Spider-Man joined by Silk, new female superhero bitten by same radioactive arachnid
Marvel Comics is introducing a new character who draws her power from the same source as Peter Parker: ‘The spider lived long enough to bite one more person,’ writer Dan Slott says.
BY Ethan Sacks
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 9:06 AM
Little is known about Silk, featured in this Wednesday's Amazing Spider-Man #1. Marvel Entertainment Little is known about Silk, featured in this Wednesday's Amazing Spider-Man #1.
Lightning can strike twice — and so, apparently, can radioactive spiders.
Marvel Comics is introducing a brand new character, a mysterious female super powered figure named Silk, in this Wednesday's Amazing Spider-Man #1. And though she's brand new, her origin is familiar to comic book fans. That's because her spider-based powers come from the same irradiated arachnid as the one that changed the course of Peter Parker's life.
"The spider lived long enough to bite one more person," explains writer Dan Slott. "When I pitched that idea at one of our creative summits, everyone went, 'Oohhhh.'"
To help make the retcon, Slott wrote an origin that uses dialogue verbatim from the legendary science demonstration scene first chronicled by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1962's "Amazing Fantasy" #15.
If she's been around since that fateful General Techtronics Laboratories East atomic demonstration, where has she been through 50 years of comic continuity?
"Where has she been all these years? That sounds like an incredibly big secret, he said twirling his mustache," answers Slot.
The character Silk was a way to shake Spider-Man's universe to the core without crumbling the foundation. Marvel Entertainment The character Silk was a way to shake Spider-Man's universe to the core without crumbling the foundation.
Getting more information out of Slott would require a S.H.I.E.L.D. clearance of at least seven.
Silk's real origin spins (ahem) out of the publisher wide event "Original Sin," in which many deep, dark secrets haunting all of Marvel's major heroes. Slott adds that the new character will weave her way into his upcoming "Spider-Verse" event, which brings together all the different versions of Spider-Man that have appeared in Marvel over the past 52 years.
As if Slott's "Amazing Spider-Man" #1 needed any more buzz. The issue — which features the return of Peter Parker to his own title two years after being left to die by a terminally ill Doctor Octopus who swapped his consciousness into Spider-Man's body — is the single most ordered comic in the last decade.
"I wanted to do something that had a major ramification to Spider-Man's world," says Slott. "Something that really struck all the way to its core. But at the same time could leave everything you knew intact. This adds to Spider-Man's world and it doesn't take anything out of foundation and crumble it."