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YMMV / Spider-Gwen

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  • Broken Base: Some fans that weren't the biggest supporters of the changes to both Peter Parker and other cast members thinking it worked best as a one-off issue. Others liked the concept, but thought the editors wrote themselves into a corner with Peter dead and her identity revealed to Captain Stacy.
  • Cant Unhear It: Popular voices for this version of Gwen are Dove Cameron and Hailee Steinfeld.
  • Character Rerailment:
    • Some have argued that Peter Parker, before his transformation, goes back to his Steve Ditko roots in terms of characterization; an awkward, angry misanthrope who often made vague "I'll show them one day!" threats in his head. Here we see what would have happened to this Peter had he not became Spider-Man; he'd remained bitter and desperate to get the power to stand up for himself, which resulted in him becoming The Lizard. Whether or not it worked is to this day heavily discussed.
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    • It's also been argued that this was also done to Mary Jane. Before her character development, relationship with Peter, and Gwen's death; MJ projected an It's All About Me mentality among her peers and was seen as insensitive by Peter at the time. However, others point out that MJ was always charismatic, charming, friendly and gregarious and never bitchy and bossy, and she was the adored niece of her Aunt and treated like a daughter by Aunt May. Thus people are not fond of this portrayal either.
  • Common Knowledge: A lot of fanart tends to depict Gwen with longish-hair and wearing the classic Gwen Stacy headband, despite her canon depiction having short messy hair, as befitting her tomboyish nature. This even extends to her appearing like this in team and event books. As a result, a lot of people think she's just classic Gwen Stacy with spider-powers, to the point that when Gwen appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, some were surprised by her being a somewhat sardonic, punk-styled character. In any case, Ghost-Spider (2019) usually draws her more similar to her Earth-616 counterpart, so it might just be a case of Depending on the Artist.
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The book got this criticism around the time Gwenom happened, which the book itself lampshades with the Uatu of her universe getting fed up with how depressing everything is and wanting to switch to a different Earth.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Of Spider-Verse. Seriously, even after tagging her as "Your new favorite", it seemed that not even Marvel knew that this version of Gwen Stacy would be so popular with the fans. Outside the creation of her standalone series, there was a variant cover month based on this fact featuring Gwen as various other Marvel heroes that resulting in another series called The Unbelievable Gwenpool.
  • Evil Is Cool: This villainous version of Matt Murdock; imagine the more optimistic Magnificent Bastard Matt from Mark Waid's Daredevil run, except instead of being a good guy, he's a remorseless crime lord who manages to get everyone into his pocket, and rubs their faces in it as he does so.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Whatever kind of shenanigans this dimension's version of Captain America has gotten up to on her dimension-hopping adventures is definitely ripe for some stories about it.
    • The fact Gwen's universe is so drastically different from the main universe, with characters going down different paths or others fulfilling their usual role, the potential for some very creative reiterations is pretty prominent.
  • Friendly Fandoms: This series has been considered Marvel's answer to the popular 2014 retool of Batgirl. The fact that they have similar tones and have both been commercial successes had added to this. Babs Tarr, the artist of the Batgirl retool, drew a variant cover for this series, which included Gwen carrying a tiny Batgirl keychain.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The title is Spider-Gwen, but the title character is Gwen Stacy, AKA Spider-Woman. After she reveals her secret identity to the public, the media dubs her Spider-Gwen in-universe, and she hates it.
  • Les Yay:
    • Quite a few fans have interpreted Gwen's relationship with MJ in this manner, even though the latter's attitude towards the former would seem to suggest otherwise. It's understandable, considering both characters' love interest in Earth-616, Peter Parker, is deceased in Spider-Gwen's world. With panels like this — actually an Alternate Universe Spider-Gwen, not the one from Earth-65 — seeing print, the writers don't seem to be in any rush to discourage it, though the revelation that MJ's a couple with Glory torpedoes it. Gwen briefly wonders if the lyrics of one of MJ's songs are unsubtly trying to hint at her having a crush on her.
    • M.J. gets this a bit with Glory as well since they are almost always together and are almost always arguing Like an Old Married Couple. Especially after an issue focused entirely on MJ, showcasing her attempts to keep Glory from quitting the band and her genuine affection for her friends. And then comes issue #32 where they're in bed together, with Word of God confirming that they are a couple.
    • In the first arc of the Ghost-Spider relaunch, Gwen is trapped in another dimension where it is heavily implied that the Gwen and MJ of that world are a couple.
  • More Popular Replacement: Of the original Gwen Stacy. While most people accept that the original was a very important character due to her death, many don't like her inconsistent characterization over the years from a high maintenance woman to someone who is pure. In contrast, many enjoy this version of Gwen for having more of a consistent characterization as a drummer who is still shaken over her greatest failure, even when meeting an AU version of her lost friend.
  • Older Than They Think: This isn't the first story with an AU version of Mary Jane being a lesbian. Exiles had her as one, and also as the one with Spider powers.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Mary Jane does get better later on, sharing some heartfelt conversations with Gwen that don't revolve around how Gwen keeps flaking out on the band. Also, once she figures out that Gwen and Spider-Woman are the same person on her own ( and despite Gwen's attempts to deny it), MJ is supportive to the point of trying to both cover for her and discourage Spider-Woman hate.
  • The Scrappy: This version of Mary Jane, at least at first. While intentionally written as a Hate Sink, many people found her more annoying and one-dimensional, rather than enjoying her as a Love to Hate kind of character and even accuse her portrayal of being disrespectful towards 616 MJ. Fortunately this faded once she got more focus, and later on she becomes something of an Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • Testosterone Brigade: Gwen herself isn't really a Ms. Fanservice in the stories themselves (in fact, she's explicitly flat-chested and wears tomboyish clothing), but she has attracted this kind of attention. Mostly because of the costume being skin-tight and often getting Fanservice Cover depictions that focus on her ass (which is generally depicted rather generously), but she's became something of a sex icon among the fandom in a way that traditional Gwen Stacy never was.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The initial run of Latour and Rodriguez had a unique art style, which was lost in the 2019 relaunch. The art becomes standard and there is a higher focus on Earth-616 rather than Gwen's home of Earth-65.


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