Madame Web
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Amazing Spider-Man #210 (November 1980)
Created byDenny O'Neil (writer)
John Romita Jr. (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoCassandra Webb
SpeciesHuman mutant[1]
Place of originSalem, Oregon
Abilities

Madame Web (Cassandra Webb) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #210, published November 1980, and was created by writer Denny O'Neil and artist John Romita Jr.[2] She is usually depicted as a supporting character in the Spider-Man comic book series, where she appears as an elderly woman with myasthenia gravis, connected to a life support system resembling a spiderweb.

Madame Web is a clairvoyant and precognitive mutant[1] who first appears to help Spider-Man find a kidnapping victim. She is not one of the mutants that lost their power during the "Decimation" storyline. In "Grim Hunt", she is attacked by Sarah and Ana Kravinoff, who kills her, but before she died she was able to pass her powers of precognition as well as her blindness on to Julia Carpenter, who becomes the next Madame Web. Webb is consequently resurrected by Ben Reilly, before succumbing to the Carrion Virus. Webb is the grandmother of the fourth Spider-Woman, Charlotte Witter.

Madame Web has appeared in or served as inspiration for several Spider-Man related media. Rachel Dratch voices "C. Weber", a character loosely based on Madame Web, in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023), while Dakota Johnson will portray the character in an upcoming eponymous film.

Publication history

Madame Web was created by writer Dennis O'Neil and artist John Romita Jr., and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #210 (November 1980).[3]

Fictional character biography

Cassandra Webb

Cassandra Webb was born in Salem, Oregon. She is a paralyzed, blind, telepathic, clairvoyant, and precognitive mutant,[1] allowing her to work as a professional medium. She was originally stricken with myasthenia gravis and was connected to a life support system designed by her husband Jonathan Webb, which included a series of tubes shaped like a spider-web.[4]

When Spider-Man approached her to help find kidnapped Daily Globe publisher K.J. Clayton (actually an impersonator), Madame Web used her powers to help him locate and rescue both the real and the fake Clayton, but disclosed to him that she had divined his secret identity.[5]

In the "Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut!" story arc, she contacts Spider-Man for assistance when Black Tom Cassidy dispatches the Juggernaut to capture her in the hope that her psychic powers would help them defeat the X-Men, only for her to nearly die after Juggernaut separated her from her life-support system. This triggered a vicious fight between Spider-Man and the Juggernaut, who was subsequently trapped in a construction site's wet cement foundation.[6]

From the shock to her system, however, Madame Web apparently lost her memory of Spider-Man's secret identity.[7]

Webb is the grandmother of the fourth Spider-Woman, Charlotte Witter. She participates in an arcane ritual known as the "Gathering of the Five", gaining immortality; she is restored to youth and her myasthenia gravis is cured.[8] Webb serves as a mentor of sorts to the third Spider-Woman, the young Mattie Franklin.[9]

Madame Web resurfaced, with her psychic powers intact, after Decimation. However, since House of M (in which she did appear young) she seems to have regained her aged appearance, though the myasthenia gravis remains gone.[a]

Madame Web again returns in a back-up feature in The Amazing Spider-Man #600. She looks into the future, showing what are apparently quick looks into Spider-Man's future, only to see someone "unravelling the web of fate", and fearfully exclaiming "They're hunting spiders." After that, she is attacked by Ana Kravinoff and her mother Sasha. The pair incapacitate her and then claim "we now have our eyes".[10] She is seen still held captive by Ana and her mother, as they inspect their new quarry, Mattie Franklin. While still bound in a chair, she apologizes to a then-unconscious Mattie,[11] who is later killed by Sasha Kravinoff as part of a sacrificial ritual that revived Grim Hunter.[12]

At the conclusion of "Grim Hunt", Madame Web has her throat slashed by Sasha Kravinoff in retaliation, as Sasha believed that Madame Web was deceiving her and knew the outcome of the events that transpired. Before dying, she reveals she is no longer blind, and passes her psychic powers over to Julia Carpenter.[13]

During the Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy storyline, Madame Web was resurrected by Ben Reilly (posing as the Jackal), inserting her soul into a cloned body. She tipped off Prowler about a bank robbery vision she had which he managed to stop the bank robbery. When Prowler goes to get more information on the hacker from Madame Web, she tells him that she sees buildings filled with agony that cannot escape.[14] When the villains at New U Technologies are getting out of control, Jackal sends Electro to find Prowler to put them under check again. Electro goes to Madame Web's room and tortures the telepath into giving her Prowler's location with the intent to kill him. Julia Carpenter senses that Madame Web is alive from telepathic feedback resulting from Electro's attack.[15] Julia infiltrates New U Technologies and uses the opportunity to investigate the near-abandoned facility. During this time, Julia is led to Madame Web who refuses to take her medication to aid her in healing from Electro's attack. Madame Web has seen the future and refuses to be a part of it. Before dying from clone degeneration, Madame Web tells Julia to save Prowler.[16]

Julia Carpenter

Main article: Julia Carpenter

Characteristics

Powers and abilities

Madame Web is a mutant who possesses several psychic abilities.[17] She can use telepathy to read the minds of others. She has the ability to see the future.[18] Madame Web can project an astral form of herself away from her physical body.[19] She can perform psychic surgery on the minds of others. She is sensitive to psychic energies, allowing her to sense the presence of psionic powers in others, to see the area surrounding her, and events which take place far away from her. Additionally, Madame Web has a gifted intellect.

Condition

When dying, she displayed the ability to transfer her mutation to another individual, such as Julia Carpenter.[20] Madame Web was a victim of myasthenia gravis, a disorder of neuromuscular junction transmission.[21] As a result, she was left an invalid, entirely dependent on external life support for survival. This is no longer the case as she was cured of the condition some time ago. She is also blind and relies on her powers to compensate.[22] Madame Web is cybernetically linked to a spider-web-like life-support chair which attends to all of her bodily needs.[22]

Reception

Accolades

Other versions

In other media

See also: Julia Carpenter § In other media

Television

Animated Madame Web, as she appeared in the 1990s animated series.

Film

Video games

Notes

  1. ^ As of Sensational Spider-Man #26 (Part 4 of "Feral").

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