Mayhem (April Parker)
Interior artwork of Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #5.
|First comic appearance||Amazing Spider-Girl #20 (July 2008)|
|Created by||Tom DeFalco|
|Alter ego||April Parker|
|Species||Symbiote–Human clone hybrid|
|Place of origin||Earth-982|
|Supporting character of||Spider-Girl|
|Notable aliases||Spider-Girl, May Parker, "Brand New May"|
|Abilities||Alien symbiote grants:
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Mayhem (April Parker) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character originates from the Marvel Comics 2 alternate timeline of the Marvel Universe, created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz and first appeared in Amazing Spider-Girl #20 (July 2008).
Mayhem first appeared in Amazing Spider-Girl #20 and making appearances in Spectacular Spider-Girl, until making her final appearance in Spider-Girl: The End.
Fictional character biography
It is revealed that, while still bonded to Eddie Brock, some of the Symbiote's genetic material had been taken by Norman Osborn and combined with a clone of May to make a Human/Symbiote hybrid. She was discovered by Normie Osborn, who revealed to Peter Parker that the clone may be the original Mayday Parker, as Norman had written letters hinting to this fact. After a failed attempt to get the answers from Élan DeJunae, Normie was attacked by the hybrid who managed to escape. She then stalks the original May to her school in order to replace her, starting the Clone Saga. She accidentally threw herself down the school stairwell, allowing the familiar May to escape by leaping off the building. May changed into Spider-Girl, but New May on her way to assist the X-People in containing Sara Hingle's powers. The hybrid intercepted May on her way and tried to tackle her. May saved them both from falling to the street, and, after a brief fight May saved her double again and, proving a major difference between the two Mays as Spider-Girl does not kill her enemies, but the hybrid was more ruthless. When arguing about who the real May, Kaine comments "Are you saying clones aren't real?"
After being "absorbed" into the aged Peter Parker, the original Green Goblin—Norman Osborn takes over Peter's mind, but, in an attempt to become invincible, Osborn combines himself with the Hybrid, Spider-Man, and accidentally Spider-Girl, when she dives in to save her father. After Osborn makes Spider-Man view his worst moments, Spider-Girl's memory overrides Osborn's power, and she's able to convince the Hybrid to fight Osborn together, and so force everyone out of Peter's body; destroying Osborn in the process.
After that, May proposed to the hybrid to join the Parker Family as May always wanted to have a sister, despite Peter being against the idea. The hybrid named herself "April Parker" and went on to live with the real Spider-Girl's family (her baby brother, Mary Jane, and Peter) and starts to go school where she befriends May's friends especially Gene Thompson, Flash Thompson's son. She becomes a partner to Spider-Girl and helps her fight crime and even saves Peter from the Goblin Queen with the help of Phil Urich.
In a later timeline, Mayhem feeling jealousy towards May, she tries to make her accept that she was the clone and start fighting, however she accidentally kills the real Spider-Girl. Feeling guilty for what she has done she impersonates May and became a murderous vigilante, eventually killing the hero American Dream. In an attempt to stop her, the military used pieces of the dead Carnage symbiote to create the Bio-Predators. However the Biopreds take over their hosts and start killing and bonding to thousands of humans around the world, decimating the world and its defenders. Mayhem, seeing the error of her ways, with the help of Cassie Lang goes back in time using Doctor Doom's time machine. However, she materialized inside a wall. She implanted her memories into her younger self, before dying and the present April sacrifices herself to save Spider-Girl, ensuring the events that led to the Biopreds' creation never occurred. She's presumed dead, but Peter assures May that clones always come back.
Powers and abilities
Due to being a Symbiote/Human hybrid and clone of Mayday Parker, she has all the powers of her predecesors, Venom and Spider-Girl, however due to half symbiote, she is immune to the symbiotes' classic weaknessess.
The reality where the Biopreds destroyed the entire humanity is designated as Earth-19725.
In other media
Both versions of April as Mayhem and as Spider-Girl are playable characters in Spider-Man Unlimited.
Mayhem was ranked at #6 in WatchMojo's list of Top 10 Strongest Symbiotes.
- Amazing Spider-Girl #20
- The Amazing Spider-Girl #25. Marvel Comics.
- The Amazing Spider-Girl #27. Marvel Comics.
- Amazing Spider-Girl #29. Marvel Comics.
- Spectacular Spider-Girl #10-11. Marvel Comics.
- Spectacular Spider-Girl Vol. 2 #4. Marvel Comics.
- The Spectacular Spider-Girl #4
- Spectacular Spider-Girl #10. Marvel Comics.
- Amazing Spider-Girl: The End
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #5. Marvel Comics.
- "Top 10 Strongest Symbiotes". WatchMojo. 27 October 2018. Archived from the original on 8 May 2019. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
- April Parker on Marvel Database, a Marvel Comics wiki
- Mayhem at Comicbookdb
- Mayhem at Spider-Man Wiki
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