When high school student Peter Parker was bitten by an errant, irradiated spider while on a class field trip, it changed his life forever. And now as revealed yesterday at a Marvel panel at C2E2, Peter wasn’t the only one bitten.
Tying into the massive Original Sin summer event series, July’s Amazing Spider-Man #4 will kick off a two-part story shedding light on a second victim of the spider’s bite, who received similar powers to Spider-Man but charted a much different course for their life. And her name is Silk.
“Silk is going to be a major Spider… character over the next couple years,” says Marvel Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “She got bit by the same spider that Peter Parker did and we’re starting to tease her story in every issue of Amazing Spider-Man.”
Injecting a new character into the origin story of such a pillar of the superhero genre of comics isn’t something that should be done lightly, but as Lowe tells Newsarama it was something that developed over time and with reverence for the source material. As an editor, Lowe’s worked previously on a new character inserted into a classic story; in his previous stint as lead editor of the X-Men titles, Lowe oversaw stories of Vulcan, a character introduced in 2006’s X-Men: Deadly Genesis as a newly introduced brother to founding X-Man Cyclops and his brother, Havok.
“[The story about Silk] was something that Dan Slott started working on with former Spidey-Editor Steve Wacker and Associate Editor Ellie Pyle when the Original Sin event was in its formative time,” explains Lowe. “The revelation that someone else was bit by the spider was huge and before my time. I’ve been involved in shaping who Silk is, which has made for some great lunch conversation with Dan and Ellie and many long phone calls. “
One of the other recipients of long phone calls in the planning of this major storyline in Amazing Spider-Man is series artist Humberto Ramos. In addition to drawing these two issues, Ramos was responsible for designing Silk’s visuals and the manifestation of her powers. At this time Marvel isn’t fully revealing her full look, the images released so far show her as a female adult with long, brown hair and a costume composed of webbing.
“Good eye on the webbing,” Lowe tells Newsarama. “Silk’s powers and look is very influenced in webs. Humberto Ramos did some incredible design work on Silk (no surprise there, as Humberto is just awesome). I can’t wait to show it all off!”
Although Silk’s introduction won’t take place officially until Amazing Spider-Man #4 in July, Lowe says hints and clues about her will be appearing as early as this Wednesday’s Amazing Spider-Man #1. Lowe also confirms that Silk will “absolutely” be a part of the Spider-Verse event series announced for later this year.