Maria Taina Elizando was an incurably ill child who was a big fan of Spider-Man. When he visited her after a request from her parents, he explained his origin to her; how he gained his powers and became a crimefighter. When he took her on a quick trip web-slinging, he was ambushed by Doctor Octopus, but Taina managed to escape.[1] She enlisted the help of a cab driver named Mousie, and they were able to save Spider-Man after he was brainwashed by Doc Ock. Taina took control of the Octobot to defeat Ock (much to his chagrin). Afterward, Spider-Man revealed his secret identity as Peter Parker to her and she promised to keep his secret for the rest of her life.[2]

  • The character was voiced by Stephanie Eustase in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
  • In the original comic story "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man", it wasn't a girl named Taina who met Spider-Man. It was a boy named Tim Harrison, who was dying from leukemia. His last wish was to meet Spider-Man in person.
    • Taina mentioned a brother named Timmy who may have been a subtle reference to this character.

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