Gwendolyn Maxine "Gwen" Stacy
Spider-Woman, Venom, Spider-Gwen, Ghost-Spider
The Hero of the series. Uses her spider powers to fight crime following the death of her best friend Peter Parker. Drummer for rock band The Mary Janes. Likes corn dogs.
- A-Cup Angst: When Anya Corazón gushes about how awesome Earth-616's Jessica Drew is, Gwen snarks that she is the incarnation of all her body issues.
- All Drummers Are Animals: When venting her frustration, Gwen gets really into it when she's playing.
- All There in the Manual: Her handbook entry revealed bits about her backstory prior to Peter's death several issues before they were shown in comic. She initially used her powers to gain fame while not focusing on saving people but her father inspired her to do some actual crime fighting. She also received her costume and web-shooters from her world's version of Janet van Dyne.
- Alternate Self:
- In Secret Wars (2015), an alternate version of Spider-Gwen is a member of A-Force and implied to be romantically-involved with MJ.
- One storyline was Gwen come across a possible future (Earth-8) where she's married to Miles Morales and has kids, though she doesn't get to meet that particular version of herself, with her future kids noting that she's off-world and that they constantly see alternate versions of their mom drop in.
- She gets to meet the Silver Age Gwen Stacy during the Gwenom arc, who helps her work things out when she was at her wits end with Murdock and the Venom symbiote. This version would be inspired by their meeting to become her universe's greatest detective, form a healthy partnership with her own version of the symbiote, and eventually arrange things so Spider-Gwen would go through the portal that allowed them to meet in the first place.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Spider-Woman. Ghost-Spider. Spider-Gwen. It's spiders.
- The Atoner: She inadvertently caused Peter Parker's death, and her actions as Spider-Woman are meant to atone for that. She actually even wanted to be charged for murder or at least manslaughter after she turned herself in, and is shocked when she learns that the district attorney had no intention to charge her for it. It takes a while before she feels as though she's actually made up for what she has done.
- Atrocious Alias: After she reveals her identity to the public, she starts getting called "Spider-Gwen" in-universe as well — much to her chagrin. It winds up being the reason she says she'll start going by "Ghost-Spider" after Spider-Geddon... which is quickly forgotten as she just tells people to call her Spider-Woman once she gets back to her home dimension.
- However, soon after, during a visit to Earth-616, she teams up with Peter and fights Swarm. Afterwards, a girl asks her name. She realises that she can't use Spider-Woman because "Jessica Drew would kill me", and obviously can't call herself Spider-Gwen as her identity is secret on 616. And she'd recently been saying "death loves Gwen Stacy"... so she decided to roll with it and announced herself as Ghost-Spider. And since she decided to enrol at Earth-616 Empire State University at the end of that issue, it's the name she'll be using from now on.
- Brought Down to Normal: This happens during the Spider-Women crossover where 65-Cindy injects her with a serum that takes her powers away. She gets some of Jesse Drew's isotopes to give herself temporary charges of power, but the amount is very limited. Matt Murdock arranges for Cindy to produce additional isotopes to bribe her with, and later tries to set her up with the Venom symbiote, which ends up being the permanent solution to regaining her powers.
- Bully Hunter: Before she became Spider-Woman, she used her powers to protect her friends from bullies.
- Cool Big Sis: May Parker sees Gwen as such in the Web Warriors series, as while Anya Corazón is roughly the same age, she's too fanatical for May to relate to.
- Cool Loser: Gwen is shown to have possibly been this in school, as her best friends were Peter Parker and Harry Osborn, both of whom were huge nerds that were picked on by the rest of the school. It's not really gone into if Gwen herself was as ostracized as them, but it's apparent she wasn't as popular as her mainstream counterpart is, despite being a pretty girl who was also in a band.
- The Conscience: Briefly develops one in the form of Spider-Ham after being hit on the head, on the grounds that he's the only version of Peter that doesn't make her "sadder than The Smiths."
- Cowboy Cop: Being the chief of police's daughter, Gwen's activities as a vigilante can be seen as this. Especially in her occasional use of police slang.
- Deadpan Snarker: Comes standard as a heroic spider person. Much like 616-Peter, she uses it to hide her fear during combat.
- Dead Person Impersonation: In Dead No More, Gwen helps Kaine abduct her Earth-616 counterpart and then impersonates her to infiltrate New U Technologies.
- Deal with the Devil: Out of sheer desperation, Gwen meets with Matt Murdock and agrees to become his apprentice if he acts as her father's attorney and keeps him out of prison. She eventually comes to her senses in this regard.
- Depending on the Artist: For the most part, many artists stick to Robbi Rodriguez's design of her with short unkempt hair. Others however will draw her as 616 Gwen with longer, straighter hair with the iconic black hairband.
- Current artist Takeshi Miyazawa is one of those who draws her hair longer... but at least it can be explained as her simply growing it out.
- Determinator: She manages to Out-Determinator her world's Captain America with her declaration that she won't let anyone else die. Of course, Cap then helps her pull on her webline to bring a subway roof down on the Lizards.
- Dimensional Traveler: She kept a portal bracelet from Spider-Verse, which she used in her side-job as a member of the Web Warriors. She also frequently traveled to Earth-616 to ask Jessica Drew for advice on being a better superhero. After losing the watch in Spider-Geddon, she gets a necklace with the same function that can work without the need of the destroyed Web of Life and Destiny.
- Epic Fail: Gwen and the All-New Wolverine undergo a "Freaky Friday" Flip in the All New Wolverine annual. While X-23 has some mild How Do I Shot Web? with stick 'em powers, Does Not Know His Own Strength, and poor aim with the web-shooters, she manages to adjust. Gwen just ends up stabbing herself in the head when she finally resorts to popping the Wolverine Claws, putting herself out of action for the final confrontation with the Big Bad.Wolverine: No! Move your fists away from your face! You'll—
- Fighting from the Inside: Subverted. After bonding to Venom, she understands how far she's sinking when she realizes she wanted to kill Rhino more badly than she's wanted anything else, and dejectedly thinks she needs to get rid of the symbiote ASAP. Turns out she just needed time to think and reflect, later telling her father that the symbiote was more confused by her anger and rage due to never experiencing those emotions before, rather than truly being The Corruption.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Notably averted for a Spider-Hero, with Gwen having little interest or knowledge in any scientific field. Gwen didn't invent her web shooters, but rather they were bequeathed to her by a retiring Janet van Dyne.Gwen (after being asked a quantum mechanics question): Hey, don't look at me. I'm a musician. My only hobby is beating on things with sticks.
- Generic Graffiti: In order to lure out the Vulture, she tags a number of buildings with insults. Her personal favorite is "Death from a butt."
- Girl Next Door: Gwen was literally Peter's neighbor, an average tomboy who is into rock, plays in a band and happily hangs out with the nerds to play tabletop games.
- Heroic BSoD: Having been Brought Down to Normal and being relentlessly hunted by Frank Castle - who has shown himself more than willing to hurt innocents to get to her - Gwen almost crosses the Despair Event Horizon and seriously considers fleeing to Earth-616 and even accepting Matt Murdock's offer of apprenticeship and joining the Hand to escape. The Bodega Bandit, of all people, is able to restore her resolve. After her dad allows himself to be arrested so that she can escape, she fully crosses it and accepts Murdock's offer, joining the Hand in exchange for his promise to mount a legal defense for her father. Eventually, she rejects Murdock, and regains her mojo.
- Heroic Host: After being depowered and using the last of her power-ups to save Harry Osborn, she gets her powers back by bonding with her world's version of the Venom symbiote. While this causes her a lot of angst for a good while afterward, thanks to her anger over Rhino's attack on her dad making her nearly lose control, she and the symbiote eventually stabilize into a healthy partnership. She still uses the Venom appearance on occasion for the intimidation factor, though.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Naturally, like almost every other Spider-Man, Spider-Woman's reputation is in tatters at the beginning, especially when everyone accused her of murdering Peter Parker in cold blood. After the misunderstanding was cleared, Gwen's identity was exposed and she spent time in prison for her actions as a vigilante, while Spider-Woman isn't directly frowned upon anymore, her civil life as Gwen Stacy is a disaster, as her being Spider-Woman and having a criminal record makes it impossible for her to attend college, get a normal job or even eat at a restaurant with Harry.
- I'm Standing Right Here: In the aftermath of Dead No More, Earth-65 Gwen is offended that Earth-616 Spider-Man disregarded her as not being the "real" Gwen Stacy and is torn up over the death of Earth-616 Gwen's clone when she's standing right next to him. Kaine comforts her by deriding Peter as an idiot and states that Earth-616 Gwen would have loved her and what she stood for. note
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Her chief motivation is preventing what happened to Peter Parker from happening to anyone else.
