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The thief and the superhero
At one point Felicia became a Spider-Man fan, and when he was wanted by the police, she stayed with him. She also began to keep newspaper clippings on him.
To feed Felicia's interest in the spider contributed to the chiaroscuro image of Spidey from the press.
Felicia's father, Walter Hardy had been a famous international thief. Years after he retired, however, the man was framed and arrested for a non-committed theft, and asked his wife to tell his daughter that he had died in an air crash. But Felicia discovered the truth, and she also had to bear that her father was terminally ill. Determined to allow him to die in her home with her family, Felicia attempted to release him, but the authorities refused to consider it still dangerous, so she decided to have him released.
While procuring the necessary weapons and accomplices, the Black Cat came across Spider-Man. Since their first meeting, the latter has been attracted by the cat, and it is more than a recipient. The two flirt as they fight, and Felicia kisses him to distract him (although it is obvious that she enjoys it), only to run away.
Later the spider catches the cat in flagrante while letting her father escape, but she can't stop her, and her arm breaks in the fight. The cat seems to be vaguely sorry, but that does not prevent her from running away again.
In his civil identity, Peter has a bad fight with some friends, and in order to let off steam he decides to hunt down the cat. Checking the file of Walter Hardy, and finding out that he has a daughter of the same age as the Black Cat, he goes to his house confirming his suspicions. During their third fight, Peter admits that he doesn't feel like sending her to jail like he does with other enemies, and that she likes something. Felicia feels, and looks pleased with it.
Eventually Felicia dives into the water during their third fight, pretending to fall so that the spider thinks she is dead. Although he hardly knew her, and had not done anything but fight, Peter really looks sorry once he believes that the cat is dead. This shows how she captivated him immediately.
Some time later the spider finds the cat intent on robbing a museum. The girl does not tell him how he managed to survive and engages in a new fight with him, managing to escape but not keep the stolen goods. The cat later retries the blow finding Spider-Man waiting for her, and this time the theft succeeds. This makes the hero even more determined to stop her ... but he doesn't know what to do with her after stopping her, and gets to complain that she's so attractive. Felicia continues to steal precious objects related to love, and to flirt with the spider during their fights. It must be said that even the cat goes slow with the spider, never seriously injuring it.
Eventually Spider-Man manages to find Felicia's lair ... and discovers that he is plastered with his photos, and the girl says that she has stolen all those artifacts related to love for him, as a demonstration of love, and that the fact that he has worked so hard to find her, proves that he loves her as his father loved her. Peter believes that the death of Walter Hardy caused a serious emotional imbalance in his daughter, who now sees him as a replacement for her father, and instead of arresting her takes her to a mental institution. Actually, Felicia had pretended, knowing that it was easier to escape from a hospital than from a prison. In fact, shortly afterwards, Felicia flees the psychiatric hospital and returns to commit theft, but she no longer feels fun and excitement as she considers her crimes too easy, plus she feels lonely and can't stop thinking about Spider-Man.
To contact him she arrives to rent a plane because she writes in the sky with the smoke that awaits him in the place of their first appointment. Peter deduces that this is the place where they had their first clash and goes there.
The spider is more than ready to face the cat, but she just wants to talk. The thief confides to the superhero that she can't stop thinking about him, and talks about their mutual attraction, and their similarities, then slips away, leaving the spider out of hiding for a masquerade party.
- Spider-Man – “I never know what to expect when you're around!”
- Black Cat – “Don't be mad! I only wanted to help! And, anyway things did turn out right! Now are you convinced that I want go straight?”
- Spider-Man – “We have to talk more about that!”
- Black Cat – “Why we don't kiss first?”
- Spider-Man – “Felicia, be serious! I... you...that is... Aw what the heck!”
- — Peter gives in to his feelings for Felicia
At the party, Felicia looks forward to the arrival of the spider, and is very happy when she finds it ... to discover to her great disappointment that he was just a man with his costume. The girl gets depressed thinking that the spider will not come when he appears in front of her and the two begin to dance. Felicia also sent the superhero there due to the presence of a mafioso whom she robbed, giving Spidey the opportunity to arrest him and his gang.
Eventually Spider-Man arrives to kiss the cat, yielding to the attraction that has always proved for her. The fact that he reached her at the party already means that he cares a lot about her and doesn't want to disappoint her.
The following day Peter discovers that the newspapers only give him the merit of the company, completely ignoring the cat's contribution, and it gets on his nerves, so he asks the police for explanations, trying to convince a captain of his knowledge that Felicia has decided to go straight. This conviction suffers a severe blow when Felicia proposes to the spider to steal a work of art stolen the previous year. Felicia presumably believes that there is nothing wrong with robbing a thief, but Peter gets very angry and is disappointed that she believes she can persuade him to commit a crime.
- “When i hold her like this... every things seems so right!”
- — Peter is unable to resist the cat
Felicia apologizes immediately and seems interested in the true identity of the spider. The latter, as far as he has doubts about her and their relationship, states that he will later reveal it to her.
This stems both from the fact that he still wants to trust the cat, and from the fact that all his previous important relationships have failed because of his double life. Felicia thinks to herself, that she has never felt so good before starting her story with Spidey ... but then she decides to try the theft anyway.
The black cat succeeds easily in the enterprise; the spider, however, catches her with her hands in the bag (passing through her house she had not found her, but she had seen the maps of the place where the art work stolen by Felicia was kept). Felicia seems to feel guilty and promises to put the stove back in its place, but insists on doing so by challenging the alarms; in fact it triggers them declaring that so much nobody would believe in his repentance, and that Spider-Man is already considered a criminal.
The two are assaulted by the guards of the master of the statue, but they manage to escape. But Spidey this time is well determined to slam the cat behind bars, so she runs away. While she runs away the cat
cries, but in the end he manages to trap her with the web. The escape took them to a dock, so to not go to jail Felicia dives into the water, despite the web preventing her from swimming. To prevent her drowning, Spidey throws herself into the water to look for her, but to no avail and is convinced that the thief has drowned. Shortly after, policewoman Jean Dewolf arrives to inform him that she has obtained an amnesty for the Black Cat, and the spider bitterly throws the documents into the water.
Peter remains depressed for quite a while after he believes the cat is dead; her friend Glory, when she mentions the topic of girls with him seeing his expression, immediately understands that "some girl must have played a bad trick", and Peter completely ignores a girl who tries to flirt with him as much as she is (actually she only wants to exploit it to make one of his colleagues jealous).
Peter admits to himself that he has behaved like this because he is still in mourning for the Black Cat, and he recognizes that she has been attracting him like no other since the days of Mary Jane and Gwen as far as he knew little, and is certain that she would never have given up to her criminal life. However, Felicia's thought continues to haunt him.
Some time later, while circling over the city, Spider-Man feels called and finds himself in front of the living and healthy Black Cat. The hero is very happy and runs to hug her and kiss her.
Immediately after, however, he expects explanations and Felicia says that the currents carried her to the underwater den of Dr. Octopus. Discovering that the mad scientist had decided to eliminate the entire population of New York, to prove himself to be the most dangerous individual in the world, the cat escaped from the base by stealing the element that Doc Ock needed from Kingpin. Unfortunately another supervillain, the Owl, wants to seize it in order to blackmail the whole city. Despite the seriousness of the situation, Felicia takes the spider to her suite clearly determined to have sex with him. Peter initially notes that it's not the right time, but in the end he can't resist the cat. As he wonders why he cares so much about a criminal, he understands that she is not evil just wild. Unfortunately the moment is ruined by Doc Ock who attacks the cat.
Peter roars to Doc Ock to stay away from his lady, and when the scientist attacks the spider Felicia attacks him telling him that he had for the first time something that looks like a declaration of love from the spider and wants to hear more about it.
Eventually recovered his gadget Doctor Octopus kidnaps Felicia again. Peter managed to locate his hideout and is caught up in a fight between the Owl's gang and Ock's. Felicia also manages to free herself from participating in the fight, but both she and the spider are trapped in Octopus' arms. Despite the situation, the cat does what it can to protect Spidey.
It is precisely this that gives the hero the strength to break free by breaking the metal tentacles. Upon reaching the cat and making sure she is well, he kisses her.
Unfortunately the henchmen of the two super-villains (the Owl had fled) were still able to fight and Spidey had to face them. While she thought the spider had really shown to hold her, Felicia saw the metal arms of the Dock Ock crawl toward the neutron bomb component. The cat managed to prevent them from recovering, but was trapped by the tentacles and Ock's men took the opportunity to shoot them.
At that sight, Peter unleashed himself like a fury towards Otto's men and took no further interest in him, to take Felicia to the hospital. The girl's condition is critical: she has lost liters of blood, and needs immediate care.
