Formerly Freedom Force/ Now West Coast Avengers
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. After returning to Earth, Julia joined Freedom Force but much like her predecessor, found herself on the wrong side of the law. She teamed up with Spider-Man occasionally, but eventually found herself as a freelance hero. When one of her assignments led her to California looking for a team of Asian super-villains, she met and assisted the West Coast Avengers several times.
She then found her place with the West Coast Avengers and once they disbanded, joined their spin-off team Force Works. Julia’s main enemies were the arachnid-based team called Death Web, which consisted of three super-villains who were created by The Commission, using a variation of the same serum that transformed Julia. When Mike Clemson, founder of Death Web, captured Spider-Woman’s daughter Rachel, he blackmailed her into fighting Spider-Man, even though she nearly killed Spider-Man, she couldn’t commit murder, and Spider-Man helped her rescue Rachel.