Sony’s Spider-verse is struggling. Morbius was basically a failure, but they’re still looking for new characters to develop. The highly anticipated sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse, was recently delayed to July 2, 2023. Marvel fans will have more time to theorize what Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) will be up to in the sequel. Now it has been revealed that Through the Spider-Verse will feature a first for the Marvel Universe on the big screen – a pregnant superheroine.
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The pregnant superhero in question is Jessica Drew / Spider-Man (voiced by Issa Rae from Precarious). Images released on CinemaCon show Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s animated film will draw inspiration from the 2015s spider woman, directed by Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum. This run saw a heavily pregnant Avenger take on criminals without slowing down.
This series has been officially described as:
“Jessica Drew is a private investigator, a superhero and? a mom-to-be? Since we last saw her, Spider-Woman has a brand NEW responsibility – she’s a superhero for two now, after all! Ben Urich and Porcupine are always around and don’t make Jess’s life easier – half the time they won’t even let her out of the car!How is a girl supposed to save innocent people and keep herself safe from danger?See how in the mother of all Spider-Stories!
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At the time, it was revolutionary to show a pregnant superheroine. Most mothers in the comics are killed off in a male hero’s origin story. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has only a handful of mothers who have faced villains and gone through the Infinity Saga, including Pepper Potts in a scene as Rescue (Gwyneth Paltrow) and the original Wasp/Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer ).
Jessica Drew first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #32 by Archie Goodwin and Jim Mooney. Fans begged her to appear in the MCU, starring star wars star Daisey Ridley as a favorite. However, the rights to his character are complicated. Currently, Sony Pictures can portray Jessica Drew as Spider-Woman, and Marvel can only use her without any Spider-Man related material, similar to how Marvel used Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2016).
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Safer Through the Spider-Verse
Like most Marvel movies these days, Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse has been delayed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally slated for release in April, then October 2022, and is currently expected in June 2023.
Chris Miller assured fans that the spider worms a delay will give the creative team “more time to make it great”. He also teased the film during the CinemaCon presentation, saying, “The sequel is way, way bigger than the last. It’s the greatest team in an animated film of all time.
Miller added that Spider worms 2 will feature 240 characters, six times the cast of 40 from Into the Spider-Verse. This includes Oscar Isaac, who currently plays Marc Spector/Steven Grant/Moon Knight on Disney+ but will voice Spider-Man 2099/Miguel O’Hara.
Let us know in the comments if you can’t wait for Jessica Drew AKA Spider-Woman to finally hit the big screen as the Marvel Universe’s first pregnant superhero.
You can stream Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and all six series in Marvel’s Phase Four so far – WandaVision by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, Loki by Tom Hiddleston, What If…? Marvel’s Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner’s, and Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight — on Disney+ anytime.