Julia Carpenter


Real Name: Julia Carpenter

Identity/Class:  Extratemporal (Alternate timeline, Earth-982 (MC2) ) human mutate

Occupation:  Not identified;
   former costumed hero

Group Membership:  None

Affiliations:  Formerly worked as a hero with Jessica Drew and another Spider-Woman (Mattie Franklin)

Enemies:  None

Known Relatives:  None identified

Aliases:  Formerly Arachne, Spider-Woman

Base of Operations:  New York City, New York of Earth-982

First Appearance:  Spider-Girl#37 (October, 2001)

Powers/Abilities:  After the Commission, a secretive government group, injected her with a serum of spider venom and plant extracts, Julia Carpenter developed a number of spider-like powers, including superhuman strength, agility and speed. She could cling to surfaces, had an advanced healing factor, and could project psionic energy in the form of binding webs. In her contemporary MC2 appearances, she never wore a costume, and showed no evidence as to whether she still had powers or not; she may have been de-powered, or may simply have chosen not to use her abilities.


Julia Carpenter as Spider-Woman

(Spider-Girl#40 (fb)) <20-15 years before the main story> - Jessica Drew, formerly Spider-Woman, found that her powers had faded, and retired from heroics, becoming a private eye. The Spider-Woman identity was taken over by Julia Carpenter and (later) Mattie Franklin.

(Spider-Girl#39 (fb) - BTS) - As Spider-Woman and then Arachne, Julia used to contact Spider-Man by way of Peter Parker.

(Spider-Girl#37) - While Peter Parker worked at the Midtown South Precinct crime lab, he was approached by Julia Carpenter. She introduced herself, reminding him that they had met in her guise as Spider-Woman, although they probably never met face to face. She sought to discuss the new copy-cat Spider-Man.

Julia Carpenter (Headshot)

(Spider-Girl#39) - Julia met Peter Parker again in the park. She reminded him that she used to get messages to Spider-Man through him, and asked if he knew how to get hold of Spider-Girl. Julia wanted to enlist Spider-Girl to help her stop the copy-cat Spider-Man, Gerry Drew; she revealed his identity and history, saying that he needed to be stopped before he became a danger to himself and others.

(Spider-Girl#40 (fb) - BTS/Spider-Girl#39) - Peter Parker revealed to his daughter what Julia had told him about Gerry Drew and his disease.

(Spider-Girl#42) - Julia and Peter Parker visited Jessica Drew at her home. They revealed that they knew about Gerry's Spider-Man activities, and his illness, and asked after his whereabouts, but Jessica did not know where he was.

(Spider-Girl#43) - Julia and Peter Parker saw Jessica and Gerry Drew off as they left to visit Reed Richards to seek treatment for Gerry's illness. Julia strongly hinted at suspicions about Peter's secret identity as Spider-Man.

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Pat Olliffe, Al Williamson.

The timeline for the flashback events is based upon events shown in Spider-Girl#49. There, it is established that the new-born infant, May Parker, was returned to her parents on the same night that her father interrupted Norman Osborn's Gathering of the Five ceremony, where Mattie Franklin gained her Spider-Woman powers. Since Jessica is shown retiring from heroics in the presence of costumed Spider-Women Julia and Mattie, this retirement has to occur after the previous event. Finally, since Mayday Parker is about 16 at the time of these later stories, the time-frame for other events is based on that.

On Earth-616 there are a few relatives that could be listed for Julia, including her daughter and ex-husband, but those relatives don't necessarily have to exist on Earth-982.
--Markus Raymond

Profile by OmegaTherion.

The MC2 version of Julia Carpenter (Arachne/Spider-Woman) should not be confused with:

Spider-Girl#37, p12, pan5 (Julia Carpenter)
Spider-Girl#40, p13-14, pan3 (Julia Carpenter as Spider-Woman/Arachne)
Spider-Girl#42, p17, pan1 (Julia Carpenter headshot)

Spider-Girl#37 (October, 2001) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Pat Olliffe (writer/pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Matt Hicks (editor)
Spider-Girl#39 (December, 2001) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Chris Batista (pencils), John Livesay (inks), Matt Hicks and Tom Brevoort (editors)
Spider-Girl#40 (January, 2002) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Pat Olliffe (writer/pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Spider-Girl#42 (March, 2002) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Frenz (writer/pencils), John Livesay (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Spider-Girl#43 (March, 2002) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Pat Olliffe (writer/pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Last updated: 06/24/08

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