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Everything We Know About The New Gay Spider-Man, Web-Weaver

Everything We Know About The New Gay Spider-Man, Web-Weaver

He’s here, he’s queer, and he’s fierce. Evil-doers and homophobes beware.

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A gay Spider-Man is finally on his way — and the first look has just been revealed.

News first broke of plans for Web-Weaver to make his debut earlier this summer, as part of Edge of the Spider-Verse. He is described as a “mild-mannered fashion designer” working for none other than Janet Van Dyne, and who receives his powers when he pushes Peter Parker out of the way of that radioactive spider who kicks off Parker’s iconic hero’s journey.

The story was written by Steve Foxe, and the character designed by Kris Anka.

A first look released last week shows Anka’s variant cover as well as some of the panel pages showing Web-Weaver’s origin story.

The character is, of course, already sparking strong reactions from both those hyped to feel represented in the Spider-Verse and those who have a full-on meltdown any time a single gay character is introduced as a superhero in anything.

But the support — and in some cases, even fan art, already — was far more exciting to follow.

Foxe reassured readers that, despite the press release noting little more than this new hero being a fashion designer, that his job is “akin to Pete’s at the Bugle” and that “this is very much an action story (with some flirting)!”

“Something I realized immediately when conceiving Web-Weaver is that he can’t — and shouldn’t — represent ALL gay men. No single character can,” he tweeted back when the issue was first announced. “His fearlessly femme identity is central to who he is, but it’s not the STORY.”

Still, Web-Weaver is believed to be the first canonically gay male Spider-hero, and a welcome addition to the bigger ‘verse.

Edge of the Spider-Verse #5 will be released on October 5.

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.