The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Worlds of DC are the juggernauts we think of when it comes to superhero film universes, but we can’t forget about the Sony Universe of Marvel Characters (SUMC). Sony has had a rough go of things: Andrew Garfield only got two films out of his Spider-Man role, and subsequently, Sony’s original plans for a Spider-Verse didn’t pan out. With Venom’s release quickly approaching, Sony has announced that they will be exploring, once again, a Spider-Verse. Characters that Sony is looking to expand into films are Black Cat, Silver Sable, Morbius the Living Vampire, Kraven the Hunter -- basically lesser well-known characters. This also includes a plan for Silk.
Silk is a hero that proved to be so popular in the Spider-Verse comics that she got her own solo series. Cindy Moon is Silk’s real name, and we’ve actually caught a glimpse of her in the MCU in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Played by Tiffany Espensen, Cindy was one of the Academic Decathlon members, but fans knew that the name couldn’t be a coincidence. While she’s essentially an easter egg in the MCU, Sony has plans for Silk to get her own film. However, the only name attached to the project as of now is Amy Pascal as a producer. Not much is known about the project so far, but in pop culture at large, many don’t know that much about Silk as well. Here at CBR, we have the 20 things to know about Sony’s next big hero, Silk.
20 THE SAME SPIDER BIT HER AND PETER
As far as origin stories go, Peter Parker’s is pretty memorable. Peter gets bit by a radioactive spider, which causes him to get spider-like powers. We’ve seen this origin story in the movies a number of times, with the exception of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
However, the Silk backstory places Cindy right there with Peter. After the spider bites Peter, it moves on to bite Cindy, which means Cindy and Peter got their powers at the same time. As far as the timeline of their powers manifesting, that’s a bit more complicated, but it is the fault of the same spider.
19 SHE WAS IN A BUNKER FOR A DECADE
Being stuck in a bunker for the formative teens throughout 20 years is not just material for a comedy like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt -- it’s also the premise for Silk’s story.
Cindy Moon willingly allows a man named Ezekiel to train her and then put her alone in a bunker for ten years because of the doomsday scenario he tells her about with the Inheritors. The Inheritors hunt those with Spider powers like Cindy’s (and Peter’s), so for her and her loved ones’ safety, she locks herself away so that the Inheritors can’t find her.
18 SHE WENT ON A DATE WITH THE HUMAN TORCH
Peter means well when he enlists the help of the Fantastic Four, as his friend Cindy has had a lot to deal with in getting out of the bunker after 10 years and thrusting herself immediately into superhero work and missing her family. So, he gets the Fantastic Four to run some tests with her to see how she’s doing.
Mr. Fantastic rules out anything being wrong with her physically and gives her the phone number of a psychiatrist in case she needs help dealing with anxiety or her secret identity. She gets a bit mad at Peter for putting her through this, so when the Human Torch asks her out on a date, she says yes.
17 HER WEBBING ISN’T ARTIFICIAL
For a short period of time in the comics, Peter Parker had the ability to create his own webbing from his body. This was around the time the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films were out, and Spectacular Spider-Man #15-16 showed how Peter could have organic webbing. However, for most of the comics, Peter Parker has created his own webbing using that scientific brain of his.
Cindy has the ability to create webbing from her fingertips. She can also change the types of webbing she produces -- she knows how to create webbing that’ll insulate someone from shock, as well as webbing that is more barbed. Cindy can also inherently sense when she’s running low on her webbing production.
16 SHE AND PETER SHARE A PRIMAL CONNECTION
That radioactive spider did more than give Cindy and Peter powers -- it also gave them a love connection. Early on in Silk’s first appearance, Peter and Cindy realize that they are very attracted to each other, which is attributed to their shared Spider-Sense.
So whenever they’re around each other, in Peter’s words they “feel the urge to mate like spider-bunnies.” Eventually, they figure out how to work together and help each other be heroes and the events of “Spider-Verse” definitely made them shift their attention from that one track. There’s no cold shower like finding out you and your kind across the multiverse are being hunted.
15 SHE WORKS UNDERCOVER WITH SHIELD
At one point in her solo series, Cindy has three jobs, and one of them is with S.H.I.E.L.D., as she teams up with Mockingbird to help infiltrate Black Cat’s operation. This relationship with Mockingbird would be fun to see on-screen since we’ve already seen a live action version of Mockingbird in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In addition to working with S.H.I.E.L.D., Cindy also has a day job where she reports on Silk (which is easy, but still time-consuming). She also has friends that she fully intends on going out with, but sometimes she has to disappear on them. Oh, and there’s also the moonlighting as a bad guy that she has to do to help S.H.I.E.L.D. -- it’s all very complicated.
