Earlier today, Marvel announced a new animated franchise called Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. The cast of heroes includes well known figures such as both Ms. and Captain Marvel, Squirrel Girl and Spider-Gwen (though she’ll be going by the name Ghost Spider here, for some reason). The latter hero, created by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez, is an alternate reality version of Spider-Man where the spider bit Gwen Stacy rather than Peter Parker. Something about the announcement, even though it’s for an animated project, has us wondering if Men may find herself swinging over to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Of the many new characters that Marvel has introduced in their comics as of late, Spider-Gwen is arguably one of the fastest to take off. The moment she was first revealed, fans fell in love with the idea of reversing one of the most notorious and iconic deaths in superhero comics. Her costume alone has garnered tons of cosplay and fanart, and many readers and critics agree she’s been a welcome addition to the ever growing Spider-cast. Any idea that she was just be a gender-swapped Peter were quickly been nipped in the bud. Fans even made a fake Spider-Gwen film using Emma Stone’s portrayal from the failed Amazing Spider-Man films, and prior to the reveal of Spider-Man: Homecoming, fans were very vocal about her or Miles Morales being the Spider hero to make their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Eventually, Gwen’s adventures took her outside the realm of comics; video games such as Marvel: Contest of Champions and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 have her as a featured character, and she’s shown in both the Ultimate Spider-Man and current Spider-Man animated series. (She has yet to receive her powers in the latter series.) She was also planned as a figurine for Disney Infinity, but sadly, that never came to fruition. With her being in Secret Warriors, anyone who managed to miss out on her brief stint in Ultimate Spider-Man will get the chance to see her without the baggage of being tied to other Spider-heroes such as Miles or Peter.
How would Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. factor into Gwen’s rise to fame? Well, Dove Cameron, who’ll be voicing Gwen in Secret Warriors, will also be playing a new character in the ABC series’ fifth season, though no other details have been given as to who she’ll be. (Cameron also, funnily enough, voiced Gwen in her episodes of Ultimate Spider-Man.) Further, Cameron will be yet another S.H.I.E.L.D. cast member to play someone in both live action and animation — Chloe Bennet, who plays Quake, will be voicing her AoS character for Marvel Rising, while Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Iain De Caestecker have voiced their respective characters in previous animated series. Not to mention that Squirrel Girl in Secret Warriors will be voiced by Milana Vayntrub, who is playing her in the live-action New Warriors series. It wouldn’t be out of the norm, then, for Cameron to be voicing Gwen in one series and playing her in live action.
“But wait,” you may ask, “How can they do Spider-Gwen when Sony owns the Spider-Man rights?” Well, Sony and Marvel are on really good terms these days, so a situation where a not-quite-main Spider-Man character appears in the MCU isn’t that much of a stretch. That, along with the fact that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just revealed that the Agents — most of them, at least, since Fitz wasn’t taken — have been sent to a possible future where the Earth was destroyed and humanity has spent several decades living in space. This provides a clever workaround to the inter-dimensional aspect of the character’s comics incarnation: Just set Gwen in a timeline based in the future. It would also, perhaps, explain why the character is adopting a new “Ghost Spider” identity the Secret Warriors franchise rather than the name most of us know her as. Synergy is a powerful thing, after all.
The stars are too perfectly aligned for this to not at least be a possibility. Gwen’s too popular to be stuck in animation and video games, and the MCU’s TV universe has a short but successful history of introducing legacy characters (See: Ghost Rider). After spending decades as a damsel in distress with the worst outcome, introducing Gwen Stacy to the live-action Marvel Universe seems only right.
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