Marvel’s Newest Villain Is a Cross Between Doc Ock and Little Mermaid’s Ursula
Edge of Spider-Verse #4 introduces readers to Earth-423's singing Disney princess Spider-Woman, as well as her fairy tale rogues gallery.

Marvel’s Newest Villain Is a Cross Between Doc Ock and Little Mermaid’s Ursula

The following contains spoilers for Edge of Spider-Verse #4, on sale now from Marvel.

The singing Disney princess Spider-Man representative of the multiverse has her own appropriate villain — Bishop Octopus, a mashup of Doctor Octopus and Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

Appearing in the story "Once Upon A Spider: The Spinstress Princess" in Edge of Spider-Verse #4, Bishop Octopus first wrecks a town square in the fairy tale world of Earth-423 — home of Princess Petra, better known as the Amazing Spinstress. The tentacled Bishop flees in a flurry of ink after coming into contact with Petra and reappears at the end of the story as an agent of Queen Mysteria, the evil mother of the princess and a clever variation on the Spider-Man villain Mysterio.


Thanks to magical powers and a costume granted to her by the Green Goblin-esque fairy godmother Norma, Spinstress manages to defeat both Bishop Octopus and Queen Mysteria, all the while singing songs and working alongside her trusty animal sidekick, a furry spider named Webster. The red-haired troubadour James — undoubtedly Earth 423's male version of Mary Jane Watson — also lends aid but, unfortunately, doesn't have a chance to kiss Spinstress before the clock strikes midnight.

"This is my power, my curse, I know now," Spinstress sings on the story's final page. "I will never love again, but somehow I will use these powers to become an amazing spectacular adventurer…and stop my mom!"

Who Created Spinstress and Bishop Octopus?

Spinstress and her rogues gallery are only one example of the fresh additions to Spider-Man lore debuting in the Edge of Spider-Verse series. News of Spinstress first emerged in August, and longtime Spidey writer Dan Slott — who penned the original Spider-Verse event and its sequel — called her the "first singing/talks-to animals Spider-Princess." Slott praised writer David Hein, who developed her along with Irene Sankoff. Both Hein and Sankoff are the creators of the Broadway musical Come Away With Me, which focuses on the lives of residents of the small Canadian town of Gander during the week following the September 11 attacks.

Edge of Spider-Verse #4 is written by Jordan Blum, David Hein, Slott and Tee Franklin. The issue boasts art by Michael Shelfer, Luciano Vecchio, Ty Templeton and Jethro Morales, colors by Rico Renzi, Brian Reber, Dono Sanchez-Almara and Chris Sotomayor, and letters by VC's Joe Caramagna. Cover and variant cover art comes from Josemaria Casanovas and Helen Chen. Edge of Spider-Verse #4 is on sale now from Marvel.

Source: Marvel