Real name: Julia Carpenter
First Appearance: Marvel Super
Heroes Secret Wars #7
Base of Operations: Mobile
Occupation: Former Government Agent
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Divorced
Membership Status: Retired
Affiliations: Force Works, Freedom Force, West Coast Avengers
Julia has the porportionate strength, speed, and agility of a
spider. She can cling to walls. Her most unique ability is her
talent to create psiwebs, which are made of mental energy and can
trap bad guys, make lines for her to swing on, or anything else she
wants. The webs require intense concintration.
As yet nothing has been revealed about the origin of the second
Spider-Woman; even her true identity remains a mystery so far.
The second Spider-Woman was present in a suburb of Denver, Colorado
when it was transported to a distant location in outer space by the
alien Beyonder to become part of the Battleworld he created as the
setting for the first of the so-called "secret wars". Spider-Woman
has claimed that she has "good friends" living there; it is not
known whether or not she herself made her home there. Seeing
evidence of the fighting taking place on Battleworld among the
superhuman beings whom the Beyonder had brought to the planet.
Spider-Woman, in costume, sought out the team of superhuman
champions from Earth and offered her assistance, which they
accepted. She served as an effective member of their team, and, at
the conclusion of the "secret war," was, like most of her teammates,
teleported back to Earth.
Spider-Woman was highly impressed by the Avengers and other
superhuman champions beside whom she fought during the "secret war,"
and wanted to be a costumed adventurer like them. Hence, she became
a member of Freedom Force, the United States federal governments
team of superhuman agents, most of whom had formerly been wanted
criminals belonging to the second Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
National Security adviser Dr. Valerie Cooper insisted that Freedom
Force accept Spider-Woman as a member, despite the reluctance of the
Freedom Force, Spider-Woman observed and disapproved of the cruelty
of her new teammates.
After Quicksilver framed the then active members of the Avengers as
criminals, Freedom Force was assigned to arrest those Avengers.
Spider-Woman, who greatly admired the Avengers, was severely
troubled by seeing the treatment they received from the Freedom
Force, Cooper, and National Security agent Henry Peter Gyrich.
Gyrich had the Avengers incarcerated in a special prison for
superhuman beings called the Vault. Spider-Woman went to the Vault
wondering if she should do something to help the Avengers. She
worried that doing so would mean that she would have to leave
Freedom Force, and that Freedom Force would retaliate against her.
Spider-Woman had decided not to intervene until she saw how the
Avengers were treated at their trial, but then she accidentally set
off an alarm. Now that her presence was known, thinking she would
never get another chance to do so, she decided to free the Avengers.
She destroyed the controls for the feeding mechanisms in the teams
cells, enabling the Wasp to escape. All the Avengers were soon free
and escaped the Vault. The Avengers finally cleared their names of
wrongdoing, but Spider-Woman has fled. She later joined the Avengers
West Coast as well as Force Works.