Spider-Verse 2 Easter Egg Reveals Heartbreaking Truth about Gwen Stacy’s Mother
The movie might as well be called Spider-Man: Across Gwen Stacy's Sorrowful Past.
Gwen Stacy, also known as Spider-Woman, is a popular character in both the comic book world and the Spider-Verse film series. She was first introduced to audiences as a major protagonist in the 2018 animated hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and she reprised her role in the 2023 sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
In her multiverse, referred to as Earth-65, Gwen Stacy was the one who received the radioactive spider bite, which is a twist on the traditional Spider-Man origin where Peter Parker is the recipient. She also becomes one of the many Spider-People thrust into Miles' universe, as well as a prominent member of the Spider-Gang.
While Gwen's background is not explored in the movies, dedicated fans have uncovered a new Easter egg that raises intriguing questions about her family, particularly her mother. As we know that Gwen was born in New York City in the early 2000s and is the beloved and only daughter of Detective Capt. George Stacy and his wife Helen Stacy.
While George Stacy is a major figure in Gwen's life and Spider-Man's history, his wife has never been seen in the comics and is said to have died when Gwen was very young.
Recently, eagle-eyed fans of Across the Spider-Verse discovered a subtle but telling reference to the fate of Gwen's mother within the Spider-Verse series. In the film's opening sequence, subtle clues suggest that Gwen Stacy's on-screen mother shares the fate of the comic book one.
First, as a sort of tribute to the person who is no longer with them, a wedding photo of Gwen's parents is shown in the background during a dinner prayer. Then, a heartfelt note, coupled with a loving birthday wish from her mother, is found under the picture of Gwen and Miles Morales, which suggests that Helen shared an enduring bond with her daughter if only for a short time.
However, Gwen Stacy is expected to have a more complex and intriguing character arc in the upcoming sequel, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. She will encounter multiple versions of herself, similar to the journey that Miles Morales has in the previous installments, and this narrative development promises to provide a deeper and more diverse exploration of Gwen's character.
The upcoming story will hint at the complexities of the multiverse and the challenges Gwen will face, in addition to providing opportunities for character growth. And who knows, maybe Beyond the Spider-Verse will be the first movie to show us what Gwen Stacy's life would have been like if she hadn't lost her mother.
With the SAG-AFTRA strike finally coming to an end, the anticipation of the gripping confrontations and new alliances that will define both Miles and Gwen's paths grows by the day, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats until the day the threequel finally premieres.