This page is for the current Spider-Girl, Anya Sofía Corazón .
For the original Spider-Girl, see: May Parker.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Anya was a normal girl living with her father Gil Corazón, until everything changed one night when she went out to a bridge in Central Park to fight a boy from school. By the time Anya showed up, a fight broke out in the park between a group named "Sisterhood of The Wasps" and a group called "The Spider Society". Whilst attempting to help a mysterious man named Miguel (from the Spider Society), Anya was stabbed by a member of the Sisterhood of Wasps. Due to a spell which Miguel had cast, the Sisterhood of the Wasps were transported away because they had used a weapon on sacred grounds, but the wound Anya had was still severe. Miguel (the sorcerer of the Spider Society) transferred some of his power to her, saving her life, but also transforming her into the Hunter of the Spider Society, for whom he had been looking.
Arana was created by Fiona Avery and Mark Brooks and first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #1 (2004).
Anya received a spider-shaped tattoo from the energy transfer, and life seemingly returned to normal. However, the Spider Society soon approached her asking for help in fighting crime, as she was their new Hunter, despite several members being annoyed with Miguel's choice of who to make the Hunter. After one or two fights against the Sisterhood of the Wasp, Anya was taken out to the desert to unlock her true potential. After a few hours she was attacked by wolves, and had a vision of her mother. Anya then discovered that she could summon a blue exoskeleton around herself, which gave her added endurance and strength. After being picked back up by Miguel and the rest of the Spider Society, Anya was asked to choose a name for herself. Anya decided on Araña, which was her mother's name and means "spider." Miguel and Araña would team up many times for the Spider Society to prevent the Sisterhood of Wasps from summoning their chosen warrior.
Araña recently learned that Hunters (of The Spider Society) don't have an exoskeleton like she has. In yet another battle against the Sisterhood of The Wasps, the Wasps were once again trying to summon their Hunter. The Sisterhood was unsuccessful, but Miguel did not survive the battle despite Spider-Man's help. Araña transferred her power to Nina Smith, another Spider Society member, after the death of Miguel.
Mayor Story Arcs
During the Civil War, a registration act was passed, legally ordering all persons with super-human ability to register with the government. Araña chose to 'do the right thing' and register with the government after an encounter with Wonder Man and Ms. Marvel. After this initial encounter Anya, being registered, had been working with Ms. Marvel for a long period of time, as sort of a trainee. She had various super-hero missions together with Ms. Marvel. During one of these missions, Anya was held hostage by the Puppet Master along with superheroes Stature, Dusk, Tigra and Silverclaw. There she was hypnotized and was ordered to kill Ms. Marvel, Anya resisted the mind control long enough to be restrained by Machine Man and Sleepwalker. During this time, Anya begain to see Ms. Marvel (or Carol, as she now called her) as a mother figure and they developed a close bond. When an alien kidnapped Ms. Marvel, Araña came after her, but she was stopped by Agent Sum, he wanted to make a plan first. When Anya and others got to Monster Isle, where Carol was held captive, they confronted the Brood, who had kidnapped her. A battle erupted and during this battle, Ms. Marvel appeared to them as Binary and defeated the Brood. After this battle, Anya decided it was time to head back home, and to take the superhero life just a little bit slower.
The Gauntlet & Grim Hunt
However, Anya's rest did not last long. During the Kravinoff family hunt for Spider-Man and spider-affiliated individuals, Anya was attacked by Ana, Vladimir and Alyosha. Luckily, Spider-Man as well as the former Spider-Woman now calling herself Arachne and Kaine came to her aid. But after a run-in with Alyosha, Anya was sprayed with a type of sleeping powder and was taken to the Kravinoff mansion. Anya was taken to a dungeon where not just she, but also Madame Web, Martha Franklin and Arachne were kept prisoner. The women where to be sacrificed in a ritual to revive Kraven the Hunter. Martha Franklin was the first to die, reviving the son of Kraven, albeit in a monstrous form. The second one to die was Kaine posing as Peter Parker, and with his death Kraven himself was revived. Just before Anya was about to be killed, the recently reborn Kraven stopped his feral son from committing the act. Not long after, Spider-Man attacks the Kravinoff family and freed the others, including Anya. Sasha tried to run, but Anya followed. Help came too late for Madame Web, however, who bled out in Arachne's arms after passing on her powers of future visions to her. In the meantime, Spider-Man fought Kraven while Anya battled Ana and Sasha. The fight between Spider-Man and Kraven came to a high when Spider-Man was about to kill Kraven. Arachne, with Madame Web's powers, intervened and helped Spider-Man make the right call by showing him a future vision of what would happen if he really did kill Kraven. So Spider-Man let Kraven and his family live and disappear. After the battle, Spider-Man, Arachne and Anya spoke over Kaine's tomb as Arachne took on her new responsibilities and gave her Spider-Woman costume to Anya. Peter jokingly called Anya "Spider-Girl" but she refused the name and decided to stick with Araña. After Arachne left, Araña and Spider-Man set off swinging back to the city and leaving the Kravinoff mansion, hopefully forever.
