TARANTULA
(of Earth-1048)

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-1048) human technology user

Occupation: Thief

Group Membership: An unidentified cartel

Affiliations: His cartel

Enemies: Spider-Man (Peter Parker), the Superior Spider-Man (Otto Octavius of Earth-616)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Pal"

Base of Operations: An unidentified country

First Appearance: Spider-Geddon I#0 (November, 2018)

Powers/Abilities: While not displaying any inherent superhuman powers, the Tarantula wears an exoskeleton equipped with retractable forearm blades and grounded, arachnid-like legs controlled by a limited artificial intelligence that responds to his mental commands. The mechanical legs are tipped with various devices including two claws, a flame thrower, a gun and two with sharp ends.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'1")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 190 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Brown (at least...his mustache is brown)

History: (Spider-Geddon I#0 (fb) - BTS) - Working for a cartel that was attempting to overthrow their government, the Tarantula was sent to the United States to acquire nerve gas to further aid the cartel's coup.

(Spider-Geddon I#0) - Tarantula robbed a bank in New York's financial district, earning the ire of not only the police but various news outlets. The Daily Bugle's Mary Jane Watson informed her friend Spider-Man, who arrived on the scene just as Tarantula was departing the bank with large bags full of money. When Tarantula expressed his hopes that he would run into Spider-Man, Spider-Man replied by asking if Tarantula also hoped to go to jail. Spider-Man then shot a web line that hit one of Tarantula's mechanical legs but Tarantula proclaimed Spider-Man to be just as overconfident as he'd heard. He then destroyed the web line with a blast of flame from his mechanical leg and denounced Spider-Man as easy prey. Spider-Man responded by firing his electric webbing at the Tarantula but the unfazed Tarantula calmly commented that the electric webbing would have no effect with his mechanical arms grounded. Tarantula then lunged at Spider-Man and attacked with his forearm blades but Spider-Man dropped a web bomb on the ground that exploded, covering Tarantula in incapacitating webbing. As Spider-Man then prepared to knock the Tarantula out, he was interrupted by the arrival of Earth-616's Superior Spider-Man. While Tarantula laid trapped in webbing, Spider-Man, thinking the Superior Spider-Man was another copycat spider-person, attacked the Superior Spider-Man and during the fight, Tarantula freed himself. Spider-Man prepared another web bomb but, knowing what to expect this time, the Tarantula knocked the bomb from Spider-Man's hand and it exploded, incapacitating Spider-Man and the Superior Spider-Man as Tarantula escaped. Tarantula subsequently hit a research facility, injuring some police officers, and when Spider-Man heard over the police band radio of the attack, he became determined to stop Tarantula since he blamed himself for the Tarantula's escape. The Superior Spider-Man agreed to help Spider-Man defeat the Tarantula and the two swung off, with Spider-Man concerned that the Tarantula's attack on a research facility meant that the Tarantula had a far deadlier plan than simple larceny.

At the research facility, the Tarantula monologued about how power is equal to one's ability to rain death on others and his plans to steal nerve gas from the facility. His monologue was interrupted by the arrival of the two Spider-Men, who managed to team-up and stun the revolutionary. Despite being stunned, the Tarantula's mechanical legs continued to attack due to the artificial intelligence that manipulated them. Upon realizing the legs were manipulated by an artificial intelligence, the Superior Spider-Man sent some of his Spider-Bots into the power pack for the Tarantula's legs. The Spider-Bots infiltrated the power pack's circuitry and began overriding the Tarantula's control. Soon finding the controls for his mechanical legs not responding to his commands, the Tarantula was punched by Spider-Man while the Superior Spider-Man grabbed the briefcase full of nerve gas canisters. The defeated Tarantula was then arrested and led away by police.

Comments: Created by Christos Gage and Clayton Crain.

Some online sources list this Tarantula as being Anton Miguel Rodriguez but there is no indication in his only appearance of his true identity, whether Anton Rodriguez or anyone else. Therefore, his real name is listed as "Unrevealed" in this profile and it should not be assumed that he is Anton Rodriguez. While he is a counterpart of the Earth-616 Tarantula, there have been a few Tarantulas on Earth-616 so he COULD be a counterpart to Anton Rodriguez but he could also be the Earth-1048 counterpart of Luis Alvarez or perhaps a counterpart to the unidentified Tarantula who fought the Runaways on Earth-616. He could even be an entirely original character based on the Earth-616 character...

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Earth-1048's Tarantula
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Spider-Geddon I#0, p13, pan1 (Tarantula, main image)
Spider-Geddon I#0, p16, pan1 (Tarantula, headshot)
Spider-Geddon I#0, p2, pan4 (Tarantula holding money bags)
Spider-Geddon I#0, p3, pan2 (Tarantula battling Spider-Man)

Appearances:
Spider-Geddon I#0 (November, 2018) - "New Players" story - Christos Gage (writer), Clayton Crain (art), Nick Lowe (editor)


First posted05/07/2022
Last updated: 05/07/2022

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