Gwen Stacy / Spider-Woman
The Hero of the series. Better known to fans as Spider-Gwen.
- 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 reveals a bit about her backstory before Peter died. 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.
- Archnemesis Dad: Prior to the events of Edge of Spider-Verse #2, her father is hunting her, unaware that it's his daughter.
- Cool Big Sis: May Parker sees Gwen as such, as while Anya Corazón is roughly the same age she's too fanatical for May to relate to.
- The Conscience: 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.'
- Deadpan Snarker: Comes standard as a heroic spider person.
- 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 uses in her side-job as a member of the Web Warriors. She also frequently travels to Earth-616 to ask Jessica Drew for advice on being a better superhero.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Thus far averted. Gwen didn't invent her web shooters. They were bequeathed to her by a retiring Janet van Dyne.
- 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."
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Her chief motivation is preventing what happened to Peter Parker from happening to anyone else.
- In the Hood: Her costume has one that's part of the bodysuit.
- Missing Mom: According to her bio, her mother died some time ago. It's unknonwn how she died but it was apparently when Gwen was a kid.
- 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.
- Oblivious to Love: She was completely unware of Harry Osborn's crush on her until it was spelled out for her by a bandmate.
- 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.
- Pungeon Master: When she's not making snarky remarks about her current situation, she resort 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.
- 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.
- 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: During her cross over with the other Spider-Women, Gwen frequently breaks out into petty squabbles with Cindy Moon mainly for her immaturity and her tendency to get captured and need backup. Makes it all the more ironic that Cindy's Earth-65 counterpart is revealed to be the Big Bad of Gwen's book.
- 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: Despite her great powers, it's made clear that Gwen is out of her depth when fighting people with comparable strength and formal training. A great example is her fight with Captain America, where she goes down after a single punch connects.Matt Murdock: Imagine if you had one clue what you were doing with those fists?
Gwen's father, a police officer with the NYPD who serves as Gwen's sole Secret Keeper.
- Archnemesis Dad: At first, he was completely oblivious to the fact that his own daughter was Spider-Woman.
- By-the-Book Cop: He's a police officer dedicated to upholding and enforcing the law.
- 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 DeWolfe 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.
- Street Urchin: Grew up during a severe economic slump, and was a member of the Yancy Street Gang in his youth.
- Truth Seeker: After finding out that Spider-Woman didn't kill Peter Parker, he devotes himself to finding evidence that will prove it, even if doing so costs him his job.
Peter's uncle and neighbor to the Stacys.
- Death by Origin Story: Averted, unlike his mainstream Marvel counterpart. Instead of Ben himself, it's Peter who dies as motivation for somebody else.
- 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.
Peter's aunt and neighbor to the Stacys.
- 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.
Peter Parker / The Lizard
The original Spider-Man of Earth-616, who takes a very different path in this reality.
- Death by Origin Story: Peter serves as Gwen's The Lost Lenore.
- Gone Horribly Right: He wanted to be "special", and eventually turned himself into the Lizard.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Wanted to be strong like Gwen, 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.
- Posthumous Character: Was already dead by the time of Edge of Spider-Verse.
- 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.
Agent Harry Osborn / Green Goblin
The new kid in town — and inadvertent motivator for Peter to become The Lizard.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: May have 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 Formula 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.
- 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 been present when Peter transformed and didn't say anything at the time. While this is understandable given the chaos, he's still this due to not speaking up later which leads to everyone's belief that Gwen is a murderer.
A high-ranking cop with the NYPD and co-worker of George's.
- The Berserker: He easily beats up Murdock's horde of ninja in a berserker rage, despite having been hospitalized a short while before.
- Cowboy Cop: He's not afraid to commit police brutality to get results.
- 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.
- Hired Guns: Before joining the NYPD he worked as a mercenary for Tony Stark's War Machine PMC.
- In Spite of a Nail: Castle's wife and kids are alive on this reality (though she left with their kids). Their death 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.
- 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.
Officer Ben Grimm
An NYPD police officer who encounters the Vulture.