- In Name Only: Like most AU versions and adaptations of Gwen Stacy, this one shares little in common with the original character outside being the police chief's daughter and having an amicable relationship with Peter. Granted, the original Gwen had many bizarre personality shifts and wasn't a very complex character to start with.
- In the Hood: Her costume has one that's part of the bodysuit. Don't ask how it manages to stay on while web-swinging.
- Made of Iron: She's been electrocuted, hit with Starktech repulsor blasts, attacked by superhumanly strong opponents and had a pumpkin bomb go off right by her feet. In all cases she gets back up with nothing more than some slight dizziness and never has any bruises or broken bones to show for it. Her costume also miraculously remains intact.
- Missing Mom: Gwen's mother died when she was still an infant. The lack of a mother doesn't affect her too greatly, but it does get a mention when she's grieving following the deaths of a few other Spiders, wherein Gwen thinks about how death has been a part of her life since before she could walk.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite having a lean physique and not being particularly tall or heavy, Gwen is able to punch Rhino through a brick wall. Subverted when she loses her spider powers, as she's far weaker than even the villain expected, being unable to even throw a punch.
- Nice Girl: As expected of a Spider-Person. While not without her flaws, Gwen is at her core a very kind and heroic young woman who always puts others first and continues her hero work despite the personal cost to herself. It's the main reason Captain America decides to trust her.
- Oblivious to Love: She was completely unaware of Harry Osborn's crush on her until it was spelled out for her by a bandmate. Likewise, she also didn't realize Peter was in love with her.
- Odd Friendship: She gets on remarkably well with the often abrasive and sometimes manipulative Kaine, particularly when they work together during Dead No More. This probably has a lot to do with Gwen's issues over not being the 'original' Gwen in 616 Peter's eyes, and Kaine's own issues with not living up to Peter or Ben Reilly's example.
- One to Million to One: The 65-Venom symbiote is a colony of what's described as "gummy" spiders that can meld together into a suit and other forms of clothing, giving the appearance that Gwen can control or is even made of a clutter of spiders. Beyond quick clothing swaps, she initially uses this for intimidation, before taking advantage of her shared consciousness with the symbiote to occasionally use it as a surveillance method, keeping tabs on others by hiding the "spiders" in their clothing.
- Pet the Dog: Despite the Bodega Bandit being a recurring member of her rogue's gallery and coming at her with a knife in one of her altercations, she withholds interrogating him when she realizes his dog was killed, and later gives him her pet hamster, complete with a tiny domino mask and hat - which she tied on while handcuffed.
- Platonic Life-Partners: That one issue with not being considered the "real" Gwen Stacy aside, she's this with the mainstream version of Peter Parker. They're fiercely devoted to protecting each other as a way to atone for not saving the others' alternate counterparts, but they're also not above engaging in Snark-to-Snark Combat with each other. Peter being the older and more experienced hero does allow him to serve as a mentor or older brother figure to Gwen within the 616 universe when Jessica Drew's not around - a stark contrast to how often Pete and Gwen are often portrayed as in nearly every story and medium both are present in.
- Pungeon Master: When she's not making snarky remarks about her current situation, she resorts to puns, usually to mock and/or distract her enemies. She even tells Captain America that, unlike in her times, bad puns are considered funny now.
- Rage Breaking Point: If the variant cover referencing Back in Black note wasn't blatant enough, after the Rhino puts her father in a coma on the Kingpin's orders, Gwen finally gives in to her inner and outer darkness and hunts him down looking for revenge.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After becoming Venom, she pummels her way across New York's underbelly while hunting down Rhino with the intent of tearing him apart and then going after Matt Murdock. While she comes close to offing Rhino, Frank Castle kill steals her at the last minute. This just infuriates her more, causing her to race to take down Murdock before Frank can steal that honor from her.
- Secret Identity: Kept one until the 'Life of Gwen Stacy' arc, where she turns herself in and goes on trial for her vigilante actions. After that, the public became prone to calling her Spider-Gwen, much to her chagrin.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Peter's death was a traumatic experience for her, and seeing Dr. Connors transform into the Lizard while snarling Peter's name causes her to have a flashback to his death, drop Captain America's shield, and collapse to the ground in the fetal position.
- Skyward Scream: After Castle kills Rhino, Gwenom lets out an enraged scream.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot:
- Gwen's word balloons have been peppered with more than a few colorful symbols in various issues. In fairness, she mostly seems to do this when frustrated or shocked, such as when she was thrown off of Washington Bridge into a garbage barge or when Hobie Brown suggested that Spider-Woman was in bed (figuratively) with Capt. Stacy, a statement Gwen interpreted as literal.Spider-Woman/Gwen: IN BED?!! What?! Blargf! Why?! I'm NOT SLEEPING WITH CAPTAIN STACY, you little pervert! (Thinking: He's just my #@*% Dad)
- Moments before, while snagging Hobie and his friend Izzy:Spider-Woman/Gwen: Stupid #@#$&%# Kids.
- Gwen's word balloons have been peppered with more than a few colorful symbols in various issues. In fairness, she mostly seems to do this when frustrated or shocked, such as when she was thrown off of Washington Bridge into a garbage barge or when Hobie Brown suggested that Spider-Woman was in bed (figuratively) with Capt. Stacy, a statement Gwen interpreted as literal.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Whenever she's interacting with the other Spider women, such as in Spider-Women, Gwen frequently breaks out into petty squabbles with Cindy Moon due to the latter's immaturity and tendency to needlessly complicate situations. Which makes it all the more ironic when Cindy's Earth-65 counterpart is revealed to be the Chessmaster of Gwen's book and the reason Gwen got her powers to begin with.
- Spider-Sense: Comes with being a Spider-Hero. Her's is noticeably hit or miss, however, and there are times it just flat out fails to warn her for no reason. Gwen lampshades it once when she gets hit with spray paint to the face without warning.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Like her fellow Spiders, Gwen abhors killing and will save even people she hates such as Matt Murdock when Felicia Hardy tried to kill him. She also tells off Spider-Man: Noir for shooting Carnage, to which he scoffs and calls her naive.
- Tragic Dropout: A variation. Gwen would like to live up to her father's expectations and start going to college, but quickly realizes following her stint in jail that everyone knowing that she is Spider-Woman - on top of the stress of being a super-heroine in the first place - makes that impossible. She ends up running out of the community college building in a panic as soon as she's recognized by some fans.
- Unperson: Gwen has this status in the Secret Wars (2015) event, where she finds herself in a world where she supposedly died years ago.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Gwen very much relies on brute force when fighting, with it being made clear on numerous occasions that she is out of her depth when fighting people with comparable strength and/or formal training. A great example is her fight with Captain America, where she goes down after a single punch connects. The Spider-Women crossover takes it another step further, as after getting depowered, it becomes apparent that Gwen has never actually been in a fight before without her powers, to the point where she can barely throw a punch at Earth-65 Cindy.Matt Murdock: Imagine if you had one clue what you were doing with those fists?
Friends and Family
Gwen's father, a police captain with the NYPD who serves as Gwen's Secret Keeper.
- Archnemesis Dad: Averted. At first, he was completely oblivious to the fact that his own daughter was Spider-Woman. This is dropped almost immediately, with Edge of the Spider-Verse 2 having Gwen reveal her identity to her father. Come the solo series, he works to help improve public opinion of his daughter, from trying to dissuade the NYPD from continuing the hunt for Spider-Woman, to trying to figure out the truth behind Peter's death on his own, to turning himself in to the police for the crime of aiding Spider-Woman, in hopes that he can air out everything during his trial.
- By-the-Book Cop: He's a police officer dedicated to upholding and enforcing the law. He's about the only one on the force that isn't either easily coerced by Matt Murdock or obsessed with their own brand of justice.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He invokes this by saying that if it were up to him, he'd tell Gwen to drop out of the band and focus on college.
- Hero Antagonist: He starts out in charge of the manhunt against Spider-Woman, not knowing that she's his daughter.
- Heroic BSoD: When he realized that the dangerous vigilante he'd been ordered to bring in dead or alive is his own daughter, his brain almost shut down.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": He's a huge fan of Captain America, and has all of the comic books written about her.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He lets Spider-Woman go when he realizes it's his own daughter he's holding at gunpoint.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He tells DeWolff that she can have his badge, but he's still going to do his job. When he has Spider-Woman at gunpoint and learns she's his own daughter, he lets her go rather than do his job and arrest her.
- Secret Keeper: He knows his daughter's secret, but it's not easy to deal with, with Gwen accidentally leaving her backpack at the scene of one of her battles.
- Seeker Archetype: After finding out that Spider-Woman didn't kill Peter Parker, he devotes himself to finding evidence that will prove it, which results in him both quitting his job and accidentally helping others in the police force realize that Spider-Woman is his daughter.
