Web-Weaver – the very first gay, male Spider-Man – was introduced to fans back in early July through Steve Foxe, the writer of the upcoming comic Edge of Spider-Verse #5. Unfortunately, not much was known about the new web-slinger outside that his comic would release sometime in September 2022.
However, thanks to Marvel sharing a few new preview pages and details, more information about this fierce and feminine Spider-Man has been revealed.
“Web-Weaver, a not-so-mild mannered fashion designer at Van Dyne gets spider-powers and shows us a very different kind of Spider-Slayer in a story by Steve Foxe and Kei Zama. See him strut the runway in front of his fellow Spiders in a variant cover by Kris Anka, the amazing artist behind the new character’s fabulous design!”
Alongside the variant cover (which can be viewed above), Marvel released a few different previews – with some potentially highlighting what sort of origin story we can expect from Web-Weaver. One image shows the web-slinger running away crying with what we assume to be his parents behind him, their expressions hidden in shadow.
Another shows the Weaver pushing Peter Parker out of the way of something in a lab-based setting. In this timeline, is it Web-Weaver who gets the power of web-slinging while Parker lives out an ordinary life? The possibilities are endless!
Previously the character’s design came under fire, with some fans criticizing Web-Weaver as being ‘too’ feminine and playing into stereotypical gay stereotypes. However, Foxe made it clear that he isn’t meant to represent every single gay man out there.
“Something I realized immediately when conceiving the character is that he can’t–and shouldn’t–represent ALL gay men. No single character can.” Foxe said. “His fearlessly femme identity is central to who he is, but it’s not the STORY.”
Web-Weaver, the first gay, male Spider-Man, will debut in Edge of Spider-Verse #5 on October 5, 2022.
This article was originally published on our sister site, Gayming Magazine. It was written by Aimee Hart.
[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.