Thirteen years ago, during a demonstration on the use of radioactive rays at a science exhibit, a spider was accidentally exposed to the radiation and absorbed large amounts of it. In its dying moments, the arachnid bit the nearest living thing to it, Peter Parker. As a result, the young teenager would gain amazing powers and become the amazing Spider-Man!
However, this was not the end; as mere moments after biting Parker, the spider bites another young student by the name of Cindy Moon.
Soon after, Cindy’s abilities manifested but she was unable to control them. Sometime later, Ezekiel would approach the Moon family to offer his help and guide Cindy in controlling her newfound abilities. After six years since getting bit and training to use her powers, Cindy is locked up inside a facility by Ezekiel to protect her, and the other “spiders,” from Morlun.
Silk was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos and first appeared in a cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man Vol.3 issue 1 and the following issues before appearing fully in Issue 4 of the same series. She proved so popular that she received her very own ongoing series.
Major Story Arcs
Seven years later, during the events of Original Sin, Spider-Man would be exposed to the energies of the Watcher’s eye alongside his fellow heroes. As secrets began to flow into his head, Spider-Man saw that the radioactive spider that bit him managed to bite another before it died—a girl named Cindy, and learned what happened to her afterward.
Spider-Man immediately goes on to search for Cindy to break her out of the facility Ezekiel had kept her in. After unlocking the door to Cindy’s room, Cindy attacks Spider-Man in a fit of rage saying that he’s doomed them all. After a quick tussle, Spider-Man calms Cindy down by telling her that Morlun is dead and as such, is no longer a threat to them.
Ecstatic about her freedom, Cindy quickly makes her way out of the facility to finally see the city of New York after hiding in her bunker for so long. Spider-Man quickly stops her as she’s about to go outside while wearing her civilian clothes, which prompts her to quickly spin an outfit made out of her webbing and tells Spider-Man to refer to her as Silk.
Silk swings around the city and goes to her old home, hoping to find her family there. Her heart breaks as she finds another family living in what once was her home, with her family nowhere to be found. Realizing just how much she’s lost, she asks Spider-Man when exactly Morlun died. Spider-Man lets slip the fact that the Ancient had died twice—revealing to Silk the fact that Morlun could come back to life. Furious, Silk attacks Spider-Man once again as she realizes that her 7 years in the bunker were wasted knowing that Morlun could still kill them. During their fight, however, both Silk and Spider-Man feel the powerful connection from their Spider-Senses and end up sharing a passionate kiss.
Continuing their moment of passion, both Peter and Cindy are unable to let go of each other due to the strong, primal connection they feel for each other. Peter stops as soon as Cindy begins to further remove his mask, after which they move back to Peter and Anna Maria’s apartment.
Afterward, Peter and Cindy go to the Fact Channel’s news station where they are attacked by Black Cat and Electro. While Silk is easily able to dodge Electro’s lightning bolts thanks to her “hyper-spider-speed and senses,” Spider-Man isn’t as lucky. Black Cat then goes after the paralyzed superhero and begins to unmask him in front of live TV. Thankfully, JJJ hogged up too much space in front of the camera, preventing the camera (and anyone else) from seeing Peter’s face. Silk quickly spins a temporary mask for Peter and escapes with him back into Peter and Anna Maria’s apartment.
At the waterfront where Parker Industries will be holding the demonstration for their new device meant to cure Electro, Cindy spins Peter some Electro-insulated webbing to prevent what happened during their last fight with Electro from happening again. When the fight begins, Black Cat sabotages the machine which causes Electro to go out of control and hit a helicopter. Silk hurries and begins spinning porous webs to catch the crashing helicopter. She then creates an insulated web-pod to contain the inevitable explosion of energy coming from Electro. The entire incident ends with a depowered Electro and a missing Black Cat.
Afterward, Cindy gets accepted for a job at the Fact Channel where she intends to use the information center in order to find her family.
Cindy is set to play a large role in the upcoming Spider-Verse event.
Right when Spider-Man releases her from her bunker, Morlun is seen at an unknown location suddenly catching her scent. He refers to her as "the Spider-Bride" and "the spinner at the center of the web," and then declares that the great hunt begins.
Powers and Abilities
Cindy gained similar abilities to Peter Parker when she was bitten by the same radioactive spider that gave him his amazing abilities.
Cindy is described as being faster than Peter by his own admission.
Just like her speed, Silk's Spider-Sense is on a higher level than Spider-Man's. She describes their Spider-Sense as "psychic strands of webbing reaching out into the world," with hers able to go "farther" than Peter's. This is evident when she was able to detect Black Cat and Electro at the news station before Peter was, and later when she managed to detect the duo again while they were hidden at a distance within a crowd.
During her short tussle with Spider-Man when he broke her out of her bunker, she also manages to easily dodge all of his web-shots thanks to her Spider-Sense, which Peter describes as "Matrix/Bullet-Time good!"
Silk's clear advantage over Spider-Man in terms of their powers would be in her webbing. Unlike Peter, who uses artificial web-fluid that he creates, Cindy is able to spin her own webs from her fingertips. Not only is she able to do this, but her webs' tips are barbed like a fishhook, which allows her to have a better hold on whatever she attaches her web-line onto.
Silk is also able to spin various kinds of webs, two of which have been revealed so far. The first is her insulated web which is insulated from electrical current such as Electro's attacks. The second is her porous web, which seems to be an air-cushioned web that's strong enough to safely catch a crashing helicopter.
Paradoxically to her speed her strength is not on par with Peter and is admittedly weaker in this regard.
Cindy appears in as a classmate of Peter and a member of the decathlon team of the school. She is portrayed by Tiffany Espensen
Marvel Avengers Alliance
Silk is a playable character in the game and can be recruited by completing Special Operation 29: Aranea Ex Machina.
Her bio says: Cindy Moon was a gifted child with an eidetic memory. Bitten by the same radioactive spider that created her world's Spider-Man, Cindy was locked away in a bunker to hide her from the Inheritors. Eventually, Spider-Man learned of her existence and sought her out only to draw the attention of the Inheritors and set of a chain of events that would affect the Spider-Verse.
Marvel Future Fight
Silk is a playable character in the game. She is a speed type, and her description in the game says: As a teenager, Cindy Moon was bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker, giving her powers similar to those of the Amazing Spider-Man: powers of adhesion, a unique precognitive awareness of danger, and the ability to weave spider webs from her fingertips, she now swings through the skies of New York City as Silk!
She is available with variant uniforms
- Silk - All-New, All-Different
- Silk - Web Suit
Marvel: War of Heroes
Silk appears in several cards in the mobile card game Marvel: War of Heroes. Her cards are:
- A Silk figure was released by Hasbro for the Marvel Legends Venom Spaceknight Build-a-Figure wave.
- Silk was featured in the HeroClix figure game.