Young Allies and becoming Spider-Girl
After the events of the Grim Hunt, Anya was given the costume of the former Spider-Woman, Julia Carpenter. Anya donned the costume, and eventually started calling herself Spider-Girl trying to help Spider-Man in cleaning the streets. Anya fought alongside a new team of superheroes named the Young Allies when a group of young villains attacked New York. Wearing Arachne's costume, Anya struggled with her lack of powers, barely missing a jump during a team-up with Nomad. She immediately entered into battle against The Bastards of Evil however, where she was subsequently thrown across New York by Singularity until caught by fellow super-hero Toro, the two then once more entered the fray and fought the good fight. After the battle, Anya joined the superhero team and became close friends with teammate Nomad, even trusting her with her secret identity.
Anya as Spider-Girl
During this time, Anya and her father Gil sold their house and started living in New York City. The two found a beautiful apartment. While working on their new place, Anya's father took her to the Fantastic Four, with whom he had built a warm friendship over the years. This was a big surprise to Anya, since her father had never told her about his friendship with the FF. An example of the warm friendship was when Gil asked Susan Richards for advice about how to raise his teenaged superhero daughter. Susan told Gil he probably had nothing to worry about, since she was a smart, intelligent girl who knew what she was doing, and that he should just support her as much as he could. After their visit, Anya and her dad returned home, thinking their move to New York City was the beginning of something new and great.
However, disaster struck not much later. During the first week in their new house, Anya's father Gil went to the New York University library, where he worked on solving a murder case with General Thunderbolt Ross in secret. Unbeknownst to either of them, Gil and Ross where being watched and as soon as they found a major clue in solving the murder, an unnamed man poured a deadly poison into both men's coffee. Ross drank his coffee first and started feeling the effects of impending heart failure but immediately turned into the Red Hulk, temporarily losing his mind and starting a rampage, but surviving the poison. Gil had no such luck. He drank his coffee and started feeling the effects very quickly. This happened at the same time the Red Hulk went on a rampage. Gil managed to save a woman, but got stuck under a large part of the ceiling that had come down after the rampage.
Anya tried texting her father at this time, but got no response. When she saw on the news that there was an incident at the library where her dad was involving the Red Hulk and the Fantastic Four, Anya rushed to the scene. Swinging into the library, she suddenly stood face to face with a crazed Red Hulk. Seeing her father under a pile of rubble and the FF being taken out, she knew she had to take on the Red Hulk head on. And so she did. Trying to make the Red Hulk leave the scene so paramedics could help her father, she led him away from the city, taunting and punching him when she could, but above all trying to stay ahead of the monster. She finally managed to get the Red Hulk into the harbor, where he jumped into the water and seemingly disappearing, leaving a baffled Anya behind. Not soon after, the Fantastic Four arrived. Susan tried helping her, but Anya ran off to see how her father was doing. She arrived at the scene just in time to see medics taking away her father's dead body with Anya not being able to do a thing.
Anya was devastated with grief, not knowing how to go on further. Luckily, she was helped and supported by the Richards family and some good college friends including Rocky Flint, who knows what it's like to lose a parent in a superhero conflict. A strange neighbor also kept assuring Anya that she was welcome to come over any time she wanted or needed to. This did not stop Anya from feeling more lost and alone then ever before. The funeral was visited by many loved ones and friends beside Anya herself, including Mayor J. Jonah Jameson and Reed and Susan Richards.
