Arachne, Ariadne Hyde, Dark Angel, Dark Angel of San Francisco
Known to S.H.I.E.L.D.
British by birth; naturalized U.S. Citizen
Place of Birth
Marvel Spotlight #32 (1977)
Marvel Spotlight #32 (1977), Spider-Woman #1 (1978), Spider-Woman #7 (1978)
Jessica returned to England where Modred the Mystic helped her shake off Hydra's brainwashing. She also allied with the sorcerer Magus, and earned the enmity of the powerful time-spanning sorceress Morgan Le Fay. Jessica eventually moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a bounty hunter alongside Scotty McDowell before Nick Fury helped her secure private investigator credentials. She lost her immunity power saving Giant-Man (Bill Foster) from radiation poisoning, and a battle with Morgan stranded Jessica on the astral plane until she was rescued by the Shroud, the Avengers and Doctor Strange. Later, Jessica and her friend, B-grade actress Lindsay McCabe, moved to Madripoor, where they often teamed with Wolverine.Jessica was drawn to New York when her powers were stolen by Doctor Octopus' Spider-Woman (Charlotte Witter). Following Charlotte's defeat at the hands of Mattie Franklin (herself a self-styled Spider-Woman), Jessica once more regained her uncanny abilities accepting an offer from Hydra while working as a double agent for Nick Fury. Unfortunately, Jessica was abducted and replaced by the Skrull queen, Veranke, as part of their Secret Invasion of Earth through infiltrations of key organizations and super-teams. The impostor served as her alongside Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Luke Cage as the Avengers formed in the aftermath of M-Day, switching teams after the Superhuman Registration Act divided the heroes to maximize opportunity. Upon the failure of the Invasion and the death of Veranke, Jessica, along with several replaced heroes, returned from Skrull captivity. She ultimately decided to ally herself with Captain America's anti-registration team, and is currently part of the unsanctioned Avengers.