Gwen Stacy is one of the biggest, most impactful Marvel characters to still be missing from the MCU.
Granted, until the deal with Sony, the character wasn’t fit for inclusion in the MCU in the first place. The character’s legal status is awkward, as she belongs to Sony (as do all “Spider-Man” characters, but Spider-Gwen feels like the kind of character that Marvel would probably strong-arm Sony into relinquishing in the event of her proving potentially useful.
Thanks to a recent mysterious casting for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, fans are speculating that Spider-Gwen, an alternate universe version of Gwen Stacy who has all of Spider-Man’s powers, might be making her way to Marvel’s one remaining ABC show.
The evidence? Dove Cameron has recently been cast in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” in an unannounced role, but is also to play the newly-renamed Ghost-Spider in an animated cartoon called “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” that will feature a group of female Marvel heroes.
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This fan casting theory makes a certain amount of sense. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” actor Daisy Ridley will voice her character, Quake, in the cartoon series, while Milana Vayntrub, who will play the live-action Squirrel Girl in an upcoming “New Warriors” television series, will also voice her character in the cartoon.
It seems that, with “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors”, Marvel is aiming for consistency across the board, by bringing in voice actors who also play their characters in live action.
It makes sense, then, that Dove Cameron, who will voice the newly rebranded Ghost-Spider, will also play Gwen Stacy in live action when she appears in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”.
This certainly does make sense, as if Cameron isn’t playing a significant character, why would Marvel make such a big deal of her mysterious casting in “Agents”?
That said, here’s hoping that this rumor doesn’t prove true.
Spider-Gwen (or Ghost-Spider, or whatever she’s going to be called) is one of the more popular of Marvel’s latest batch of heroes. She has an amazing costume, and she provides an interesting twist on the classic “Spider-Man” mythos.
In all fairness, as occasionally fun as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” might be, it’s not the right avenue to throw in a big-named superhero like Spider-Gwen.
While the technology that brought Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider to life last season was impressive, and while this year we’re getting some pretty amazing sci-fi special effects, it’s hard to imagine the show making a wall-crawler look any good.
It’s better for Spider-Gwen to turn up in the movies, where she can make a big impact, and feature into the pantheon of heroes that, moving forward, will be taking over from Captain America and Iron Man as the big name draws for the franchise.
Instead, here’s hoping that Cameron will be playing someone inconsequential – a Kree alien, perhaps – rather than a superhero who deserves a bigger live action debut.
Gwen Stacy’s Ghost-Spider doesn’t deserve to be included as a background character in the continuing adventures of zombie Phil Coulson. She deserves her own big budget movie, and a series of “Avengers” cameos that will stretch onwards for decades to come.