Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The animated appearances of Julia Carpenter aka Spider-Woman aka Madame Web

Over 20 years after the first animated appearance of Julia Carpenter, the second Spider-Woman, we now have Julia's next animated appearance as the second Madame Web. So lets compare the two animated depictions of one of my favorite Marvel characters.
Julia's first animated appearance was her role as Spider-Woman in the 1994 Iron Man the Animated Series.  She was on a team known as Force Works along with Iron Man, War Machine, Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch. She wore a slight variation from her classic comic costume, with her spider-symbol having 6 legs instead of 8 (this was corrected in the second season of the show). She served as an alternative to Pepper Potts, acting as Iron Man's love interest and business partner when not being a hero.
Ultimate Spider-Man vs the Sinister Six marked the second animated version of Julia, this time as Madame Web. In this continuity, Julia was a S.H.I.E.L.D agent who displayed precognitive powers and was recruited by Nick Fury into being his secret weapon. This version of Julia wore a crimson-and-red costume that was virtually identical to the costume shown above, only the reds are more muted.
Their powers of enhanced strength, speed, and agility remain pretty much the same between the two version of Julia, with the only difference being the usage of her psi-webs. The Iron Man Julia generated psychic energy from her hands that would explode outward into a solid web-net that wrapped her enemies. The Ultimate Spider-Man version of Julia generated a glowing psychic web that displayed possible futures and timelines between its threads, allowing Julia to pick the event with the most likely chance of occurring.