Wandering the streets, Anya was invited to stay with a friend, knowing that Anya didn't want to be alone. On her way over to the house of her friend, she was suddenly taken by the Red Hulk, whom she blamed for her father's death. She immediately started fighting him, with little to no effect. He had his mind back and tried to explain to Anya that it was not him, but someone else who had poisoned her father. After a while Anya believed him, and she told him she wanted to be a part of taking the ones down who where responsible. She left him saying that even if Red Hulk was not totally responsible for the death, he would still have to pay for his crimes after they would find those who where mainly responsible.
Some time after the funeral, Susan Richards visited Anya, who then confessed to Susan that she was really Spider-Girl. Susan acknowledged that her father had already told her. Susan also told Anya that she and Reed would financially support her, so she would still be able to continue to live in the apartment and go to school. Anya was touched by their kindness and planned to honor her father's memories as well as bringing those responsible for her father's death to justice, even if it meant taking down the Red Hulk for his part in the death.
Quickly tracking down the Red Hulk, Anya discovered that General Ross was seeking to expose the Ravens, a long time terrorist group that supplied both regular and biological weapons to various groups and super villains over the years. It was the Ravens who sought to poison Ross, and Anya's father got caught in the middle. The terrorist group revealed they wanted to use Anya as their own personal body guard and having the Red Hulk inadvertently kill her father was icing on the cake. However, when they confronted Anya they were unaware that she had been infected by the Jackal's bed bugs that gave her back not only her original spider powers but also organic webbing. She quickly disabled the group and then helped Red Hulk find them, who in turn quickly tore the group apart and used his military and Avengers contacts to defeat the Ravens. It was later revealed that there were small sects of the Ravens still in the world, but due to the fall of both HYDRA and AIM thanks to Nick Fury, the groups were all splintered but were unknowingly being brought together again by the new H.A.M.M.E.R.
In the meantime, Anya and Ross came to a truce since they were able to avenge Gil's death. Anya returned to school with Susan Richards as her main guardian and financing through the Future Foundation.
In the Spider Island story arc, Anya made a deal with Kingpin in order to fight off the Sisterhood of the Wasp, which was using Spider Island as their launching base to change the balance of power and defeat and replace the Queen. After tricking Hobgoblin, Anya was able to defeat the Sisterhood and then ended her deal with the Kingpin after he was cured of his own spider powers by Spider-Man. It was later revealed that the cure used in New York ended up leaving Anya with her spider powers intact and she ventured out to continue her fight as Spider-Girl.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Strength : Araña's strength is relatively large at her stage in heroism. Her strength may also be increasing, because she was quickly able to subdue Arachne, who can lift 10 tons.
- Superhuman Speed : Araña can run and move at speeds that are beyond the physical limits of the finest human athlete. She is ultimately capable of running at speeds in excess of 30 miles per hour .
- Superhuman Stamina : Araña's advanced musculature produces less fatigue toxins during physical activity than an ordinary human. This allows her to exert himself physically for much longer periods of time before fatigue begins to impair her.
- Superhuman Agility : Araña's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are all enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. Araña is extraordinarily limber and her tendons and connective tissues are twice as elastic as the average human being's, despite their enhanced strength.
- Superhuman Reflexes : Araña's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are currently about 10 times greater than those of an ordinary human.
- Wall-Crawling : She has the ability to cling to walls at will.
- Biological/Organic Webbing Generation : She has the ability to organically produce her own silk webbing from glands within her forearms, limited by her body's health and nutrition. These organic webs have many of the same properties as Spider-Man's artificial webbing. The silk is released through a spinneret near each wrist containing a central web spigot orifice used for web-slinging and drag lines, supplemented by several radial minor spigots for other types of webs connected to specialized glands.
- She could summon a blue exoskeleton carapace that emanates from the tattoo on her upper arm; she can control the thickness, coverage, and shape of the carapace. At its thickest, it is resistant to small firearms. However, when using full armor, contact with water leaves her unable to breathe, forcing her to retract it.
On MC2, an adult Araña is partnered with a still-living Miguel. She tests Spider-Girl and then covers for her by posing as a seer to lead Hobgoblin off track when he tried to find out her weakness. She later tricked Spider-Girl into switching bodies, leaving Spider-Girl stuck in Araña's body, and Araña in Spider-Girl's body. Arana then tried to bring down the Black Tarantula, revealing that she once had a romantic relationship with him.
On Earth-6215, Araña is a member of the League of Losers. She was killed by an explosion when the League was trying to find the time machine used by Chronok.