Mother Longlegs バンブー・スパイダー

Mother Longlegs
Mother Longlegs

Length : 5-7 meters
Mass :

Powers / Weapons

Poisoned spurs; tendrils; reproduces asexually

Appearances

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Series // MonsterVerse


Description

On the north side of Skull Island, a towering class of arachnid lived. Called Mother Longlegs, due to being all-female, the creatures dwelled in the forests. The island's dense bamboo acted as a natural camouflage due to the spider's long, slender limbs. In fact, the species would often sit and wait for their target to unwittingly move below them. When this occurred, the creatures would then go on the attack to devour their prey.

In 1973, Skull Island found itself under siege. The Sky Devils military unit had started a campaign to shell the island with explosives. This was under the direction of Monarch, who were joined by Landsat employees. The goal was to get a seismic reading of the island... and also to flush out its larger inhabitants. The latter was successful, as the explosives summoned King Kong to the vicinity. Acting as the island's protector, the giant ape destroyed the helicopters. This resulted in many causalities, and also separated the parties.

Mother LonglegsOne group, on foot, found themselves in the island's bamboo jungle. Although moving cautiously, the group unknowingly walked under a Mother Longlegs. The spider wasted no time, springing its deathtrap. Quickly raising a leg, the arachnid stabbed a soldier through the mouth with it, skewering them. Rather than feast, though, the giant creature focused on eliminating the other humans. As they opened fire, the bamboo-like spider released its muscular tendrils. This grabbed one of the soldiers, dragging him up to the Mother Longlegs. Snapping its pincers menacingly, the arachnid prepared to feast.

Not wanting to hit the man being attacked, his companions focused on the beast's legs instead. Using their machetes, the group hacked at the appendages. The Mother Longlegs started to lose its footing, although kept up the assault. This included unsuccessfully trying to stab the soldiers with its legs. Eventually, the tendril ensnared soldier freed himself by cutting them. Out of the line of fire, the other troops laced the spider with gun shots. The bullets ripped through the main body of the Mother Longlegs, causing it to plummet to the ground. Badly injured but still alive, the coronal of the group approached the spider. Without hesitation, the man shot the arachnid multiple times in the head, killing it.

After the incidents of Skull Island, Monarch later filed a report on the creatures. During this study, they found vascular bundles of woody xylem within the spider's legs. This discovery revealed that the Mother Longlegs are a hybrid. While predominately arachnid, they also featured flora characteristics. This is due to an abnormal infusion of its DNA with that of actual bamboo. Naturally, this had the beneficial side effect of helping with camouflage.


Powers / Weapons
Poisoned Spurs

Poisoned Spurs

The giant bamboo spider is equipped with eight spiked legs. These appendages were used to try and stab unsuspecting victims below.

Once struck, a poisoned spur would inject venom, immobilizing the target. The legs could also be used to suck on stabbed prey, absorbing nutrients from its pinned victims.

   
Tendrils

Tendrils

Although the creature's legs could suck on prey, it would also elect to consume others more directly. This was done by releasing muscular tendrils that would attach themselves to their target.

Once ensnared, the victim would be yanked off the ground and drawn toward the Mother Longlegs' open stomach to be consumed. Prey that were not incapacitated would suffer being attacked by the monster's pincers before being eaten.

   
Tendrils

Reproduces Asexually

Mother Longlegs was an all-female species of giant spider. To survive, the huge arachnids had developed the ability to self reproduce.

This power was not seen during the creature's attack on the Sky Devils squad. It is unknown the exact process required for it to give birth. Considering its lack of ability to create webbing, though, it's possibly closer to how scorpions and other arachnids give birth rather than spiders.


Background and Trivia
  • The official Japanese site for Kong: Skull Island, run by Warner Bros, lists a different name of "Bamboo Spider" in English and Japanese (バンブー・スパイダー - Banbu Supaida) for the arachnid.
  • Legendary's "viral" site, Discover Skull Island, has a cryptozoology entry for the Mother Longlegs. The cryptozoological classification of the creature there is, oddly, both "Arachnida Acidosasa" and "Mater Crura". The overall classification is florofauna, sub-division arachnid. The site also mentions the creatures as being carnivorous. Interestingly, from the main menu, the creature is given a totally different name as well of "Blade Spider". This name is not referenced of mentioned at all in the actual cryptozoology entry, though.
  • To promote Kong: Skull Island, Warner Bros. Japan released monster stats to Twitter. Mother Longlegs was among them, stated as being 5-7 meters long. This is comparable to the stats listed on its cryptozoology entry, which were 18-23 feet or roughly 5.5-7 meters.
  • Early concept art depicts multiple Mother Longlegs during the forest sequence, although the final film only features one.
  • On March 7th, 2017, Madame Tussauds in New York opened an exhibit called Face the King: Kong Skull Island Experience. This attraction featured a Mother Longlegs as part of it.