Super strong web-spinning acrobat
- Character sheet: printable , accessible
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- Costume file (Champions Online)
|First Appearance||Legacies #5, 2011|
|Real Name||Charlotte McCoy|
|Base Of Operations||Chicago, Illinois|
|Range Of Operations||Local|
|Height||5' 8â€||Hair||White (Brown)|
|Weight||148 lbs.||Eyes||White (Blue)|
Power Points Spent: 55
Unspent Experience: 0
|Strength 5 on first panel, 7 afterward|
|No range â€“ must touch|
- Acrobatics Expert (+2)
- Athletics Expert (+2)
- Criminology Specialty (+1)
- Law Specialty (+1)
- Connection: Jacob McCoy, â€œGravitarâ€
- Identity: CSI Intern
- Motivation: Adventurer
- Motivation: Responsibility of power
- Social: May be mistaken for the Crimson Spider
Abilities 31 + Powers 21 + Specialties 3 = 55 / 55
When Jacob focused on the natural sciences and physics at university, Charlotte focused on chemistry and forensic science. When he had a life-changing experience and began to participate in "extreme sports", so did she. Charlotte wasn't in competition with him: he was her role model.
With "extreme sports" come extreme risks, and after a particularly bad fall during a freestyle motocross competition, Charlotte found herself in the hospital with a mild concussion and several broken bones. As luck would have it, she was being wheeled into the emergency room at the same time as a local photographer, Carson Cross (ex-husband of the famous model and actress, Mary-Elizabeth Bell), who'd suffered a gunshot injury. What no one knew was that Carson Cross was in fact the infamous Scarlet Spider.
As Cross died, the extraterrestrial nanotechnological goo that granted Cross his Scarlet Spider powers sought a new host. Charlotte was the nearest candidate. Frightened and confused, both Charlotte and the entity fled the hospital. Later, authorities theorized that the Scarlet Spider had attacked and kidnapped Charlotte for reasons unknown. The Scarlet Spider had a history of irrational behaviour, so this was a reasonable deduction, given the facts available.
Eventually, Charlotte and the entity came to an understanding. She learned that the entity was designed by an alien race as a protective covering for space exploration, and that its original host had perished many years ago. She sensed a great relief that it had finally found a human host not plagued by insecurity and depression. For her part, Charlotte was excited when she realized that she would have the powers of the Scarlet Spider: strength, speed, and resistance to harm.
In the year 2037, the Widow is the protector of Chicago. Whether that Widow is the same person as the Widow of the present is unknown.