Julia Carpenter alias Spider-Woman/Arachne is a Marvel super heroine, after the events of Spider-Man: Grim Hunt, she becomes the new Madame Web after Cassandra Wedd's death, in fact she will become one of the main allies of Peter Parker. She have also a daughter named Rachel.
A secretive government group called the Commission decided to create their own superhero. Val Cooper met college friend Julia Carpenter in Denver, and convinced her to be part in an "athletic study". She was unknowingly a test subject in their experiments. During the experiment, they "accidentally" injected Julia with a mix of spider venom and exotic plant extracts, which gave Julia powers very similar to those of Spider-Man.
Not long after she was given identity of Spider-Woman, she was drawn into the first Secret Wars.
- Julia is a fan of Dazzler's music