The Black Cat, or Felicia Hardy, is a fictional character that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She has been an enemy, love interesting, and ally of Spider-Man. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Black Cat.
1. Black Cat was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Dave Cockrum. She first appeared in The Amazing Spider Man #194.
2. She’s the daughter of Walter Hardy, a world renowned cat burglar.
3. After suffering a traumatic experience as a college freshman, Black Cat trained herself in various fighting styles and acrobatics.
4. Black Cat eventually decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and adopted the costume identity of the Black Cat.
5. As Black Cat, Felicia has the subconscious ability to affect probability fields, producing “bad luck” for her enemies.
6. The character was originally a supervillain and adversary of Spider-Man, but over time the two fell in love, which motivated her into becoming an antiheroine and his partner.
7. Her relationship with Spider-Man grew complicated after it became apparent that she was only attracted to the alter ego of Spider-Man and had little interest in the hero’s civilian life as Peter Parker.
8. Marv Wolfman decided to base Black Cat on a Tex Avery cartoon called “Bad Luck Blackie,” in which a black cat brought misfortune to anyone in close proximity.
9. The Black Cat is imbued with a genuine ability to cause bad luck by scientists working for the Kingpin through a bargain made with him.
10. Her tychokinesis power allowed her to subliminally affect probability fields, which would cause improbably, though not impossible, events of bad luck to occur to enemies within her line of sight.
11. These powers were removed from Black Cat by Doctor Strange so that they won’t hurt those she loves, but they were restored by Mister Negative’s scientist, Doc Tramma, which gave her more control over them than ever.
12. As the Black Cat grew more ruthless, her bad luck powers became more effective.
13. She’s a skilled and somewhat reformed thief skilled in stealth, picking locks, escapology, evading alarms and cracking safes.
14. She has reflexes, agility and stamina of an Olympic level acrobat. Black Cat is physically strong and athletic and has great physical endurance.
15. Black Cat has been trained in several martial arts, most notably Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate and Judo, which she specializes in.
16. Black Cat is able to take on several armed assailants and incapacitate them without injuring herself. Her strength and, when pushed too far, ferocity in battle has proven to be overwhelming enough to defeat the mutant assassin Sabertooth.
17. Her current costume was designed by the Tinkerer, and it was created using leather material. The costume was designed to increase many of her natural physical attributes far beyond normal humans levels by means of micro servos embedded into it.
18. Her costume increases her physical strength to levels beyond the natural limits of a woman of her weight and physical build. Her strength increased to the maximum of human potential, enabling her to lift about 800 pounds.
19. The Black Cat’s speed is enhanced, though to levels that are slightly beyond the capabilities of the best human athlete. Over short distances, she can sprint at the top speed of 40 miles per hour.
20. The costume Black Cat wears possesses various implants. The implants augment her natural agility to levels that are beyond the capability and physical limits of the best human athlete.
21. Black Cat’s costume contains steel micro-filaments that form retractable claws at the tip of each finger when she flexes her fingers by triggering a magnetic surge which condenses the filaments into polarized talons.
22. Black Cat wears earrings obtained by the Tinkerer that interact with the balance centers of her brain to grant her enhanced agility and balance.
23. She wears contact lenses obtained by the Tinkerer that allow her to see in various ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum, such as infrared and ultraviolet light.
24. She has a miniature grappling hook hidden in the fur of each glove that was designed by her father Walter Hardy. The hook enables her to swing from buildings in a manner similar to Spider-Man and Daredevil.
25. Black Cat appeared in a limited series called Marvel Divas, which was a parody of Sex and the City. It consisted of Black Cat, Firestar, Hellcat and Photon.