As Marvel continues its push for diversity, it’s been revealed that a gay Spider-Man variant is set to be introduced. This will actually be the first gay version of the iconic superhero character, and they’ll be appearing in the upcoming comic book issue Edge of Spider-Verse #5.
A new image of the character was revealed via Edge of Spider-Verse #5 writer Steve Foxe on Twitter. Steve Foxe also gave a brief description of the character and noted that “he can’t–and shouldn’t– represent ALL gay men.” As such, this will still be a unique version of the character true to the Spider-Man name.
As stated in full below:
“Something I realized immediately when conceiving Web-Weaver is that he can’t–and shouldn’t–represent ALL gay men. No single character can. His fearlessly femme identity is central to who he is, but it’s not the STORY…which you can experience for yourself in September!”
While Steve Foxe wrote for the character’s appearance, the design was created by Kris Anka. As they noted:
“from the jump, I looked at a lot of McQueen and Mugler for this as inspiration. I cast a wide net for the original designs while also looking at new and unique spiders that @steve_foxehas recommended, which eventually paired down to this look”
Of course, because it is a Spider-Verse series, there will be plenty of other Spider-Man variants involved as well. In addition to the gay Spider-Man variant named Van Dyne aka Web Weaver, there will also be a Kraven the Hunter variant named “Hunter-Spider,” a Tyrannosaurus Rex variant, and many other crazy interpretations. Fans will also see a few familiar takes like Spider-Ham and Spider-Man Noir. It’s clear that there’s something for everyone in this new series.
The five issues of Edge of Spider-Verse will culminate for the finale titled The End of the Spider-Verse scheduled to be released later this year.