The inevitable team-up between Gwen Stacy’s Spider-Gwen and Miles Morales’s Spider-Man has been upgraded to a hook-up coming this January from Marvel Comics. Though something of a tertiary pair in the growing number of Spider-People, Miles and Gwen have risen in popularity. Peter Parker’s Spider-Man played a prominent role in Civil War II and Spider-Gwen made her animated debut not long ago, so multiple Spider-details are in motion.
Back in July, the Marvel NOW! catalog revealed that Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen would share a romantic crossover starting with Spider-Man #12, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Sara Pichelli. But now, we’re privy to an official announcement and some cover previews of the two-parter which concludes in Spider-Gwen #15, written by Jason Latour with art by Robbi Rodriguez.
Marvel has been really pushing these two in a lot of their material lately. At the conclusion of Secret Wars, the primary Earth was left with two Spider-Mans (Spider…Men?): the OG Peter Parker and the insanely popular Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales. So far, the Spider-Man solo series has shown us what led to Miles becoming a fully-fledged Avenger, which we see in Mark Waid’s All-New, All-Different Avengers. With Peter Parker now a Stark-tier billionaire tech CEO, Miles is the teenage Spider-Man we’ve always loved that struggles just as much with homework as he does beating villains.
Spider-Gwen herself has become a breakout star. Not only is her hooded, black and white get-up one of the coolest Spider-Costumes to date, but she’s from a reality in which it’s Gwen Stacy — not Peter Parker — that is bitten by a radioactive spider. She debuted as Spider-Woman from Earth-65 in the Spider-Verse crossover event, immediately becoming a fan-favorite and gaining more of the spotlight in Edge of Spider-Verse #2 before moving on to her own series. Not only is she every bit a wisecracker as other versions of Spider-Man, but she’s also in a dope garage band with none other than Mary Jane Watson. In a righteous bit of role-reversal, the Peter Parker from her universe was bullied and wound up as their version of the Lizard; it was his eventual death that led to her “with great power comes great responsibility” gravitas.
What else could we want out of our Spider-Lives than to see the two freshest iterations of webcrawlers team up and hook up for the greater good?
Well, we could want their characters to pop up in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Given their surging popularity, it wouldn’t be terribly outlandish to introduce their characters into the MCU. Personally, I’ve been blathering for awhile that Chloë Grace Moretz would make a perfect Spider-Gwen, and I won’t even begin to pitch names for Miles Morales. While we certainly don’t want them to overshadow Tom Holland’s fantastic and fresh Peter Parker, the greater Spider-Verse is long overdue for some love on the big screen.
Look for Miles Morales’s Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy’s Spider-Gwen in their two-part crossover event, due out January 2017.
Hints at intimacy in the Spider-Man #12 cover art.
Take a look at this classic riff on the Spider-Man kiss trope in the variant cover of Spider-Man #12.
A rose? For me?
The webslingin’ duo in action. #couplegoals.
And just for fun, here’s an amazing mock-up of the Spider-Gwen Disney Infinity figure that you can never own: