Marvel Comics Will Introduce New “Gay Spider-Man” Variant In Upcoming Spider-Verse Series
In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, Marvel Comics is about to introduce another LGBT+ character to its dwindling readership, this time in the form of a multiversal variant of Spider-Man.
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As revealed in their recently released September solicitations, this new web-slinger is set to debut in the fifth and final issue of Marvel’s upcoming Edge of The Spider-Verse miniseries, whose story anthology will serve as a prequel. to the long-running Spider-Verse. One-man author Dan Slott previously announced plans to “end” the concept of the Spider-Multiverse and send it “into a burst of glory.”
Created by writer Steve Foxe (X-Men ’92: House of XCII) and artist Kristafer Anka (All-New X-Factor), Web-Weaver is described as “a not-so-gentle-mannered fashion designer at Van Dyne [who] gets spider powers and shows us a very different kind of Spider-Slayer”.
Following the number’s official public reveal, Foxe took to his personal Twitter to excitedly confirm: “SURPRISE: I had the huge gay honor of helping co-create WEB-WEAVER, which will debut in EDGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE #5 in September!
“Designed by the one and only @kristaferanka, cover by Josemaria Casanovas, with our interior artist coming soon!” he added.
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Along with his tweet, Foxe also shared an image of the aforementioned cover of the issue, which, in addition to a Spider variant of Kraven the Hunter known as “Hunter-Spider”, gave readers their first glimpse of Web-Weaver.
In it, the hero is seen dressed in a yellow and black costume that features a number of interesting design choices, including a high ruffled collar, open flowing sleeves, and heavy eyelashes around the eyelets of his mask.
Web-Weaver also poses somewhat stereotypically.
Notably, some fans and major outlets including CBR and ScreenRant have begun referring to Web-Weaver as Marvel’s “first gay Spider-Man” – with the latter outlet even claiming that “it’s high time the community LGBTQ+ is represented”. there more and more.
But is this really the case?
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The concept of the Spider-Verse hinges on the existence of different variations of Spider-Man, Peter Parker or otherwise, across different universes.
While it’s possible that Web-Weaver was intended to be a version of the real wall-crawler, a closer look at the problem’s solicitation suggests that might not be the case, because Marvel is letting it. specifically refers to as “a very different type of spider”. -Killer”.
This part emerges from the fact that the Spider-Slayers were originally portrayed as villains, commanded by J. Jonah Jameson and built by inventor Spencer Smythe to, well, kill Spider-Man.
Does the description say Web-Weaver is supposed to be one of them? If so, wouldn’t that mean he’s not really analogous to Spider-Man, but more like villains-turned-heroes like Venom or the Prowler?
Also, while Web-Weaver may be the first gay male variant of Spider, he’s not the first in Marvel history.
This would be Earth-8545’s Mary-Jane Watson, who debuted as Spider-Woman in Exiles Vol. 1 #20 and eventually fell in love with the version of Sunfire that was on the reality team’s roster.
Maybe I didn’t read the description well, or maybe there’s something else I’m missing. Anyway, those who want to know if Web-Weaver is indeed the first gay Spider-Man can read the comic when it comes out in September.
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