Who is Silk? Diving into the web of the Spider-Man spin-off character before her solo Amazon Prime video show
Cindy Moon: Inside Spider-Man's spiritual sister, Silk
In 2020, Sony Pictures announced that a live-action TV series based on Marvel Comics' Korean-American Spider-hro Silk was in development. This past November, it was confirmed that the show would be air Amazon Prime Video, as part of a new series subtitled Spider-Society. Silk: Spider Society will be executive produced and written by showrunner Angela Kang, who is best known for her work on the television series The Walking Dead.
At this point, some people are probably wondering who Silk is and what role she could play in Sony Pictures' Spider-Verse. Let's take a look and shed some light on everything you need to know about Silk, AKA Cindy Moon.
Silk Joins The MCU
Prior to the announcement of Silk: Spider-Society, Cindy Moon had made a couple of small appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portrayed by Tiffany Epensen. Her first appearance was in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), as Peter Parker's classmate and fellow decathlon member.
In addition to this, Cindy Moon also made a brief cameo appearance in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), in a scene involving Peter Parker's friend Ned Leeds causing a distraction so Peter can go help The Avengers.
Although Sony's Spider-Verse is tangentially connected to the MCU, it's believed that Silk: Spider-Society will feature another version (or variant, rather) of Cindy Moon (with a new actor, presumably) - this time taking on the role of Silk. Nonetheless, Sony Pictures' iteration of the character has some promising potential, especially when you consider Cindy Moon's comic book origins.
Who is Silk In Marvel Comics?
Created by Dan Slott and Huberto Ramos, Silk was introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2014). While attending the same science fair as Peter Parker, Cindy Moon is bitten by the same radioactive spider that bit him. After manifesting organic webbing from her fingertips, Cindy's powers would become out of control until she is approached by Ezekiel, a shady businessman with powers similar to Peter Parker.
In exchange for teaching Cindy how to control her powers, Ezekiel would lock Cindy Moon away in an underground bunker. At the time, this was the only way to protect Cindy from the alien Morlun and his family The Inheritors, who were hunting people with Spider abilities. Thirteen years later, Peter Parker discovers Cindy's existence when he sees a vision from the all-seeing being known as The Watcher. He breaks her out of the bunker and helps her get acclimated to modern New York.
During this time, Cindy has run-ins with Electro and Black Cat and becomes Silk for the first time. She also learns that her family is missing, and gets a job at the news station Fact Channel in order to use their resources to find them. However, she and Peter also learn that Morlun is still alive, which leads into the comic book event Spider-Verse. Post Spider-Verse, Silk gradually becomes a hero in her own right while battling anxiety and continuing to look for her missing family. Eventually she finds them and becomes a member of teams such as Agents of Atlas and The Order of The Web.
What Are Silk's powers?
Although she was bitten by the same radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker, Silk has a few notable differences when it comes to her Spidey-powers. For one thing, she can not only shoot silk webbing out of her finger tips, but also turn the webbing on her fingers into claws. Additionally, she can also use the webbing to weave clothing, which allows her to make her own costume.
Besides her webbing, she is also super fast, able to outmaneuver people ranging from the villain Electro to Peter Parker himself. Her Spider-Sense, referred to as her 'Silk-Sense' allows her to sense danger and is sharp enough to allow her to sometimes sense the identity of her attacker and avoid injury most of the time.
This is all in addition to the abilities that Cindy Moon does share with Peter Parker, including superhuman durability, strength, wall crawling, and stamina. Since they were bitten by the same spider, she can also sense Peter Parker anywhere in the multiverse.
How does Silk fit into the MCU and Sony's Spider-Verse?
Given that Cindy Moon only had a few seconds of screen time in two of Tom Holland's Spider- Man films, it is unclear what role Silk will play in the MCU. Although it is still possible for Tiffany Epensen's iteration of Cindy Moon to become Silk in the future, her story will probably have significant changes to fit alongside Tom Holland's Spider-Man unless they reboot Spider-Man with a different actor.
Further complicating matters is the licensing issue between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios. In 1999, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures struck a deal so that Sony would own the film rights to Spider-Man and pay Marvel Studios when making a Spider-Man film. In order for Sony Pictures to keep the film rights, they have to keep releasing a new Spider-Man film every five years. In 2014, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures adjusted their deal so that the two of them would collaborate on future Spider-Man films.
Although Sony still owns the film rights to Spider-Man, it doesn't mean that Silk's future is bleak. Silk Spider: Society will be produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who are known for their work on Sony's dynamic animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). In addition to making her live-action debut, there is a chance that Cindy Moon could make a small appearance in Across the Spider-Verse (2023), the upcoming animated film sequel to Into the Spider-Verse.
It's exciting to see how Sony Pictures and Marvel Comics have taken Spider-Man and other Spider-Heroes to new heights. They've used the foundation provided by Peter Parker to pass the torch to a new generation of Spider-Heroes like Miles Morales, Gwen Stacy, and now Cindy Moon. Between the new Spider-Society live action series and the Spider-Verse animated films, Silk will have plenty of space to swing around.
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