- Street Urchin: Grew up during a severe economic slump, and was a member of the Yancy Street Gang in his youth.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Returns to being the police chief by Ghost Spider after retiring to spend time with Gwen.
Peter's uncle and neighbor to the Stacys.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Hasnt been seen or mentioned since the start of Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider
- The Determinator: He wants to know who Spider-Woman is, since he feels she was responsible for Peter's death. As such, he's shocked when George tells him that Spider-Woman is innocent.
- Happily Married: He's happily married to May, and deeply cares for her, telling George that she deserves to know who really killed her nephew.
- Lethal Chef: At the very least, Aunt May isn't singing any praises for his coffee.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Notably averts the Death by Origin Story, unlike his mainstream Marvel counterpart. Instead of Ben himself, it's Peter who dies as motivation for somebody else.
Peter's aunt and neighbor to the Stacys.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Same as Ben above.
- Cool Old Lady: She's made her peace with Peter's death, and comforts Gwen about it.
- Moment of Weakness: She blamed Spider-Woman for Peter's death when she was at her lowest and needed a target for her grief. After some time passed, she told Gwen that she regretted this, especially since the media took her accusation and ran with it.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: She seems to have figured out that Gwen is Spider-Woman for some time. When she sees a despairing Gwen struggling with her father in prison for helping Spider-Woman, May implies that she knows more than she lets on, but asks Gwen not to talk to her husband about Spider-Woman and the Stacys' involvement. When she and Ben decide to find Spider-Woman, she suggests to go look for Gwen.
Peter Benjamin Parker
Gwen's nerdy best friend, who in another life might have become Spider-Man. Instead, he was left a bitter and jealous introvert who, in a desperate attempt to emulate Spider-Woman, injected himself with a mysterious serum that transformed him into a monster dubbed "The Lizard." His subsequent death, and the mystery behind the origin of the serum, form the crux of Gwen's quest to clear her name.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear whether or not he knew Gwen was Spider-Woman - and even if he did, he never got the chance to tell her.
- Death by Origin Story: Peter serves as Gwen's Lost Lenore.
- Doom Magnet: Like many Peter Parkers he suffers from "Parker Luck" that makes his fortunes rather sour. Unlike other Parkers, he's not the main character so this very quickly goes wrong for him.
- Entitled to Have You: Seems to have believed this about Gwen judging by his screams at Harry betraying him for asking her out when Gwen had no idea Peter liked her.
- Gone Horribly Right: He wanted to be "special", and eventually turned himself into the Lizard.
- Hero-Worshipper: He was a huge Spider-Woman fanboy, which got him teased quite a bit by the likes of Flash Thompson.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Wanted to be strong like Spider-Woman, which led to his death.
- Legacy Character: He was followed by Dr. Connors and a number of other people abducted as test subjects for an organization called S.I.L.K.. Gwen is naturally horrified at the thought of this having become her Peter's legacy.
- The Lost Lenore: Played with. Peter was very much in love with Gwen, but was too shy to ask her out, and Gwen didn't realize he felt that way until after his death. Gwen's feelings on the matter are complicated. She states outright that she never thought about him romantically to Earth 617-Gwen, but nonetheless there's a lot of unresolved baggage there.
- Posthumous Character: Was already dead by the time of Edge of Spider-Verse.
- Revisiting the Roots: Earth-65's Peter acts much more like the Steve Ditko Era Peter Parker than the more recognizable characterization that he would come to be associated with. Without becoming Spider-Man and the traumatic lesson that Uncle Ben's death taught him, Peter is much more awkward and inwardly misanthropic than his more heroic 616 counterpart and his bitterness leads to tragedy.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His transformation into the Lizard was triggered after someone physically assaulted him at a school dance. He immediately began to hiss a good deal in his speech.
An old friend of Peter Parker's and Gwen's ex-boyfriend. After Peter's death, he joined S.H.I.E.L.D. in the hopes of getting revenge on Spider-Woman, but went rogue after learning the truth, hoping to uncover the conspiracy behind the creation of the Lizard serum.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses one of his arms when his glider's pumpkin bombs blow up the room he and Captain America are fighting in, but the Lizard serum allows him to quickly regenerate a new one.
- Appropriated Appellation: His costume, arsenal, and codename as the Green Goblin are taken from a D&D character Peter created for him when they were younger, which in itself was Peter's attempt at the trope. The nickname was given to Harry by bullies at the school for both being rich as well as being "a nerd". Harry had initially sneered at the idea and destroyed the custom figure Peter had made for him, but has taken up the identity in his friend's memory.
- Big "NO!": Invokes this trope when he learns of Spider-woman's identity right before he planned to kill her.
- Easily Forgiven: Harry attempted to murder Gwen and infected numerous innocent people with the Lizard Serum (which was stated by Captain America to be permanent). Despite this Gwen shows no ill will towards him and even agrees to date him come Ghost Spider.
- Healing Factor: Gains this after taking the improved Lizard serum, though it also exacerbates his mutation.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Like Gwen, he feels responsible for Peter's death. Unlike Gwen, he saw Peter transform into the Lizard before their fight, and feels that because he didn't speak up at the time, he contributed to Peter's death. The guilt he feels over this motivated him to become stronger and get training so that he could make things right... by killing Spider-Woman. He drops the "killing Spider-Woman" part when he learns she's Gwen and they have a chat as she gives him the Lizard Antiserum.
- Karma Houdini: Tying in with Easily Forgiven. Despite his numerous crimes, he's never shown receiving any punishment for them and is walking around freely by Ghost Spider. Gwen even considers him a good friend despite it all.
- Laser Blade: Part of his arsenal as the Green Goblin. His bio says he totally didn't rip it off from Star Wars.
- Love Triangle: Unwittingly sparked Peter's jealousy when he (Harry) asked Gwen out.
- Mecha-Mooks: Pursues Spider-Woman with a squad of glider-riding robot soldiers.
- Psycho Serum: He chugs a vial of refined Lizard Serum in order to make himself strong enough to fight evenly with Spider-Woman. Physical or emotional trauma causes the mutagen to go into overdrive, changing him in both mind and body, so he needs regular doses of suppressant to keep from turning completely into a feral Lizard.
- Revenge: Is out for Spider-Woman's head, because he blames her, and himself, for Peter's death. This briefly gets worse before calming down after he learns Spider-Woman's true identity.
- Sky Surfing: As befitting a Green Goblin, he and his robots ride on flying gliders.
- Super Strength: One of the benefits of the improved Lizard serum. His bio states that he can lift 20 tons.
- Troubled, but Cute: Supposedly the reason a kid of his financial background is slumming it at Peter and Gwen's high school was because he'd set fire to his Prep School.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Flashbacks show that he had seen Peter transformed and didn't say anything at the time to let Spider-Woman understand the situation, which could have prevented her from inadvertently killing Peter.
A genius kid and the Earth-65 version of Reed Richards that Jessica contacts in the hope of getting back to her universe.
- Age Lift: His comic counterpart is presented as being one of the older Marvel heroes in the modern age, usually at least 40, and definitely older than any Spider-hero. Here, he's younger than even Gwen.
- Black and Nerdy: Learned to read by six months old. His first written word: "This ends in flames".
- Gadgeteer Genius: He easily creates an interdimensional portal with things the Stacies have lying around on their basement which, according to Silk, includes LEGOs.
- Mythology Gag: He has white hair in the same spot on the sides of his head as Mr. Fantastic, despite being much younger than him.'
- Playing with Fire: He has a habit of using cosmic fire.
- Race Lift: This version of Reed is black, unlike his maintream version, who is white.
- Seen It All: When Jessica Drew tries to explain that she's from another universe, he accepts her story right away since he's already used to meeting multidimensional travellers.Reed: I'm a Reed Richards, lady. I was meeting dimension hoppers before I could tie my shoes.
- Teen Genius: Reed is only thirteen but is intelligent enough to jury rig a portal to the mainstream Marvel universe by himself. He also likes to skip school to study on his own.
Officer Ben Grimm
An NYPD police officer who encounters the Vulture.
- Age Lift: Unlike the mainstream universe, Ben is an adult while Reed Richards, and Sue and Johnny Storm are kids.
- Determinator: The Vulture carried him some distance before he managed to shake Officer Grimm loose. And even though he required a full body cast from his injuries, he still managed to crawl out of a dumpster and four more blocks under his own power to find help.
- Made of Iron: Subverted. He may have survived a long drop into a dumpster, but he did not emerge unscathed, and was in a full body cast afterwards.
- Mythology Gag: Those Yancy Street Gang kids ain't seen nothing yet... His career choice seems to have been inspired by the fact that the actor who played him in two "Fantastic Four" movies (Michael Chiklis) plays cops in two TV series: Vic Mackey in The Shield and Captain Barnes in Gotham.
