Spider-Woman (Marvel)(02 - Julia Carpenter)
Real Name: Julia Cornwall Carpenter
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As Spider-Woman, Julia had enhanced strength, speed, stamina, agility and reflexes. She could generate and manipulate strands of psionic force, which she often wove into adhesive "psi-webs" to snare her targets. By concentrating this psionic force in her hands and feet, she could cling to and crawl across any surface, even scaling sheer walls. Whether any of her lost powers will regenerate remains to be seen.
An athletic young single mother, Julia Carpenter was drawn into a covert double life by an old college friend, federal agent Valerie Cooper, who believed Julia would be an ideal test subject for a secret government super-agent program. Reuniting with Carpenter seemingly by chance, Cooper promised her cash-strapped friend lucrative employment and manipulated Julia into undergoing a series of experimental treatments, including injections of a formula incorporating rare Amazon jungle plants and spider venoms, which gave Julia superhuman powers. She became an operative of the Commission on Superhuman Activities (CSA) as Spider-Woman. The CSA was based in Washington, but Julia initially moonlighted as a seemingly independent super hero in Denver. When the near-omnipotent Beyonder abducted an entire Denver suburb (including the Carpenter home) into space as part of his Secret Wars, Julia fought the Beyonder's army of villains alongside the heroes the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk and Spider-Man (who was so impressed by Julia that he "thought up" her costume design for his new one when his was damaged).
Arrogant, greedy and self-absorbed, Julia's ex-husband Larry had lost custody of their daughter Rachel after Julia divorced him for cheating on her; but when Julia's secret Spider-Woman career led to frequent unexplained absences on her part, Larry sued for custody of Rachel and won. Meanwhile, Julia served reluctantly with the ruthless CSA-sponsored super-team Freedom Force until they arrested the Avengers on false treason charges. A sympathetic Julia freed them and became a fugitive herself, though the Avengers were soon exonerated. Cooper later gave Carpenter a second chance, employing her as a solo operative supervised by unscrupulous CSA agent Mike Clemson; but after aiding the Avengers against the Pacific Overlords, Julia joined the Avengers and cut ties with the CSA. While serving with the western Avengers roster, Julia fought the criminal trio Deathweb; their powers, like hers, came from the formula of the CSA's Dr. Carter Napier. Deathweb and their employer, the Manipulator, fought Julia several times, killing Larry and Napier, threatening Rachel and menacing Julia's parents, the Cornwalls, who as Amazon jungle guides had helped locate the ingredients for Napier's formula; but Julia ultimately defeated the villains, saving her daughter and parents.
When the Avengers decided to close their west coast base, Julia resigned in protest and joined several other ex-western Avengers in founding the new Force Works super-team, though it soon disbanded and Julia renewed her ties with the Avengers on an inactive basis. She was later forced to retire from superheroics after a crippling attack by a rival criminal Spider-Woman, Charlotte Witter, who drained away Carpenter's superhuman powers. Aided by the young new Spider-Woman, Mattie Franklin, Witter lost possession of the stolen powers.
Shortly after the Superhuman Registration act was passed, Julia was persuaded by Tony Stark (Iron Man) to join his team. Alongside with Ms.Marvel and Wonder Man, her mission was to train other registered super heroes to perform government-authorized security activities. As well as the standard apprehension of unregistered super heroes.
She was soon sent to go after The Shroud (Max Coleridge), an unregistered super hero and Julia's new boyfriend. To her change of heart, Julia helped him escape Ms. Marvel and Wonder Man. She's currently a fugitive.
Created by Jim Shooter & Mike Zeck
First Appearance: Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars (1984) #6
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#1 Secret Defenders (1993)
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- 'Hands of the Mandarin, Part 2: Once Upon a Time in China'#10
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- 'A Little Muscle'#22
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What If...? (1989)
#55 Wonder Man (1991)
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#26 X-Men Forever 2 (2010)
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- 'A Cry of - - Vengance!'#2
- 'Six Weeks Later'#14
- 'The Toughest Tumbleweed!'#15
- 'The Price Of Life -- Is Death!'#16
- 'Shall We Rise Again?'
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