Who Is Madame Web? Comic Book Origins & Spider-Man Connection Explained

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Madame Web is coming to the big screen and the news broke out that Dakota Johnson is all set to play the said character. Sony Marvel Universe is actively developing which was further amplified by the success of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Now, Madame Web will be joining other in-universe characters like Morbius and Venom. While her popularity might be of question to the MCU fans, avid comic book readers know who she is. Let’s find about who she really is:

Madame Web’s Comic Book Origins

While many Marvel movie fans think of The Amazing Spider-Man as the title of the Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone movies, it originally came from a Marvel Comic series. Madame Web debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #210 in 1980, created by Dennis O’Neil and John Romita Jr.

Spider-Man love interest Debra Whitman first told Peter Parker about the mysterious Madame Web. However, he didn’t believe in the psychic woman. When Spider-Man suspected her connection to a kidnapping, he paid Madame Web a visit anyway.

And Madame Web’s first appearance in Marvel Comics revealed her to be blind and paralyzed, hooked up to a web-like machine. However, she said that her eyes “can see beyond normal sight.”

While Peter Parker and Spider-Man received help from Madame Web over the years, she never saw much action because of her condition. When Cassandra Webb became mortally wounded, she passed her powers on to Spider-Woman, Julia Carpenter.

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Madame Web’s Power

Madame Web possessed psychic abilities including telepathy, clairvoyance, and prescience. She can also perform astral projection and appear to others in spirit form. 

  • Telepathy: ability to read minds and project thoughts.
  • Astral Projection: ability to project her consciousness outside her body and travel
  • Psychic Surgery: ability to perform psychic surgery on others minds
    • Mind Alteration: generally affect the minds of those around her. 
  • Clairvoyance: sensitivity to psychic energies in her environment allows her to see her immediate area and events taking place far away.
  • Prescience: ability to perceive aspects of the future
  • Immortality: After the Gathering of Five ceremony, she apparently has the gift of immortality.

Madame Web’s Weaknesses

  • Paralysis: Madame Web is handicapped, lacking most function in her limbs. Since the Gathering of the Five, her health had greatly improved and confined to a special chair. However her health appears to have declined again, as she has returned to her more elaborate chair.[25]
  • Blind: Madame Web is visually impaired she cannot see through her eyes. She is able to compensate for this by using her psychic powers.[25]

Peter Parker Ally

Madame Web appears when Parker needs the most guidance. Being a powerful psychic, and mutant, Webb helps warn Parker of possible outcomes to his decisions and the lasting ramifications that might result. Thanks to her clairvoyance, Webb knows Spider-Man’s secret identity, but thanks to all of her guidance, he considers her a most trusted ally.

Grandmother To Spider-Woman

The fourth woman to use the alias Spider-Woman, Charlotte Witter was the first Spider-Woman who chose to be a supervillain. A black market dealer, Charlotte came across the likes of Doctor Octopus during one of her dealings. Octavius experimented on Witter turning her into a human/spider hybrid with the ability to absorb the powers of other Spider-Women.

Knowing she needs help in defeating her granddaughter, Madame Web enlists the help of another Spider-Woman named Mattie Franklin. Eventually, Mattie is able to defeat Charlotte and restore power to the various Spider-Women.

Passing Her Powers To Julia Carpenter

Madame Web has achieved immortality in the comics, but she isn’t beyond dying. When she died in the Grim Hunt storyline, she passed her powers on to Julia Carpenter, one of the best alternative versions of Spider-Woman in Marvel Comics.

This could be a preview of the Sony Marvel Universe version of the character. Madame Web is traditionally older in the comics and Dakota Johnson could be playing Julia Carpenter, who inherits her powers after a run-in with the live-action Kraven The Hunter.

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