ASSEMBLING AVENGERS #8: Spider-Woman

Spider-Woman

by Ryan Rigley

Although there has been no word yet on who will be starring in Joss Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D." series, odds are that we're in for quite a few super-heroic cameos. One superhero in specific seems to be a more than likely choice, given her past as both an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and an agent of HYDRA (the terrorist organization that has proven to be S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most consistent enemy). Still haven't guessed who we're talking about?

Jessica Drew (a.k.a. Spider-Woman) first became a member of The New Avengers during its launch by Brian Bendis in 2005 following the events of "Avengers Disassembled." Currently, she's not only on the main Avengers team, but is also dating Hawkeye. So what are the chances that we'll be seeing Spider-Woman in 2015's "Avengers" sequel? Click past the jump to find out!

Who?

Before Jessica is even born, her parents have dedicated their lives to studying the adaptive abilities of spiders and grafting parts of their DNA into the human genome. With funding provided by HYDRA, Jonathan and Miriam Drew move to Wundagore Mountain to continue their experiments. It is here that Jessica's mother is accidentally exposed to a laser beam containing the manipulated spider/human DNA, granting an unborn Jessica with a wide variety of spider-like superpowers.

After her birth, Jessica's parents mysteriously disappear leaving Jessica under the care of the HYDRA organization. Trained and mentored by the assassin known as Taskmaster, Jessica becomes a master of many different forms of martial arts and several fighting styles out of Taskmaster's own "arsenal." Going by the name Spider-Woman, Jessica serves as an agent of HYDRA for a number of years under the pretenses that HYDRA is a force for good in the world and that Jessica herself is not a human but, in fact, a highly-evolved species of spider.

Why?

Spider-Woman possesses superhuman strength, speed, and endurance thanks to the special spider/human DNA that her mother was zapped with. These spider-like powers also grant her the ability to shoot "venom blasts" from her body which have been known to stun/kill normal humans and blast straight through solid metal. That's a pretty cool power, right? Plus, Spider-Woman's addition to Earth's Mightiest Heroes in "The Avengers 2" could totally pave the way for a "Secret Invasion" arc in the Third Phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

How?

This one's fairly obvious. Being as Jessica Drew started out as an agent of HYDRA, she should be introduced early into the "S.H.I.E.L.D" series as one of the bad guys! That way, we could see Spider-Woman's change of heart and the subsequent paying of her dues as an agent of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization well before 2015. There's still approximately three years between now and when "The Avengers 2" comes out, which is more than enough time to make Spider-Woman a household name. Get to work, Marvel!

In Assembling Avengers, we're picking a new Marvel Comics superhero every week and arguing why they deserve a spot on the roster for Earth's mightiest sequel. Let us know which heroes you want to see in the next "Avengers" in the comments or on Twitter!

Previous Assembling Avengers Candidates:

» Iron Fist

» Ms. Marvel

» The Vision

» Black Panther

» Ant-Man

» Silver Surfer

» Doctor Strange