Even though Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn't quite out yet at the time of writing this, the dimension-hopping animated film is already poised to get a pair of sequels. In addition to a full sequel, one of the movie's follow-ups will reportedly focus on the women of the Spider-Verse. Even though Spider-Man's world has usually revolved around Peter Parker, the Marvel Universe is filled with female heroes and villains who are just as powerful as Parker. As Spidey's web has grown to include a larger swath of Marvel's multiverse, many of these characters have flourished in comic book storylines like 2015's Spider-Verse and 2018's Spider-Geddon crossover. Where Peter Parker famously operated as a solo hero for the majority of his existence, many of these characters proved that Spider-Man really does have some amazing friends out there.
Now, CBR is taking a look at some of the Spider-Women we'd like to see in the Spider-Verse sequel, along with some of the ones who should stick to comics. In this list, we'll be including villains and heroes from around the Marvel Universe as well as various alternate universes. We'll also be looking at why think these heroes and villains might work well on the big screen. It's worth noting that we're not saying that any of these characters are inherently bad; they just might not be terribly well-suited to cinematic adventures without dramatic changes. While Peter will always be the beating heart of the Spider-Man franchise, these characters prove that Spidey's web is a lot larger than any one person.
20 WANT TO SEE: SPIDER-GWEN
For decades, Gwen Stacy was reduced to being Spider-Man's late girlfriend. However, Gwen got a second life when Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez reenvisioned her as another reality's Spider-Woman in 2014's Edge of Spider-Verse #2. Since then, she's swung into several solo series, various comic book team-ups and a few Spider-Man cartoons.
Now, Spider-Gwen is poised to be one of Into the Spider-Verse's breakout characters. Voiced by Hailee Steinfeld, this arachnid hero will almost certainly be at the center of any Spider-Women film. With a new nickname, Ghost Spider, and another starring role in the animated Marvel Rising, it won't be long before this hero is one of Marvel's most prominent heroes.
19 DON'T WANT TO SEE: SHE-VENOM
Before Venom hit theaters earlier this year, Anne Weying was essentially a footnote in Spider-Man's history. After being created by David Michelinie and Mark Bagley in 1993's Amazing Spider-Man #375, she played a few roles in her capacity as Eddie Brock's ex-wife before her untimely demise. But in one of Venom's more surprising moments, Michelle Williams' Weying bonded with the Venom symbiote to briefly become She-Venom.
While Venom was a blockbuster success, it was targeted at a distinctly more mature audience than the kid-friendly Into the Spider-Verse. Since her most noteworthy feat on-screen involved eating someone, She-Venom's next appearance is probably best saved for the inevitable Venom sequel.
18 WANT TO SEE: SPIDER-WOMAN (JESSICA DREW)
While the original Spider-Woman was created by Archie Goodwin, Sal Buscema, Jim Mooney and Marie Severin in 1977's Marvel Spotlight #22, she was allegedly created to protect a trademark. Despite that inauspicious beginning, Jessica Drew evolved into a meaningful part of the Marvel Universe. Even though she hasn't always had the most constant presence this super-spy has been a core member of the Avengers for most of the past decade.
Since she was the first Marvel character to be called Spider-Woman, it would feel like an omission if she didn't make some kind of an appearance in a Spider-Women film. With her espionage experience, Jessica has a unique, useful background that would make her a solid addition to any team.
17 DON'T WANT TO SEE: SILVER SABLE
Silver Sable doesn't have to be a Spider-Man character. While the Symkarian mercenary was created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz in 1985's Amazing Spider-Man #265, there's nothing about Silver Sable that ties her intrinsically to Spider-Man's world. While a few peripheral Spider-Man characters joined her team in the 1990s series Silver Sable and the Wild Pack, Sable has globe-trotting adventures that go far beyond the confines of Spider-Man's New York.
Outside of comics, most of Sable's appearances have been in Spider-Man stories. Although the proposed Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up film fizzled out, Silver Sable is still one of the only Spidey-adjacent characters who can unquestionably carry a story. Silver Sable doesn't belong in a Spider-Woman film; she belongs in her own movie.
16 WANT TO SEE: SPIDER-WOMAN (JULIA CARPENTER)
The second Spider-Woman, Julia Carpenter, has had two major phases in her superhero career. After being created by Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck in 1984's Secret Wars #6, she used her psionic Spider-powers on Spider-Woman on a few superhero teams. This version of the character was even featured in the Iron Man: The Animated Series.
After fading into the background of the Marvel Universe, Julia reemerged as the second Madame Web in 2010. With enhanced psionic powers that gave her precognitive abilities, she helped guide Peter Parker through various crises. In any Spider-Women film, she could very easily slip into an advisory or more action-oriented role based on either part of her life.
15 DON'T WANT TO SEE: SPIDER-WOMAN (MATTIE FRANKLIN)
Mattie Franklin, the third Spider-Woman, had a short life with a tragic end. After making her full debut in 1998's Amazing Spider-Man #441, by John Byrne and Rafael Kayanan, the teenager got spider powers as part of a mystical ceremony conducted by Norman Osborn. For a year and a half, Mattie starred in her own solo series, where she was essentially adopted by J. Jonah Jameson.