- Age Lift: Unlike the mainstream universe, Ben is an adult while every other member of the 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".
Detective Jean DeWolfe
Works with Frank Castle on the Spider-Woman task force. A friend and colleague of Capt. Stacy.
Mary Jane Watson
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.
- Attention Whore: Called out on this by Glory.
- Fiery Redhead: Wouldn't be MJ if she weren't.
- 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.
- It's All About Me: The Mary Janes are named after her, obviously.
- Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: She is certainly a dick, but she is also a somewhat caring friend who even helped protect her arch-enemy from Ninja's.
- 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.
- 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 ninja's to protect Felicia.
Wilson Fisk / The Kingpin
A powerful crime boss in New York City, currently serving time in prison.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Starter Villain: Probably the first recurring nemesis Gwen faces as Spider-Woman.
Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich / Rhino
A mercenary sent by Matthew 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.
- Professional Killer: He's a Russian assassin, and he's hired to kill Gwen's father.
- 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.
A New York City lawyer and Kingpin's trusted right-hand man, often found doing his bidding around town.
- Adaptational Villainy: He's definitely not heroic in this reality, acting as the Kingpin's second-in-command.
- Affably Evil: Murdoch is always polite and cheerful, even when issuing vaguely-worded threats.
- Amoral Attorney: Unlike most continuities, Murdock is much more shady...
- The Consigliere: Kingpin seems to trust Matt's judgement enough to let him run his criminal empire while he's in jail.
- For Want of a Nail: Stick was killed early in Matt's training.
- Fun T-Shirt: He has an orange T-Shirt with the words "I'm not the Kingpin" written on the front.
- Gray and Grey Morality: How he apparently sees the world.
- Handicapped Badass: 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.
- McNinja: Was taken in and trained by The Hand after they killed his previous mentor, Stick.
- 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.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: He's deduced that Spider-Woman is Gwen Stacy by sending the Rhino and Vulture after her dad, only letting George know he's figured it out.
- Super Senses: His sense of hearing functions as echolocation.
- Villain Takes an Interest: Rather than an enemy, he sees Spider-Woman as a worthy prospective protégée.
Felicia Hardy / Black Cat
A thief (and lead singer of a band called The Black Cats) who has some unfinished business with Matthew Murdock.
- Anti-Villain: It's not hard to see where she is coming from when she wants to kill Matt Murderdock, 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 its 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 Matthew 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.
A low-level thief known to steal from bodegas around town.
- Blatant Burglar: As if his code-name wasn't obvious enough, he seemingly never takes off his domino mask and hat.
- Canon Foreigner: One of the few characters not based on somebody from Marvel canon... that we know of.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Tears of Joy: When Spider-Woman gives him her pet hamster to replace his dog, the Bodega Bandit sports a Tearful Smile.
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.
- The Comically Serious: She doesn't take lightly to Gwen's constant bantering.
- 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 finally finding 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
- 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.
- 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".
Peggy Carter, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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.
- 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.
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.
- Big Bad: Revealed in the 2016 Spider-Women crossover to be this for Gwen.
- Ditzy Genius: Cindy is a science prodigy who 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.
- Evil Counterpart: She's a villainous version of Cindy Moon who runs an ominous evil organization.
- 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.
- The Heavy: Is the one responsible for giving Gwen her powers.
- 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.
- 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.
- Start My Own: Quit SHIELD and founded the villainous organization SILK, largely so she could be the boss and do whatever she wanted.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers this to Gwen and 616-Cindy.
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.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite not suffering a life-threatening injury in his childhood related to radiation and aracnhids' blood, Jesse Drew still got spider-powers like his female version while he was working for SHIELD.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His costume.
- Spear Counterpart: He's a male version of Jessica Drew.
Dr. Otto Octavius
A scientist working for S.I.L.K. who can somehow fuse with his octopus pet.
Janet van Dyne / The Wasp
- 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.
- Retired Badass: All we know for sure is that this version of The Wasp retired.
- The Unseen: She's yet to actually show up in the comic itself.