Captain Jean DeWolff
A friend and colleague of George Stacy's and reluctant second-in-command to Frank Castle. At George's insistence, she digs deeper into the conspiracy behind Peter Parker's death, driving a wedge between her and her increasingly-deranged superior. After Castle goes rogue, she finds herself promoted to his position as Captain of the Special Crimes Task Force.
- Amicable Exes: It's heavily implied that she and George were more than just partners. She is the only one on the force who is on a First-Name Basis with him, and frequently shows Anger Born of Worry towards him. They still are friends, and Jean once kisses him on the cheek after figuring out that he and Spider-Woman have a connection, trusting that he is still a good person.
- By-the-Book Cop:
- She admits at court that Frank Castle beat Rhino up, which is one of the reasons he is let go. The other reason was of course District Attorney Foggy Nelson tampering with evidence to cause the mistrial, as he was asked by Matt Murdock to let Rhino go, who would go on to break into George Stacy's cell to beat him up.
- Much like her old partner, Stacy, she is known to be this, which is why Gwen takes her own advice and turns herself in to DeWolff.
- Everyone Has Standards: She is notably disgusted by how far Castle is willing to go to catch a criminal, and tries her best to restrain him.
- Rank Up: After Frank Castle goes loose, she is promoted from Detective to Captain.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Capt. Stacy convinces her to look into the Lizard business. She somehow manages to convince Peggy Carter to let her cooperate with their investigation of the Lizards. Gwen also suggests to the dirty cops that are responsible for her father's injuries to go confess to DeWolff.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Thus far she's not been killed, unlike her 616 counterpart, although her meddling with Frank Castle's vendetta against Spider-Woman has put her in his sights.
The Mary Janes
The lead singer of The Mary Janes, and Gwen's friend from high school.
- Adaptation Personality Change: She is meaner and more cynical than the original version. As she gets developed more though, she starts to resemble her original self more.
- Adaptational Sexuality: She's bisexual, having had a few unsuccessful relationships with boys before developing a relationship with Glory Grant, first indicated when Glory flirts with her after Em Jay punches out a boy who was harassing Betty, and further hinted at when they're seen huddled together in bed. In Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #5, Gwen wonders whether the lyrics to a new song MJ wrote are trying to passive-aggressively hint that MJ has a crush on her.
- Alternate Self: Aside from being one to Earth-616's Mary Jane Watson, Em Jay has an alternate counterpart who is implied to be in a romantic relationship with her universe's Spider-Gwen.
- Attention Whore: Called out on this by Glory. She denies it, though she did name the band after herself.
- Decomposite Character: This version of MJ resembles the original Steve Ditko Gwen Stacy a great deal more that Earth-65's Gwen does, being an insufferable drama queen who believes the world revolved around her. Since 616-Gwen went through a number of sudden personality changes issue-by-issue before her death, some of which were intended by Lee to steal MJ's thunder, this is an odd way of turnaround.
- Drama Queen: The source of her butting heads with others so much; she's not mean for the sake of being, but she's just very prone to over-reacting about things.
- Fiery Redhead: Mary Jane is a hot-tempered drama-queen who is quick to criticize others, especially Gwen.
- For Want of a Nail: Without Peter Parker's influence, Mary Jane became a Jerkass due to lack of positive influence from him along with the death of Gwen Stacy from the 616 universe.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Jealously comments on Gwen's powers in issue 8 of Ghost-Spider and mutters about wanting her own. Glory's response indicates it's not the first time.Mary Jane: Show off. If I had super powers-Glory: I know, MJ. We all know.
- It's All About Me: The Mary Janes are named after her, obviously.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is certainly a dick at first, but she is also a somewhat caring friend who even helped protect her arch-enemy from ninjas.
- Mythology Gag: The Mary Janes' hit single, "Face It, Tiger," is obviously a reference to MJ's first line of dialogue to Peter in Earth-616.
- Relationship Upgrade: With Glory by the end of the Jason Latour's run of Spider-Gwen. Confirmed on his Twitter and we see them cuddling in bed together on panel.
- Secret Keeper: She pieces together that Gwen is Spider-Woman, though the others don't quite buy her theory until they see Spider-Woman receive a text sent to Gwen on live television.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Becomes more tolerable and understanding as time goes on. Given that this starts to show on-panel shortly before stating that she's figured out Gwen's secret identity, the two might be connected. Outlined with her falling-out with Liz; while Glory assumes MJ is at fault, it's actually because MJ tried to tell Liz that her boyfriend was sexually harassing her and Liz didn't believe her. Compared to her rivalries and falling-outs with others prior, it's notable that this time, she's not at fault at all.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: By Ghost-Spider she's gone back to being abrasive and critical of Gwen and constantly criticizes her performance and commitment to the band. In Issue 8 she even goes as far to accuse Gwen of not really caring about the band and being an Attention Whore after Gwen accidentally gets one of the Venom spiders on her during rehearsal. She also calls Gwen a show-off and jealously comments on wanting her own powers when Gwen swings away to avoid an argument. Gwen takes it in stride, however.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With pretty much everyone, Glory and her fight near constantly, she spends most of her talks with Gwen being passive-aggressive, and has a feud with Felicia Hardy so bad she was once almost choked to death. Still she and Glory are almost constantly with each other, her passive-aggression with Gwen is not completely unwarranted, and her feud didn't stop her from fighting deadly ninjas to protect Felicia.
Betty BrantThe Bass guitarist of the Mary Janes, and Gwen Stacy's roommate.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Betty is odd and hot-tempered, a far cry from the initial portrayal of her Earth-616 counterpart.
- Blood Knight: She has a fiery temper and owns a cat named Murderface, and when confronted by zombies she happily goes to town on them, then hunts Mysterio down and terrifies him.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She is just all kinds of weird compared to others. Besides her love of horror and violence, she has a habit of saying the strangest things.
- Nerves of Steel: Betty is completely desensitized to horror media so very little scares her, to Mysterio's terror.
Glory GrantThe backup in the Mary Janes, and Mary Jane's roommate.
- Amazon Chaser: After Mary Jane punches out a boy who was harassing Betty, Glory is more than impressed and their bickering takes on a tsundere tone. They're later shown huddled in bed together, with Word of Gay being that they're in a relationship.
- Like an Old Married Couple: How she spends most of her scenes, arguing with MJ. The reveal that they're in a relationship makes this trope even more fitting.
- Not So Above It All: While MJ is difficult, she's not always to blame for their arguing. When asked to cover drums because Gwen is in Madripoor, Glory picks a fight despite it being true that they do need a drummer and Glory is the only one that can drum as well as Gwen can, and she holds MJ to blame for her fall-out with Liz despite MJ having just informed Liz of her scummy boyfriend sexually harassing her.
- Relationship Upgrade: Despite their constant bickering, Glory falls for Mary Jane after she punches out a boy who was harassing Betty, and they're seen huddled together in bed.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With MJ; she constantly threatens to quit, and is almost always arguing with MJ about something, but it's clear she cares about her and the other band members.
Wilson Fisk / The Kingpin
Formerly a powerful crime boss in New York City, Wilson Fisk recently found himself serving time in prison. Initially trusting his lawyer, Matt Murdock, to run things in his absence, he quickly realized that his snake of a partner had instead decided to take over entirely.
- Bald of Evil: Like his mainstream counterpart, he's got a head like a cue ball and is one of the most notorious gangsters in New York.
- The Chessmaster: He's set up his gang so that his attorney (and second-in-command) can run it for him while he's in jail.
- The Don: A mob boss through and through.
- Large and in Charge: Fisk is a massive seemingly-obese mob boss, much like his mainstream counterpart, though he's behind bars for the entierty of the series.
- Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Even though he's imprisoned before the events of Edge of Spider-Verse, Fisk is still able to run his criminal organization through Murdock, at least until Murdock takes over completely.
Adrian Toomes / The Vulture
Formerly of Oscorp, the Vulture is one of Gwen's first major adversaries following her first adventure into the multiverse.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Of the "Crazy Old Man" variety.
- Going Postal: A disgruntled former employee of Oscorp.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Vulture's are dark and mechanical.
- I Just Want to Be Special: The main reason he became the Vulture in the first place. Being the big man in prison turns out to suit him just fine.
- Starter Villain: Probably the first recurring nemesis Gwen faces as Spider-Woman.
Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich / Rhino
A mercenary sent by Matt Murdock (per Kingpin's request) to kill George Stacy, ultimately foiled by the new Spider-Woman in town.
- Abhorrent Admirer: He flirts with Spider-Woman while fighting her.
- Big Eater: When meeting with Matt Murdock, Aleksei orders an enormous meal.
- The Brute: He's much smarter than the mainstream Rhino, but still used as dumb muscle.
- Character Death: Seemingly killed by the Punisher.
- Professional Killer: He's a Russian assassin, and he's hired to kill Gwen's father. Twice. Or at least roughen him up to the point that Stacy was in life-threatening danger for months. The second time, Gwen is so angry that she would have killed Rhino if Castle hadn't appeared and killed him first.
