It’s the year of the spider. With Marvel’s Spider-Man coming for PS4 later this year, the recent news that the title of the next Spider-Man movie will be Spider-Man: Far From Home and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse coming out in December, the wallcrawler is as hot as he has ever been. If the reports are true, Sony is ready to spin up another movie based upon another character in the Spider-Man universe: Cindy Moon AKA Silk.
So who is Cindy Moon exactly? What are her powers? And why do we think Sony chose her as a spin-off film? Read on.
Silk is a Complex Character
Cindy Moon is a character with depth and an excellent power-set who has been a fan-favorite since her first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1. While that’s important for chronology, she didn’t actually make her first appearance as Silk (where her story is expounded on) until Amazing Spider-Man Vol.3 #4. She was a smart student whose parents discovered she had an eidetic memory. Her life, for all intents and purposes, was normal – she played hockey, she had a boyfriend. This all changed when she was bitten on the ankle by a radioactive spider. As her powers began to manifest she had difficulty controlling them—particularly on one occasion surrounding her ability to make webbing out of her fingertips–and this began to worry both Cindy and her parents. They vowed they would work together to help her through this difficult period. The strain took a toll on her younger brother Albert who admitted he was afraid her and didn’t’ want her near him.
At this point, a man by the name of Ezekiel Sims appeared. Ezekiel came from the Spider-Totem era of the Spider-Man mythology and had powers similar to Spider-Man that he gained through a ritual. Ezekiel told her parents that he could help her control her powers and gave her the hope she was lacking at this point in her life. Even though both herself and her parents had reservations, Cindy reasoned this was her best choice and a better alternative to suffering from her powers and having no control.
Not only did Ezekiel help Cindy to control her powers, but he also taught her to use them. He trained her in hand-to-hand combat, went through various scenarios with her, teaching her to utilize all the abilities at her disposal, several of which were even superior to those of Spider-Man. Even Ezekiel was impressed with how well things had proceeded. It was then, at a time when things started going so very good for Cindy, that things took a turn for the worst.
Ezekiel then told her the unthinkable. That she would need to lock herself away in a bunker in order to keep herself, and countless others safe. There was no time period for how long she would need to stay in the bunker, it could be forever. He wasn’t going to force her to do it, she needed to do this of her own free will. Needless to say, Cindy was reluctant. Ezekiel had explained to her that a powerful being known as Morlun wanted to kill her and that if he could do this, much more would be at stake. The bunker would shield her from him and keep her safe. With so much at stake, Cindy agrees, says goodbye to her family, her friends, her boyfriend…her life and enters the bunker where she stays.
Morlun and his family of Inheritors are a clan of hunters who were focused on hunting down Spider-Totems – individuals who have connected the animal and human kingdoms through various ways, but specifically by being bit by a radioactive spider for Peter and Cindy. The Inheritors end goal is to completely eradicate all Spider-Totems across all universes by performing a ritual that will not only eliminate all the current Spider-Totems but will prevent any more from being created ever. This storyline was the basis for the Spider-Verse event that will most likely be touched on in the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse animated film.
Referencing back to Amazing Spider-Man Vol.3 #4 – which was actually part of an over-arching storyline called Original Sin – a bomb of secrets created out of the eye of Uatu the Watcher was set off, and everyone present in the shockwave was exposed to all of the secrets the Watcher had ever seen as it pertained to them. It was at this moment, that Peter Parker was made aware that he wasn’t the only one affected that day by the radioactive spider—a girl named Cindy Moon was also bitten by the same spider before it died. Peter suddenly knew exactly where she was and headed out to release her not knowing the full consequences of what would happen when he did.
Peter arrived, having full knowledge of the code the bunker she was in and released her. Cindy tried to explain to her that Morlun would come if he didn’t, but in a truly heroic fashion, he released her anyway. What he didn’t realize is that she had been down in this bunker for 10 years – sacrificing her freedom to keep everyone safe. Needless to say, Cindy was enraged by Peter’s actions and attacked him. It’s at this point we see just how strong she is, and how complete her training was. Spider-Man is unable to match her speed, which he admits is superior to his own. Over the course of the battle he realizes that while he is stronger than her, one of his greatest strengths pales in comparison to hers – his Spider-Sense.
