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Left Unresolved – Does Spider-Man Have a Sister or What?

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In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved. Click here for an archive of all storylines featured so far.

Today, we take a look at the recent “reveal” that Spider-Man has a sister that he didn’t know about.

It’s kind of weird. I think of this as a super recent plot development, but someone cited this the other week and I realized, “Oh, hey, this is actually almost two years old now. That’s not NOT recent, but it’s not really all that recent.” Time flies, I suppose.

Anyhow, in the 2014 original graphic novel, Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business, by Mark Waid and James Robinson and Gabriele Dell’Otto and Werther Dell’Edera, some mysterious bad guys suddenly try to kidnap Peter Parker. He breaks free, but then lands on a car that has been following him – a car driven by…his sister?!?!

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He’s incredulous, of course, but she shows her proof…

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Then she reveals that she’s part of the “family business”….

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She later explains how she discovered her parents’ identity…

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Later, they meet with a former colleague of the Parkers, and he explains to them why the bad guys want Peter so much…

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But, as you might have noticed, he picked up her tea cup to do some sort of test with it.

Okay, so the Kingpin is trying to access the Sleepers and he needs Peter to do it. But Peter and Teresa, naturally, want to get to the bunker to get rid of the Sleepers because, you know, they’re good guys. Along the way, Teresa discovers Peter’s secret identity.

So they get to the bunker, but the Kingpin is there. He also happens to have some shocking news along with him. Go to the next page to see what his shocking revelation is…

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The three Spider-man novels from 1999-2002 that form Adam-Troy Castro’s “Sinister Six Trilogy”, also tease the idea that Spider-man had a sister. The novels feature the character Mr. Fiers who appeared in the two Amazing Spider-man movies. Maybe the films’ creators had their own Spider-sister storyline in mind, had this version of the movie series continued.

I remember reading that. It was a bit different. I wasn’t even sure it was in continuity, although in hindsight I don’t know why it wouldn’t be. Has anyone in the regular titles addressed any of the storyline?

I still have this book sitting on my “to read” bookshelf…

Good Lord, I need to get around to that stuff…

Wow. I don’t even remember hearing of this book coming out.

Here’s another complicated possibility. The Parkers did have a second child. But it’s not Teresa.

However, maybe he DOES recognize Teresa’s DNA as similar to someone else’s. So this story could end up being a two-for-one. Who is the lost Parker child and who is Teresa related to?

Also, is there any doubt that the Parker’s former colleague is based on David Niven?

Thinking about it, Teresa Durand does look a bit like Gwen Stacy…

Otherwise, I was thinking of any of the older superheroes and spies.

Seems a bit unlikely that the agent the Kingpin chose to be Peter’s fake sister would turn out by chance to be his real sister. Of course, stranger things have happened in the real world, but still…

The woman that Peter Parker thought was his sister is actually the SIXTH Skrull, who hypnotized people into forgetting about her! She avoided being turned into cows or a duck!

Peter’s secret sister is the 616 Miles Morales, who grew up to become F.A.C.A.D.E. There, three mysteries solved at once!

“Huh. -That woman was really the third Summers brother!- And what do we make of that?”

So, it turns out that Tony Stark was adopted… Do you think he’s related to Teresa or he’s the third Summers brother? Or the 6th or 7th Skrull that wasn’t turned into a cow or a duck?

“The three Spider-man novels from 1999-2002 that form Adam-Troy Castro’s “Sinister Six Trilogy”, also tease the idea that Spider-man had a sister. The novels feature the character Mr. Fiers who appeared in the two Amazing Spider-man movies. Maybe the films’ creators had their own Spider-sister storyline in mind, had this version of the movie series continued.”

Yeah, those novels were among my first exposure to Spider-Man. I was really psyched to see The Gentleman show up in Amazing Spider-Man 2.

I ALWAYS disliked the storyline of Parker’s parents as CIA agents. It really removed so much from the Peter Parker character. and now this. Esh.

I loved the Castro trilogy.

