The Black Widow was a type of Umbrella B.O.W. (Bio-Organic Weapon) created as an experiment into using Spider
DNA and the t-Virus
. Before these experiments there have been past Spider
hybrids created such as the Web Spinner
which was one of the very first B.O.W.s produced with a very early strain of the t-Virus
. There were also other instances where normal spiders became infected with the t-Virus
where there has been an outbreak such as the one in Raccoon City.
All of the earlier incarnations of an arachnid B.O.W. had been quite promising so it was time that Umbrella had a team working on a new version - and the result was the Black Widow. A large amount of samples were created and stored in an Umbrella base in Antarctica - but they were inadvertently released when a t-Virus
outbreak occurred there leading them to scatter and breed on their own.
The spiders themselves were very large in particularly the abdomen - and their entire bodies were completely hairless, unlike almost every other infected Spider
. They also had a devastating bite and if their abdomen is destroyed, hundreds of tiny immature spiders are released.
Interestingly the B.O.W. Black Widow does not resemble the typical black widow Spider
which is completely black with a red hourglass-shaped marking on its abdomen. The B.O.W. is sand coloured and has no particularly interesting markings on its body. Plus it is far less slender looking than a normal black widow so it’s naming is quite odd as it is clearly not a true widow Spider
One such Spider
was much larger and more powerful than the others due to the way it’s body reacted to the t-Virus
. It is unknown if Umbrella were aware of this unique creature or it grew during the outbreak.
After the outbreak, all examples of the Black Widow were destroyed in the facility which caused Umbrella to ultimately cancel any future projects and so no more were ever developed.