A desperate Spider-Man remains in the waiting room, but a nurse after having informed him that the cat has been stabilized convinces him to go away telling him that at the moment he can do nothing for her, and that there is a risk that the albina has suffered brain damage.
Spidey can't prove he has any relationship with Felicia so he's forced to leave. How Peter Parker goes to take an exam at the university, but his mind is obviously taken from the thought of the beloved and when the professor tells him to focus more on the final exam, he reacts badly screaming at everyone a thing for nothing from him. After the examination in a hurry (despite dreams of always becoming a scientist and this is fundamental for the doctorate), Peter returns to take on the role of his alter-ego and rushes to Felicia's bedside.
- “Are those tears... for me lover? That's sweet.”
- — Felicia
Despite being exhausted, the spider remains close to the cat holding her hand until she returns from the realm of the dead. Felicia will never forget it, and years later she will say that it has united them forever, creating a bond that will never be completely broken. Felicia resumes her senses well and after having spoken a few words to her beloved and after having caressed his face she faints again. Despite the police thinking about patrolling the area, Peter camps in Felicia's room... wise decision since Dr. Octopus is very decisive in giving the final blow to the cat.
The hero rejects the first assault of the mad scientist, but the latter manages to escape.
- Felicia – “I had to come back... to where someone loved me enough to risk his life for me! I had to come back to you lover!”
- Spider-Man – “Oh cat! Don't ever even think of leaving me!”
- Felicia – “I won't lover... and I'm going to take Daddy's advice... I'm going to go straight! No more cat burglaries... no more crime! I'm going to start solely for the man I love!”
- — Felicia & Peter
During her coma, Felicia dreams of her father telling her to stop being a criminal, and feels that the spider is risking her life to protect her. Therefore, on her definitive awakening, the girl decides to stop being a criminal. While giving the news to the spider, her mother arrives, very happy with her daughter's decision. Understanding that the two need to be alone for a while Peter walks away. However, Peter continues to have nightmares about what happened to Felicia.
- Spider-Man – “How are you feeling Felicia?”
- Felicia – “Absolutely miserable! You've been gone all day!”
- Spider-Man – “I... I had some things to do. But I'm here to stay.”
- Felicia – “To stay? Forever? You mean you'll never leave me... I'll always you near me when I need you? And I do need you! I... love you so much! I want spent the rest of my life making you happy!”
- — Felicia declares her love for the spider again.
The next day Spidey hunts for Doc Ock but without success, so he comes back to the cat to check his condition, and warn her that the mad scientist is still determined to take revenge on her. Felicia is delighted to see him again and makes another passionate declaration of love to then hug him, but Octopus once again interrupts the beautiful moment by attacking them.
While Spidey confronts Ock the doctors take Felicia safely, but despite being weak and injured, his only concern is the spider, and he doesn't want to be taken away but helped. The thought of Felicia forces Spider-Man to defeat his nemesis with a fury that terrifies him.
The spider then goes to visit the cat devotedly every day. Certainly Peter feels very guilty about what happened to her, given that when during a fight with the vulture, he fails to prevent him from escaping with a hostage a lieutenant gives him good for nothing for not even being able to protect his girlfriend, the Black Cat we miss him just attack him.
Felicia gets bored terribly bedridden and goes out of hiding one night. However, the most she can do is pick up a stray cat, as the doctors said she is far from recovering. When he goes to find her and finds the empty room, Peter is terrified that someone might have kidnapped her ... until the girl comes back. Spidey gets very angry because of the reckless gesture of the cat, and seeing her in costume she fears that she has decided to break her promise. But Felicia points out that he has promised not to commit other crimes, not to stop being the Black Cat, from now on she wants to fight crime as his partner.
Peter is not sure that this is a good idea, given that in the fight against Ock and the Owl, Felicia came close to death, but still decides to think about it. Felicia, on the other hand, has no such doubts, and continues to daydream about adventures alongside the spider. However she sincerely cares for him and hates not being able to help him while in danger. Added to this is the concern about the hospital which will be very high, but Peter reassures her by telling her that they will find the money. This is actually a problem for him too, he has just moved on to his second year of doctorate, which means he has to spend much more time in the laboratory. This would lead him to spend much less time on Spider-Man, which would limit both his activity as a photographer (his only source of income) and the time he could spend with Felicia, since the latter loves the Spider-Man and has no idea who Peter Parker is.
Spidey is determined not to let Felicia go back to being a thief to pay for treatment, and decides to somehow find the money to pay for her. Eventually Peter decides to leave the university, mainly because he can't give up Felicia and Spider-Man, but he is surprised to see his ex-girlfriend Mary Jane, back in New York after spending a lot of time in Florida. All their mutual friends are always trying to make them meet. The thing for a while on Peter's nerves, but he can't reveal that he's dating Felicia, since the latter doesn't know his secret identity. Nevertheless he does not want to re-establish his relationship with MJ, since he thinks that "Now is the Black Cat that counts".
In the end it is the municipality that pays for Felicia's care, but although it is said that if he knew he would not leave the doctorate Peter does not return to his decision.
Spidey goes to get the cat when they release her and she takes the opportunity to introduce him to her mother. Felicia seems really happy about the care shown by the spider to her.
- Spider-Man – “I've never known anyone like the cat!”
- Black Cat – “I' ve never loved anyone like I love Spider-Man!”
- — The spider and the cat are more and more in love.
Spidey continues to visit his beloved, now at her home. Felicia reminds Spidey that he promised to reveal her secret identity, but now the hero appears hesitant. The cat seems to be a little sick, but quickly overcomes the disappointment and after having dined together the two fly around the city. Spider-Man discovered that his partner has no powers, he is determined to prevent her from teaming up with him ... when the couple is attacked by Hobgoblin.
The spider is very determined to prevent the cat from participating in the fight (it must be said that her first girlfriend Gwen Stacy was killed by Green Goblin a supervillain to whom Hobgoblin is inspired, so Spidey may have panicked because of bad memories) . The hero's fears are not unfounded: Felicia, driven by anger, manages to strike a good blow when Hobgoblin hits his beloved, but panicked ends up hindering an attempt by the spider to take the enemy of surprise, while trying to protect it. Hobgoblin manages to escape and Felicia blames herself for the incident, fearing that Spidey also blames her.
Spider-Man is looking to get away from the Black Cat so that he can reflect on their relationship, but the cat won't let him because he wants to clarify the situation immediately. Eventually Spidey admits he is worried about the safety of the Black Cat explaining that he has his own need for adventure. Spider-Man takes Felicia to the building opposite the Daily Bugle and tells her he works for the newspaper. Felicia is surprised to learn that Spider-Man uses a secret identity and has a day job, and Spidey tries to explain that when he got his powers his old life didn't stop.
Before the two can discuss it further, Spider-Man sees the Fly break into the window of J. Jonah Jameson's office. When he tells Felicia to stay behind, she refuses and follows him. It must be said that Spidey does not deny at all that he is dating a former thief from his biggest detractor, a sign that he is not ashamed of Felicia at all. The two heroes eventually manage to get the better of the Fly quite easily.
Spider-Man and the Black Cat stop on a roof and the second declares that he found Spider-Man's civil work exciting and asks him if he will show her where he lives. This causes an internal struggle in Spider-Man as he still doubts that Black Cat can love both Spider-Man and Peter Parker, but in the end he decides to take the opportunity and agrees to take her to his home.
A difficult acceptance
Peter - So now you know cat. I've never revealed my identity to any one before. I'm telling you now because I love you and because from now on we're gonna share our lives together.
Felicia- Sp-spider ...
Peter- Yes, my darling?
Felicia- Y-your mask... please... put your mask back on!!!
Peter- Cat? What's the matter? What did I say? I-I wanted to share everything with you! I didn't want there to be any secrets between us! I love you!
Black Cat- And I love you... Spider-Man!
- Peter reveals his true identity to Felicia, but she doesn't really appreciate the man under the mask.
Unfortunately Peter's fears are confirmed: when he takes the Black Cat to his apartment, she is shocked by the fact that it is a modest apartment in the suburbs and not a palace or a secret base. Spidey explains to her that he has become a superhero out of a sense of duty, not for money, fame or the search for the thrill and unmasks himself in front of her revealing her identity as Peter Parker. Seeing the man behind the mask, the Black Cat is horrified and backs up horrified pleading with Peter to put his mask back on.
In reality this does not depend on Peter so much, but on the fact that years ago Felicia had been raped by her boyfriend Ryan, in whom she placed total trust; that brought her no longer trusts the men and see that under the mask the spider is any one upset her. Nevertheless years later she will admit that the fact that he trusted her, to the point of telling her who he really was helped her to return to trust. Obviously Peter does not know it even if the passion between the two remains intense and mutual in him will always remain the doubt that Felicia is infatuated only with the Spider-Man mask.
