Being a Spider-hero in the Marvel Multiverse means using your power responsibly — but what happens to a hero with a profound sense of obligation? Especially when that hero hails from a world where there aren’t as many superheroes to help, out and the villains are looking to exploit her noble nature? Plus, what sort of responsibility does this Spider hero have to themselves and the people in her life? Those were the central questions that fueled writer Jason Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez’s Spider-Gwen, a series set on alternate Earth where a radioactive spider bite transformed Gwen Stacy into Spider-Woman.
When Latour and Rodriguez’s run on the series came to a close, they left their protagonist in very a interesting place. This October, novelist Seanan McGuire and artist Rosi Kampe kick off a new era for Gwen Stacy with the launch of Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, which finds their title character dealing with her identity being public knowledge, her universe’s version of the Venom symbiote, a brand new codename, and the cross-dimensional Spider event, Spider-Geddon. CBR spoke with McGuire about her plans for the series.
CBR: You’re coming into comics a successful prose novelist, and from some of your comments on Twitter, it’s pretty clear you have an emotional connection to Gwen Stacy. How much of a dream job is it for you to write this new era of Gwen’s life? What did the original Spider-Gwen run mean to you?
Seanan McGuire: It’s absolutely a dream job to get to write for Gwen Stacy. Just setting aside for a moment who Spider-Gwen has become, the 616 version of Gwen was super important to me as a kid. When she died I stopped reading Spider-Man comics. Because, how dare you? She’s that classic female character who died not because of any choices she made, but to push forward the story of the male character she interacts with. And when I first saw Gwen die I had never encountered that before. I thought comic book characters always got to die because of what they did, not because of what other people did. That was not a great revelation for me.
If you go back and look at think pieces from [when Spider-Gwen was introduced], many of them ask is Spider-Gwen the breakout star?” I was like, “Because every woman who’s ever been reading Marvel for any length of time is standing on their chair and screaming at the top of their lungs right now.” She’s giving us back something that we never voluntarily lost.
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