The 2014 storyline “Into the Spider-Verse” was a major modern event within the Marvel Universe. This crossover event brought together multiple alternative versions of Spider-Man, all under attack by Morlun and the Inheritors. One of the alternate Spidey characters introduced during this event proved to be so popular she earned her own ongoing title series. Do you know who this is?
Spider-Gwen, the Gwen Stacy of Earth-65, was conceptualized by long-time Spider-Man writer Dan Slott before being officially created by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez. She debuted in Edge of Spider-Verse #2 in 2014, and quickly earned a major following. Much like the original Spider-Man origin, Stacy was bitten by a radioactive spider that granted her all the quintessential Spider-Man powers. Adopting the moniker of Spider-Woman, Stacy balanced her time between high school and protecting the city. She was close friends with Peter Parker and Harry Osborn, both of which were crushing on her various alias. Infatuated with Spider-Woman, Parker creates a formula that turns him into a lizard mutant.
The formula backfires and causes Parker to go crazy, leaving Spider-Woman to defend everyone from the mutated lizard. Unaware that the lizard was actually Parker, Stacy pushes him too hard and accidentally kills him. As he regresses to his human form, Stacy realizes the horrible mistake she has made. To make matters worse, she is seen fleeing the scene, leaving the public to conclude that Spider-Woman has murdered Parker and is thus a menace to society.
Picking up where this series left off, the ongoing Spider-Gwen title explores Stacy’s struggle to correct the public’s misconception. While this series has earned Spider-Gwen major popularity, it is not the only place to see the web-slinger in action. Spider-Gwen, voiced by Dove Cameron, also appears in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. She also appears in Spider-Man, voiced by Laura Bailey, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, voiced by Hailee Steinfeld.
As this wall-crawler continues to take the comic and animated world by storm, who knows where Spider-Gwen will appear next.