Spider-Woman III (Franklin)

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2006
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Solid Blue and Red costume that mimics Spider-Man's classic design.




5' 8"


123 lbs


Her abilities include flight, Venom Blasts, to be able to stick to walls, and some precognitive powers that she acquired from Madame Web.


Four legs that extend out of her back.


Just her young age and inexperience would make this fight pretty one sided. She might have a few extra abilities than Spider-Man, but Spider-Man is stronger and has spent a lot longer time honing his abilities.


Heighten speed, reflexes, stamina and agility,

Strength Level:

Can lift up to 10 tons.


Venom Blasts and Psionic webbing that she generates.


United States

Created By:

John Byrne, Rafael Kayanan

Current Aliases:


Current Occupation:

High School Student

Dual Identity:



Still currently in high school

Former Bases:

New York

Known Allies:

Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman I), Julia Carpenter (Spider-Woman II), Madame Web, Spider-Man

Known Confidants:

Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman I), Julia Carpenter (Spider-Woman II), Madame Web

Known Relatives:

Jeremy Franklin (father) - Note: "Aunt" Marla Madison and "Uncle Jonah" Jameson are not blood relatives

Major Enemies:

Charlotte Witter, Flesh and Bones

Marital Status:


Place of Birth:

New York City, New York

Real Name:

Martha "Matt" Franklin


”The Gathering of Five”

Mattie was a 15 year-old, raised by her father after her mother passed away, when she overheard her father talking to Norman Osborn about a ceremony they were planning on taking part in to gain powers. Mattie took her father's place in the ritual called the Gathering of Five. (Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #262)

”The Final Chapter”

Mattie (along with Madame Web, Override and Morris Maxwell) stood to gain the gifts of power, immortality, death, wisdom or insanity. None of them would know which they would receive until it happened. The twist was that what seemed like one gift would actually be one of the others. While it first appeared that she had gained wisdom, she had instead gained power. As she was a fan of Spider-Man, she acquired spider powers. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #441)

”Where R U Spider-Man?”

Her first enemy was the Scorpion and she was quickly buried under a collapsed wall. She followed Scorpion to Tri Corp Research Foundation, where Peter was applying for a job. Mattie and Peter managed to defeat him but she was unmasked. She escaped before she could answer any of his questions. (Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #1)


When Spider-Man finally came back, Mattie took the title of the new Spider-Woman. Later, Charlotte Witter, a new Spider-Woman created by Doctor Octopus, stole Mattie's powers as well as those of the previous two Spider-Women: (Jessica Drew and Julia Carpenter). With the help of Jessica, Julia and Madame Web, Mattie was able to defeat Witter and gain her powers back. When her powers were returned to her she also received the powers of Jessica and Julia including Jessica's Venom Blasts and Julia's Psionic webbing. With the blessing of Jessica and Julia, Mattie went on to continue the mantle of Spider-Woman. She settled in with her Uncle, none other then J. Jonah Jameson, and began fighting crime in the city. (Spider-Woman (Vol. 4) #1-#18)

Jessica's routine was disrupted by her boyfriend who began using Mattie to produce a drug called Mutant Growth Hormone, which, when taken, would give someone mutant powers for a short amount of time. (Mary Jane's boyfriend, Bobby Carr, used MGH. She broke up with him afterward.) (Amazing Spider-Man #605) While using her he kept her severely sedated. During one of her drunken stupors Mattie broke into Jessica Jones' apartment but quickly left when Jones confronted her. Doing a little detective work Jones, with the help of Jessica Drew, rescued Mattie and returned her to her uncle.

”The Loners”

She has since joined the Loners, a group of former teenager super heroes. It was founded in part by Phil Urich, the fourth Green Goblin. The Loners hope to prevent bored, inexperienced super powered teens from becoming super heroes, to keep them safe. However, Mattie learned that her DNA had been harvested and sold as a drug to super criminals by Nekra. The blood was used to create Mutant Growth Hormone, or MGH. MGH could be used to give the user temporary super powers. (The Loners (Vol. 2) #1)

“This Man, This Expletive Deleted”

She should have been more careful, herself. While watching a battle between Deadpool and Spider-Man, Mattie was kidnapped by Ana Kravinoff, the daughter of Kraven the Hunter. She was taken to the Kravinoff hunting lodge in upstate New York, where Sasha Kravinoff put her plan in motion. (Amazing Spider-Man #611)

”Grim Hunt”

Mattie was used as a test sacrifice by Sasha and Electro. The Kravinoffs were planning to use the blood of Spider-Man to resurrect Sergei Kravinoff, but first used Mattie to resurrect the Grim Hunter, Vladimir Kravinoff. As she wasn’t a “pure” spider, Vladimir came back as lion/human hybrid. (Amazing Spider-Man #634)

”Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy”

Later, Mattie was cloned by the Jackal (Ben Reilly), who was preying on Peter’s guilt over any death he felt responsible for. Reilly told him that the clones were no threat to anyone, they were monitored by Ashley Kafka and George Stacy. Reilly said he could clone Ben Parker, which Spider-Man refused. Jackal ordered the clones to kill him. (The Clone Conspiracy #4)

Thanks to the Marvel Database, the Marvel Directory and Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Image Gallery


Cover Date Appearance Information
Oct 1998 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #262
  First Cameo Appearance
Nov 1998 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #441
  First Full Appearance
Jan 1999 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #1 (Story 1)
Feb 1999 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #2
Mar 1999 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #3
May 1999 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #5
May 1999 App: Peter Parker: Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #5
Jun 1999 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #6
Jul 1999 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #1
Aug 1999 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #2
Sep 1999 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #3
Oct 1999 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #4
Nov 1999 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #5
Dec 1999 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #6
Jan 2000 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #7
Feb 2000 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #8
Feb 2000 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #14
Mar 2000 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #9
Apr 2000 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #10
May 2000 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #11
Jun 2000 FB: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #12
Jul 2000 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #13
Aug 2000 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #14
Sep 2000 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #15
Oct 2000 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #16
Nov 2000 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #17
Dec 2000 App: Spider-Woman (Vol. 3) #18
Jan 2003 App: Alias #16
Mar 2003 App: Alias #18
Apr 2003 App: Alias #19
May 2003 App: Alias #20
Jun 2003 App: Alias #21
Jan 2010 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #611
Aug 2010 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #634 (Story 1)

Thanks To

 The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2006