Peter is very disappointed with Felicia's reaction (who is the first person to whom he revealed his identity, and the only one ever of his girlfriends to whom he will ever tell it) but still puts his mask back on with the joy of a cat.
After hugging him Felicia suggests that they twirl around in the night and jump out of the window instead of from the skylight like Peter does. The latter follows her upset both by his reaction and by the brazen way in which the cat risked revealing his secret. When he finally reaches her, she swears to never reveal his secret identity, but suggests that Peter should embrace his true self: Spider-Man, and the latter finds himself thinking that his girlfriend may be right not only because the Black Cat is the only woman he loved who loved him like Spider-Man, and not like Peter Parker, but because recently he too often preferred to be Spider-Man than to be Peter Parker.
Spider-Man's reflections are interrupted when the two hear a shot followed by a scream. Spider-Man goes into action asking the Black Cat not to intervene but she follows him anyway. The two run into a young couple who has just been robbed.
The two work together to annihilate the robbers and while they fight they think about how much they love each other and Felicia is told that Spidey is everything she wanted in a man and more. When the battle ends, Felicia staggers, still weak after her release from the hospital, and Spider-Man suggests going to his home. Black Cat refuses and suggests that they go to her, again making it clear to Peter that she prefers Spider-Man to Peter Parker. Not wanting to give up her and the happiness that she brought into his life, Peter decides to ignore the problem and after the two have declared their love they go to Felicia's apartment.
Despite Felicia being attracted only by the superhero the two fall in love more and more, and tend to fondle themselves with sweet nicknames and spend as much time as they can together. It is also implied that they have a lot of sex.
Even if for a certain perieodo Felicia even claimed that Peter kept the mask when they were in bed, he even begins to think of getting married and starting a family with Felicia, ecstatic to be able to share with someone the dangerous side of his life.
Later the two find themselves fighting against the mad and super-strong criminal Mister Hyde. Peter tries again to keep Felicia out of danger, but she attacks the criminal anyway. Spider-Man tries to make her go away saying that by loving her she can't bear to see her hurt herself, and to protect the cat she is struck violently and faints.
Felica thinks he is dead and by blaming her she attacks Hyde telling him that he has taken away her only reason for living. Fortunately Spider-Man is still alive, but Felicia, now terrified by the thought of being a spider handicap, runs away determinedly to acquire superpowers so she can fight alongside the man she loves.
Wondering why Felicia escaped that way after the fight with Hyde, and they can't reach her by phone, Peter resumes Spider-Man's clothes and runs to look for her. Felicia tells him why he escaped, and runs away when Peter lets it slip that he warned her of the danger, and this time the boy can't find her. The next day the young Hardy puts into practice her proprosito, and as Black Cat she arrives at the Avengers' headquarters, and the Fantastic Four, but neither group can help her. Since the four are friends of the spider Felicia tells them why she needs superpowers. The Invisible Woman, tries to make her understand that superpowers won't help their relationship, but the cat ignores her and runs away.
Since the superheroes can't or don't want to help her, Felicia decides to turn to her old contacts in the crime world, but only gets to make another hole in the water. In the end while the cat goes to look, the notes of the scientist who created the Moscow, she is contacted by a mysterious man who offers to give her super powers, in exchange for her services.
The cat accepts the offer, and eventually gets the power to bring bad luck, discovering soon after that her mysterious benefactor, is none other than Kingpin one of Spider-Man's worst enemies. The girl immediately declares that she will never do anything that could damage the latter, but Kingpin reassures her that he does not intend to ask her anything of the kind, telling her that he will contact her at the appropriate moment.
The weight of a secret
Felicia is terrified of the possible reaction the spider might have if she finds out that she has made a pact with Kingpin to get superpowers, and keeps wondering whether she should tell him or not. Not that she can do it, considering that Spidey has mysteriously disappeared.
To get his news, the Black Cat goes to ask the police for information and discovers that many superheroes have mysteriously vanished into thin air. All the while she is tormented by having made a pact with Kingpin and despite being certain of Spidey's love, she fears his reaction.
Not finding Spidey, she decides to try to trace his civil identity to go to the Daily Bugle. Despite being told that she hates thinking of him as a normal person, when J.Jonah Jameson begins to speak ill of Peter Parker, Felicia gets angry and harshly scolds him. In order to have news, she infiltrates the Avengers base again.
Even here she gets no news, but the words of the Vision make her think of telling Spider-Man about her powers but not how she got them. The cat fears that he is avoiding her, while in reality, like many other superheroes and super-villains, Spider-Man was kidnapped and transported to the planet Battleworld by a mysterious cosmic entity, which wanted to enjoy watching superheroes and super-villains, fighting each other .
Once back home, Peter immediately after calling his aunt, tries to contact Felicia but in vain. On Battleworld he learned from other superheroes that the cat was trying to acquire superpowers to fight by his side, and despite having understood that something was troubling her, he doesn't know what and wonders why she doesn't trust him. However, it is also said that he is very keen on her and that he does not have to complain about her even though he sometimes does not understand some of her behavior. This proves that Peter loves Felicia as she is and doesn't want her to change.
In her search Felicia even goes so far as to infiltrate Peter's aunt's house, once again without getting results. While resting on a tree, in front of the old woman's house tormented by doubt, about saying or not to the loved one of her powers, Spider-Man appears in front of her.
Initially Felicia runs away frightened, as Peter has procured a new costume on Battleworld, and shouts at him that a suit with the spider symbol does not prove that he is her spider, the man she loves.
Once Peter has proven her identity, Felicia wants to know where she has been for an entire week, and where she got that new costume (which she considered very sexy). The new costume moreover removes itself even partially, and the two take advantage of it to indulge in a little pampering on a roof.
The next day Felicia rushes into Peter's apartment, forcing him to kick out his friend Flash Thompson. Peter reproaches her for not being more cautious in protecting his secret identity, but Felicia immediately declares that she needs the spider not Parker, and the two go outside. Felicia's haste was justified, given that the dangerous mutant Blob is raging for the city.
Spider-Man convinces the cat to stay behind as a support and offers her his camera to take pictures of the battle for him, but the mutant puts him in difficulty and the Black Cat goes to his rescue. Spider-Man tries to secure her again but she intervenes again, and her powers help put Blob out of order until he begins to despair because he believes that a friend of his is dead.
At that point, Spider-Man apologizes to the cat for being overprotective, and she replies that she does nothing by continuing to wonder if she should talk to him about her new powers. The two then go away together.
This implies that Peter has now accepted to have Felica as a partner both in life and in fighting.
Peter is increasingly in love with Felicia enough to tell her that their relationship is the only thing that goes well in his life. The cat however continues to be interested only in Spider-Man and not in Peter Parker. When Felicia realizes that someone is following her, she goes to ask the spider for help. This makes it clear how much the Black Cat confides in the spider: as soon as he reaches her she tells him openly that he makes her feel safe. Despite being annoyed at the girl's lack of attention, in protecting her secret, Peter agrees to help her and is sorry for having scolded her for coming in costume to her window, seeing her fear.
In short, the couple is faced with the Answer, and things take place more or less as during the clash with Blob, but in the end the criminal manages to trap the two in the web with which the spider had tried to catch him and then if leaves. Felicia takes advantage of this to pamper her boyfriend a bit (it takes an hour for the canvas to melt) and continues to not have the courage to tell him about her powers.
Peter wants him and Felicia to spend time as a normal couple would, so to please him Felicia agrees to spend an evening watching a movie on TV with him. Spidey brings her a carafe of wine as a gift and the cat is very happy with the gift, so when the object disappears, she panics and sends her boyfriend out of the house with an excuse, starts looking for the carafe. Eventually she discovers that it was her old friend Tamara who stole the gift for fun.
Felicia - I love him. I really do. But I don't know how to talk to him half the time!
- Felicia's outburst
Felicia burst into tears in front of her friend declaring that she can no longer hide something from the man she loves. Eventually Tamara has dinner with the couple and notices that Felicia has changed thanks to her relationship.
Peter marvels at how beautiful the cat's shots during their battles are, even though he feels guilty about using Felicia's photography skills to earn money, without any credit being recognized. In a discussion with his landlady, Felicia is mentioned and remembering all the times when the girl has risked revealing his secret identity, Spider-Man goes to her to talk to her.
Felicia for her part continues to think that she would like the spider to renounce her civil identity, even if she finds their relationship wonderful. Peter feels guilty for taking credit for Felicia's photos, although when he raises the matter with her, she says it doesn't matter.
However, when she tries to talk to her about the secret identity, Felicia blurts out that she only wants her spider, and this time instead of ignoring the thing Peter blurts out that the only thing Felicia loves about him is the costume and she goes off. The cat does the same saying that the spider will not be able to bear it without her and that she will return to her soon. In fact, as soon as Spidey discovers that the cat is in danger, she rushes to his aid, and when she has to choose whether to prevent a bomb from exploding, or save Felicia, Spider-Man chooses to save the cat (who acted to repay her with Kingpin).
