Peter Parker/Spider-Man and his supporting cast have appeared outside of the comics a number of times over the years. Some characters, like Gwen Stacy, aren’t always brought along for the ride, as various adaptations have chosen to focus on different characters in Peter’s life. This is largely due to the heavy storylines that follow the character.
Given Gwen Stacy’s unforgettable death at the hands of Spider-Man’s greatest enemy, she hasn’t been adapted outside of the comics as often as Peter Parker’s other love interest — Mary Jane. Recent multiversal versions of Gwen Stacy have reignited her popularity, which has led to a few more animated and live-action appearances that we’ll be exploring today.
10 Marvel Super Hero Adventures (2017-2020)
Spider-Man and his allies star in Disney Junior’s Marvel Super Hero Adventures, which began airing in 2017 with kid-friendly stories that teamed the wall-crawler with various heroes in the Marvel Universe, including an alternate reality Gwen Stacy/Ghost-Spider (voiced by Emily Tennant).
Ghost-Spider only appeared in costume in the series which never explored her character much beyond her various adventures with Spider-Man as they took on classic villains from his rogues gallery, like Doctor Octopus and The Rhino.
9 Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994-1998)
Gwen Stacy never initially appeared in the hit ’90s adaptation Spider-Man: The Animated Series, which focused on love interests like Mary Jane Watson and Felicia Hardy/Black Cat, though an alternate reality version of Gwen Stacy later appeared in the season’s two-part final “Spider Wars.”
This version (voiced by Mary Kay Bergman) was unique in that she had survived past her death in the comic timeline and gotten engaged to her Peter Parker, who had created a powerful Spider-Armor before he was recruited to save the multiverse from Spider-Carnage.
8 Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Bryce Dallas Howard starred as the first live-action Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimi’s 2007 continuation Spider-Man 3, which introduced the character as a college classmate of Peter Parker’s, like in the comics, though her late arrival in the film’s continuity changed the dynamic of their relationship.
Peter and Gwen went on one date in the film that ended badly, and while she went through a dangerous life-threatening situation, Spider-Man was able to save her and she was quickly forgotten, which failed to give the character a proper debut on the big screen.
7 Ultimate Spider-Man (2012-2017)
DisneyXD aired the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, which took on the new title of Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six for the fourth and final season, which introduced an alternate version of Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen (voiced by Dove Cameron).
This version of the character hailed from Miles Morales/Kid Arachnid’s home reality and used technology to replicate Miles Morales’ powers to become her reality’s protector after Miles stayed in Spider-Man’s home reality.
6 Marvel Rising (2018 – )
A new series of animated specials that highlighted new waves of young heroes debuted in 2018 under the Marvel Rising banner, which featured Daisy Johnson/Quake as she organized a team that would become known as the Secret Warriors, which would eventually include Gwen Stacy/Ghost-Spider.
The character’s storyline followed Spider-Gwen’s comic origins though it was blended into the main Marvel universe continuity for Marvel Rising, which also saw Dove Cameron reprise her role as Gwen from Ultimate Spider-Man.
5 The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008-2009)
Gwen Stacy (voiced by Lacey Chabert) was reimagined as a long-time high school friend of Peter Parker and Harry Osborn in KidsWb’s The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series. It modernized and adapted some of the earliest comic storylines that created a dedicated cult following after the series’ short two seasons.
This version of Gwen appeared before the modern powered version and focused on her relationship with Peter (and Harry), though it was never fully realized due to the series cancelation, leaving fans wanting more from the best non-powered animated adaptation of the character.
4 Marvel’s Spider-Man (2017 – )
The most recent animated series debuted in 2017 as Marvel’s Spider-Man, and included Gwen Stacy (voiced by Laura Bailey) as one of the brilliant students of the reimagined Horizon High, alongside other popular characters like Miles Morales and Anya Corazon/Spider-Girl, all of whom would soon team up with Spider-Man as costumed superheroes.
The series merged Gwen with her alternate reality Spider-Gwen character and reimagined her relationship with The Jackal who now became her uncle instead of a twisted admirer and is the only adaptation to explore their long comic history in any form.
3 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 saw Emma Stone reprise the role of Gwen Stacy as her relationship with Peter Parker struggled. She was faced with the difficult decision of leaving for school abroad.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did feature a take on the legendary death of Gwen Stacy storyline following a battle between Spider-Man and the transformed Harry Osborn/Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan). Fans are hoping to see Emma Stone return as a Spider-Gwen version of the character in the upcoming Spider-Man 3 multiversal MCU sequel.
2 The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Emma Stone starred as Gwen Stacy in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, which was the second cinematic franchise to explore the wall-crawler, though the first to feature Gwen as the main romantic interest of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield).
The movie focused on their developing relationship and the revelation of his secret costumed alter ego, as well as his relationship with her father Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary), who hunted the masked vigilante. Gwen was introduced as a scientific rival of Peter’s before they started dating, and she also worked at Oscorp.
1 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2019)
The multiversal Spider-Gwen version of the character (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld) made her cinematic debut in 2019’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, which focused on Miles Morales’ transformation into his realities’ Spider-Man following the death of Peter Parker.
Spider-Gwen (along with other multiversal characters like Peter B. Parker, Peni Parker, Spider-Ham, and Spider-Man Noir) teamed with Miles to stop Kingpin‘s multiverse-ending threat. Into The Spider-Verse featured a unique take on Spider-Gwen’s costume and appearance that teased her comic origins and set up the character well for future appearances in upcoming animated sequels.
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