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ORB WEAVER

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Unidentified extraterrestrial race;
    see comments

Occupation: Assistant to Father Spider

Group Membership: Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men (Father Spider, Longlegs Secundus, NurotoxPsider-Man, Spider-Mech, 'Spinner, others)

Affiliations: Humanity, Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Enemies: Doctopoids, Tentaclones

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed interstellar ship

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3 (November, 2007)

Powers/Abilities: The Orb Weaver either possessed the ability to mentally project images or was just in charge of the technology to do so

    He(?) may or may not have possessed other arachnid-associated abilities, such as super-strength, speed, and/or reflexes, as well as wall-crawling, web-spinning, and/or danger-sense.

Height: Unrevealed (perhaps 3')
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 80 lbs.)
Eyes: Dark, possibly solid black (difficult to see in the two distant images)
Hair: Unrevealed

galactic_alliance-orb-weaver-lateralHistory:
(Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3
(fb) - BTS) - Preparing to invade Earth, the Doctopoids sent (at least) one of their Tentaclones to infiltrate the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Man. The Tentaclone posed as Spider-Mech of neighborhood #4301. What happened to the real Spider-Mech is unrevealed.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3 (fb) - BTS) - Perhaps sensing an impending invasion of Earth, the Galactic Alliance sent Spider-Mech (apparently unaware he was a Tentaclone imposter) to Earth to bring Spider-Man (Peter Parker) to their base for a gathering.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3 - BTS) - The Spider-Mech imposter arrived with Spider-Man at the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men's base.

    As Doctopoids approached Earth, Father Spider sensed that Neighborhood #1139 had just gone from friendly to unfriendly, and he alerted the rest of the Alliance to this.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3) - Father Spider then had Orb Weaver show everyone the face of their enemy, after which Father Spider identified and described the Doctopoids and ordered the Alliance through the warp to protect Earth.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3 - BTS) - Spider-Man stopped them, however, insisting that he be the one to save his world, after which he exposed Spider-Mech as a Tentaclone imposter.

   While the Galactic Alliance engaged the Tentaclone, Spider-Man was knocked back through the warp to Earth.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3 - BTS) - Awakening back in his apartment, Spider-Man assumed he must have dreamed the whole experience, but the subspace spider-signal device the false Spider-Mech had used to transport Spider-Man to the Galactic Alliance (or another such device) could be seen underneath the couch...

Comments: Created by Stuart Moore, Clayton Henry, and Mark Morales.

    It's somewhat questionable in the story whether the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men story took place in Reality-616, or whether it was a dream (as Spider-Man had concluded upon awakening back in his apartment), but the device seen on the ground would argue against automatically discounting them, so I'm including them for now until we see definitive evidence to the contrary. If it was "only a dream" for Spider-Man-616, then there's some reality in which they do exist.
    But, what ever happened with that Subspace Spider-Signal, anyway?

    The Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men's mission is to chart policy for a hundred thousand worlds, so that throughout the galaxy, great power would always come with great responsibility. They refer to the domain/world of each of their members as Neighborhoods, with Earth being Neighborhood-1139.

    In addition to the similarities in Spider-Man names, costumes, and abilities, the various members of the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men referenced similar characters to Aunt May, Jonah Jameson, Gwen Stacy, Flash Thompson, Mary Jane Watson, and an alien costume.

    It's obviously just a silly/fun story, but the idea of the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men is an interesting one, and I wouldn't mind seeing some follow-up...although perhaps a little less silly...

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Orb
Weaver should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3, pg. 5, panel 2 (slight oblique);
          panel 5 (lateral)


Appearances:
Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3 (November, 2007) - Stuart Moore (writer), Clayton Henry (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Andy Schmidt (editor)


First posted: 01/01/2020
Last updated: 01/01/2020

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