Peter calls the cat to clarify, but the situation has worsened, since Felicia doesn't even want the boy to call her name anymore, always wanting to be the cat, and that he is always the spider. When the spider is late for an appointment, the cat begins to fear that he has found a girl who can appreciate him as Peter Parker ... when the spider arrives at her house reduced to a rag after being beaten by a zombie.
"I know he's hurt... but I can hardly stand to look at him when he's not my spider!".
- Felicia's thoughts
The cat immediately takes him home, showing concern for him ... but when he takes off his costume to rest, he looks away, unable to bear to see him without.
Felicia decides to go hunting for the zombie but Peter makes her promise not to, and she accepts but she does it mainly because the zombie is Silvermane a mafia boss, Peter suspects that Kingpin is behind and Felicia fears that the latter may reveal the their covenant.
Shortly afterwards Felicia sees the spider circling alone and gets angry and declares that she can also act alone. In reality it is the costume that cut moves Peter's body, since in reality he is a living being, thinking and symbiotic.
Peter: Felicia this isn't the best day. I've gotta go somewhere.
Felicia: I'll come along.
Felicia: You know, you keep being so angry because I don't care about your whole Peter Parker thing. That I love Spider-Man not... this. So I thought I should try spending a day with Peter. See his point of viev but if you cut me --
Peter: Okay. Okay. You're right. Okay.
- Felicia and Peter decide to spend time together in a "normal" way.
Since Peter always complains that she is putting his secret identity at risk and that she is only interested in the spider, Felicia goes to his house without a costume, to spend a day with Peter Parker. The latter lets himself be persuaded almost immediately, but being the anniversary of his uncle's death, before being able to decide what to do with Felicia he goes to bring flowers to the grave accompanied by the girl. Once Peter has told her the story of Ben's death, young Hardy seems moved.
Felicia: Benjamin Parker? Who's... Wait.Oh my god. Is this--?
Peter: My uncle Ben. Yeah. Today's the anniversary of the day that he died at the hands of a burglar that I let run past me. The Spider-Man that you love wouldn't exist without him.
Felicia: I'm so sorry... Peter.
Peter: I just... I wanted you see it. Make you understand a little better... ... why I am that way I am. Maybe make "Peter Parker" less problematic for -- for--
- Peter talks to Felicia about his uncle's death, and the impact this has had on him.
This shows that Peter has no problem talking about his biggest mistake to Felicia, and the girl is genuinely sorry for what happened to her boyfriend's family. The beautiful moment is ruined, when Peter recognizes one of his enemies Mysterio at the cemetery and believing that he has discovered his identity.
Actually Mysterio went to the grave of a woman who died during one of his robberies, because he feels guilty for what happened, but obviously Peter cannot know and decides to follow him to investigate. Felicia would like to accompany him, but she doesn't have her costume on, so Peter asks her not to join him. This annoys the young Hardy a little, who shortly thereafter finds herself face to face with Peter's aunt who also went to pay homage to her husband.
Hearing Felicia mention the name of her nephew, May senses the relationship between her and Peter, and the two women have a short chat. However, May understands how much the young Hardy loves her nephew, and asks her if she can't convince him to go back to college, obviously unaware that Felicia is the main cause for which the boy left school.
That night Mysterio tries to bribe the cat so that she brings him a sample of the new Spider-Man costume whose potential the criminal has sensed, but Felicia angrily refuses, so Mysterio blackmails her, threatening to give the spider a dossier that tries of her alliance with Kingpin. Forced to obey Felicia waits for Spider-Man to come home where she seduces him, and to make him fall asleep she mixes the sleeping pill with her lipstick.
"I know I shouldn't feel guilty. I'm just doing this to protect our relationship. I'm ... I'm doing the right thing. So why do I feel like it so wrong?".
- Felicia's inner torment.
The plan succeeds but the cat is tormented by guilt. The morning after Peter's first thought is Felicia, and when the phone rings, he immediately believes it is her, but in reality it was his aunt who called him.
May was no longer talking to Peter but after chatting with Felicia, she decides to call him to schedule a meeting, noting that Felicia spoke to him with the same confidence as Ben.
Spidey goes immediately to the place where his aunt gave him an appointment for breakfast and Felicia decides to follow him ... an excellent decision since Mysterio attacks Spider-Man. The symbiote still takes control of Peter's body and starts slaughtering Mysterio, and when the cat tries to calm him down by telling him that it is not like him to act so the symbiote pushes her away, but Felicia believes it was Mysterio's fault. This implies that despite being raped in the past, she trusts Peter to the point of being certain that he would never hurt her. In the end Spider-Man returns to himself and he and the Black Cat defeat Mysterio.
The cat offers to monitor Mysterio so that Peter can go to the appointment with Aunt May, which her fiancé is very grateful to, but unfortunately when he arrives the elderly lady has already left. While Peter tries unsuccessfully to reconcile with his aunt, Felicia remains by his side, probably feeling that she owes him support at such a moment.
The costume begins to disturb Felicia more and more, who reminds Peter to have it analyzed by Mister Fantastic as he had already planned. In the end what Peter feared happens: entering costume in the apartment of her boyfriend Felicia reveals her identity to Mary Jane Watson, who runs away in tears. The cat does not appreciate at all the presence of the redhead in the apartment and Peter's anger at the compromised secret, leading her to try to leave thinking that the spider does not love her ... when the symbiote holds her with the cobweb. Not having Peter tried to stop MJ, Felicia hugs him asking her to forgive her for doubting him, which the boy does immediately. In fact, the symbiont reads Peter's mind and he said he didn't want to lose Felicia, therefore that the costume only stopped the latter implies that Peter wanted her presence more, than that of Mary Jane.
Peter eventually follows Felicia's advice and gets rid of the alien costume after discovering that the girl's fears were well founded.
After the two spent the night together, Peter tells Felicia that he should give her something, and pulls out a box. The cat believes that he wants to ask her to marry him ... but in reality he only wanted to give her a device created by him by modifying the first spy spider used on her, so that now it can be used to reach him and send him vocal messages.
Felicia doesn't appreciate it in the slightest (even if she'll keep the tracer for years), and Peter immediately tries to apologize for making her angry. The incident implies that the cat also thought that she and the spider could get married.
A secret revealed
In the end after a hard fight with Kingpin the latter's words give rise to suspicions to Spider-Man, who claims to know what debt the mafia was talking about. The cat makes up an excuse and then runs away telling the boyfriend that if he doesn't trust her they have nothing more to say to each other.
The next day Peter breaks into Felicia's apartment determined to continue the discussion; young Hardy agrees, but annoyed by the way the spider broke into her home, and when she points it out, he reminds her annoyed every time she broke into his home.
Peter wants to talk to Felicia face to face but she doesn't want him to take off his mask and encourage him to go out with her in the night. Shortly after a blackout, it takes away energy from the whole city; finding it romantic, the cat wants to spend the night with the spider but he points out to her how this can lead the offenders to act and how it is necessary that they patrol the streets. Peter then reveals to the girl the true nature of the costume thus justifying some of his behaviors that have hurt her.
Black Cat: Well, the truth is, I got my powers from... the Kingpin!
Spider-Man: The Kingpin of crime?! But How? And more importantly... why?!
Black Cat: They enhanced my strength, speed and agility-- and gave me a "bad luck" factor that causes harm to befall anyone, or anything that tries to harm me! As for the "Why", I should think you'd know the answer to that! I did it, for you spider!
Black Cat: Of course. I wanted to be with you, share your adventures, But you feared for my safety! The only way I could keep up with you was to gain powers that would put is on an equal footing! I went to every super hero group in town, and no one would help me. Finally, as a last resort, I went to the Kingpin!
I finally figured what difference I did it make where I got theme as long as I got theme!
- The cat reveals to the spider of duty her powers to Kingpin.
At that point Felicia finally decides to tell Spider-Man that it was Kingpin who got her superpowers, which upsets her boyfriend, who remains even more incredulous when he discovers that the cat has done all this for him, to be able to fight her side, and that in return Kingpin only asked her to steal a corpse (who would later become the zombie who would fight the spider).
Shocked by what he learned, Peter tells Felicia that he needs to be alone for some time to reflect on what the cat gives him. However as he is leaving, the floor beneath him collapses, and then a cistern full of water breaks and floods him. The cat rushes to help him, but Spidey doesn't want her to touch him because he believes these events were caused by Felicia's powers, and in fact the latter admits that she has no control over them.
Eventually, however, the spider accepts the cat's help before leaving after sharing a kiss with her. Felicia tries to convince herself that Spider-Man will not leave but the hero is again prey to doubts.
Felicia: "The way he kissed me, I know he loves me! He never could leave me!"