During this confrontation, the two of them become extremely close and begin to kiss passionately, almost as though it’s out of their control. Ultimately Peter breaks free before things progress, but Silk theorizes it could be due to a primal connection as they were both bitten by the same spider. Cindy soon adopts her own costumed identity as Silk, factors heavily into the Spider-Verse event, and even stars in her own ongoing for a time that further explores her relationship with her family that allowed her to be locked away, and her new job at the Fact Channel working under J. Jonah Jameson.
Into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse says it all – this has a direct connection to the Spider-Verse event which Silk had a major role in so one way or another she has to be brought into the story. While we don’t know if the upcoming animated movie will fully dive into the story from the comic event, it’s likely we’ll see some part of it.
As we mentioned previously, Morlun and his family of Inheritors hunt the various Spider-Totems of the multiverse to feed on their power, and Spider-Verse saw some of these alternate reality totems team-up to fight back. The Inheritors end goal is to completely eradicate all Spider-Totems across all universes by performing a ritual that will not only eliminate all the current Spider-Totems but will prevent any more from being created, ever. If the Inheritors can gather the three totems they need for the ritual, their goal will be achieved. And it just so happens that Cindy is one of the three – called The Bride. The other totems are The Other, who is revealed as Kaine AKA Scarlet Spider – and The Scion, young Benjy Parker – son of Peter and Mary Jane from the MC2 Universe – who all played a large role in the Spider-Verse event. Again, the synopsis for Into the Spider-Verse doesn’t reveal much of a connection to this storyline, but it could be a solid starting point for Silk’s live-action spin-off.
Sony’s Spidey Cinematic Universe
Lastly, if Sony already has a master plan for their Spider-Man animated universe, then Silk could just be one of several films that climax in a showdown between Spider-Totems and the Inheritors. If that comes to fruition, then we think the following characters may get their own film:
Mayday Parker is from Earth-982 where she is the daughter of Peter and Mary Jane Parker. In this universe, Peter and Mary Jane actually stayed together and had children. As she grew up, she discovered she had the same powers as her dad. In this world, Peter had an epic, final battle with the Green Goblin that cost the Goblin his life, and Peter the use of his leg. Peter then retired as Spider-Man and allowed his daughter to take over. During the Spider-Verse storyline, Mayday was nearly killed by an Inheritor who suddenly appeared in her home, but Peter held him off long enough for her to escape. In the process, both Peter and Mary Jane were killed. May didn’t escape alone, as she also was able to save her baby brother: Benjamin (Benjy) Reed Parker, the aforementioned Scion hunted by the Inheritors. Chronicling her story right up until she is asked by Assasin Spider-Man to join them in their fight against the Inheritors would be a perfect lead into a Spider-Verse story, and finally, bring the fan-favorite character of Mayday Parker to the big screen
Kaine Parker began his life a clone of Peter Parker and was far from a hero, having murdered a number of people before his first appearance in the comics. Kaine became a violent supervillain with a questionable moral compass, who was obsessed with both Peter and another clone, Ben Reilly. Eventually, he had a change of heart and wanted to make amends for the things he had done. While knowing he would never be a true hero like Peter because of his past, he decided to use his abilities to help others and follow in Reilly’s footsteps as Scarlet Spider. While hunting down human traffickers, he was killed by Carlos and Esmeralda Lobo (two powerful non-supernatural Werewolves) and his body was wrapped in a cocoon made of spider-webs. While in this catatonic state, he had a vision and began talking the entity known as The Other. The Other revealed it was responsible for his resurrection, and wanted him to embrace it. After originally refusing, he realized that he could not continue his work of retribution if he was dead, and so he acquiesced. In doing so, he knowingly became the avatar for another of the most important Spider-Totems in the universe, The Other. The Scarlet Spider storyline goes a lot of different directions, but ultimately leads back to and ends in the Spider-Verse. A spotlight film or film where he co-stars make total sense.
We’re still waiting for confirmation of the film, but it’s a safe bet with the current popularity of Spider-Man, we will be getting this sooner rather than later. As always, we will keep you up to date as a live-action Silk movie develops.
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