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Summary

  • In the comics,
    Madame Web
    ‘s Julia Cornwall develops her Spider-Woman powers from an experiment that also grants her psionic abilities.
  • Anya Corazón receives her spider powers from a member of the Spider Society, gaining the ability to generate an exoskeleton at will.
  • Mattie Franklin receives her power from a ritual called The Gathering of Five, which also gives her flight and the ability to absorb other Spider-People’s powers.
  • Madame Web
    leaves Julia, Anya, and Mattie’s superhero transformation for a future sequel, but their powers may be the same in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe


Madame Web doesn’t explain how exactly its three Spider-Women develop their superpowers, but their Marvel Comics counterparts prove they’re at least faithful to the source material. Madame Web introduces four Marvel heroes in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe: Cassandra Webb, Julia Cornwall, Anya Corazón, and Mattie Franklin — four heroes with ties to Spider-Man. Throughout the movie, Dakota Johnson’s Cassie Webb a.k.a. Madame Web develops the ability to predict the future, which she uses to protect Julia, Anya, and Mattie from the similarly precognizant Ezekiel Sims. However, Madame Web‘s three Spider-Women are only shown using their powers in visions of the future.


Cassandra, Julia, Anya, and Mattie are linked together in the comics by Mattie’s death during a failed attempt to resurrect Kraven the Hunter. Following Mattie’s sacrifice, Madame Web also dies, which prompts Julia to take her place, and Anya in turn receives the mantle of Spider-Girl from Julia. These four Marvel heroes meet in different circumstances in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, meaning that their first adventure together is probably what eventually Cassie Webb’s allies their own powers and superhero identities. Since Madame Web doesn’t have a post-credits scene, their future is open to interpretation.

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How Each Spider-Man Hero Gains Their Powers


According to Madame Web‘s flashbacks, Cassie Webb and Ezekiel Sims get the power to predict the future from a rare kind of spider found in the Amazon. In Marvel Comics, Madame Web develops her abilities as a side effect of myasthenia gravis, a neurological condition. This change may suggest that Madame Web‘s three Spider-Women also have different origin stories in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. But until a Madame Web sequel or spinoff confirms otherwise, it’s safe to say that Julia, Anya, and Mattie have similar origins and abilities to their Marvel Comics counterparts.

Julia Carpenter AKA Spider-Woman / Arachne (Sydney Sweeney)

Sydney Sweeney's Julia Carpenter aka Spider-Woman in Madame Web and Marvel Comics
Custom Image by Nicolas Ayala

Spider-Woman/ ArachneSuperpowers Explained

Like most Spider-People, Julia Carpenter possesses Spider-Man’s powers and abilities, including super strength, agility, endurance, speed, and reflexes. However, she doesn’t use Spider-Man’s artificial webbing and doesn’t generate the material organically. Instead, she creates her own webbing, made out of pure psionic energy. Julia also has ultra-developed senses, perhaps rivaling Spider-Man’s iconic Spider-Sense. As Madame Web, Julia inherits all of Cassandra Webb’s abilities in exchange for her sight, though she doesn’t fully inherit Cassandra’s neurological condition.


Superpower

Description

Wall-crawling

Ability to stick to any surface, like Peter Parker

Super-sensitivity

Ultra developed sense of touch

Psionic webbing

Ability to create powerful webs of pure energy

Psychic vibrations

Ability to sense every movement in her environment

Precognition

Ability to predict the future

Astral projection

Ability to project her consciousness out of her body

Telepathy

Ability to communicate from mind to mind

How Julia Carpenter Got Her Powers In Marvel Comics

Julia Carpenter (neé Cornwall) receives her Spider-Woman powers from an experimental serum designed by the government to create superhumans. Julia volunteers in order to earn some money, but the scientists don’t explain to her the full risks of the procedure. Rushing the experiment, the research team injects Julia with lethal doses of the substance. Fortunately, instead of killing her, the serum provides Julia with enhanced senses and skills, as well as with all of Spider-Man’s powers and an extra connection to psionic energy.


Julia Carpenter made her Marvel Comics debut in 1984, the same year as Spider-Man’s symbiote suit. However, Julia’s black costume has no connection to Venom.

When Kraven the Hunter’s wife Aleksandra Kravinoff kills Cassandra Webb, the latter uses her last breath to transfer her mystical power onto Julia Carpenter, who becomes the new Madame Web. Like Cassandra, Julia loses her sight, but develops the ability to predict the future, which she uses to deal with Spider-People-related events. Unlike Madame Web‘s titular hero, Marvel Comics’ Julia Carpenter is also linked to the Web of Life and Destiny — the source of Madame Web’s abilities in the source material.