Peter: "I love her. I really do. But she is so totally amoral-- and so in love my costumed identity and not the real me... I love her, but can I really stand to stay with, her? Spend my life with her?"
-Felicia's fears and Peter's doubts.
Felicia liked the black costume very much, so she sews one with her own hands for the spider. While she works she continues to try to convince herself that the love between her and Spidey can overcome anything.
When the spider arrives Felicia gives him his gift, but given the bad experience he had with the black costume, Peter tells her that he does not really want to wear an equal one, as much as he appreciates the gift and Felicia remains a little bad, even if the boy adds that in a few days he could also put on the black costume (in fact Peter will alternate the red and black ones for a long time, stopping using what Felicia gave him, only when Venom the new guest of the symbiote appears, not wanting to look like a mad murderer who terrifies MJ). The cat's powers continue to cause problems, and the girl begins to worry a lot about her boyfriend. The two work together to defeat the super villain Spot, and Felicia hopes to fix everything with sex. However, her strategy fails
The first break
Peter has a terrible nightmare in which he is with Felicia and Mary Jane, and emerges as the first loves Spider-Man and the second Peter Parker. Both Peter and Felicia decide to infiltrate Kingpin's headquarters one behind the other.
Felicia finds herself in front of Kingpin who reveals to her that her powers secrete a sort of aura of bad luck, which remains on those close to her so the longer Felicia stays with her spider, the more bad luck will haunt him. Then Felicia runs away in tears cursing Kingpin.
Spider-Man also clashes with Kingpin and requires him to leave the cat alone. Meanwhile the latter is despairing on the roof; the longer Spider-Man will stay with her, the more unfortunate she will become, so the cat is forced to break up with him, without ever being able to tell him why, given he believes Spidey would like to stay by his side anyway and seek a cure for the aura of bad luck. Felicia is devastated by the idea of having to separate from the spider, and this shows that she really loves him since she puts his good before her own.
Peter: Our relationship has having its ups and downs lately and I've been doing a lot of thinking about us Felicia. It's not that I don't love you, Felicia -- 'cause in a way I do. You're the most glamorous exciting girl I ever know. But we're so different... too different.
Felicia: " What's he saying? At first I thought he was going to tell me that he learned about my bad luck powers -- but now it doesn't sounds sound as if... "
Peter: You're... I don't know... too amoral. I like adventure as much as anyone, but I do care about which side of the law I get my kicks on! You don't seem to! And there's another thing. For you, your costumed identity seems to be everything! For you is no Felicia Hardy! Only the Black Cat!
Felicia: "No! He can't be saying this! He mustn't be--"
Peter: " You want it to be the same way form me. Want me to be Spider-Man all the time! But that's not the real me! The real me is Peter Parker. Not some super powers; not a costume but a real person."
Felicia: " I was ready to make the biggest sacrifice of my life! Breaking up with Spider would have been the most unselfish thing I've ever done, but now ... "
Peter: I can't be ... I won't be... the person you seem to want me to be: a mysterious masked adventurer out of some romance novel. I'm sorry, Felicia, but we've got to stop seeing each other!
Felicia: "He can't break up with me first... he can't ... he ..."
Peter: I think it' s best, we break up! I'm sorry... Cat -- ?
Felicia: Fine with me, mister Parker.
Spidey, once she reaches the cat tells her she made Kingpin promise to leave her alone, but also that as much as she loves her she thinks they are too different, and that above all Felicia loves only Spider-Man and not Peter Parker, and decides to leave her before she can.
Felicia is devastated by what happened; the spider's words hurt her more than anything she has ever suffered. Returning home, she wonders desperately what has allowed Kingpin to do with her body, and for the first time she wants to get rid of the cat, so much so that she will give up her alter ego for months.
When Peter comes home, it is said that leaving Felicia was much more difficult to face super villains and for a moment he wonders if the cat will not take revenge by taking advantage of the fact that she knows his secret identity. Soon after, however, the boy is said that after all there has been, Felicia would not act in such a petty way. This means that Peter has not completely lost faith in her.
At Christmas Felicia tries to call Peter to congratulate him, but then she lacks the courage, and closes the call as soon as he answers.
Peter begins to be constantly persecuted by bad luck and when he turns to Dr. Strange tells him that to free him from the aura of bad luck that surrounds him he will cast a spell that will hit the source of that aura. Peter assumes that it was Felicia who threw this kind of curse on him to take revenge for being left and tells the wizard to proceed.
Peter begins to be constantly persecuted by bad luck and when he turns to Dr. Strange tells him that to free him from the aura of bad luck that surrounds him he will cast a spell that will hit the source of that aura. Peter assumes that it was Felicia who threw this kind of curse on him to take revenge for being left and tells the wizard to proceed. The spell deprives Felicia of powers, just during a fight. While the girl is injured she has a hallucination on Spider-Man. Shortly thereafter Peter continues to tell himself that he doesn't want to see Felicia, but begins to think that she might not have intentionally cursed him, in the end he goes to her.
Felicia is very happy to see Peter again, and immediately believes that he has come to resume their relationship, and is disappointed when she finds out that it is not so, but when Peter tells her what happened, Felicia gets very angry and tells Peter angrily that even though she knew they were no longer a couple, she hoped that at least they were still friends and that he trusted her more. Shortly thereafter Felicia is attacked by supervillain Sabrethoot, but Spidey comes back and saves her from the mutant. Despite this Felicia is not grateful to him because she is certain that she would have been able to get rid of the criminal on her own.
The cat is still very bad about breaking up with Spider-Man, and she gets to throw her photos into the river trying to convince herself that this has made all her feelings for the climber disappear, but she is only making fun of herself. Later Felicia follows Sabretooth when he hunts Spider-Man and attacks him to protect the spider, also injuring himself in the clash, from which she emerges victorious, all under the eyes of Peter, who later can not stop thinking to the Black Cat. Remember that he broke up with her because he couldn't trust her, and that he couldn't stand up to a bad superpower. Now seeing that she has been able to do both, Peter wonders what to do.
Felicia calls Peter saying that someone has sent her a threatening message, calling her "Spider-Man's Lover" and asks for help from Spider-Man. Peter is not so sure, that he needs it, and when Felicia tells him he gets angry, but he decides to go to her anyway ... and it's good since an explosion devastates his apartment, and the girl almost loses her senses because of smoking.
Shortly thereafter Felicia tells Peter that she is now ready to accept his civil identity.
Peter and Felicia manage to trace the identity of the attacker and defeat him. Subsequently, the spider confirms to the cat that she trusts her and the two kiss.
Second relationship and coexistence
Since her apartment has been destroyed, Felicia goes to live in Peter's house, and in short, the two resume their relationship.
Felicia seems to have matured quite a lot by coming to accept the need for a normal life as Peter Parker of her boyfriend and also not intervening in some Spider-Man clashes at the request of the latter.
After a short trip to Germany, Peter lost his costume. Felicia sews new ones for him. Peter is pleased with the thoughtful thought of the girl and lifts her up in the air smiling.
Back home after a series of clashes with Foreigner men, Peter hears Felicia talking on the phone with the latter revealing that she is working with him to take revenge on the spider who left her. Peter obviously gets very angry and attacks her, but Felicia manages to escape with a trap. Peter tries to chase her but fails due to problems with some of his friends.
The boy is hurt and angry because in spite of everything he trusted Felicia enough, not to believe she would ever do something like this. After another fight with the two, Peter returns home, and finds a letter from Felicia. The girl writes that she let him listen to the phone call on purpose, and that at first she was really angry with him, but that their coexistence had rekindled her feelings for him and that she had made him and the Foreigner fight just to do so. angry, as he had angered her and then helped him (through a photo, he had him cleared of a criminal charge hanging over his head). Felicia concludes the letter by saying that she has decided to leave to avoid reprisals from the Foreigner. Peter looks a little sorry but gets over him quickly.
Peter and MJ's marriage and Felicia's jealousy
After spending some time in Europe, Felicia returns to America and decides to resume her relationship with Peter completely unaware that in the meantime he has resumed his relationship with Mary Jane Watson which has now resulted in marriage. Felicia goes to Peter's apartment only to find out that he has moved and that a man named Hal lives there now. The cat deduces that Peter couldn't bear to live without her in the apartment they shared and that therefore he moved because he still loves her, so he sets out to find him. It takes Felicia weeks to find Peter's new address and when she goes to his house she finds that he has moved again.
Just then Venom a new Spider-Man enemy enters the apartment also looking for Peter. Deducting that Felicia knows who he is, Venom convinces herself that she also knows where she is and tells her to tell him, but realizing her evil intentions Felicia attacks him, but Venom easily defeats her. Luckily for her, when the cat says she doesn't know where the spider is, Venom believes her, but Felicia finds out about Peter's marriage in the worst possible way: as he leaves Venom comments that the last time he chased him, she didn't even find her Parker's wife knew where it was and that he found it anyway, so he will find it again.