- Tap on the Head: Gwen defeats him by drumming on his head.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is blue... and so is his skin.
- You No Take Candle: He has a very thick Russian accent and his English isn't very good, but he's surprisingly eloquent.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Spider-Woman attacks him, he tries to call her out when he's only trying to "help" her.
Matthew Michael Murdock / The Kingpin
A skilled lawyer, deadly assassin, and Wilson Fisk's trusted right-hand man. When Fisk found himself in jail, Murdock took advantage of his position as the boss's lawyer to keep him there, eventually replacing him as New York's Kingpin of Crime.
- Adaptational Villainy: He's definitely not heroic in this reality, acting as the Kingpin's second-in-command. At present, he's become the Kingpin himself.
- Affably Evil: Murdock is always polite and cheerful, even when issuing vaguely-worded threats. Even when dealing with his "rival" Cindy Moon he still plants a kiss on her enjoying their long-running relationship. He's also a fan of the Mary Janes, singing "Face It, Tiger" to himself while walking down the street.
- Amoral Attorney: Unlike most continuities, Murdock is much more shady, such as arranging for Rhino to be freed from prison.
- Arch-Enemy: Is this for Spider-Gwen. His actions have caused her untold amounts of suffering, loss, and pain and he's the only one that's shown to really get under Gwen's skin enough for her to try and outright kill him.
- Beneath the Mask: Murdock actually hates himself for having Become Their Own Antithesis, and seeks to corrupt Gwen primarily just to prove he isnt alone in being corruptible. Even his clues to Gwen about The Symbiote being vulnerable to sound was in a sense a clue to how to defeat him. Realizing all of this, Gwen defeats him in Spider-Gwen Vol. 2 #32 by, in part, taking him to task with a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech that drives him to a Villainous Breakdown.Gwen: You think youre cursed. Burdened by this great power. No one is as free as you. Last week youre a crime boss. This week youre a ninja. Your whole life is dress-up. Youre so bored and empty that you have to wear other peoples pain like a costume. And the only justice of it is that if you listen close with that magic ear of yours... you know that every word Im saying is true. [...] You needed the thrill of being caught. Youve been begging for someone to stop you.
- The Chessmaster: Murdock is highly skilled at manipulating people and situations to come out on top and advance his goals no matter the results, though this starts to backfire on him when Gwen becomes Venom and starts hunting him down for his role in that happened to her father.
- The Consigliere: Kingpin seems to trust Matt's judgement enough to let him run his criminal empire while he's in jail.
- Cool Mask: He has a crimson oni mask that he occasionally wears.
- The Corrupter: His goal is to drive Gwen into becoming just like him. In order to accomplish this, he sets about making her life hell and forcing her to become reliant on him.
- Dating Catwoman: He is a casual love interest and rival of Cindy Moon. They even kiss after he breaks into her prison cell.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: The main motivation behind his actions. He's so disillusioned by his rise to criminal lordship and experiences as a Hand Assassin thanks to his powers, he has no one to care for and no motivation for anything. He would have outright killed himself if not for Spider-Gwen showing up. In her he saw a kindred spirit and dedicated himself to molding her into someone like himself to curb his own loneliness.
- The Don: While his boss, Wilson Fisk, is in jail, Murdock has taken over the management of his criminal empire as a proxy leader and assumed the title of the Kingpin, though he denies this to the public.
- Dragon Ascendant: After Fisk is arrested, Murdock takes over his empire.
- Evil Cripple: Like his 616 counterpart, Murdock is blind. Unlike his 616 counterpart, he's a ruthless crimelord.
- For Want of a Nail: Stick was killed early in Matt's training, resulting in Matt being taken in by the Hand and becoming a villain.
- Fun T-Shirt: He has an orange T-Shirt with the words "I'm not the Kingpin" written on the front. He also has one with the words "I'm not Daredevil".
- Gray-and-Grey Morality: How he apparently sees the world.
- Handicapped Badass: He's blind, but while he doesn't fight as much as his 616 counterpart, he isn't to be taken lightly either.
- The Heavy: Directly handles the running of Fisk's criminal empire while his employer is in prison.
- Interdimensional Travel Device: He steals Gwen's inter-dimensional portal bracelet, though only uses it to open portals to and from places on Earth-65.
- Legacy Character: Of a sort. While his boss Wilson Fisk is in prison, Murdock has taken over running his criminal empire and the title of the Kingpin, though he denies both to the public.
- Logical Weakness: Having Super Senses makes him even more sensitive than normal to loud noise. Gwen finally gets the upper hand over him by blasting her band's music right into his brain.
- McNinja: Was taken in and trained by The Hand after they killed his previous mentor, Stick.
- Not So Different: He is drawn to Gwen, because he thinks they are Birds of a Feather. He tries to tell her how similar they are and pushes her to become evil like he did, but Gwen is having none of it.
- Parental Substitute: He almost seems to see himself as one for Gwen while George is in jail, even to the point of ruffling her hair the way he would a daughter.
- The Red Baron: His nickname on the streets is Matt "Murderdock".
- Sadist: He loves inflicting pain to others, and he wishes to make Gwen feel the same.
- Sadistic Choice:
- He offers George Stacy a choice: compromise his moral code and let him kill Frank Castle, or risk Frank killing his daughter. George calls his bluff and forces Murdock to back down.
- He attempts this with Gwen too, by telling her about a potential cure for Harry Osborn's condition, then sending her to find him in Madripoor. At the same time, he has his Hand ninjas constantly attack Harry to advance his mutation. This pushes Gwen into a position where she has to either use the power-up isotopes she has on hand to save her friend but give up being Spider-Woman, or save them for herself to keep the power but lose Harry to his Lizard side. In addition, if she does choose option one, doing so would also spawn the Venom symbiote, which she would need to bond with to protect others from it. This would restore her powers permanently while also corrupting her into a weapon he can use; but if she doesn't Harry will probably die as a result. This one also backfires on him, when it turns out that Gwen can control the symbiote just fine, her anger issues at the time notwithstanding.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: He deduced that Spider-Woman is Gwen Stacy by sending the Rhino and Vulture after her dad. He lets George know he's figured it out as blackmail.
- Smug Snake: He has an unbelievably smug smirk on his face most of the time, and is fond of rubbing his victories in the faces of those he's triumphed over.
- Super Senses: His sense of hearing functions as echolocation.
- Victory Is Boring: The reason why he devoted so much time and energy to try to corrupt Gwen. After all the battles he had won and rivals he'd disposed of to become the Kingpin of New York's underworld, he felt empty with no new challenges to overcome. He was even contemplating ending his own life until Spider-Woman showed up on his radar, and he made it his project to make her like him.
- Villain Takes an Interest: Rather than an enemy, he sees Spider-Woman as a worthy prospective protégée. It is the reason he had Cindy develop more of Gwen's spider-power formula to keep her under his control.
- Villainous Breakdown: His cool, confident façade completely shatters when he realizes that Gwen has him completely beaten and can use his Logical Weakness against him, openly and angrily threatening to kill her.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He gets threatened with this by the Hand's leadership after they finally get fed up with his casual disrespect, total lack of discretion, and Mook Depletion resulting from his actions. He responds by telling them to Bring It.
A high-ranking member of the Hand who acts as Murdock's right-hand man.
- Bald of Evil: He's completely bald and is a member of the Hand.
- Katanas Are Just Better: His Weapon of Choice for fighting the Hand's enemies.
- Ninja: He dresses in Hand ninja garb when he fights Spider-Woman.
- Number Two: He is shown to act as Murdock's second-in-command amongst the Hand's New York chapter.
- Villainous Valor: Was willing to fight the Punisher in order to give his boss time to escape.
A retired Marine who briefly served in Tony Stark's infamous PMC "War Machine" before settling down as a police detective. Of course, "settle down" is a relative term — Castle's brutality saw him briefly dismissed from the force before being brought back in to hunt down Spider-Woman. His ruthless methods and deteriorating mental state eventually drove him to abandon the law entirely, becoming a murderous vigilante known as "the Punisher."
- Ax-Crazy: He proves just how far-gone he is when he blows up apartments with his repulsor gauntlet during his final battle with Gwen, and tries to kill George for protecting his daughter.
- Badass Normal: It's not mentioned if this world's Rhino has some of the invulnerability of Earth 616's, but he's strong enough to overpower a ten-tonner like Gwen. Once in jail though, the Rhino gets utterly pummeled by Frank Castle. Emphasized in issue # 4 when Castle returns from his fight with Spider-Gwen and the Vulture, bandaged, battered, bruised, and his arm in a cast, but still giving orders, while his subordinates can only wonder how it is that he's even standing at all.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: When Gwen is about to murder Rhino (while being filmed), he arrives just in time to knock her away and does the deed himself. Gwen, who sees it as a Kill Steal is absolutely furious, and rumors that she killed Rhino appear on the Bugle anyway, but the police are aware she didn't kill him.
