Across The Spider-People

Kelly’s Field Notes

Super Hero: Spider-Woman (aka Jessica Drew), Ultimate Spider-Man (aka Miles Morales), Spider-Man 2099 (aka Miguel O’Hara)

Species Comparisons: Spiders (Order Araneae)

First Comic Appearance: Jessica Drew - Marvel Spotlight #32 (February, 1977), Miles Morales - Ultimate Comics: Fallout #4 (August, 2011), Miguel O’Hara - Spider-Man 2099 #1 (November 1992)

Jessica’s Power Set:






Muscle Density

Web Slinging

Wall Crawling

Venom Blast


Miles’s Power Set:






Web Slinging

Wall Crawling

Venom Blast

Camouflage (Invisibility)

Miguel’s Power Set:







Web Slinging

Wall Crawling

Finger and Toe Retractable Talons

Fangs (Venom Production)


Can See In the Dark (Sensitive to Light)

Suit Abilities - Airfoil and anti-gravity particles for gliding, tear resistant suit, camouflage (invisibility), suit can also cast mirages.

Lyra, his AI assistant, is also worth mentioning!

Real Spider Powers:

Intelligence - jumping spiders from genus Portia have been observed problem solving and learning

Strength - tiny jumping spiders can catch and kill prey many times they're size, so can black widows and some orb weavers 

Web slinging - spiders create several different types of webs

Agility - spiders can quickly adjust mid -movement to escape predators or catch prey 

Wall crawling - spider setae, or tiny hairs, help them stick to walls and other surfaces 

Awareness - spiders have a wide range of senses to feel and see the world around them 

Speed - spiders are able to cover long distances in only a few seconds

Mandibles/Fangs - spiders have sharp and strong mandibles and fangs, some capable of going through the tough carapace of pill bugs (terrestrial isopods)

Venom - spider venom runs the spectrum of harmless, to irritating, to deadly, depending on species

Pheromones - some species of bolas spider can trick male moths into believing they are female moths, luring them into a trap

Camouflage - crab spiders can change their color to suit their environment, often we see them on flowers that are white, yellow, or orange in color

Dance moves - male spiders engage in courtship behaviors to attract females, male peacock spiders, for example, perform elaborate dances flailing their limbs and bouncing their abdomens

How Do Jessica, Miguel, and Miles Compare With Real Spiders?: 


Jessica has the agility, speed, and strength of a spider. Her gliding sort of reminds me of spider ballooning, when young spiders take off on the wind to separate from their siblings and mother. Her venom blast power is electricity based and nothing like spider venom beyond causing paralysis. In the 1979 cartoon series Jessica creates an air bubble around herself to breathe underwater, this was a pretty fun ability and matches the ability of diving bell spiders which trap an air bubble between their legs and abdomen so the spider can essentially breathe when fully submerged. 


Miles has all the powers Peter has and then some. He’s got spider strength, agility, and speed, but an important distinction is his ability to become invisible. While spiders cannot completely disappear, some species such as crab spiders, can change color to blend in with their surroundings. Crab spiders often become the color of flowers they are perched on, as they patiently wait for prey to fly in for some nectar. 

Miguel - 

Miguel has all of Peter’s powers, plus Miles’s camouflage. Miguel has a few extras as well such as healing, fangs that are connected to a venom gland, retractable claws, and he can see really well in the dark.

How They Rated on the Podcast - 

Media Kelly and Amanda Read/Watched For This Episode:

Spider-Man 2099 (1993-1996) Issues #1-38

Spider-Woman: Origin (2005) Issues #1-5

Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 (August 2011) Issues #1-6

Spider-Woman (TV Series, 1979-1980)


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