Felicia is injured and should be thinking about getting medicated, but her distraught mind focuses on that baffling word.
Felicia comes very close to becoming a psycho ex-girlfriend. Devoured by jealousy, she seduces and begins dating Flash Thompson, one of Peter's closest friends. The cat is determined to break his heart, as Spider-Man broke it for her by marrying MJ. However, she is certain that eventually the two of them will get back together.
Peter begins to avoid Flash and Felicia as much as possible, although he regrets doing this to his friend and feels guilty for the disappointment he will feel when Felicia dumps him. However, he also admits that it is a bit annoying that his ex-girlfriend is with his closest friend. Over time, however, Felicia ended up really fond of Flash, so much so that when Peter decided to stop being Spider-Man he tells the cat to leave the blonde in peace because the Spider-Man she loves no longer exists, she replies that her relationship with Flash is none of his business.
Eventually, of course, Peter returns to being Spider-Man and the Black Cat assists him in a fight with the Scorpion, after which she loses her powers. This time, however, she does not get angry and indeed seems to want a normal life with Flash and she and Peter separate in a friendly way.
Without the powers, Felicia thinks she can't help Peter fight Venom, and it pisses her off to the point of making her treat Flash badly, though she repents she apologizes almost immediately. To himself he admits that he still cares about the spider, but tries to ignore it and goes out with Flash. When Flash and his friends go to a fancy dress party, Felicia goes there in her Black Cat costume and Peter jokes about it but thinks it was reckless of her. This shows how he still cares about her too.
Felicia: What are you saying? Is Peter all right?
Mary Jane: You do still care about my husband don’t you Felicia?
Felicia: Of course I do, Mary Jane. My … intimate relationship with Peter may be long over, but I never want to see him hurt.
Shortly thereafter Spider-Man disappears after a fight and a very worried MJ asks Felicia to find him and quietly admits that she is unable to.
MJ's signalman turns out to be completely useless, but Felicia still manages to find Peter as a prisoner of Silvermane. When he sees her coming, the cyborg attacks her with lasers, but Peter who has managed to free himself immediately intervenes to prevent her from hitting her, completely disinterested in the risk that Silvermane will discover his secret identity. Felicia is then run over by the rubble, and Spidey immediately tries to get her out.
Spidey extracts the cat from the rubble and believing her dead screams desperately and then launches on Silvermane, intending to kill him, a thing not at all from him, considering that he has always been against summary justice. This proves that despite their ups and downs Felicia is still very important to him. Fortunately, Felicia is still alive and the two fight together against Silvermane, defeating him.
Spider-Man: Your timing was almost too good to be natural. But how were you even able to find me in the first place?
Black Cat: You and I are linked Spider. I'm always with you.
When the emergency is over, Spidey asks the cat how he found him and after commenting that she is always with him Felicia tells him about the signaler, while in reality she found him alone. Later the cat secretly watches the meeting of the two spouses.
While cleaning the house, Peter finds a picture of him kissing Felicia and decides to hide it for fear that MJ will find her, but not destroy it.
When Felicia tells Peter she wants to assist him in a fight with Electro, he replies that there is nothing she can do. Struck by her pride, Felicia gets a costume made to replace the superpowers she has lost. Peter runs into the albina as she walks out of the shop and thinks it's something with the robots that attacked him recently, but Felicia quickly explains that it isn't and Spidey believes her. Shortly after, the spider is attacked by Scorpion and continues to worry about the cat, pushing her away from danger and telling her to run away. The girl all the way reaches him and saves him from another robot who had associated himself with Scorpion. At this point Spider-Man accepts the ex's help and the two begin to try to figure out who could have created the robots.
Later Felicia shows Peter the new costume and talks to him about its potential. That evening to go to interrogate a suspect, Peter takes Felicia to drive him, not being safe to go like Spider-Man. The two fight together against robots.
Peter: This is personal Felicia, and it could be dangerous. I can't ask you to come along.
Felicia: You don't have to ask. I'm in.
Peter: All right, then. Let's do it
Felicia takes Peter home after they discover that the robot builder is the Spiderslayer and when the conversation comes up he tells her about his parents' death. Peter later tells Felicia that he can't ask her to risk her life for him, but she replies that she doesn't have to and that she wants to help him.
Since the robots are programmed to attack Spider-Man, the Black Cat offers to distract them, but he doesn't want to leave her alone to face those metallic monsters. When one of them starts crushing the girl, her ex saves her. Eventually the robots are destroyed, but the Black Cat still needs time to recover from the shock she had and tells Spider-Man to continue chasing his parents who appear mysteriously returned (it turns out they are two robots created by the Chameleon).
Venom arrives wounded at Peter's home to inform him of the return of Carnage, a mad serial killer with an alien symbiote himself. MJ hates Venom, so Peter turns to Felicia for an opinion on whether it's okay to team up with someone like Venom in order to defeat Carnage. This proves how important Peter is to the albina's opinion.
Felicia thinks that given the danger of Carnage you can work with Venom to stop him and joins Spider-Man and Venom, but unfortunately Carnage has assembled a band of crazy killers with superpowers and joins them to throw New York in terror. The Black Cat collides with Shriek and during the fight Peter protects her when she is in trouble.
Felicia appreciates the gesture but tells Peter that she can take care of herself and that she must stop acting as if she were a damsel in distress (in fact, since their relationship he has always tried to protect her in fights). Peter then decides that he cannot accept Venom's methods, but eventually joins him and the cat (plus Cloak and Morbius) again to stop the group of insane criminals. The cat agrees to set a trap for Carnage following an idea from the spider. Eventually even though she doubts whether she wants to risk her life, the cat fights to the end, and Carnage's party is ultimately defeated.
Both Peter and Felicia go to Harry Osborn's will reading. Felicia is the first to notice that Peter has gone out the window and she points it out amusedly to Mary Jane. Shortly after Flash, he is attacked by Tombstone and Felicia gets mad at Peter because she didn't warn her. The two fight together against the gangster and Felicia continues to have good opinions about him, so much so that when the other albino claims to have defeated the spider she doesn't believe it.
Peter tries again to keep his ex-girlfriend safe with great anger at the latter, despite realizing that Peter did so because a friend just died, and nearly lost another.
After some time Felicia thinks that her relationship with Flash may lead to marriage, but he doesn't want to marry her and when she claims to know why, she discovers that young Thompson knew she was the Black Cat, and that he had only started dating her in the hope to meet Spider-Man his idol since adolescence. Beyond that, Flash knows that he could never really participate in Felicia's life, and that if they get married she will end up hating him, so the two break up.
After a while Felicia thinks she can let off steam to Peter and ask him for advice and assists him in his fight with the superhero Cardiac. Unfortunately for Peter it is not a good time since he has recently discovered the deception behind the return of his parents, but he declares himself willing to listen to the Cat anyway. However, she starts complaining that she is unable to claim Cardiac's size, so Spider-Man assumes that all she cares about is her money and she walks away from her. This hurts Felicia, who is still trying to make sense of her life after her relationship ends.
Felicia then angrily discovers that Peter has put a spider-tracer on her. The next morning the albina tries to discuss her problems with MJ, but they are interrupted by Peter coming to get Mary Jane. When Felicia berates him for having her spider-tracer, Peter says he wanted to find her later that night to apologize for chasing her away, but then nearly passes out from her fatigue due to her superhero activities.
To cover up her costume, Felicia gives Peter a coat that was left by Flash when they broke up. All Peter can say after hearing this is "oh", so she asks Mary Jane to go with him. After they leave, Felicia admits to herself that she is jealous of the Parkers and their relationship. Spider-Man later steps in to help her during a fight, and convinces her not to kill an enemy.
Some time later Peter is arrested for multiple murder (actually the culprit is Kaine one of his clones, and who obviously has his own fingerprints). Another clone of Peter, Ben, decides to take the place of the original in prison, giving him the opportunity to seek evidence to clear himself. Heard of Peter's arrest, an incredulous Felicia immediately goes to see him in prison ... but Ben was cloned by Peter, before he met Felicia so he has no idea who she is. After the visit Felicia returns home, but continues to think that Peter was strange and that he acted as if he didn't know her at all. Later that evening, she reads in the newspaper about the Scarlet Spider's new hero in a Spider-Man-like costume. This confirms to Felicia that the person she met was not Peter Parker, but before she can investigate her, Mary Jane arrives, devastated by recent events, asking for help, telling her about the clone affair. At that point Felicia goes in search of Peter.
"... Peter my Peter... Had been the clone all along? As much it pains me, to think of much all this must be hurting Peter... to learn you're never born, that your memories aren't your own... I can't seem to shake this nagging, selfish thought. That the man that I loved... the only man that I allowed myself with trust... wasn't even a real man at all?"
