Spider-Woman (Franklin)

SPIDER-WOMAN

Real Name:  Martha "Mattie" Franklin

Identity/Class:  Extratemporal (Alternate timeline, Earth-982 (MC2) ) human mutate, powers granted by mystical forces

Occupation:  Costumed hero (current activities unknown)

Group Membership:  None

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

Enemies:  None

Known Relatives: Jeremy Franklin (father)

Aliases:  None

Base of Operations:  Current whereabouts not identified;
   formerly New York City, New York of Earth-982

First Appearance:  Spider-Girl#39 (December 2001)

Powers/Abilities:  Due to the mystical forces channeled by the Gathering of the Five ceremony, Mattie Franklin possessed a number of spider-like and other powers, including superhuman strength, agility and speed. She could cling to surfaces, fly, had a precognitive spider-sense and limited telepathy, and could project psionic energy in the form of webs and an additional four spider-limbs. Whether she retained her powers or not was not revealed.

History:

Mattie Franklin at the Gathering ceremony

(Spider-Girl#49 (fb)) <16 years before the main story> - As a teenager, Mattie took part in Norman Osborn's Gathering of the Five ritual; as a result, she was granted a number of spider-like superpowers.

(Spider-Girl#40 (fb)) <15 years (approx.) before the main story> - After Jessica Drew's powers faded, she retired from heroics to become a private eye. The Spider-Woman identity was taken over by Julia Carpenter and (later) Mattie.

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

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Chris Batista, John Livesay.

Mattie's costume can be seen in partial view on the front cover of Spider-Girl#60, as part of the montage of female heroes who inspire Spider-Girl.

It has never been made clear if she was still active as a hero, or in any other way. She has only ever been seen in flashback.

The timeline for the flashback events is based upon the fact that May Parker is about 16 years old, and Spider-Girl#49 establishes that as a new-born infant, she 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. Furthermore, Jessica Drew's retirement happened before she got married and had her son, Gerry, who must be about 13-14 at the time of the current stories.

Profile by OmegaTherion.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The MC2 version of Spider-Woman (Mattie Franklin) should not be confused with:


images:
Spider-Girl#40, p13-14, pan6 (Spider-Woman)
Spider-Girl#49, p18, pan1 (Young Mattie at Gathering Ceremony)


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#49 (September 2002) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Pat Olliffe (writer/pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 06/24/08

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