This story though? Much as I like Mark Waid, and it does read like fun, the concept feels like one of those Silver Age stories where Superman thinks he’s found a relative from Krypton. Only not in a good way.

“Mr. Frumm”? Shouldn’t that be Mr. Flumm, unless I’ve been wrong about Mentallo’s real name all these years?

It was a decent story. Pity it’s been ignored ever since.

interesting never heard about this story let alone the new mystery relative for spider man till i read this piece. for just knew that some thing happened to peters parents aka they vanish and leave peter an orphan to be raised by may and ben.

William O'Brien

March 12, 2016 at 7:52 pm

This was a fun story and probably the best of the OGN line that Marvel was running a couple of years ago and then quickly abandoned.

Abandoned? The most recent one came out ten days ago.

No, wait, that’s been delayed, but there’s another Starlin Thanos one coming out next month.

I must admit that I Bryne-stole this graphic novel while my significant other was on a longer shopping spree. While I totally liked the art and even the Kingpin’s appearance I am not at all happy with all these new characters being seemingly related to Peter. Teresa is just so-so but Silk is an outright travesty, Peter loses his unique stance in the MU due to these characters IMO.

Silk is an awesome character. Her back-story, aside from the spider-bite, is entirely different from Peter’s, and actually fairly unique among all of Marvel’s characters. And her finger-webs remind me more of Gypsy Moth than Spider-man. The ones you have to worry about more are the endless stream of alternate dimension Spider-folk introduced in Spider-Verse, and continuing to appear in Web Warriors. A lot of them are very similar to plain old Spider-man.

I remember before this Graphic Novel was released, Marvel had already officially stated that this OGN takes place in 616 continuity, and had already spilled the beans about Peter having a long-lost sister being introduced (likely to boost sales & interest in the book). One confusing element at the time was that Doc Ock was still acting as Peter Parker when the book was announced, while the OGN features the genuine Peter Parker; which is why people kept pestering Marvel about whether the book took place in-continuity, and whether it was absolute confirmation that Peter would be Spider-man again in the core series.

I could see them coming back to this plot thread in a few years, but primarily for the flashbacks to the Parkers, not to reveal that Theresa actually was Peter’s sister. They’d end up wanting to create a “new” sister, since so much time had passed; and really what is the likelihood that Theresa got wrapped up in Kingpin & Mentallo’s plot and actually WAS Peter’s sister… it wouldn’t make sense to brainwash a woman into thinking she was related to Peter, if she actually WAS his sister and could be proven as such without brainwashing…

I agree that Silk sharing the spider-bite doesn’t work for me. And JMS’ whole spider-totem origin which Silk is tied up in didn’t work at all.

Wait why is he wearing the black suit?

I was just thinking yesterday about how all these super-heroes are single children (with the exception of Green Lantern) and they all have to have something tragic to their parents. Even Flash, whose origin has nothing to do with the death of his mother. But Spider-Man seems to really take the cake in terms of coincidences. This really does seem like a bridge too far.

I’ve thought about that, too. Heather Hudson comes from a large family (who we’ve never seen), but most are only-children.

Reminds me of a de-mot I’ve seen:
“Most kids these days want to be Spider-Man or Harry Potter or Batman. I blame the parents. If they were better parents, their kids wouldn’t want to be orphans.”

This OGN’s real winning point is the art. It’s fantastic.

and really what is the likelihood that Theresa got wrapped up in Kingpin & Mentallo’s plot and actually WAS Peter’s sister… it wouldn’t make sense to brainwash a woman into thinking she was related to Peter, if she actually WAS his sister and could be proven as such without brainwashing…

Kingpin says he picked her because her story and age all fit the narrative perfectly, so couldn’t it be that her story and age fit the narrative perfectly because she IS the actual sister?

Wait why is he wearing the black suit?

Real life answer is that I’m sure Dell’Otto wanted to draw it.

In the book answer is that his regular costume is damaged during a fight, so Teresa has the CIA put together a replacement off the books and they chose to make it black.

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