- Felicia's thoughts when she believes Peter is a clone.
Eventually Peter is fully exonerated, but Felicia later learns the news (which later turns out to be false) that Ben is the original and Peter the clone, news that somewhat upsets the girl, who wonders how Peter is doing but that the idea that the man she loved so much wasn't even a real person gets depressed ... and this makes her a perfect victim for the demon D'Spayre.
Felicia: You, betrayed me Peter! You drew me in and led me on! I gave my hearth to you... and you weren't even a real man! I hate you! I HATE YOU!
Peter: ... I'm... sorry... I never wanted to... didn't mean to... please... forgive me... I beg you... please... please... can you ever forgive me ... ?
D'Spayre using his mental powers drives Felicia mad with rage and sends her to fight Peter. The cat attacks the spider by screaming at him that she loved him and she trusted him, while he wasn't even a real person. Peter also falls under the influence of the demon's powers and throws himself at Felicia's feet begging for her forgiveness.
Felicia is about to deal a fatal blow against the defenseless Peter, but luckily thanks to the words of Ben the two are roused and attack D'Spayre. After the latter escapes Felicia apologizes to Peter telling him that it doesn't matter how he came into the world, but who he is.
" Oh Peter, I'm so sorry! I said some pretty horrible things, but i didn't mean... I mean, it doesen't matter how you got here or what you are ... what matter is who you are".
- Felicia apologizes to Peter.
After some time, Peter decides to retire from vigilantism and entrust Ben with the role of Spider-Man. Felicia has some difficulty accepting Ben as Spider-Man but in the end the two manage to work together effectively.
Peter continues to try to help people in a normal way and thinks Felicia is one of the people who inspired him.
After a while Peter starts investigating strange happenings and gets Felicia to give him a lockpick to infiltrate a place where he wants to investigate.
When Ben is killed by the Goblin, he is reduced to dust, as the clones do and this proves that Peter is the original and Ben was the clone, so Peter returns to being Spider-Man.
Occasionally the spider and the cat continue to team up. After some time MJ leaves to do a photo shoot, and her plane explodes while she is in the air and everyone thinks she is dead. One night during the patrol Peter runs into Felicia and she playfully flirts with him. He initially believes she is stealing, but when she tells him she is investigating a dishonest businessman. Spidey does not believe it at first but then the facts show that it was true ... but also that he was right since she still steals some money even if she gives it to the victims of the robbed.
Sometime later it is revealed that Mary Jane is alive and has been held captive for months by a telepath who lost control of his powers had connected with Peter's mind, and had "absorbed" his love for his wife, beginning to stalk her. Exasperated by being in danger from Spider-Man, Mary Jane decides to take a break from Peter and the two separate.
At that time Felicia moves to Los Angeles and temporarily ceases to be the Black Cat. However, her friend Meg of her, worried about their mutual friend Tricia Lane, who hasn't given news for days and who should be in New York, convinces her to look for her; Peter has recently become a science teacher in the old high school and one of his students, Donald Phillips, dies of a heroin overdose. Spider-Man's investigation leads him to actor Hunter Todd, who apparently drugged Donald to rape him, and who buys the drug from a certain Mr. Brownstone and Felicia is also determined to investigate Todd, having been romantically related to Tricia.
Spider-Man begins stalking Todd and a woman and finds out that they are calling Brownstone for a delivery and decides to wait for him to arrive to pick up everyone responsible for Donald's death in one fell swoop. Unfortunately the Black Cat sees him from afar while she's spying on Todd, and she doesn't recognize him she thinks he's a stalker or something and she thinks she knocks him out. she will manage to curry favor with Todd and get the information she needs, so she attacks him, and when she recognizes him is too late to stop.
The two break through the window and fall into Todd's loft. Spider-Man begins to question the actor, but suddenly the actor and the woman overdose and die. From Todd's phone a man's voice declares that he is giving the actor and the woman enough doses to kill them before they can give them any information. The man ends the call by declaring himself Mr. Brownstone.
Felicia: Good God Peter, you can't spend your entire life fighting The Lizard or Electro. Sometimes, you 've got a day off and just go to the moves. Hel. Even rent one.
Peter: Yeah -- Like you are the queen of the quiet night at home ...
Felicia: What's that supposed to mean?
Peter: It that means one of us here... And I not naming names... But one of us here called it quits on our beaucase she was in love of the spectacular Spider-Man-- not the plain 'ol Peter Parker.
Felicia: Good God. This again...
Peter: I'm just saying, is all.
Felicia: What do you want from me? I was a child.
Peter: Sure-- in the same way Amy Fischer was a child. And Monica Lewinsky...
Felicia: Hey! I'm not the one who ran off and hooked up with my highschool sweethearth, okay? If you'd been more patient, with me, I would've calmed down and come around eventually-- but no you just ha to be with Mary Jane.
Peter: Best decision I've ever made.
Felicia: Good for you. But then don't go busting my chops about crap I did to you five years ago, if you're so darmn happy to Mary Plain. Man oh man. It's never: "Hey Felicia-- you sure saved my butt that one time against Smythe' Spider-Slayers". Or "You know, it was so sweet, when you went through that surgery to get that bad luck powers just so we could be partner up and you could watch my back in the field." All I ever get outta you is "You loved Spider-Man, not me! Boo-friggin'-hoo!". Man I just wish... I just ... Ooo you can really tick me off sometimes.
Peter: Hey. Felicia. You sure saved my butt that one time against Smythe' Spider-Slayers. And y' know, it was so sweet, when you went through that surgery to get that bad luck powers just so we could be partner up and you could watch my back in the field. And the way you drop kicked me through that window across the street? Man-- you roc.
Felicia: Eat it, Parker.
Peter: I'm sorry I came down on you. It's been a rough few moths. My bad. Friends?
Felicia: I really hate you, you know that?
Peter: And I am thoroughly disgusted with you. Welcome back Party-Hardy.
Finding themselves alone, Peter and Felicia have a brief argument over their past relationship, but they make up almost immediately. Peter has brought up the subject and apologizes saying that it has been difficult months and that he shouldn't have blamed her and she forgives him.
Peter and Felicia decide to investigate together and decide to go to Felicia's hotel room to come up with a plan. During the journey it becomes clear that they still feel attracted to each other and a lot. Felica thinks that she is starting to have a crush on Peter as well and is said to be the best man she has ever met, while Peter thinks that he must be careful, given how beautiful, funny and intelligent Felicia is ... in fact she reflects that is the person with whom he had the most fun, with or without the costume.
On the way, the two see Supercriminal Scorpia attacking billionaire Garrison Klum and intervene. The two win the battle, during which Spider-Man saves the life of the Cat and the two share a kiss. Felicia apologizes, but Peter doesn't take it.
Klum thanks the two for saving him and after talking to him, Spidey begins to suspect that he is Mr. Brownstone. Peter and Felicia go to question Scorpia to find out who hired her to take out Klum and she replies that it was the Ortega criminal cartel. When the two adventurers go to their base, they find them all dead, except for a newborn. Felicia is definitely shaken by what happened, but Peter's words give her hope.
Peter and Felicia decide to investigate Klum, but while Peter wants to limit himself to supervise him and gather evidence, Felicia wants to extort a confession from him with a blow that would count for nothing in court. Felicia gets mad at Peter and hits him by surprise by going to interrogate Klum alone. Bad move, as Klum possesses teleportation powers which he uses to teleport the drug into his clients' bodies with no marks left. Having drugged and rendered Felicia unable to defend herself, the billionaire prepares to rape her.
Shortly thereafter Klum is found dead and Felicia found responsible for her murder arrested. The woman risks capital punishment and Peter hires her lawyer Matt Murdock as her defender, who is actually the superhero Daredevil. One of Matt's powers is super hearing and when Felicia says she didn't kill Klum, from her heartbeat, she realizes that she is telling the truth but when she talks about the fact that many believe that Klum raped her, the albina goes up. all the furies. Later Peter goes to Matt to ask about her: he appears sincerely worried and knowing that her ex is innocent he decides to make her escape, convincing Devil to help him.
The two superheroes, however, find all the guards dead and Felicia is with Francis the gallop of Klum. The latter uses his telepathic powers to force the two heroes to fight each other. Felicia tearfully begs him to stop, but he ignores her and teleports away with her. Spider-Man and Daredevil quickly go hunting, and eventually find Felicia on the George Washington Bridge. The scene of Gwen's death passes before his eyes and, horrified at the idea that Felicia also faces the same fate, he immediately lashes out at Francis.
It was actually Francis who killed Klum, but he didn't take Felicia away to shut her mouth, as Peter and Matt think, but because Garrison was his older brother and sexually abused him. Seeing that he was about to do the same to Felicia, he killed her brother and eventually decided to make her escape, not wanting her to pay for a crime she didn't commit. Peter, however, cannot know this and attacks Francis with incredible violence not at all from him, a sign of how much days of concern for Felicia have worn him out inside (and he was also worried that she was angry with him).
