Felicity Hardy, also known as the third Scarlet Spider, is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character has appeared mainly in the alternate future MC2 series Spider-Girl. She was created by Tom DeFalco and Pat Olliffe, and debuted in Spider-Girl #45.
Fictional character biography
Felicity Hardy is the daughter of Spider-Man's former girlfriend (and crime fighting partner), Felicia Hardy (the Black Cat) and his high school rival and friend, Flash Tomson.
When Felicity asked Spider-Girl to help her come up with an identity that didn't involve cats (which showed a resentment towards her mother), Spider-Girl stated that she was not taking a non-powered teenager into battle. Not dissuaded, Felicity started looking through old news reports involving Spider-man, and came across an article that showed Spider-man fighting crime along side another spider powered individual, the Scarlet Spider. Spider-Girl tried her best to prevent her from following her, but Felicity repeatedly tried to help her, often putting her own life in danger. Despite her best efforts, Spider-Girl found herself working with the new Scarlet Spider on more than one occasion (which resulted in near death situations). Eventually Felicia found out what her daughter had done, and confronted her. Felicity asked her mother if she was angry because she became a hero, or because she hadn't patterned herself after the Black Cat. However, after a near death experience fighting Kaine, Felicity finally retired as the Scarlet Spider.
Later on her father Flash Thompson was about to lose his job as the basketball coach of Spider-Girl's high school, Felicity sought out her "mentor's" help once again, asking May to rejoin the basketball team. May refused, saying that using her powers on the basketball court was the same as cheating, so the team loss the game and Flash lost his job. When she learned that the Cult of Scriers was out to kill Spider-Girl, Felicity became Scarlet Spider again to help her, but was almost killed by a Scrier. Felicity swore that she would hang up her mask, but it is likely that when given the opportunity, she will become Scarlet Spider again. Felicity returned in Amazing Spider-Girl recently, offering to help May through her computer skills.
Powers and abilities
As Scarlet Spider, Felicity supplements her agility and fighting skills with "web-shooters" that can fire smoke bombs and sonic blasts (her "Scarlet Screamer"). However, her greatest ability is her investigative skill.