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Real Name
Current Alias

Aliases
Mayday Parker, Spidey, May, May Day

Identity

Alignment

Affiliation
Avengers (reserve member only), ally of the Fantastic Five, New Warriors, Black Tarantula

Relatives
Ben Parker (paternal granduncle, deceased)

May Parker (paternal grandaunt, deceased)
Phil Urich (honorary uncle)
Kaine (father's clone/paternal uncle)
Scarlet Spider (father's clone/paternal uncle, deceased)
Peter Parker (father)
Mary Jane Watson-Parker (mother)
Benjamin Richard Parker (brother)
April Parker (cloned sister/cousin)

Darkdevil (paternal cousin)

Universe

Base Of Operations

Characteristics
Gender

Height
5' 7"

Weight
119 lbs (54 kg)

Eyes

Hair

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
Adventurer, student

Origin
Origin
Mutant daughter of Mary Jane Parker and Peter Parker in the Earth-982 Universe.

Place of Birth


First appearance

What If? Vol 2 #105
(February, 1998)

Contents

History

May "Mayday" Parker is the child of Peter and Mary Jane Parker in a future, alternate universe. Peter and Mary Jane were reunited with their baby daughter by Kaine, who found the child living with Alison Mongraine, the con artist who had kidnapped the baby on instruction from the Green Goblin. After they were reunited, Peter lost a leg during the horrific final conflict with the Green Goblin. After the battle Peter was offered a bionic replacement from Mr. Fantastic and, considering it a wake-up call, decided to retire and focus on being a husband and father[1]. For years, they chose to keep their past from Mayday and hoped that she wouldn't develop powers of her own.

Despite her parents' hopes, May began developing versions of her father's Spider-powers when she was 15. At the same time, Normie Osborn (Green Goblin's grandson) set out to restore the family name (as he saw it). Mayday donned Ben Reilly's Spider-Man costume to stop him and soon took to crime fighting, at first hindered, then helped, by her worried parents.

May shares traits of both of her parents. Like her mother, she is beautiful, charismatic and popular student, and she is intelligent and bright, just as her father was. She also inherited his love for in-fight bantering. In addition, she is a very good athlete and excelled in her girls' basketball team until she quit after her powers emerged. On the other hand, May seems to have inherited the "Parker luck" in which her dual identity wreaks havoc in her private life.

In The Amazing Spider-Girl, May has promised to give up costumed super heroics, dates Eugene Thompson, and runs for student council. When Mary Jane becomes aware that the Hobgoblin poses a threat to her daughter's teenage friends, she allows Mayday to resume her activities as Spider-Girl (a situation they wanted to keep secret from Peter). After a battle with the Hobgoblin, May tells her father the truth, and after a conversation with Mary Jane, they allowed May to resume her Spider-Girl identity.

After an attempt at helping the S.H.I.E.L.D government agency, a case filled with a piece of the Carnage symbiote was released. It attaches itself to May's friend Moose, who becomes the new Carnage. In exchange, Carnage will bond itself to Moose's terminally ill father, curing him in the process. Carnage causes a stir at May's school and kidnaps Peter and Baby Ben, forcing May to confront her friend. May tries to talk to Moose within the symbiote but fails, and it bonds with her brother Ben. Peter escapes as May battles the two symbiotes and gathers sonic gear that may be able to defeat the symbiote. However it is May who uses the weapons, thereby destroying the piece of the Carnage symbiote. Her success is not without a measure of collateral damage as well, however; not only is Moose furious at Spider-Girl for dooming his father, but the sonic weapon renders Ben deaf, possibly forever.

Ben's hearing is eventually restored thanks to the intervention of Normie Osborn. Normie later stumbles on one of Norman Osborn's former labs, and discovers a fluid tank containing what appears to be a physical duplicate of Mayday Parker. Notes left behind by his grandfather indicate that this Mayday is the original he kidnapped years ago, hinting that the Mayday who has lived a full life is yet another clone.

Mayday continues to date Gene, but her jealously over Gene's relationship with Symone enrages and confuses her, she has found some mild release from her problems due to her close friendship with Wes Collins, which in turn has incensed Gene. During an encounter between the three in a bar, Gene almost knocks out Wes with a firm fist, but the punch is blocked by a concerned Mayday. Gene's punch being obstructed by Mayday humiliates him in front of his entire football team.

