Spider-Man: No Way Home has now been in theaters for weeks and has given fans a ton to break down in anticipation for what will come next in the franchise. The film follows Peter Parker as he deals with the fact that his secret identity as Spider-Man has been revealed to the entire world. Parker must battle villains from various dimensions, and takes on more loss than he’s ever had to endure before. Of course, he has some help along the way.
Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield return to reprise their roles as Spider-Man from their respective universes, and fight alongside Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to send everyone back to the rightful reality. During the film, we got to see several great interactions between the three Spider-Men, including a subtle joke referencing how The Avengers don’t exist in either Garfield or Maguire’s universes as Spider-Man. When Holland’s Spider-Man notes that he’s a member of The Avengers, neither Garfield nor Maguire know who that is.
Garfield goes as far as asking if it’s a band, and jokingly asks if Holland’s Peter Parker is in a band. While this may have come off as nothing more than a joke to most, to those who have read the comics, it means a bit more. Garfield’s love interest in The Amazing Spider-Man is none other than Gwen Stacy. While she ultimately died in Garfield’s universe, in another universe, Stacy actually ends up being Spider-Gwen – and she IS in a band. Being in a band is actually a big part of Spider-Gwen’s story.
In the comics, Stacy and a group of her classmates start a band called The Mary Janes, where Stacy is the drummer. Stacy struggles with juggling her responsibilities as both Spider-Gwen and a member of the band. Peter Parker is also a part of the Spider-Gwen universe, but not as Spider-Man. Instead, Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy are neighbors who become close friends. When Gwen takes off in popularity due to her activities as Spider-Gwen, Parker, who is badly bullied in school, puts himself through a botched experiment in an attempt to make himself like Spider-Gwen.
Instead, Parker turns into an alternate version of the Lizard, leading to a battle between him and Gwen at prom. After the battle, when Parker returns to human form, he has suffered injuries far too devastating from the battle, and eventually dies. This is a key part in Spider-Gwen’s development as a hero.
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