- The Berserker: He easily beats up Murdock's horde of ninja in a berserker rage, despite having been hospitalized a short while before.
- Composite Character: Frank uses a repulsor gauntlet similar to the ones used by Iron Man. Of all the traditional Spider-Man villains, his repulsor arguably makes him closest to the Shocker.
- Cowboy Cop: He's not afraid to commit police brutality to get results. Deconstructed in that not only are his extreme methods a part of his gradual Sanity Slippage, but his beating of the Rhino in police custody is part of the reason why the judge is forced to dismiss the case against him.
- Determinator: After getting into a battle with The Vulture AND Spider-Woman, he required hospitalization. He returned to work the next day with a neck brace, a black eye, several bandages, his arm in a cast and sling, and immediately telling everyone to stop jawing and get back to work.
- Enemy Mine: He suggests a team-up against Murdock to Spider-Woman in Gwenom. Considering he is a major part of the reason things went downhill for Gwen and that he just took away her chance to exact revenge against Rhino for hurting Capt. Stacy, she throws his offer right back in his face and prevents him from killing the Kingpin.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Castle is so driven to apprehend Gwen for the murder of an innocent that he's willing to endanger and kill innocents to do so. Jean DeWolff calls him out on his hypocrisy while trying to arrest him.
- Hate Sink: Doesnt have the sympathetic backstory that makes other versions of him a Jerkass Woobie at best. His wife isnt dead, she simply left him. Here hes an extreme Inspector Javert prone to Police Brutality and when De Wolfe tells him his just as guilty of the acts he was accusing Spider-Woman of, he just brushes her off making it clear hes just a Straw Hypocrite who looks for excuses to be violent.
- Heel Realization: At some point between his attempt to kill Spider-Woman and the start of her "Gwenom" phase, Frank calms down enough to realize that his obsession with her was ultimately little more than a distraction and that Matt Murdock is the real villain pulling everyone's strings.
- Hired Guns: Before joining the NYPD he worked as a mercenary for Tony Stark's War Machine PMC.
- Inspector Javert: Towards Gwen, to the point of using lethal force against her and her father in an attempt to apprehend her.
- In Spite of a Nail: Castle's wife and kids are alive on this reality (though she left with their kids). Their deaths motivated his 616 counterpart to turn into The Punisher. This Frank Castle was hired as a mercenary by Tony Stark and the nickname came from his love of over the top violence and the aggressive behaviour he displayed against suspects while working for the NYPD. He even wore a similar outfit to his mainstream counterpart while he was part of Stark's private army. Notably, the 616 Frank Castle makes a point of not hurting the innocent and at least tries to keep a certain level of control. This version of Frank doesn't care about any of that.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He beats up and unmasks Spider-Woman, but when he sees she's an ordinary teenaged girl rather than the sick, sadistic sociopath he thought he was up against, he reacts in shock and horror. He gets over this as he starts to follow her.
- Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Becomes increasingly obsessed with capturing Spider-Woman and bringing her to "justice".
- Rabid Cop: As his Sanity Slippage worsens, he devolves into threatening innocent lives just to exact his twisted vision of justice on Spider-Woman.
- Sanity Slippage: After the NYPD try to quietly close the case on Peter Parker's death, Castle grows more and more unhinged in his obsession to unmask Spider-Woman. This includes publicly threatening her while she's in her civilian identity and teaming up with Kraven. Even when he's held at gunpoint by Jean DeWolff, he still tries to pull the trigger of his gun to kill Gwen and her father only to learn he's run out of bullets.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: DeWolff suspects that his experiences as a member of the War Machines is behind his instability and aggression.
Felicia Hardy / Black Cat
A thief (and lead singer of a band called The Black Cats) who has some unfinished business with Matt Murdock.
- Anti-Villain: It's not hard to see where she is coming from when she wants to kill Matt Murdock, the guy that killed her father.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: Her dad was one and trained her to be one as well, but she decided stealing hearts through music was better.
- Glam Rock: Felicia's preferred musical style, in contrast to The Mary Janes' Garage Rock vibe.
- Gratuitous French: Naturally, as it's her native tongue.
- Race Lift: She's a black Francophone in this reality.
- Revenge Before Reason: Her modus operandi against Kingpin and his ilk.
- The Rival: The Mary Janes, as she's the singer of her own band called the Black Cats.
- You Killed My Father: Her father was killed by Matt Murdock, and she's never quite gotten over the grudge she has for him because of it.
- Government Conspiracy: George Stacy mentions six missing veterans, heavily implied to be the Lizards, and this world's Captain America states that these Lizards are the property of SHIELD. She later clarifies they are the product of a shadow cell called S.I.L.K., which SHIELD has been investigating.
- Lizard Folk: Through exposure to an experimental serum, they were mutated into anthropomorphic reptilian monsters.
Sergei Kravinoff / Kraven the Hunter
A descendant of Russian nobility. Ex-mercenary and avid hunter of all manner of game, he first enters Gwen's life when Frank Castle calls on him to help him unmask Spider-Woman.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His strength, reflexes, agility and lifespan are all improved by a particular combination of diet and exercise passed down through his family line.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: His closest companion is an orangutan named Louis who serves as his butler.
- Hired Guns: Operated as a War Machine mercenary alongside Frank Castle.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Has no qualms with hunting his fellow man for sport, but he's particularly impressed with Spider-Woman, and quickly develops a sort of infatuation with her.
A low-level thief known to steal from bodegas around town, styling himself after a stereotypical highwayman.
- Blatant Burglar: As if his code-name wasn't obvious enough, he seemingly never takes off his domino mask and hat.
- Bullying a Dragon: He threatens Gwen when robbing the Dollar Dog, apparently not recognizing her as the girl he had a pep-talk with the day before. She singlehandedly boots him out.
- Butt-Monkey: He's a totally inept criminal and is frequently stated to be, objectively, the worst villain in the city.
- Canon Foreigner: One of the few characters not based on somebody from Marvel canon... that we know of.
- Cardboard Prison: Most of the time he doesn't even go to jail, and the times that he does his father bails him out.
- Expy: Of the Hamburglar, even paraphrasing his catchphrase while robbing a burger joint.
- Identical Stranger: He has a completely unrelated Madripoorian counterpart who steals Japanese food.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain:
- He's a low-level villain that targets bodegas and gets beaten easily by Gwen. Even the guys he steals from pity him. Considering he lives in a dumpster, it's implied he's homeless, making him all the more sympathetic.
- The Earth-8 version of him would apparently spawn an entire family of these, who happily insist that he was Gwen's greatest nemesis, only to be told that, factually, he was her worst.
- Knife Nut: He's first shown attacking Spider-Woman with a knife and easily being defeated.
- Loyal Animal Companion: In his second appearance it's revealed he has a canine sidekick, Bandito, who is eaten by the Lizard. Gwen later gives him her hamster, Pine Cone.
- Phrase Catcher: "Bodega Bandit, you are the worst." (and variations thereof.)
- Rousing Speech: He inadvertently restores Gwen's resolve when confronting her over why she - in her civilian identity - yelled at him for robbing a burger joint.
- Tears of Joy: When Spider-Woman gives him her pet hamster to replace his dog, the Bodega Bandit sports a Tearful Smile.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Embarrassingly outlandish as he may be, he's one of Gwen's most frequent foes for a reason - those "drop bears" of his are vicious.
- Canon Foreigner: Has no mainstream counterpart to speak of, being an Earth-65 original.
- Expy: He's blatantly based off of Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe.
- Funny Animal: Possibly. His character bio implies he's a human in some kind of costume, but the way he's drawn suggests that he's literally a talking Koala.
- Yowies and Bunyips and Drop Bears, Oh My: His whole schtick is based on the old "Drop Bears" joke.
John Jameson / Man-WolfA gangster with Lycanthropic powers, and the son of Mayor Jameson
- Adaptational Villainy: Most versions of John Jameson are kindhearted astronauts or the like who become unwilling threats due to the Man-Wolf powers. Earth-65's incarnation is a full on criminal of his own will.
- Karma Houdini: After his arrest, his father pulls strings to get him out of jail in spite of him being a werewolf crime boss.
The sole surviving recruit of Project Rebirth, Samantha served as Captain America during World War II. Thanks to Arnim Zola, she found herself trapped in the multiverse for seventy-five years, only recently returning to her home reality.
- Age Lift: Sam Wilson is usually a contemporary character but Samantha was active during World War II.
- The Comically Serious: She doesn't take lightly to Gwen's constant bantering.
- Composite Character: In addition to the Gender Flip detailed below, she combines Sam Wilson's name and ethnicity with the World War II backstory of Steve Rogers.