Spider-Man: Never again! Never ... Again!
Felicia: Peter, you're killing him!
Peter: I've had it with you psychos hurting the people I love! Never again, d'ya me hear me?! Never again! Never... again!
Klum reacts by teleporting the cat mask into the spider's neck. He is missing the carotid artery but the wound is serious. The cat rushes to him and tearfully asks Devil to go find a doctor, though he gasps that Klum should be knocked out first.
Irato Francis attempts to shoot Felicia, who wanted to convince him to turn himself in, but Spider-Man covers the barrel of the gun with a web. Klum falls off the bridge, but doesn't crash because he teleports away in time.
Felicia: Isn't that you all over? Always rushing to unmask?
Peter: You loved it when I did it, and you know it.
Felicia: I did actually,
Peter: S'not you what you say then.
Felicia: I was a kid then, Peter. I've grown a lot since then. You telling me, you were... even thoug I didn't show it at the time... it meant the world to me. You helped me.
Peter: Helped you how?
Felicia: You heped me to trust again.
Peter: Really? Now you tell me- when I am all married and stuff. And what do you mean "Trust again"?
Felicia: Peter, I think it's time I told you something. Something that happened to me when I was college ...
Some time later Peter and Felicia go for a walk together and Peter reassures her that even if it takes time, she will be cleared of the murder charge. Peter tries to console her as much as she can for not being able to convince Francis to do the right thing, and she decides to tell him about her rape, telling him that it was thanks to him that she began to trust again.
Some time later when Peter and MJ have made peace, Peter's aunt is kidnapped by a man who knows he's Spider-Man. Desperate Peter asks Felicia for help, who, finding himself in Florida, promises to reach him as soon as possible.
The cat returns to New York just in time, as Peter, seriously injured after a violent confrontation with Electro, is attacked by the Vulture. Felicia arrives just in time to prevent her ex from crashing after the Vulture knocks him out of the sky. She soon after she defeats Toomes and tells him that if she touches her ex again, she will kill him.
Felicia later takes Peter home and takes care of him for the three days he's unconscious, with the help of MJ. When she recovers she informs him that the Daily Bugle is offering a bounty of five million for her secret identity. Discovering that Felicia works for the Owl, Peter and the albina start one of their usual quarrels which instantly subsides.
Black Cat: I just want you to realize I'm ready to do this by myself if you don't want to cross this line.
Spider-Man: What do you mean?
Black Cat: Well, you're a much better person than I am, Peter. You are also a super hero and, as much as I'm trying, I'm never really going to be one of the good guys like you or Captnain America or the Fantastic Four. I just don't want you compromise everything I love about you when I could do this myself. My conscience can handle a job like this, but I'm not sure yours can. I Just don't want you to do something you regret for the rest of your life.
Spider-Man: Are you serious?
Black Cat: A hundred percente serious.
Eventually Peter discovers that it was the Green Goblin who kidnapped his aunt and threatens to kill her if he doesn't get him out of jail. Peter gives in to blackmail and gets help from Felicia. Before they go to jail Felicia tells him that if she wants to make Osborn escape, she alone, not wanting Peter to have such a burden on his conscience, but the spider decides to act anyway. The escape succeeds, but Osborn betrays them and has them attacked by the Sinister Twelve. In the fight Felicia tries to help Peter, but she is knocked out. by Electro.
"I never noticed how alone she was until I realized there was nobody I could call and she me promise to look after those smelly cats in that big, empty apartament of hers. I hung aroud for an hour and a half, trying to cheer her up, with my repertoire of bad jokes, but the grateful look in her eyes as she laughed and giggled made me want to cry. How could I not have noticed what Mary Jane and Norman Osborn and EVERYONE ELSE so blatantly saw? How could I have failed to notice that Felicia was stille smitten as a kitten?"
Fortunately, numerous other superheroes intervene to help the two and Spidey runs to the rescue of his wife threatened by Osborn (it must be said that the cat had woken up when the spider leaves). Then when the girl is admitted to the hospital, Spidey visits her regularly and takes care of her cats for her. Peter is saddened by Felicia's loneliness, and also by the fact that she is still in love with him.
In Stanford, Connecticut, the supergroup of the New Warriors, trying to arrest the supervillain Nitro, causes a huge explosion near a school, killing hundreds of people, including many children.
This coupled with other recent events led the US government to pass the Superhuman Registration and Control Act. From this moment the government will register the civil identities of individuals with superpowers and superheroes, to continue operating without being considered criminals themselves, will have to agree to undergo specific training, in order to avoid that inexperience leads to the same error. made by the New Warriors.
The superhero community splits in two, between superheroes who accept the act they have as leader Iron-Man and those who refuse to submit to it led by Captain America,
Initially Spider-Man and the Black Cat decide to register and Peter gets to unmask himself on live TV. Spider-Man has always been one of the most secret identity-conscious heroes, and this is a powerful message to convince the undecided. Black Cat is hurt that Peter made such an important decision without telling her anything. Her lover Thomas points out that she is probably still in love with Peter and she is shocked but she doesn't deny it.
Felicia helps Peter protect his family and when Tony adopts methods worthy of the Nazis both decide to defect and join the rebel faction led by Captain America. Spider-Man is injured by Rhino and the cat decides to make him pay, locating him and sending the Punisher on her trail. Felicia continues to rethink her relationship with Peter and how attached she still feels to him.
Friends with benefits
"He got himself in some big trouble and ended up getting Doctor Strange to cast a spell on his behalf-- one that made the entire world forget who he was under the mask. The entire world-- -- including me. Suddenly I couldn't remember the face that a man I'd -- okay I'll say it-- -- a man I loved. Times we spent together, moments we'd shared we're now foggy, or even worse-- -- gone entirely, in fact, at first I couldn't even tell I was missing things. But after a while, it was clear that something is wrong".
- Felicia describes the effect the agreement between Peter and Mephisto had on her.
A Kingpin sniper mortally wounds Aunt May and to save Peter, he has no choice but to make a deal with the demon Mephisto. In exchange Mephisto does not ask Peter for his soul, but for his marriage: since he feeds on unhappiness, he will absorb for all eternity the pain that Peter and MJ will feel for having lost their love, since the two of them they will never have been married. One clause of the deal is that everyone will forget Spider-Man's identity, (he will remember that the credit is due to Doctor Strange), even those who knew her before he exposed himself in public, like Felicia.
Not remembering Peter's secret identity, regresses both the relationship between him and Felicia, and Felicia as a person.
Peter finds himself going to a fashion show, where the models dress up like superheroines and when he notices one of them dressed like Felicia, Peter notices that it certainly isn't her and wonders what the cat is doing, thinking that also if she always preferred Spider-Man to Peter Parker as a girlfriend, she wasn't complicated. When his aunt tells him that in her youth she fell in love with an outlaw and that she couldn't admit it, Peter, thinking back to Felicia, tells her that he understands her.
Later, when the spider finally sees the cat again, the two decide to start a relationship without commitment and this time Peter does not reveal his identity, also because Felicia does not seem to care about it (it may be that she unconsciously remembers that it was not. liked it, and that Peter was disappointed).
SpiderCat is a very popular ship. It is one of the three most popular ships that involve Spider-Man and the most popular ship involving the Black Cat. Although they both came out with "super" ones, this is the only real relationship they had with another masked adventurer. There are many videos, fanart and fanfiction dedicated to this couple. This ship is mainly rival to Gweter and PeterMJ.
|SHIPS||het||BuckyBobbi • Carolucky • Clintasha • Copypool • Fosterson • Gorrigan • Gwiles • Harleypool • Hawkingbird • Hawkwitch • Iron Widow • Iron Witch • JessLuke • Petamala • PeterGwen • PeterMJ • Romanogers • Romy • Scarlet America • SpiderCat • Steggy • Thunderwar • Winter Widow|
|slash||Cablepool • DoomReed • HamNoir • Hulkeye • Iron Husbands • IronStrange • Iron Winter • NatEli • PantherHawk • SamBucky • SamSteve|
Science Boyfriends • Spideypool • Stony • Stucky • ThorBruce • Wickling • WinterHawk
|femslash||Carol x Janet • CarolJess • GwenMJ • MockingWidow • Valcarol|
|non-binary||Blackfrost • Elski • Scarlet Vision • Symbrock • Valki|
|family||SpideyMiles • Thorki|
|CHARACTERS||male||Bucky Barnes • Clint Barton • Peter Parker • Steve Rogers • Thor Odinson|
Tony Stark • Sam Wilson
|female||Wanda Maximoff • Bobbie Morse • Natasha Romanoff|