Gwen Stacy was a key character from the comic book source material, attaining a legendary status in the Spider-Man mythos. Gwen was introduced shortly after Peter Parker began attending college and eventually became the love of his life and an integral member of his supporting cast. Perhaps more famous than anything in the character"s life, however, was her death at the hands of the Green Goblin.
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The Death of Gwen Stacy became a seminal Spidey story, which makes the form the character takes in Spider-Man 3 all the more puzzling. Far from one half of a head-over-heels romance tragically struck down before it fully flowered, this version of Gwen primarily serves only to test Peter"s relationship with MJ. At no point is there even a real dilemma, as Peter only flirts with Gwen to make MJ jealous.
Spider-Man 3 was already overstuffed with villains and plot points, so it"s possible Gwen Stacy was yet another ingredient thrown into the pot by one of the excessive number of cooks in the kitchen. Looking back on the film, that"s a shame because Gwen has only gotten more popular since.
Far from merely being famous as Spidey"s Dead Girlfriend, Gwen came into her own as a character when the comics introduced Spider-Gwen (since rebranded as Ghost Spider). Spider-Gwen hails from an alternate reality where Gwen Stacy developed spider powers instead of Peter Parker, and she quickly proved to be such a feminist fan favorite that she"s stuck around on the walls ever since.
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Most recently, Spider-Gwen rocked out in Into the Spider-verse, reinvigorating the character on the big screen for the first time since Emma Stone rehashed her death in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While the Amazing franchise was truer to the comics and Into the Spider-verse had the best version of the character, there"s no doubt that Spider-Man 3"s Gwen Stacy was the absolute weirdest.