Jessica Drew was injected with an experimental serum and gained powers. Or she was hit by a laser whilst in the womb, and gained powers. Or she was a spider that turned into a human

New Avengers #15, Frank Cho


I think the second of those is technically the current origin story for her. It was a special laser, aight? The origin of her powers isn’t important, its what happened next. She was taken in by Hydra, and worked as their agent having been brainwashed. Obviously she broke free, but Hydra played an important part in her early life, and again later. However, in a twist of fate where her body died when her astral form was elsewhere (don’t ask), she lost her powers

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Spider-Woman: Origin #2, Jonathan Luna

Having spent some time as a P.I., she was recruited by Hydra to work within S.H.I.E.L.D. as a double agent, in return for which they would give her back her powers. Which, interestingly, Nick Fury encouraged. She fed Hydra false information for a time, until it was revealed that the Hyrda cell she was working for was actually made up of Skrulls. Then Secret Invasion happened. For a long time, it had seemed like Jessica was part of the New Avengers, but in reality it was the Skrull queen, Veranke in her place, and using Jessica’s image she lead a Skrull invasion. When the crisis was over, the real Jessica was found and returned to Earth from the Skrull ship she was being held in, along with dozens of other heroes


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Secret Invasion Promotional Poster


Understandably, Jessica wasn’t best pleased with the Skrulls after this. She joined S.W.O.R.D. (yep, that exists) to root out any Skrulls left over from the invasion force, as well as joining the New Avengers properly, despite an initial lack of trust from her teammates. From there, she’s had a pretty easy and uneventful run, being a part of multiple Avengers squads, and having a minor role in the Spider-Verse storyline. Nothing major has really happened in her life

Spiderwoman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D., by Alex Maleev


Until now that is. Jessica decided that she wanted a child. She had been dating an unknown person, and had a scare, at which point she realised that she actually really wanted that baby. I’d hate to spoil who the father is for you all, as the storyline is being covered in the current Spider-Woman series, but its safe to say that this is a whole new twist on her character (though there is certainly some Skrull hating thrown in there, which is to be expected when they take over an alien maternity ward)

Spider-Woman preggers
Spider-Woman #1, by Javier Rodriguez


So who is Spider-Woman? Well, she can climb walls, she is super strong, so she’s basically just Spider-Man with different parts, right? Wrong. She also has control of pheromones, she can fire bio-electric blasts, and she is basically immune to most poisons, toxins and forms of radiation. But the powers don’t make her. It’s how she reacts to situations. She is passionate and emotional, but she doesn’t let that get in the way of her level headed realism, and she always knows how to correctly handle a situation. Unless it involves Skrulls, but hey, everyone has a weakness, right?


James, The Wonder Witch


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