About a month ago I fell down a bit of a Marvel blackhole. Reading articles, watching movies and even admiring a few of my favorites. In the process ideas have been bouncing in and out of my head, one such idea was the possibility of a Spider-Gwen TV show that fits within the MCU.
Now you might ask how is that possible…well…with the introduction of all the infinity stones anything is possible.
In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos uses the stones to disappear half of all beings. I refuse to say die because I don’t think they are truly dead – their reality has just been altered. That being said no one is perfect especially Thanos, this means that events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 could have more that just the lasting effects we are shown or will be shown in the films.
The events of Infinity War disrupted reality more than anyone realized – this caused, for just a moment, multiple realities to overlap. When the realities “bounced” back there were a number of people were displaced. One of these people was a young lady named Gwen Stacy also known as Spider-Gwen.
In mid swing Spider-Gwen disappears from Queens (AR). Her reflexes barely save her as she flips and launches a web at the closest building. She lands, sprints into an alley way and removes her mask. Wiping her face, she trying to get a sense of what happened. Panic gets the better of her, not something that happens often and she begins freaking out. In her rather quiet tantrum of panic, she kicks a newspaper. It is revealed that she is in London (Newspaper: London Daily News).
This television show, that I’m pitching isn’t an origin story. It is the story of someone out of place. In this show Gwen Stacy is twenty-something and she has had her superpowers for a few years. In her reality she has fought her own big bad and even teamed up with some super friends.
In dreaming up ideas one of my favorite ways to get Gwen on her feet was by introducing her to a former but new friend, Princess Shuri. Something like this:
Being out of place is nothing new for Gwen Stacy but not having access to her tech is a little disconcerting.
The newspaper, she kicked, catches her eye. The headline reads “Wakanda Center for Math and Sciences opening!”.
Gwen removes her hood and sleeves trying to make her outfit a little less superhero. ‘Thank god for that recent design change!’ She now looks like she is wearing a tight black strapless “jumpsuit”. ‘Something more presentable for an opening wouldn’t you say?’
The Wakanda Center for Math and Sciences opening event is private but Gwen is able to casually walk in. She spots Princess Shuri making her rounds, shaking hands and discussing the success of the center she opened in Oakland just last year. Gwen is able to get quite close to Shuri but trying to get her attention unknowingly attracts Shuri’s guards. There is no recognition on Shuri’s face. ‘What’s going on?’ Gwen not wanting to cause trouble tries to walk away but her behavior has already flagged the guards and they are on approach. Gwen is quietly escorted away. (Next… Gwen must plead her case.)
Above is just a possible beginning to the story of ‘Gwen Stacy a 20-something who was bit by a radioactive spider and now finds herself out of place.’ Season one would be something of an experiment. As much as it is important for superheroes to fight crime, it is also important for a person to know their value. Gwen Stacy being out of place has to find herself in this world she doesn’t really know. Her friends aren’t her friends and all her relationships have to start from scratch. This story uniquely allows for discussions of mental health, immigration, and superhero/vigilante policies in other countries. With Spider-Gwen being a relatively new character there is so much that can be created.
(This idea also depends on the arc that Spider-Man is on. Will we see Gwen Stacy in the future?)