Anya Corazon AKA Araña (Isabela Merced)

Isabela Merced as Anya Corazon aka Araña Spider-Woman in Madame Web and Marvel Comics
Custom Image by Nicolas Ayala


Araña Superpowers Explained

Anya Corazón’s base abilities are similar to Spider-People like Spider-Man and the other Spider-Women, with enhanced senses, wall-crawling abilities, and super strength, speed, agility, and endurance. However, Anya differs from the typical Spider-Person due to her link to the ancient Spider Society. She possesses the ability to manifest a tough exoskeleton she can use both to defend herself and to increase the power of her attacks, as well as a tattoo that serves as Anya’s Spider-Sense equivalent. Unlike Peter Parker, Anya can generate spider-webs from her wrists.

Superpower

Description

Wall-crawling

Ability to stick to any surface, like Peter Parker

Organic webbing

Ability to create and shoot spider-like webs naturally

Exoskeleton

Ability to spawn a powerful carapace-like armor

Spider Tattoo

Ability to generate a tattoo that alerts her of danger

Camouflage

Ability to blend with the environment

Super flexibility

Ability to bend and move her skeleton to a superhuman degree


How Anya Corazon Got Her Powers In Marvel Comics

Anya Corazón gets her Spider-Woman powers seemingly out of sheer luck when she crosses paths with Miguel Legar, a member of the ancient cult of the Spider Society. As Miguel desperately seeks a new Hunter for the Spider Society, a member of its enemy faction, the Sisterhood of the Wasp, kills Anya. Miguel uses his power to revive her and awaken her innate abilities, providing her with superpowers. Miguel trains her by abandoning her in a desert, where she develops her full powers and the unprecedented ability to grow an exoskeleton. Now an official superhero, Anya calls herself “Araña”.

Anya Corazón is a member of multiple Marvel teams, including the Avengers Academy.


Mattie Franklin AKA Spider-Girl (Celeste O’Connor)

Celeste O'Connor as Mattie Franklin aka Spider-Girl in Madame Web and Marvel Comics
Custom Image by Nicolas Ayala

Spider-GirlSuperpowers Explained

Mattie Franklin’s powers come from a mystical source, but they still resemble the typical abilities of most Spider-People like Spider-Man, including enhanced senses, super strength, speed, agility, endurance, and reflexes. However, her ability to absorb other Spider-People’s powers make her an especially powerful hero. These new skills include Jessica Drew’s Venom Blasts and Julia Carpenter’s psionic webs, as well as the ability to manifest spider legs from her back, derived from Madame Web’s granddaughter, Charlotte Witter.


Superpower

Description

Wall-crawling

Ability to stick to any surface, like Peter Parker

Venom blasts

Ability to shoot bolts of bio-electricity, like Miles Morales

Spider legs

Four extra super strong and super flexible limbs

Power absorption

Ability to steal other Spider-People’s powers

Psionic webbing

Ability to create powerful webs of pure energy

Flight

Ability to move freely through the air

How Mattie Franklin Got Her Powers In Marvel Comics

Mattie Franklin replaces her father Jerry in an occult ceremony called the “Gathering of Five”, where five individuals use ancient relics to receive one of five gifts: power, immortality, knowledge, madness, or death. Mattie is lucky enough to receive the gift of power, which grants her all the powers of a Spider-Person plus the ability to fly and absorb other Spider-People’s powers. Meanwhile, the other participants of the Gathering of Five, like Morris Maxwell and Norman Osborn, received powerful yet less convenient abilities like an incapacitating amount of knowledge and intensified madness, respectively.

Mattie Franklin’s uncle is Peter Parker’s boss at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson.


Why Madame Web Doesn’t Show Spider-Women & Spider-Girl’s Superhero Origins

Madame Web focuses on Cassandra Webb’s origin story and only hints at Julia, Anya, and Mattie’s eventual transformation into Spider-Women. Usually, Marvel movies usually hint at a character’s future superhero or supervillain role through subtle nods, like in the case of Aaron Davis’ Prowler tease in Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, these subtle references are often reserved for cameos, and not full-blown supporting characters. This is one of Madame Web‘s many flaws, as the movie waits until the very end to turn its protagonists into actual superheroes. Hence, Julia, Anya, and Mattie’s Spider-Women identities are left for a hypothetical sequel or spinoff.


Madame Web

Release Date
February 14, 2024

Director
S.J. Clarkson

Runtime
114 Minutes

Writers
Burk Sharpless , Matt Sazama , Kerem Sanga

Distributor(s)
Sony Pictures Releasing

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