Appearing in "Dark Destiny!"

Featured Characters:

  • Arachne (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)

Supporting Characters:


  • Hydra (Main story and flashback)
    • Alpha Flight Team
      • Alpha Leader
    • Numerous unnamed members (Main story and flashback)
    • Count Otto Vermis (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Main story and flashback)
    • Jared Kurtz (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Main story and flashback)

Other Characters:

Races and Species:




  • Rocket Plane (Destruction)

Synopsis for "Dark Destiny!"

With Nick Fury stationed at a S.H.I.E.L.D. base on the Riviera, Hydra (led by Otto Vermis) sends a squad to attack, with their newest super-agent, their "spider-woman" who they have code-named Arachne. Sent to assassinate Fury, Arachne thinks back to the events that led her to become a member of Hydra: How she was a girl in a small European village and was considered a witch because of her fantastic powers. However, she was found and taken in by Otto Vermis and made a member of Hydra. There she became lovers with fellow Hydra agent Jared. However, Jared would soon become captured by S.H.I.E.L.D., and Vermis would send Arachne to assassinate Fury himself in revenge.

When she accidentally kills Jared trying to get at Fury, Nick realizes that Arachne is unaware that Hydra is a terrorist organization, and shows her video footage of Jared threatening innocent lives. Convinced that Hydra has played her for a fool, the angry Arachne goes back to get revenge against Vermis and his Hydra unit. Confronting Vermis before he can escape he reveals the truth about her origins: That she is really one of the High Evolutionary's New Men, a highly evolved spider, who did not fit in with her fellow New Men and fled to a nearby town where she was recruited by Hydra.

Vermis manages to break free from Arachne and tries to make his escape in a Hydra shuttle. Arachne follows after his ship, damaging it enough to make it crash, killing Vermis. As S.H.I.E.L.D. secures the Hydra base, Arachne flees and wanders off into the wildness to wonder what she will do with herself now that she has no purpose.


  • Despite the Spider-Woman logo on the cover, Arachne does not adopt the name "Spider-Woman" in this issue. (However, she is referred to several times as a "spider-woman".)
  • Arachne appears next (as Spider-Woman) in Marvel Two-In-One #29.

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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