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Arachne: Character Profile

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Julia Carpenter née Cornwall (Marvel)

Fugitive, protector, and eventually an Avenger! Many aliases, many adventures. Here follows the background of Julia Carpenter née Cornwall.

Origin of Arachne

Julia, born and raised in Los Angeles, met the love of her life, Larry Carpenter while attending college. They have a daughter together, Rachel Carpenter, but sadly separated due to Larry being unfaithful. To ensure Julia could take care of her daughter she joined a secret covert project where the main objective was to create super-agents. She becomes the guinea pig for a series of experiments which prove to be quite successful.

Abilities

She had super strength, could cling to walls and even generate energy webs! She is given a cool costume, and even though she wants her codename to be Arachne, the Commission on Superhuman Activities decide her new name will be Spider-Woman. She can lift over ten tons and her psychic webs is powerful enough to stop a car at high speed. She eventually inherits Cassandra Webb’s / Madame Web’s powers, which enables her to see into the future and astral project.

Friends and Foes caught in Julia’s web

Julia faced off against the might Doctor Doom alongside the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. As a member of the Government’s Freedom Force, she was forced to arrest both mutants and the Avengers, which made her feel uneasy. She became a fugitive when she helped the Avengers escape. The Avengers would soon be exonerated, but Julia remained on the fugitive’s list. She eventually gave herself up and accepted a deal to work with the government again. She joined up with Spider-Man to face off against the Wrecking Crew and her support to the Avengers made her an active member on the roster of the Avengers, and this even sparked a romance with one of the team members (which I will not share, but allow you as the reader to find).

Julia had to balance her time between being a hero and a mother to Rachel. Another Spider-Woman, Charlotte Witter came on the scene and stole Julia’s powers, crippling her in the process. Joining forces with Jessica Drew, Mattie Franklin and Cassandra Webb allowed them to defeat Charlotte, but it didn’t help to restore her powers. A secret formula helped Julia recover her powers, but her problems was far from over.

Julia Carpenter née Cornwall as Spider-Woman (Marvel)

Using her secret codename, Arachne helped to avoid confusion with all of the Spider-Women, but the new Superhuman Registration Act forced superpowered individuals to register with the government, thus exposing themselves in the process. The Avengers was in full support of the new legislation, and Julia was soon recruited to help the Avengers capture unregistered heroes, however, she helped unregistered heroes avoid capture, and became a fugitive again. She was eventually arrested by Carol Danvers and Wonder Man. A pardon was offered, and she was required to join up with Omega Flight, a Canadian Government superhero team.

A dangerous plot by the Kravinoff family resulted not only in the death of Cassandra / Madame Web, but Madame Web’s psychic powers transferred to Julia, making her clairvoyant and able to astral project herself. This enabled her to see into the future and another hero at a later stage. Can you guess who?

The above stories about Julia Carpenter née Cornwall / Arachne have been shortened and enough detail has been left out to leave you hungry for more. I highly encourage subscribing to Marvel Unlimited to read up about Arachne or any of your favorite Marvel characters.

Madame Web Movie Coming Soon!

In a switch from the typical genre, Madame Web tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who develops the power to see the future… and realizes she can use that insight to change it. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women bound for powerful destinies…if they can all survive a deadly present.

Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Superhero

Release Date: 14 February 2024

Directors: SJ Clarkson

Based on: Marvel Comics

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps, Emma Roberts & Adam Scott

Madame Web Movie Poster (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Sydney Sweeney plays the role of Julia Cornwall in Madame Web.

Watch Madame Web on the big screen on 14 February 2024.

Madame Web Official Trailer (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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X-Men ’97 Review | Nostalgic, Epic & Marvelous!

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X-Men '97 (Disney)

Get ready for action-packed adventure, many surprise cameos and a storyline that takes

Plot

A band of mutants use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them; they’re challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future.

X-Men ’97 (Disney)

Review

X-Men ’97 is a revival of the classic 1990s animated television series. The storyline picks up directly after the events of the original series, maintaining continuity and preserving the beloved elements that made the original a hit show back in the day. Many of the original voice cast members have returned, including Cal Dodd as Wolverine, Lenore Zann as Rogue, George Buza as Beast, Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm and Adrian Hough as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, which adds a layer of originality and contributes to the overall nostalgia of the television show​. Here I’m feeling like a little kid again, watching the show on a Saturday morning. I was 7 years old when it was on television in the early mornings, and it still brings back fond memories.

There were a number of new stars who joined the show such as Ray Chase who replaced Norm Spencer as Cyclops, Jennifer Hale who replaced Catherine Disher as Jean Grey, Holly Chou who replaced Alyson Court as Jubilee, A.J. LoCascio as Gambit, Matthew Waterson as Magneto, J.P. Karliak as Morph, Isaac Robinson-Smith as Bishop, Ross Marquand as Professor Charles Xavier and Gui Agustini as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot.

X-Men ’97 (Disney)

The series starts off in a world where the X-Men grapple with the loss of Professor Charles Xavier. Amidst all the chaos and uncertainty, Magneto rises to the occasion and becomes the new leader of the X-Men. This provides additional drama and the team dynamics is frequently tested with the new leadership. While dealing with the new leadership dynamics the X-Men finds themselves still dealing with people who would stop at nothing to end all mutants. The storyline doesn’t hold back on the action sequences and themes such as grief, loss and acceptance are touched on throughout the series.

The trailer of the show doesn’t spoil anything for the viewer, and I highly encourage you to watch every intro and try to spot any new changes. The show provides many cameos and easter eggs, keeping my hopes alive of a potential crossover.

The story ends with a twist, leaving you hungry for the next season, and as any Marvel movie or television show would have it, a mid-credits scene to whet your appetite for what’s to come. If you are new to X-Men you can still jump in and watch the television series, but I highly recommend watching the original series to get you up to date with most of the lore and history of the X-Men.

X-Men ’97 keeps the legacy of our favorite mutants alive with a well-written story that is filled with emotion, surprises and promises of more adventures.

Thank you Beau DeMayo for an eXcellent story! I rate this show a 5 out of 5!

Will we skip the intro song? No! I don’t think we will. Make sure to catch the show on Disney Plus!

https://youtu.be/mp1Pax-QHlA?si=-fFlVYBRIPnLQyVO
X-Men ’97 Final Trailer (Marvel Entertainment)

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Deadpool & Wolverine | Trailer

The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

Release Date:

July 26, 2024

Director:

Shawn Levy

Cast:

Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Morena Baccarin

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The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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The Penguin | Official Teaser — HBO Max

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Release Date:

2024

Director:

Craig Zobel

Cast:

Colin Farrell, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz

Plot Summary:

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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