Mayday eventually starts to feel the weight of her relationship, and chews out Wes for intervening on her behalf. Wes, however, remains deeply concerned about Mayday and discovers a plot by Symone to blackmail Gene and discredit her in front of the entire high school. Meanwhile, Fury the Goblin Queen activates a signal that awakens the Mayday inhabiting the tank within Osborn's labs, and she escapes, confronting Mayday on the roof of her high school just as she is changing into Spider-Girl. It is revealed that the clone can mimic Mayday's clothing as well as her appearance, thus making her more of a hybrid of traditional cloning templates and the metamorphic powers displayed by Spidercide.

Having been caught in the heart of an explosion that decimates New York City, a critically injured Mayday, her costume torn away by the impact, is rescued from the debris by Araña's forces. Araña, realizing that Mayday might not survive her ordeal, offers to merge with her, but she intervenes in a vision quest that Mayday is undergoing, and by aiding her overcome a force she was meant to overcome alone, she obstructs Spider-Girl from uncovering whether or not she is the true Mayday. Araña successfully completes the merging and temporaraly assumes control of Mayday's body, leaving Mayday and a third, blond woman who shares her name (possibly the spirit of Aunt May) trapped within her own subliminal consciousness before regaining control of her body.

Meanwhile, The Changeling assumes Mayday's life and picks up where she left off, however her presence deeply disturbs Benjy and a crestfallen Mayday also discovers that she has split up with Gene. Gene angrily retaliates when Mayday visits him, forcing her to take physical action and slam him through a table. She later receives a call from Normie, telling her about the capture of Peter Parker, leading the Changeling into assuming the role of Spider-Girl.

While the body-swapped Mayday in Araña tries to find Araña within her own body, who is using her body as a trap to defeat the Black Tarantula. However, the body-swapped May was found by the Changeling leading into a battle between the two of them, just as the body swapped Araña is lead into the lair of the Black Tarantula. The Black Tarantula was able to see through Araña's trick and nearly knocks her unconscious, just as May in Araña's body was knocked unconscious as well leading the two of them to recover their original bodies.

Meanwhile, Normie Osborn, along with Kaine, Phil Urich (in his Green Goblin Costume), Darkdevil, and Normie's wife Raptor, tried to rescue Peter Parker from Fury's hands, unaware of the the fact that Peter has absorbed the mind and memories of the original Norman Osborn. This leads to a fight between the assembled heroes and Peter, now possessed by the Green Goblin. Mayday arrives just as Peter/Green Goblin reunites with The Changeling, who is revealed to have been genetically spliced with the DNA of the Venom symbiote, giving her the metamorphic powers displayed by Spidercide, but without the need for a host like normal symbiotes.

Bonding with his "daughter" (and, unintentionally, Spider-Girl), the possessed Peter declares himself as "The Goblin God" and begins to go on a rampage, while Mayday finds herself trapped within her father's mental psyche. With the aid of the spiritual avatar of her Great Aunt May Parker, as well as flashbacks to the day she healed Normie Osborn's psychological scars, Mayday and Peter are able to overcome Norman in a psychic duel and convince the Brand New May that Mayday is a good person. Norman is seemingly defeated, but not before he denies Mayday the chance to discover whenever or not she is the true daughter of Peter and Mary Jane, or the clone. Mary Jane is rescued from near-death by Benjy, who reveals he has developed organic webbing.

With the Brand New May uncertain of her place, Mayday proposes she become a member of the Parker family, Mary Jane agrees, though Peter distrusts her and objects to the idea. Mayday takes a walk, reflecting on how her parents, baby brother, and potential new twin sister have overcome so much and truley become "An Amazing Spider-Man Family".

Her relationship with Wes, and the exposing of her face to The Black Tarantula, remain unresolved.

Powers and Abilities

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Powers

May possesses powers inherited from her father, including the proportionate strength, speed, and agility of a spider. While unable to lift 10 tons like her dad, she is more agile than Peter. May also has super equilibrium.

She also has the subconscious premonition of "danger" sense known as her "spider-sense." May's spider-sense seems to be more developed than her fathers.: Whereas Spider-Man could only get a feeling that a particular spot was dangerous to him (or similarly to the preservation of his secret identity), Spider-Girl is able to sense the exact direction from which the danger comes. In addition, whereas Spider-Man's spider-sense simply registered a general sense of danger (with the strength of the response being in proportion to the amount of danger he was in), Spider-Girl can recognize sources of danger. This allows her to determine whether the danger is posed by a familiar source (such as an attack by a familiar foe) or is a new threat. This applies even if she has incomplete knowledge of the source of danger. For example, if May is being spied on by an unknown observer on several different occasions, she is able to tell if each incident involves the same, or a different observer as a previous incident.

