augmented musculature and its enhanced strength.
  • Superhuman Hearing: Spider-Woman's hearing is superhumanly acute and enables her to detect sound at virtually any frequency, and she's been known to detect, sort out, and correctly identify sounds through thick steel doors, and across considerable distances.
  • Contaminant Immunity: Spider-Woman's metabolism rapidly creates powerful immunities to all forms of toxins, poisons, and drugs, after an initial exposure that usually makes her dizzy. Her body is totally immune to radiation.
  • Venom Blasts: Her body possesses an inordinate amount of bio-electricity that she has learned to channel and discharge through her hands, in controlled bursts of what she calls "Venom Blasts". These energy projections vary in power; they mostly affect the nervous system in humans. Spider-Woman can regulate them, from simply a stun, to potent enough to kill an average-sized man in the same way that a lightning bolt could kill him.[1]
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: She possesses a regenerative healing factor because, during a battle with Wolverine, she was stabbed by his claws in the shoulder, but made a complete recovery in a matter of minutes.
  • Extended Longevity: Her regenerative healing factor also extend to her longer lifespans and slowed aging.
  • Pheromone Secretion: Her metabolism generates certain types of pheromones that can create fear, elicit attraction and/or repulsion on others, depending on unknown factors which might include gender and mood. This ability appears to be dormant at the moment.[74]
  • Self-Propelled Glide: Jessica has the ability to glide through the air, which most people confuse with flight, despite her constantly stating she can't fly, only glide.[75]

Abilities

  • Master Martial Artist: Jessica is a highly experienced fighter trained in armed and unarmed combat under the Taskmaster. Her tactics integrate seven different martial arts.[76]
  • Skilled Spy: She is also extensively trained in espionage, covert operations and stealth.
  • Skilled Acrobat: She is a superb athlete and an Olympic-level gymnast.
  • Multilingual: Due to her Hydra espionage training, she is fluent in several languages, including Russian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and German.[citation needed]
  • Skilled Investigator: Jessica is a seasoned private detective.[74]

Strength level

7 tons

Equipment

  • Dimensional Travel Watch: Jessica possesses a wristwatch-sized device that grants her access to alternate universes with the push of a button.[74]

Transportation

  • Motorcycle Jessica's preferred mode of transportation is a classic American motorcycle.[74]

Weapons


  • Spider-Woman was created in response to the animation company Filmation's proposal to create a Spider-Woman character for their Tarzan/Batman Adventure Hour. Upon hearing about Filmation's plans, Marvel rushed the character into publication, forcing Filmation to rename their character as Web-Woman. Because of the rush, the creators used an origin that was originally developed for Wolverine, although this was later abandoned.[84]
  • Jessica Drew was born on December 7th, 30 years prior to publishing year.[citation needed]
  • Jessica's S.H.I.E.L.D e-mail address is jdrew@superop.shield.gov.[85]
  • Jessica's New Avengers e-mail address is arachnophilia@newavengers.stark.net.[85]
  • Spider-Woman is afraid of rats.[86]
  • Jess used Instagram.[11]
  • Jessica loves butter and once while pregnant ate 16 individually wrapped butter packs in one sitting.[87][74]
  • Jessica is allergic to Flerken.[88]

Discover and Discuss

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Marvel Spotlight #32
  2. Spider-Woman #34
  3. 3.0 3.1 Spider-Woman #40
  4. 4.0 4.1 Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Handbook #1
  5. Spider-Woman Vol 5 #7
  6. Captain America Vol 9 #11
  7. Wolverine Vol 2 #2
  8. Spider-Woman Vol 5 #2
  9. Spider-Woman Vol 5 #6
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Spider-Woman #35
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Spider-Woman Vol 6 #2
  12. 12.0 12.1 Spider-Woman #50
  13. New Avengers #23
  14. 14.0 14.1 New Avengers #48
  15. 15.0 15.1 Spider-Woman Vol 7 #3
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Spider-Woman #1
  17. Punisher Annual #1
  18. Silver Surfer Annual #1
  19. New Mutants Annual #4
  20. Spider-Woman Origin #2-5
  21. Marvel Two-In-One #30-33
  22. Spider-Woman #2-7
  23. Spider-Woman #16
  24. Spider-Woman #14
  25. Spider-Woman #19
  26. Spider-Woman #21-35
  27. Avengers Annual #10
  28. Avengers #240-241
  29. Uncanny X-Men #206
  30. Wolverine Vol 2 #2-29
  31. Sensational Spider-Man Annual #1996
  32. Spider-Woman Vol 3 #1
  33. Heroes for Hire #18-19
  34. Alias #19-21
  35. New Avengers #42
  36. Secret Invasion #8
  37. New Avengers #50
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