After that series ended, Mattie had a rough life and made infrequent appearances that ended in a battle with Kraven the Hunter's family. Since her debut, Mattie Franklin has been greatly overshadowed by newer characters and Jessica Drew's return to prominence. With so many other fan-favorite characters waiting in the wings, Mattie's just not ready for the big screen.
14 WANT TO SEE: MARY JANE
Next to Superman and Lois Lane, Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson might be the most famous couple in superhero comics. While their history has been twisted and rewritten, Mary Jane has been a part of Peter's life since she infamously debuted in Stan Lee and John Romita's Amazing Spider-Man #42. While she usually stays on the sidelines in battle, she's donned the Iron Spider armor on occasion. In other realities, Mary Jane has operated as the spider-powered Spinneret and helped Spidey out as a journalist for The Daily Bugle.
With the possible exception of Aunt May, Mary Jane is the most famous woman in Spider-Man's world. A Spider-Women movie could finally give Mary Jane the opportunity to swing out from Spider-Man's shadow.
13 DON'T WANT TO SEE: JACKPOT
When Jackpot debuted in 2007's Spider-Man: Swing Shift, by Dan Slott and Phil Jiminez, it really seemed like she was secretly Mary Jane in disguise. In reality, Jackpot was two different people who ended up sharing the same name. After scientist Sara Ehert sot super-strength powers, she briefly became the officially registered hero Jackpot.
After she retired, Alana Jobson licensed her identity to become the new Jackpot and took Mutant Growth Hormone to duplicate Sara's super-strength. After she perished, Sara resumed operating as Jackpot and legally changed her name to Alana Jobson. None of those two Jackpots really cast a lasting impression, and neither has appeared in the better part of a decade.
12 WANT TO SEE: SILK
When Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos created Cindy Moon in 2014's Amazing Spider-Man #1, they gave her one of the most ingenious origins in the Marvel Universe. She was bitten by the same spider that gave Peter Parker his Spider-Man powers. As the web-swinging Silk, she's teamed up with Spider-Man on several occasions and had plenty of her own adventures in her solo title.
Given her prominence in recent Spider-Man history, it's only a matter of time before Silk hits the big screen in a major way. Silk has already proven herself to be a valuable team player and a viable solo hero. Especially since Cindy has already appeared in the background of the MCU, Silk seems like a lock for a Spider-Women movie.
11 DON'T WANT TO SEE: MENACE
From the numerous Green Goblins to the equally numerous Hobgoblins, most of the Goblins in Spider-Man's world are men. However, Lilly Hollister broke that trend as Menace and as one of two Grey Goblins. Hollister was introduced as Harry Osborn's girlfriend at the end of the infamous "One More Day" storyline in Amazing Spider-Man #545. After absorbing some Goblin Formula chemicals, she transformed into Menace, fought Spider-Man and had a child with Harry.
Although she was a major figure in Spidey's world for a while, Menace hasn’t appeared in several years. While a female Goblin could work on-screen, Menace has largely been defined by her complicated relationship to Harry and his dad, Norman Osborn, in stories that wouldn't really work in a kids movie.
10 WANT TO SEE: SPIDER-GIRL (MAYDAY PARKER)
Peter Parker has had a few children around the multiverse, but his most famous child is probably May "Mayday" Parker, the Spider-Girl of Marvel's MC2 universe. After debuting in Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz's What If? #108, Mayday swung into her own solo series, which continued on in some form for over a decade.
By the time her regular adventures concluded in 2010, Spider-Girl had amassed a large cast of villains and supporting characters and firmly established herself as one of Marvel's most successful female characters. With so much source material to draw from, Mayday would be an easy fit into any Spider-Women film and could probably star in a few movies of her own.
9 DON'T WANT TO SEE: WHITE RABBIT
With villains like Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man has one of the best rogues galleries in comics. He also has villains like White Rabbit. Since she was created by J. M. DeMatteis and Kerry Gammill in 1983's Marvel Team-Up #131, this endearingly silly villain had a fairly unremarkable career that usually includes team-ups with other unremarkable villains like Frog-Man and the Walrus.
While her obsession with Alice in Wonderland, White Rabbit invites an unfavorable comparison to the Mad Hatter, Batman's Alice-inspired foe. Even though she could work in a quick incidental cameo, White Rabbit is just too silly to be taken seriously in a more substantial context on the big screen.
8 WANT TO SEE: DOCTOR OCTOPUS (CAROLYN TRAINER)
While Otto Octavius is the most famous Doctor Octopus, he's not the only Doc Ock who's tangled with Spider-Man. After Otto seemingly perished, his former student, Carolyn Trainer, took his mantle on during "The Clone Saga." After debuting in 1995's Amazing Spider-Man #405, by J.M DeMatteis and Angel Medina, Carolyn fought the Scarlet Spider, Spider-Man's clone, a few times before fading into the background.