14 SHE HAS ANGER ISSUES
Cindy Moon has every right to be angry. The person who told her she should lock herself away, Ezekiel, is long gone, her brother was in a Goblin gang and lost a lot of his memories, and her parents are also missing. So when her psychiatrist tells her it’s time to take a look at her anger, Cindy knows she should listen.
Dr. Sinclair tells her that in her jobs, being angry is an asset, but she still needs to work on expressing it effectively. Cindy lashes out initially at this thought. However, for Dr. Sinclair, this is the start of working through her issues since “anger is just a symptom.”
13 SHE’S AN INTERN FOR J. JONAH JAMESON
It’s really quite amazing how many heroes have worked for J. Jonah Jameson. Famously, Peter Parker worked as a photographer for him, and in the '70s, Ms. Marvel, also known as Carol Danvers, also worked for Jameson as the editor of a woman’s magazine.
Cindy Moon has also worked for J. Jonah Jameson. When she got out of the bunker, she needed work experience/a job, so she applied to be an intern for Fact Channel (which is under Jameson’s jurisdiction). Jameson takes somewhat of a liking to her, and she is eventually able to move up to a slightly higher position towards the end of her solo series.
12 SHE'S ONE OF MARVEL'S ONLY KOREAN AMERICAN HEROES
The list of Korean American superheroes is not very extensive. In addition to Silk, Marvel also has Amadeus Cho, a Korean American genius who took over as The Hulk in 2015. Perhaps 2015 was the year for Korean Americans because that’s also when Silk got her own solo series.
Cindy Moon’s parents aren’t super stereotypical Asian parents. Sure, Cindy’s mom gets concerned with her grades when they start slipping, but that would be the same reaction all parents would have. Cindy’s dad gets emotional when his daughter wants to go ice skating one last time before going into the bunker, which is also untraditional.
11 J. JONAH JAMESON’S NICKNAME FOR HER IS "ANALOG"
In the first issue of the Silk solo series, we see Cindy at her intern job. J. Jonah Jameson is exasperated while he demands for pitches, asking the team if they’re too busy with Twitter to give him quality pitches. Cindy doesn’t know what Twitter is, and that’s when Jameson notices that she’s taking notes on the meeting using pen and paper.
Jameson is impressed by this and says, “That’s the spirit! Old school. Look at you with your pen and paper. Analog! You’re not one of these naval-gazing, self-centered millennial crybabies, are you? I like you, Analog.” He refers to Cindy as Analog for the rest of her solo series.
10 SHE HAS AN EIDETIC MEMORY
The first issue of Silk’s solo series from 2015 establishes early on that Cindy Moon has an eidetic memory. Also referred to colloquially as a photographic memory, this means that Cindy remembers events in vivid detail even if only exposed to something for a brief amount of time. This also includes her fights with her parents when she was a teenager.
Because of the tragic nature of her past, it’s difficult for Cindy to work out her issues. With the ability to recall events from her past so clearly, it’s almost like she’s reliving them every time she thinks about it. It seems like having this kind of memory, for Cindy, is both a blessing and a curse.
9 J. JONAH JAMESON HELPS HER FIND HER FAMILY
It turns out that J. Jonah Jameson has a soft spot for Cindy Moon. He catches her on her work computer not doing work, and when he calls her out on it, she confesses that she’s looking for her family. Instead of yelling at her, Jameson uses his considerable resources to help her.
Jonah Jameson finds Cindy’s younger brother, Albert Moon, who was involved with the gang Goblin Nation. While she’s shocked that her baby brother could get involved in a mess like this, it’s the first lead she gets as to what happened to her family, and she has J. Jonah Jameson to thank for it.
8 HER EX-BOYFRIEND IS SPECTRO
Before she locked herself away in a bunker for ten years, Cindy Moon experienced her first love. As a teenager in high school, Cindy dated Hector Cervantez, and they were pretty serious. Hector bought her a necklace with a moon on it for their six-month anniversary.
One of many problems Cindy had with saying goodbye to her life was figuring out what to tell Hector. In the end, she wasn’t honest with him and told him that she’s going to Oxford. Later, she sees him on the street with a new fiancé, and it takes her a while to put together that the mysterious hero that shows up when she needs help is indeed her ex.
