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|Real name:||May Parker|
|Created by:||Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, Mark Bagley|
|Universe:||What If? Vol 2 #105|
|Place of Birth:||New York City, New York|
|Base:||New York City, New York|
|Affiliations:||A-Next (reserve member only), ally of the Fantastic Five, New Warriors, Black Tarantula|
|Weight:||119 lbs (54 kg)|
May "Mayday" Parker (of Earth-982) is the first child of Peter and Mary Jane Parker, they were reunited with their baby daughter by Kaine, who found the child living with Alison Mongraine, the con-artist who had kidnapped the baby on instruction from Norman Osborn.
For years, her parents tried to keep their past from Mayday and hoped that she wouldn't develop powers of her own. Despite her parents' hopes, Mayday began developing versions of her father's spider-powers when she was 15. At the same time, Normie Osborn, grandson of the original Green Goblin , set out to restore the family name. Mayday donned Ben Reilly's Spider-Man II costume to stop him and soon took to crime-fighting, at first hindered, then helped, by her worried parents.
From the early part of her career onwards, Spider-Girl has developed a reputation for avoiding unnecessary battles and reforming her former adversaries. Spider-Girl quickly establishes herself in the superheroic community, gaining reserve status in The Avengers. Mayday promises to give up costumed super heroics, dates Eugene Thompson Jr. (the son of Flash Thompson and Felicia Hardy), and runs for student council. When Mary Jane becomes aware that the Hobgoblin poses a threat to her daughter's teenage friends, she allows Mayday to resume her activities as Spider-Girl (a situation they wanted to keep secret from Peter). After a battle with the Hobgoblin, Mayday tells her father the truth, and after a conversation with Mary Jane, they allowed May to resume her Spider-Girl identity under the condition that Peter would mentor her and help her hone her abilities. After an attempt at helping the S.H.I.E.L.D. government agency, a case filled with a piece of the Carnage Symbiote was released.
It attached itself to May's friend Moose, who became the new Carnage. In exchange, The Carnage Symbiote promised bond itself to Moose's terminally ill father, curing him in the process. Carnage causes a stir at May's school and kidnaps Peter and baby Ben, forcing May to confront her friend. May tries to talk to Moose within the Symbiote but fails, and it bonds with her brother Ben. Peter escapes and helps May battle the symbiote and gather sonic gear that may be able to defeat it. However it is May who uses the weapons, thereby destroying the piece of the Carnage Symbiote.
Her success is not without a measure of collateral damage as well, however; not only is Moose furious at Spider-Girl for dooming his father, but the sonic weapon renders Ben deaf. However, due to the Carnage symbiote "jump-starting" Ben's powers, his healing factor mends his damaged ears within a few days. Mary Jane has since witnessed him dangling a pair of toy blocks from organic webbing on his fingers, and May once walked into his room to find him crawling on the ceiling.
Powers & AbilitiesEdit
- May Parker inherited many of the same abilities as her father. May possesses half the Superhuman strength of her father, being able to lift 5 tons.
- She can leap several stories high and has reflexes heightened to levels well beyond that of an ordinary human. She heals somewhat faster than a normal human, but not as quickly as her father.
- Spider-Girl can adhere to almost any surface, although wall-crawling doesn't come as naturally to May as Peter, as she has to concentrate to keep herself from slipping off surfaces.
- May has inherited a Spider-Sense (a clairvoyance that warns her of danger) that is somewhat more powerful and reliable than her father's. It tells her the direction a threat is coming from with a high level of accuracy. Through intensive training, she learned to fight blindfolded using only her Spider-Sense. She can use it to spot weaknesses in an opponent and use them to her advantage.
- She can also sense mundane threats or observations like her father, but unlike him, she can use it to sense deception. By touching her father's clone, Kaine, she experienced a shared precognitive vision, but she does not normally have that ability.
- May also has mechanical Web-Shooters based on Ben Reilly's designs, but longer and narrower, as she cannot produce organic webbing. They can fire impact webbing and metal needles called "stingers". May rarely uses the stingers, as they cause extreme pain. Her mobile phone is modified to attach to one of her web-shooters, and looks like one of its cartridges.
- She occasionally uses spider-tracers, but as they are tuned to her father's spider-sense and not hers, she needs a receiver to detect them. May has also received martial arts training from Elektra as well as being drilled in the use of her powers by her father.