While she's never been the most popular character, versions of this Doctor Octopus, who also goes by Lady Octopus, have already appeared in Spider-Man cartoons and video games. Since she offers a novel spin on one of Spidey's most famous foes, it's easy to understand why she's already appeared in some adaptations and what she could add to a Spider-Women film.
7 DON’T WANT TO SEE: SHRIEK
Even though Shriek had a prominent role in one of Spider-Man's most famous 1990s stories, "Maximum Carnage," she never quite turned in to one of Spider-Man's A-list villains. After debuting in Tom DeFalco and Ron Lim's Spider-Man Unlimited #1, Shriek got sound-manipulating powers and limited psychic abilities after an encounter with Cloak and sustaining a head injury.
Obsessed with heavy metal music and the idea of family, Shriek has usually been a love interest for the symbiote Spider-villain Carnage in her infrequent appearances. Between her criminal insanity and relationship with one of Spider-Man's most vicious foes, Shriek would almost certainly draw unfavorable comparisons to DC's Harley Quinn if she made it onto the big screen.
6 WANT TO SEE: YURI WATANABE
Over the years, Spider-Man has worked with police liaisons like Jean DeWolff and Carlie Cooper. While none of them have ever been as iconic as Batman's Commissioner Gordon, Yuri Wantanabe seems like she's set to start playing a similar role. After she was created by Dan Slott and John Romita Jr. in 2006's Amazing Spider-Man #600, she worked with Spidey for a few years before become the Wraith, a masked vigilante, and fading from view.
While she hasn't been around the Marvel Universe much lately, Yuri had a major role in the blockbuster Spider-Man game for the PlayStation 4. That game introduced her to an incredibly large audience, and a role in a Spider-Women film would only cement her place in Spidey lore.
5 DON'T WANT TO SEE: SPIDER-WOMAN (ASHLEY BARTON)
While Ashley Barton might be Peter Parker's granddaughter, her history is intricately tied into several other Marvel characters. She debuted in Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Wolverine #67 in the dystopian world of "Old Man Logan." After her father, Hawkeye, and Logan rescued her, she finished off the Kingpin and took the large swath of territory he controlled for herself.
While Ashley has been more of an antihero in the Spider-Verse storyline, she's still one of the most villainous Spider-people around. Even though her vicious side is somewhat noteworthy, it also makes this Spider-Woman a little too harsh for a family-friendly Spider-Woman movie.
4 WANT TO SEE: ARAÑA
In 2004, Anya Corazon debuted as the arachnid hero Araña in Fiona Avery and Mark Brooks' Amazing Fantasy #1. While she originally had mystical Spider-powers during her adventures alone and with teams like the Young Allies, Anya eventually got more traditional Spider-powers as part of 2011's Spider-Island crossover. After growing closer to Spider-Man and his allies, she took the name Spider-Girl and joined the Web Warriors, a group of Spider-people who protected Marvel's multiverse.
While she isn't as prominent as she was a few years ago, Anya has already appeared in a few cartoons and video games. With an affable attitude, this likable young hero is a proven team player who would be right at home in a Spider-Women movie.
3 DON'T WANT TO SEE: MADAME WEB
While most of Marvel's mutants are members or enemies of the X-Men, Madame Web is a future-telling psychic who befriended Spider-Man. After she was created by Dennis O'Neil and John Romita Jr. in Amazing Spider-Man #210, she helped Spider-Man out on an irregular basis. Although she perished in 2010, she passed her precognitive powers on to Julia Carpenter.
While Spider-Man is ultimately a science-based hero, Madame Web is almost a quasi-mystical figure who doesn't always sit well in Spidey's world. While she still has a striking visual design, Julia has found success by offering a slightly more grounded take on Madame Web's role in more recent Spider-Man cartoons and comics.
2 WANT TO SEE: BLACK CAT
Felicia Hardy, Black Cat, is one of Spider-Man's most famous allies. While this semi-reformed thief has occasionally been a criminal kingpin, she's been a meaningful part of Spider-Man's world since she debuted in Marv Wolfman and Keith Pollard's Amazing Spider-Man #194. Outside of her intermittently romantic team-ups with Spider-Man, Black Cat has starred in a handful of solo adventures as well.
Given her prominent role in Spider-Man's world, it's easy to see why Sony Pictures has been so eager to get Black Cat on-screen. While her own solo movie is still reportedly in development, a Spider-Women film could be the perfect place for this feline femme fatale to debut in costume on the big screen.
1 DON'T WANT TO SEE: SCREAM
In the wake of Venom's initial popularity, several new symbiotes invaded Spider-Man's world in the mid-1990s. After Carnage, Scream was the most relatively noteworthy of these new alien villains. Created by David Michelinie and Ron Lim in 1993's Venom: Lethal Protector #4, Donna Diego was a mildly-psychotic Life Foundation security guard who bonded with the red-and-yellow Scream symbiote.
Even though she's only made about two dozen appearances, Scream was popular enough to warrant a few toys over the years. The Scream symbiote made a quick cameo in Venom, and this dark character would probably be a better fit in a Venom sequel than in a kid-friendly Spider-Women movie.