7 HER PARENTS TRAVELED TO THE NEGATIVE ZONE TO HELP HER
When Cindy was in the bunker, her parents decided that they needed to be proactive to help their daughter. Their solution? To travel to the Negative Zone.
Her parents traveled there in search of an antidote for Cindy’s spider bite that spawned her powers. If she doesn’t have her spidey powers, then the Inheritors who are hunting her will leave her alone. However, her parents got trapped there -- her father was a prisoner of the Ash King. The Negative Zone is where Cindy finally finds her parents after all this time, so, while it’s not the worst case scenario for their disappearance, the mystery doesn’t end there!
6 SHE SEES A THERAPIST
With 10 years being locked in a bunker with no company other than Ezekiel’s tapes (which isn’t exactly like having a Netflix account, let’s be honest), Cindy Moon already has a lot of issues to work out when she finally emerges. In addition to all of this, she can’t find her family, which creates a lot of intense emotions for her.
Peter Parker refers Cindy to Mr. Fantastic who then refers her to Dr. Sinclair, a psychiatrist. With Dr. Sinclair’s help, Cindy begins to work through some of her issues, including her anger. Like a good psychiatrist, Dr. Sinclair pushes Cindy to really consider how she feels about different events in her life, including pushing someone to their demise.
5 HER EARTH-65 COUNTERPART IS A SUPERVILLAIN
In a parallel universe, Silk isn’t the name of a hero -- it’s the name of an evil spy group. Earth-65 Cindy is the head of this organization and also abandoned her parents, which Earth-616 Cindy finds out about when she visits them.
Against her better judgment, Cindy was so desperate to see her family that she went to their home in a parallel universe. They tell her that they haven’t heard from her in three years -- they didn’t exactly leave each on good terms. This further motivates Cindy to find her parents, the Earth-616 versions, after she deals with evil Cindy and tries to help Spider-Woman.
4 SOME FRIENDS KNOW HER SECRET IDENTITY
Cindy Moon doesn’t really have friends outside of work because she was isolated for so long, but the friends she has are great. Peter Parker actually helps her a lot with crime-fighting and understanding the superhero part of her. Meanwhile, her friends at Fact Channel help her to feel normal and connected to the world.
She actually helps to set up these two friends: Rafferty and Lola. They’re on the roof when they discover Cindy is Silk, and when they reveal they know, it’s actually a load off of Cindy’s mind. It’s hard to work multiple jobs and have multiple identities without feeling like you’re going crazy (even with help from weekly therapy sessions).
3 SHE’S CRAZY FAST
Silk’s speed exceeds that of Spider-Man’s. Spider-Man himself admits this when he first meets her. Physically, Silk is not as strong as Spider-Man, but her speed (and her “spider-sense”) is on another level.
This helps her out a lot in fights and gives her the ability to take on multiple opponents at once. In her solo series, she infiltrates the base of Goblin Nation but gets caught. She is able to fight off a bunch of them at the same time thanks to her speed. While at the end of the issue she does get turned into a goblin for a brief period of time, it was still a pretty impressive fight sequence.
2 HER RELATIONSHIP WITH BLACK CAT IS COMPLICATED
When Cindy first becomes Silk, she and Peter work together to fight Black Cat. Black Cat runs a powerful crime operation, and Cindy and S.H.I.E.L.D. both want to know more. To achieve this, inspired by her Earth-65 counterpart, Cindy goes undercover as a “bad guy” and works for Black Cat in hopes that she will earn her trust and eventually find out the secrets of Black Cat’s group.
In a job gone a bit sideways, Black Cat and Silk get trapped in an elevator shaft together and have a bonding session. Black Cat understands and respects Silk’s decision to be locked away, and Silk learns more about why Black Cat turned to crime. Right when it seems like Black Cat is ready to trust Silk, Black Cat finds out that she’s undercover. There goes that potential friendship.
1 HER SPIDER-SENSE IS MORE POWERFUL THAN PETER’S
Peter’s “spider-sense” allows him to sense danger and be a more effective fighter. His spidey-sense typically manifests itself in a tingling of the head or sometimes goosebumps. This is an extraordinary asset for superheroes to have, especially when dealing with bad guys that like to do sneak attacks.
Silk’s spider-sense, which she calls her “Silk-sense,” like her speed, is more powerful than Peter’s. In fact, the only area where it seems she hasn’t beaten Peter is in her physical strength though she’s still pretty strong. The radioactive spider may have bitten her second, Silk is first when it comes to ranking spider powers.