- Dating Catwoman: One of her old adventures involved being romantically pursued by a villain who looked exactly like Prince. And she proudly admits that it was mutual.
- Declaration of Protection: When Peggy Carter tells her to wait for backup before confronting Harry Osborn, Sam refuses saying that she intends to make sure that Spider-Woman is able to set things right.
- Dimensional Traveler: She traversed the Multiverse for seventy-five years, until she finally found her way back home.
- Gender Flip: A female iteration of Sam Wilson, traditionally portrayed as a man.
- Hero Does Public Service: Does volunteer work at the V.A. when she isn't doing missions for S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Hero of Another Story: Her backstory, much like 616-Steve Rogers', has her fighting Hydra and stopping them from invading her world with armies from the Nazi dimension. She has also been fighting S.I.L.K. long before Gwen got her powers.
- My Greatest Failure: Feels this way about not being able to help push social changes in her own timeline during the decades she was adrift in the multiverse.
- Older Than They Look: Thanks to the super-soldier serum, she looks the same as she did back in the 1940s, and she wasn't even frozen.
- The Paragon: The most heroic character in the series. She's a national hero and is adored by most people, including Gwen, and while she does like Gwen, she also tries to encourage Gwen to change the world as Spider-Woman and that proving her innocence is only something she can do herself. When Gwen is on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, Sam appears to stop Gwen from doing something she can't take back and tries to remind Gwen that revenge is not the right thing to do.
- Race Lift: Played with. Steve Rogers (a white man) was never Captain America in this reality; it's always been Samantha, a black woman. Funnily enough, at the time of her debut, Sam Wilson (a black man) held the title of Captain America.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: After seeing Spider-Woman's reaction to Connors turning into the Lizard, Sam believes her to be innocent and is willing to go against orders to give her the chance to prove it.
- Statuesque Stunner: Her handbook entry lists her height at 6'1".
Director Peggy Carter
The director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and leader of Project Rebirth.
- Ascended Extra: Much like her counterpart in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Peggy was nowhere near as significant in the history of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the mainstream Marvel Universe as she seems to be here.
- Composite Character: This version of Peggy seems to be mixed with Nick Fury.
- Distaff Counterpart: In terms of leading S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury doesn't appear to exist in this reality.
- Eyepatch of Power: Much like the one Nick Fury traditionally wears.
- Vague Age: Peggy was alive during World War II, but she doesn't seem to have aged very much over the seventy-five years Sam was stuck in the multiverse. Perhaps justified via Comic-Book Time.
Sam 13 / The Falcon
Samantha's (male) clone and sidekick.
- Artificial Human: He was cloned from Samantha in an attempt to recreate Captain America.
- Composite Character: He blends aspects of the 616 Sam Wilson (codename, association with birds, etc), Bucky (relationship with Cap, status as sidekick, etc), and even X-23 (similar names and backstories, being the Opposite-Sex Clone of a hero).
- Junior Counterpart: To Captain America.
- Loyal Animal Companion: Subverted in that his Redwing is actually a robotic falcon.
- Love at First Sight: He's head-over-heels for Betty Brant after witnessing her fiery temper.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with his namesake.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: Sam is male, unlike the person he was cloned from.
- Sociopathic Hero: Thanks to being groomed from "birth" to be a super-soldier, he doesn't have much regard for human life, and has to be told not to start shooting civilians out of boredom. Part of why Captain America took him on as her sidekick was to get him out of this mindset.
- You Are Number 6: His civilian name is Sam 13, presumably for being Captain America's thirteenth clone.
Mr. Murderhands, Wolverine
A bounty hunter who does black ops for S.H.I.E.L.D. Wild rumors in the organization's ranks have given him the nickname "Mr. Murderhands". Spider-Woman gives him the name Wolverine, recognizing his similarities to Earth-616's Laura Kinney.
- Appropriated Appelation: He starts going by "Wolverine" after Gwen calls him that.
- Atrocious Alias: The general public of Earth-65 apparently knows him as "Mr. Murderhands." Gwen finds this nickname utterly ridiculous and instead calls him "Wolverine" after his 616 counterpart, which he winds up liking the sound of.
- Blood Knight: As with his mainstream counterpart, he's vicious in combat.
- Bounty Hunter: Works as one for S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Cursed with Awesome: According to local legends, he was cursed long ago to live a day for every life he ever took.
- Healing Factor: As an alternate-universe counterpart to Wolverine, he has a regenerative healing factor which apparently also makes him virtually immortal.
- Race Lift: He's native Japanese in this universe, with his backstory setting him as a Samurai cursed with immortality rather than a Canadian-born mutant. He even keeps his hair in a bun rather than the traditional Wolverine hairstyle.
- Really 700 Years Old: According to Harry, he was a samurai hundreds of years ago.
- Wolverine Claws: He can extend three claws from his knuckles.
Another bounty hunter for S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Ambiguously Brown: It's not clear what her ethnicity is, however she's depicted with darker skin than Gwen, Matt, and Harry. Combined with her claws, it makes her almost look like the original version of X-23.
- Bounty Hunter: Works as one for S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Evil Counterpart: To her benevolent Earth-616 incarnation, given that she's an Ax-Crazy mercenary who has to kept in control by her Blood Knight partner, Wolverine.
- Intangibility: She can phase through things, enabling her to avoid attacks.
- Psycho for Hire: Seems to be even more bloodthirsty than Logan, due to S.H.I.E.L.D. giving him a device that produces a sonic signal that keeps her in check. However, she also has to restrain him a few times, indicating their working relationship amounts to mutually stopping the other going too far.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Despite being Logan's partner, they often come to blows over who will collect on their contracts.
- Wolverine Claws: She also has three retractile claws that come out of her knuckles, but hers are shorter and more feline than Logan's.
The Earth-65 counterpart to Earth-616's Silk, she is the head of the organization known as S.I.L.K., responsible for the creation of the Lizards.
- Age Lift: Played with; while she's the same age as 616 Cindy, she's significantly older than Gwen in this universe, and as such older than Peter (in fact, her organisation's projects ultimately lead to his death), who 616 Cindy went to school with.
- All Your Powers Combined: Her Power Glove is able to mimic any sufficiently analyzed technology as hard light holograms.
- Badass Normal: Has none of her counterpart's powers, but is a trained fighter who learned from the best.
- Big Bad: She's the main villain of the the 2016 Spider-Women crossover. She might be a Big Bad Wannabe now that she's been locked up by S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Cindy creates a gauntlet with Earth-616 technology that lets her use the abilities of different superheroes and supervillains, going all the way from Paste-Pot Pete to Doctor Doom.
- Ditzy Genius: Cindy is a science prodigy who claims to have engineered the spider that gave Gwen her powers. She also has a short attention span, and actually loses interest as she gives a villainous monologue.
- EMP: Her gauntlet's mode for Reed Richards creates an electromagnetic pulse that fries every electronic device in her vicinity. Unfortunately for her, it also destroys the gauntlet.
- Evil Counterpart: She's a villainous version of Cindy Moon who runs an ominous evil organization.
- Evil Genius: Her intelligence and eidetic memory helped her build a billion dollar criminal empire, and when given just a little bit of access to the advanced technology of Prime Earth's heroes and villains, creates a device capable of mimicking all of them.
- For Want of a Nail: Represents the direction Silk might have gone if she was never bit by a spider and placed in the bunker by Ezekiel.
- Goth: In her teenage years, as part of her disillusionment with her mundane family life. To quote her bio page:Fun Fact: Even before her encounter with the spider, Cindy-65 wanted to be so goth in High School. Winona Ryder from Beetlejuice was her hero.
- HeelFace Turn: By the time Gwen encounters her again after breaking into prison she seems to have left behind all of her villainous tendencies and even gives Gwen advice to beat Matt Murdock. Gwen also briefly considers going to her for help when she needs help with the Venom symbiote acting up.
- The Heavy: Is the one responsible for giving Gwen her powers and giving them back after Matt Murdock asked for her help.
- I Just Want to Be Special: After being bored with a normal life, Cindy joined SHIELD and later turned to villainy to make her life more interesting.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: She can create a copy of Doctor Octopus's limb tech built for defense, as shown during her fight with Jessica.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: This Cindy Moon wears mostly black and a red coat, unlike her 616 counterpart, who has just a few red details and a lot of white in her torso.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: In a rare villainous example, Cindy already knows Gwen is Spider-Woman well before they even meet for the first time. This is explained as her having monitored Gwen at least since she was bitten by the spider that gave her superpowers and that she says she engineered.
- Start My Own: Quit SHIELD and founded the villainous organization SILK, largely so she could be the boss and do whatever she wanted.
- Unreliable Narrator: It's heavily implied that her claim that she created the spider that gave Gwen her superpowers is only partially true if not even completely false.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Jesse quits SILK, she takes out her frustration by blowing up his house and even part of her secret bunker.
