Araña (Later changed to Spider-Girl)
Real Name: Anya Sofia Corazon
Universe: Earth-616 (Main Marvel Universe)
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2 #1 (August, 2004)

Another Latina who’s kicking hides across the Marvel Universe is Anya Sofia Corazon, also known as Araña, but eventually opting for the alias Spider-Girl. Born in Mexico, her father moved her to Brooklyn, N.Y. after Anya’s mother was murdered while her father—who was a reporter—was investigating the mysterious disappearance of children in their town. It was in Brooklyn where Anya would acquire her spider-like powers, but not by being bitten by a chemically enhanced arachnid. No, Anya’s spider powers are strictly mystical. Caught up in between a battle between mystical clans the Spider Society and the Sisterhood of the Wasp, Anya was fatally wounded. The Spider Society’s magician, Miguel Legar, was able to save Anya’s life by performing a ritual, which gave her a spider-shaped tattoo and endowed her with her spider-like powers.

Arana (Anya Corazon)

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About The Author

Born to Dominican parents in NYC and raised in Passaic, NJ, in nearly a decade as an entertainment writer, Emmanuel Ureña has written for numerous publications, including VIBE,,, LLERO, Urban Ink, Inked, and many others. When he’s not typing away on his MacBook, Ureña is reading fictional novels and comic books while enjoying ice-cold Blue Moon beers. You might also find him at a local tattoo shop getting some fresh ink!

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