Top 10 Spider-Gwen Surprising Facts
Hey guys! Welcome back to top 10 nerd. I’ll Kelly Paoli, and today, we’re taking a look
at one of the newer superheroes on the block. Spider Gwen, or rather Spider Woman, has really
picked up steam over the past few years, quickly becoming a fan favourite, and almost immediately
getting her own reoccurring title. So, in case you’re wondering what all the hype
is about, we’ve put together a few spidey tidbits for you all with our top 20 spider-glen
surprising facts list. Also, heads up, there’s a few spoilers if you haven’t read the series.
You’ve been warned.
10 Alternate Earth Most fans of Spider-Gwen should know this
one - Spider-Gwen’s series takes place on one of Marvel’s alternate Earth’s, Earth-65,
that made it’s debut during the Spider-Verse storyline that took place between 2014-2015.
On this Earth, Gwen Stacy is bitten by a radioactive spider rather than Peter Parker, which ends
up resulting in her becoming Spider-Woman. Writer Dan Slott didn’t have any additional
plans for the character beyond showing Peter Parker a world in which Gwen Stacey was still
alive, but the fans had different feelings about that.
9 Alternate Reality, Alternate Characters Earth 65 contains many familiar faces, all
of which have taken on slightly different roles though now that Gwen is their friendly
neighbourhood spider woman. This includes Frank Castle, the Punisher, who is now the
Captain of the NYPD’s Special Crimes Task Force, but is a bit of a crazy maniac. There’s
Matt Murdoch, who is still a lawyer but has now taken up the mantle of Kingpin. And Harry
Osborn, whose still the Green Goblin, is motivated by Peter Parker’s death to take down Spider
8 Jessica Drew Speaking of alternates, Jessica Drew, who
its the Earth 616 Spider woman, isn’t completely shafted on 65. She’s part of an organization
called SILK that splinters from SHIELD, owned by Cindy Moon, who on 616 is super heroine
Silk. Jessica Drew is a former SHIELD agent, who had radiation poisoning that Cindy cured.
Oh, and she is now a he - Jesse Drew.
7 Cosplayers Spider Gwen’s popularity has made her a
bit of a pop culture icon, especially resonating quite strongly with female comic book fans.
She was even one of the biggest cosplay choices for women, and continues to be so, especially
now that fans can purchase her signature hoodie online. But a lot of fans attribute her popularity
to how stylish her outfit is, rather than an actual adoration for Earth-65. What do
you guys think? Did Spider Gwen’s costume attract you to read her series?
6 Popularity It isn’t just her costume that was a hit.
Her comic was critically acclaimed, with IGN saying it “its off to a solid start thanks
to a hip tone, strong characterization and vibrant artwork.” Comic Book Resources called
the first issue “fun, familiar, energetic and invigorating, that art is engaging and
the character has nothing but potential to offer. Spider Gwen #1 is more than just a
comic with something for everyone it’s a comic with everything for everyone.” The
first issue was the third best selling comic of February 2015, and sold 250 000 copies
in the process.
5 Gwenom Back in July 2017, Jason Latour revealed a
teaser for something many Spider-Gwen fans were awaiting; Gwenom. Aka, the venom of Earth
65. The predator storyline, which saw Earth 65’s Wolverine and Kitty Pryde teaming up
with Gwen to hunt down the Lizard infected Harry Osborne had been dropping several hints
to a potential venom symbiote storyline, so naturally people were excited. Spider Gwen
issue 25 even has a variant cover that matches that of a famous The Amazing Spiderman cover.
4 Miles Morales Miles, the spider man of Earth 1610, makes
an appearance on earth 65, too. His father disappears from Earth 616 and is found on
65, Miles and Gwen team up. This leads to the two having some pretty significant romantic
sparks, especially upon discovering Earth 8, a reality in which the two, in the future,
were married and had children. Unfortunately, the duo parted ways in Spider Gwen #18.
3 She’s a Drummer In what might be the coolest thing ever, Earth
65’s Gwen was in a band with Mary Jane Watson. And she’s the drummer. And the band is called
the Mary Janes. So on Earth 65, MJ goes by Em Jay Watson - spelt E M JAY. The band got
a bit of a popularity boost when Spider-Woman took on Aleksei Sytsevich during one of their
concerts. Eventually, Gwen quit the band due to Em Jay’s attitude. But fear not! The
band’s song Face It Tiger has actually been recorded by a real life all girl group called
Married with Sea Monsters. And it’s pretty rad.
2 Peter Parker’s Death As we’ve mentioned, on this Earth, it was
Gwen who was bitten by the radioactive spider, not Peter. And that means Peter also has an
alternate life. Instead of being a hero, Peter’s journey takes him down a darker course, in
which he becomes a villain after an experiment turned him into the Lizard. The two fight
after he crashes the Midtown Senior Prom - as the lizard - Gwen defeats him, and Peter dies
in her arms, saying “I just wanted to be special, like you.” On Earth 65, Peter is
bullied pretty badly, and Spider woman was his idol. She was blamed for Parker’s death
when he transformed back and died of his injuries, and Spider Gwen has been branded as a criminal.
1 Her Costume Debuting in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, the concept
of having Gwen switch spots with Peter came from Dan Slott, but this initial concept was
quite different from what Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez put together when creating
the character. Slott had imagined Spider Gwen to wear the costume from the Superior Spider-Man
plot, but with modifications, matching the colours of her outfit from The Night Gwen
Stacy Died story. But since the Spider Gwen team didn’t get the memo - literally - they
did their own thing. Robbi Rodriguez’s design for her Spider Woman uniform has been stated
to be the main reasons for the characters popularity before her debut issue even hit
the stands. And this led to the announcement of her own spinoff at the New York Comic Con
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