- Villainous Friendship: She shares a flirty relationship with Matt Murdock (the two having formerly been lovers), despite being criminal rivals.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers this to Gwen and 616-Cindy, saying that they could get everything they always wanted.
Jesse Drew / Agent 77
An agent of S.I.L.K. who works directly for Cindy Moon. Gifted with spider powers and skilled in stealth and espionage, he steals Gwen's dimension-hopping watch, giving his boss access to parallel Earths.
- Anti-Villain: For the most part he is a pretty affable guy, he takes no pleasure in his job, he only works for Cindy because he thinks that without her and her "antidote" he will die.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: When he fights with Jessica, he spends most of the fight critiquing her skills.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He isn't going to hurt a child, and honestly holds no hostility toward Jess. He only showed up at her apartment because Jess went to his first. While in there, he even built her kid's crib and painted the room.
- Gender Flip: He's a male version of Jessica Drew.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite having a completely different backstory than Jessica Drew and, by extension, gaining his abilities in different circumstances, Jesse's powers are very similar to those of his female counterpart.
- Insistent Terminology: He insists that Cindy Moon's plan of stealing technology from Earth-616 and taking it to her dimension to take over the world is "corporate espionage".
- Papa Wolf: He really cares about his wife and children and only appears on Jessica's house to make the point that threatening his family is a bad move. He even lets her take care of her baby while they are fighting.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Works for S.I.L.K. to support his family, and because he needs constant treatment from Cindy Moon to stay alive. Or, at least, that's what Cindy made him think.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His costume.
- Shock and Awe: Can produce bioelectric shocks.
- Super Serum: The treatment he received after being infected with alien spider venom also granted him his powers. Regular doses allow him to keep said powers.
A researcher working under Cindy Moon. While she's in prison he's been attempting to restructure her organization.
- Living Weapon: His "tentacles" are a real, scientifically altered octopus that he controls through a Psychic Link against its will.
- Mad Scientist: Very much fits the bill.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Averted. He doesn't have robotic limbs in this reality, and instead he relies on an actual octopus.
- Sycophantic Servant: He is very reverent of working for S.I.L.K.
Jefferson Davis / The Scorpion
A high-ranking member of S.I.L.K. who manages the organization in Cindy's absence.
- Arms Dealer: Has hero- and villain-tech stolen from Prime Earth, then sold on Earth-65's black market.
- Composite Character: Of Jefferson Davis and Mac Gargan / Scorpion.
- Evil Counterpart: To Miles Morales's dad, representing the direction he might have gone if he hadn't found someone to care about.
- Scary Black Man: Matt Murdock considers him someone who is enough of a threat that Gwen and Miles together should be wary of him.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a dapper suit while conducting business.
Janet van Dyne / The WaspA retired crimefighter, who left behind the stress of superheroics to become a fashion model.
- All There in the Manual: Gwen's handbook entry tells us that Janet van Dyne, aka The Wasp, bequeathed Gwen the web-shooters she uses when Janet retired from superheroics. We eventually see this during a flashback.
- Retired Badass: She used to be an A-list superhero, but the stress of juggling her personal life with constant life-or-death battles eventually got to her. She now works as a super-model, occasionally busting out her old gear to help people in trouble.
Gilles Weill / Brother Brit-Man
Earth-65's Captain Britain. Has never actually appeared in the series, instead originating from a 1991 Captain Britain comic where he's listed as a resident of the then-unestablished Earth-65 - a tidbit that has remained canon even after the world was chosen as Spider-Gwen's reality.
The current head of Oscorp and father of Harry Osborn.
- Adaptational Heroism: He might not be willing to help out his son physically, but in this reality he seems a lot more sane and reasonable.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Downplayed, especially compared to his mainstream counterpart. He's mentioned to engage in shady business practices and tax evasion, but that's where he draws the line - he may be corrupt, but he's no supervillain.
- Everyone Has Standards: Corrupt as he may be, even he's uneasy about partnering with organized crime and terrorist organizations like S.I.L.K., only even considering it because his son is in danger.
A former S.I.L.K. researcher under the employ of Matt Murdock. She has been working on an experimental alien substance that is supposed to give Gwen Stacy back her powers completely... in theory.
- Gender Flip: She's a female version of Eddie Brock.
- Mad Scientist: She created the Venom symbiote by experimenting with the "isotope" that gave Gwen her powers - derived from the irradiated genetic material of an alien spider - and the Lizard serum.
- Mythology Gag: A character with the name Brock is working with a black alien symbiote with the code name of Venom.
Jennifer "She-Hulk" Walters
A lawyer and professional wrestler. She represents Gwen during her trial.
- Amazonian Beauty: Just like mainstream Jen, though her muscles didn't come from gamma radiation.
- Badass Normal: Unlike her mainstream counterpart, she has no powers. Her muscles are purely from working out, and she dyed her skin and hair green as part of her persona.
- Brutal Honesty: Tells Gwen before her conviction that for the jury, it's less about deciding the merits of the case against her on the facts than it is about deciding whether or not they want her superheroics out on the street.
A major arms manufacturer and international celebrity with a number of skeletons in his closet, most notably the PMC "War Machine," which acts as his private army. Also, he bought out Starbucks and renamed it "Starkbucks."
- Adaptational Villainy: There's no indication of him being a superhero in this universe, and his status as the owner of a PMC indicates he's got a lot less moral scruples too.
- Private Military Contractors: Owns one in addition to his arms manufacturing company.
- The Ghost: He's a major part of Frank Castle and Kraven's backstories, and S.H.I.E.L.D. apparently keeps tabs on him, but he's never actually appeared.
The owner of the Dollar Dog fast food restaurant that Gwen, her friends and the Bodega Bandit frequent.
Utau the Watcher
The Watcher for Earth-65. Not the best at his job.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: How he feels about the whole "Gwenom" thing. Utaa — the Watcher of Earth-8 — berates him for this, since it jeopardizes his own utopian timeline — which he wants to keep as the default future of Earth-65.
- Lazy Bum: Would rather spend his days snacking and channel-surfing than observing the events of Earth-65.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: As an Audience Surrogate, Utau the Watcher frequently comments on and complains about the various melodramatic developments taking place in Earth-65 — which from his perspective is a TV show. He and Utaa also hang a lampshade on the repetitiveness of certain story arcs and the convoluted nature of the Marvel Multiverse.
Gwen Stacy / Venom (Earth-617)
- Alternate Self: She used to be the Gwen Stacy from Earth-616, before a run-in with the Gwen Stacy of Earth-65 radically changed her fate... and retroactively establishes that the Gwen of Earth-616 would have lived — albeit warped to a parallel universe — had Spider-Man not tried to catch her.
- Dimensional Traveler: She possesses a portal device that lets her travel the multiverse using the Web of Life and Destiny, using it to connect with the various Spider-Gwens across the multiverse and evade the Inheritors during the Totem War.
- For Want of a Nail: Her encounter with Gwen-65 radically changed her: instead of falling into despair, having an affair with Norman Osborn, being thrown off the George Washington Bridge, and having her neck snapped by her own boyfriend; she became determined to become a hero herself, became a police detective, bonded to and rehabilitated the Venom symbiote, and founded an interdimensional organization of Alternate Gwens.
- Freak Out: She has a brief one upon first meeting Gwen-65, assuming that she was a clone due to her creepy science professor, Dr. Miles Warren, being obsessed with them.
- Genius Bruiser: She is an expert at science and theoretical principles — impressing the likes of Tony Stark and Henry Pym as a college student — and is also the Venom of Earth-617.
- Great Detective: She's referred to as the World's Greatest Detective, applying her scientific acumen to police work.
- Gut Feeling: She remarks to Gwen-65 that she can tell that Peter's hiding something important from her, but she's not sure what it is.
- Heroic Host: She is the host of the Venom symbiote, with whom she has a positive rapport.
- Old Superhero: When she shows up to save Gwen-8's kids from Utaa and Utau, she's old enough that her hair has turned white and she has a few wrinkles, having been blonde in her youth. It doesn't stop her from kicking butt and solving crimes.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Her father was killed by Doctor Octopus, leaving her struggling to mask her grief and rage and despair behind a pretty smile in order to not worry her friends and boyfriend. She contrasts her own situation to Gwen-65's by pointing out that her angsty counterpart's father is still alive and she has the excuse of blaming her rage on the symbiote influencing her.
- Science Hero: In stark contrast to her Earth-65 counterpart, Gwen-617 is an expert at advanced science - impressing the likes of Tony Stark and Hank Pym with her calculations.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She is the long-haired skit-wearing girly-girl science whiz to the short-haired pants-wearing tomboyish drummer Gwen from Earth-65.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She gives Gwen-65 a gentle one, pointing out that at least her father is still alive.