Real Name: Miranda Wilson

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-92131) human cyborg

Occupation: Actress

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Mysterio (Quentin Beck)

Enemies: Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Mary Jane Watson

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Tiffany West

Base of Operations: The catacombs beneath Wonder Studios

First Appearance: (Behind the scenes) Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Menace of Mysterio" (February 25, 1995);
Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Partners in Danger, Chapter 9: The Haunting of Mary Jane Watson" (July 19, 1997)

Powers/Abilities: Wilson was a cyborg. Her mind was hooked into Mysterio's equipment, allowing her to control all his computers, robots and illusion-casting devices. She could also mentally access other computers. Although the vast majority of her body was apparently mechanized, she appeared to lack mobility in her legs, confining her to a mobile command chair.

Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 250 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Red

History: (Spider-Man cartoon episode - "The Menace of Mysterio" (fb) - BTS /"Partners in Danger, Chapter 9: The Haunting of Mary Jane Watson" (fb)) - Miranda Wilson was a popular film actress, renowned as a great beauty. While starring in an action movie as super-agent Tiffany West, Wilson filmed a scene where she was to drive a speeding sportscar across the Brooklyn Bridge, pursued by explosions. To give the scene more realism, special effects technician Quentin Beck used real explosives. The explosion crashed the camera helicopter, knocking Wilson off the bridge into the water below. Horribly scarred and badly injured, she washed up on the shore; unwilling to let anyone see her like this, she crawled into the caverns below Wonder Studios, where she survived for some time. However, her injuries worsened, and she began to die. Eventually, Beck discovered her; feeling guilty, he purchased Alistair Smythe's high-tech robotic technology from the Kingpin and rebuilt Wilson as a cyborg, saving her life.

(Spider-Man cartoon episode - "Partners in Danger, Chapter 9: The Haunting of Mary Jane Watson" (fb)) - Learning that production on the movie had begun again with Miranda Wilson lookalike Mary Jane Watson filming the two remaining scenes at Wonder Studios, Wilson began to plot. She had Beck build her a machine that could exchange minds, putting her mind in Watson's young, undamaged body. Tapping into city computers, she researched Watson, learning that her father had abandoned the family at a young age.

(Spider-Man cartoon episode - "Partners in Danger, Chapter 9: The Haunting of Mary Jane Watson") - Wilson used a robot duplicate of Philip Watson to call out to Mary Jane in her dressing room and beckon her to come with him through a trap door in the floor. She followed him through it and into the caverns but Spider-Man grabbed her before they could go any further. Soon afterwards, Wilson arranged an accident where Watson was knocked into a water tank during a hurricane scene, then sucked down a drain. The Philip Watson robot found her, and led her deeper into the catacombs again. While Spider-Man followed her, Wilson sent robotic duplicates of his greatest foes against him, including Mysterio, Lizard, Dr. Octopus, Rhino, Carnage and Venom; the real Mysterio aided him in battling them. Meanwhile, the robot led Watson to Wilson's command center. Once she was there, Wilson revealed her presence to the would-be actress and captured her, strapping her to a slab and revealing her history and plans to her. As she prepared to activate the transfer device, Spider-Man burst in. She grabbed him with a robotic arm then began the transfer, only for Mysterio to smash a console with a chair and tell her that the machine had never been intended to work and, indeed, that building such a machine would be impossible. He had only built it because Wilson's hope was the only thing keeping her alive and he had fallen in love with her. She dismissed his love but insisted that they would be together forever as she activated the self-destruct device. She released Watson and Spider-Man, and remained with Beck in the crumbling complex as it exploded.

Comments: Created by John Semper, Virginia Roth, Meg McLaughlin, and Marvel Films Animation (see Appearances list for full list of artists).

Miranda Wilson, aging actress obsessed with her lost beauty, and Quentin Beck as a younger man who enables her delusions, makes me wonder if this episode wasn't a loose homage to Sunset Boulevard - except it's the '90s Spider-Man cartoon, so there are cyborgs and mind-transfer devices and a robot Carnage. It's a weird direction to go in with Mysterio - and, as this was near the end of the series, his apparent demise here stuck. His death was even referenced on a later episode, when the Vulture joined the Insidious Six to take his place.

Wilson was voiced by veteran TV actress Beverly Garland (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Remington Steele).

In the light of Superior Spider-Man, Beck's assertion that mind-exchange technology is "a scientific impossibility" is pretty amusing.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

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Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Menace of Mysterio" (February 25, 1995) - Marv Wolfman, Stan Berkowitz (writers), John Semper (writer, story editor), Del Barras (character design), Wayne Schulz (prop design), David Bullock (additional character & prop design, additional storyboard art), Jeff Snow (additional character & prop design), Lawrence Kim, Steve Lyons, Brad Morris, Fernando Tenedora (background design), June M. Micu, Rustico T. Roca, Jr., Joan Igawa (background painters), Karen Ann Anderson, Kuni Bowen, Floro Dery, John Dormain, Thom Enriques, Dan Faucett, George Goode, Stark Howell, Larry Latham, Steve Lyons, Stephan Martiniere, Jim McLean, Phillip Norwood, Bill Riling, Dick Sebast, Jason So, Bob Souza, Clint Taylor, Gary Graham (storyboard art), Moon Choi, Steve Gordon, Eduardo Olivares, J.C. Ponce, Jim Schumann, Mike Swanigan (additional storyboard art), Kronos (3D backgrounds), Ernie Rinard, Larry Paolicelli, Andy Koo, Lisa Kim (modeler animators), Mohammed Davoudian (modeler), Yoshio Chatani, Koji Miura, Nobuyuki Koyanagi (key animators), Tomoko Sakai, Toshihiro Kawada (computer painting), Dennis Venizelos, Yukihiro Yokoyama (art directors), Frank Andrina, Richard Bowman, Bob Kirk, Larry Leichliter, Joe Morrison, Kevin Petrilak, Mike Svayko, Bob Treat, Tim Walker, Alan Wilzbach, Noburu Takahashi (animation directors), Yukio Suzuki (director)
Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Partners in Danger, Chapter 9: The Haunting of Mary Jane Watson" (July 19, 1997) - Virginia Roth (story), John Semper (story, teleplay, producer, story editor), Meg McLaughlin (teleplay), Del Barras (character design), Wayne Schulz (prop design), Donn Greer, J.C. Ponce, Moon Choi (additional character & prop design), Lawrence Kim, Brad Morris, Enzo Baldi, Fred Carrillo (background design), Floro Dery, Gary Graham, Bill Riling, Dick Sebast, Bob Souza, Clint Taylor, Rick Hoberg, Jim James, Ken Laramay, Hank Tucker, Kuni Bowen, Toshihiko Masuda, Kenji Hachizaki (storyboard art), Jerry Eisenberg, John Ahern, Jason So (additional storyboard art), Dennis Venizelos (art director, background painter), Richard Wolf (3D animation & technical coordinator), Kronos Digital Entertainment Inc. (3D computer backgrounds), Joseph Lampone Jr. (producer/animator), Mak Soo Ma, Amie Hong (Yi), Darrek Rosen, Chuck Suong (animators), Young Hee Lee (BG art), Myoung-Ju Kwan (layout art), Richard Bowman, Frank Andrina, Bob Kirk, Mike Svayko, Bob Treat, Joe Morrison (animation directors), C.K. Horness (editor)

Last updated: 08/01/17

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