Shathra

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Attributes
Eyes:

Light blue (shining) / black in human form.

Features:

Looks like a giant spider-wasp.

Hair:

Long black.

Height:

Unknown

Weight:

Unknown

Powers
Abilities:

Able to track spiders. Able to find out everything about Peter's life.

Limitations:

The food chain goes both ways.

Powers:

Flies.

Strength Level:

Possibly the same as Peter.

Weapons:

Fired poisonous spikes from her wrists. Had claw-like fingers.

Summary
Created By:

J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita, Jr., Scott Hanna

Current Occupation:

Spider-food.

Dual Identity:

Public.

Former Aliases:

Sharon Keller, Spider-Wasp.

Former Bases:

The Astral Plane.

Former Groups:

Unknown

Former Occupation:

Spider-feeder.

Known Allies:

None known.

Known Confidants:

None known.

Known Relatives:

Has children.

Major Enemies:

Spider-Man, spiders in general.

Marital Status:

Unknown. Either coupled or widowed, since some female insects eat their males.

Place of Birth:

The Astral Plane, most likely.

Real Name:

Shathra

Usual Bases:

The bottom of a Spider-pit in Ghana.

Background

When Spidey battled the Shade in the Astral Plane, he strayed from the path, which Doctor Strange had warned him not to. As a result, the Spider-Wasp, a mystical predator sensed his presence and tracked him down to our plane. Spider-wasps are natural enemies of spiders, the most efficient spider-killers in the Marvel Universe. They track down large spiders, sting them, and then drag their sorry paralised rears to a previously built nest, where they lay (usually only) one egg inside the spider's body. The larger the species, the larger the captured spider needs to be (yes, they catch tarantulas). When the larva is born, it has some nice, juicy living food to sustain it. The spider lasts as long as it is needed.

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After a quick fight, from which Peter fled, Shathra went to the press, under a human form, and told them she was Spider-Man's lover, told them about Spidey's insatiable appetite for sex and kinky habits (of which we cannot know anything about), lied about his honesty, said he used to make fun of the other heroes, and almost reveled his identity before an enraged Spider-Man crashed in the studio and attacked her live on TV. That's what she wanted, an enraged Spider to feed to her children. She reverted to her true form (still on live TV, showing that she was an untrustworthy source), and the fight continued in the streets, with Peter being poisoned and seeking refuge in a spider exibit. Shathra was unable to track him among so many spiders, so Peter was safe from her, but dying from the poison.

Ezekiel Sims found him and took him to a temple in Ghana, to where Shathra followed. There Peter was able to remain focused enough to battle Shathra, who was engulfed by a swarm of spiders and dragged into a pit before Peter could do anything. When Pete asked Ezekiel what had happened, he said Peter had stunned her and weakened her enough for them... "The food chain goes both ways, you know".

Shathra appeared years later, with a new target: Scarlet Spider III. She disguised herself as Annabelle Adams and slept with a guilt stricken Kaine Parker after Dr. Donald Meland had been eviscerated by Ana Kravinoff. The lovers were confronted by Kaine's friends and his ex-lover, Zoe. She had come to kill him for putting her father into a coma. Zoe fired a grenade launcher into the hotel room, destroying the top part of the building. (Scarlet Spider #24) Everyone survived the explosion and were caught in the Scarlet Spider's webbing. When Shathra reappeared, Kaine tried to impale her through the head with a wrist spike, which had no effect. She sent her children after him, millions of black wasps which began to eat him alive. Officer Wally Layton shot at the wasp woman and he turned on him. Kaine stopped her by changing in to the creature he became after being accepted as The Other. Shathra ended up torn apart. (Scarlet Spider #25)

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Appearances

Cover Date Appearance Information
Dec 2002 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #46
  Origin described by Dr. Strange.
Jan 2003 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #47
Feb 2003 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #48
  Killed by Spider-Demon at African Temple