In February of 2015, Marvel Comics began publishing a graphic novel based on an entirely new, alternate-universe character named Spider-Gwen. In case you haven’t heard, this character was based on the wildly popular Gwen Stacy character as played by Emma Stone in the near-disastrous Spider-Man reboot series.
Critics and fans agreed that Emma Stone was the shining star of those productions, and that her death was totally unwarranted. Frankly, the Gwen Stacy character in the novels themselves is severely lacking; Emma Stone’s bright portrayal made the character into a fan favorite.
That’s why Vulture decided to give the people what they want: a fake trailer of the movie version of Spider-Gwen. It’s fantastic, and it’s making my heart go all a-flutter.
In the “Spider-Gwen” graphic novel series, it was never Peter Parker who got bitten by that notorious radioactive spider, but Gwen Stacy herself. It’s an alternate universe, and a paradise for Gwen Stacy fans, who see her character flourish as a superhero. (And not just another female love interest, albeit a nuanced one, whose life is sacrificed so that the hero can build character.)
The video starts off with sass: Emma Stone lent her voice to the project, and she begins with saying, “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” while footage of her infamous death scene plays on the screen. The fake trailer shows Gwen’s origin story, Gwen leaping tall buildings, Gwen hiding her true identity, and Gwen in an awesome white hero suit that isn’t even overtly sexualized.
According to Vulture, the trailer’s makers used a combination of footage from the rebooted Spider-Man series, starring Andrew Garfield, and a sampling of dialogue from Emma Stone’s other films, notably Easy A and Birdman.
The trailer is a fan-fic gone rogue, and we’re loving every minute of it. I think it’s a mark of the awe-inspiring power of the fandom, and the impressive acting ability of Emma Stone, that a fan favorite character could inspire a whole new novel series, and in our fantasy-loving heads, a movie.
I’m betting that if this movie actually ever hit theaters (unlikely, to say the least), that female and male fans alike would flock to see it.
Maybe it’s time for an actual female superhero with her own movie? Maybe the time is just about right, given that we live in an era of The Hunger Games and Divergent, movies that are all helmed by female protagonists who are active separate from men.
We’ve seen these movies not only succeed, but become cultural phenomenons. On the other hand, movies like The Maze Runner are only moderately successful, even though the protagonist is male. Is Hollywood ready to change up its game?
We can only hope.