Like her father, May possesses the ability to manipulate the inter-atomic binding forces of matter, allowing her to form temporary molecular bonds between her body and another object, which in turn enables her to cling to solid surfaces and scale walls simply by placing her hands on them. Her electrostatic ability to stick to surfaces is considerably more powerful than Peter's. She also has the ability to transmit this ability through objects for short distances. For example, Spider-Girl could stick to the floor, and by transmitting her electrostatic "stickiness" through the floor, cause all people and objects in contact with the floor (within a reasonable distance) to become stuck in place. Lastly, she can reverse this ability and instead repel off of a surface. This is generally used to add power to her jumps, but has also been used to repel people and objects away from her at great speeds.

Strength level

Superhuman strength, able to lift approx. 5 tons.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Webshooters

Transportation

Web-swinging and conventional automobiles.

Notes

  • It is unclear whether Spider-Girl is a mutant. She did not receive her powers by accident or design, but was born with them, which fits the usual definition of "mutant" in the Marvel Universe. However, the series never uses the word "mutant" to describe her. Before her birth, a Sentinel robot registered her as "beyond the range of embryonic normalcy," but not specifically as a mutant (The Amazing Spider-Man #415). Spider-Girl has not been shown to register on a mutant detector such as Cerebro that can distinguish a "true" X-gene mutant from other types of superhuman.
  • Like her father, May also has an Uncle Ben. However, unlike her dad, May never knew her uncle: Ben Reilly, Spider-Man's clone. His last words before his death are about her: "Take care of my 'niece,' Peter... tell her about... her Uncle Ben" (Peter Parker: Spider-Man Vol 1 #75). Her first costume and web-shooters are in fact his, kept in storage since his death. When May asks her father about him, however, Peter leaves out the fact that Ben was really a clone, instead referring to him as a cousin.
  • If Spider-Girl has any children in the future, they too would have an Uncle Ben - May's baby brother. As Peter and MJ named May after Peter's Aunt May, May asks which Uncle Ben the newborn is named after: her Uncle Ben, or Peter's Uncle Ben. Peter asks if it really matters, and May simply responds, "I guess not."

Trivia

  • May's costume features the same design once used by the spider-clone, Ben Reilly while he was acting as Spider-Man. At one point she also donned a black and white costume similar to Venom's (which she purchased from the Spider-Shop) when her costume was damaged in a fight.
  • The afore-mentioned "Spider-Shop" is a boutique which sells Spider-Girl and Spider-Man themed apparel and accessories. Initially May was upset to learn someone was capitalizing off her name (especially in light of the fact that nothing in the store came in her size). This was made even worse by the fact all of her friends believed that by shopping there they were helping their heroine Spider-Girl, assuming that she had to have some connection to the store for it to use her likeness. It was later revealed that May's mom Mary Jane owned the Spider Shop. (MJ said that Peter was upset that he could never collect on the various comics and products that used his image, so she figured she would take control of Spider-Girl's appearance early on in her career.) The profits go towards May's college fund.
  • On Earth-616, May Parker was believed to be stillborn. Whether or not this is the case, or whether May was switched for another infant and kidnapped by Norman Osborn as has been suggested is still uncertain.
  • On Earth X, May Parker has bonded with a symbiote (against her father's wishes) and has taken to calling herself Venom. Whether or not the symbiote with which she has bonded is actually the original Venom symbiote or one of its descendants is unknown.
  • On Earth-1122 there is an alternate Spider-Girl who resembles that of her Earth-982 counterpart. This Spider-Girl has implied that she is the daughter of Ben Reilly.

Appearances in Other Media

Action Figures

  • Toy Biz's 8-inch scale "Famous Covers" action figure line included a Spider-Girl with a cloth costume and removable mask.
  • Toy Biz's 5-inch scale "First Appearances" line included a Spider-Girl (as well as her allies, Stinger and American Dream).
  • Toy Biz's preschool-oriented "Spider-Man & Friends" line has included several Spider-Girl figures and toys. These feature an exposed lower face, visible eyes, and pigtails or a ponytail, to make it easier for very young children to differentiate Spider-Girl from Spider-Man.

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  1. the battle is glimpsed in Spider Girl #7, and fully explained in Spider Girl #49)

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