First gay Spider-Man has story details revealed by Marvel
New details on the origin story of the first gay Spider-Man are revealed and set to debut in the fifth issue of Edge of Spider-Verse.
According to Marvel, Web-Weaver is a variant (different version) of the original Peter Parker, who is a “not-so-mild mannered fashion designer at Van Dyne [who] gets spider powers and shows us a very different kind of Spider-Slayer in a story by Steve Foxe and Kei Zama”.
Peter Parker is best-known as Spider-Man, but since 2011 Miles Morales has been a part of Marvel’s comic universe, and was the first Black Spider-Man.
The issue, which is out in October, has different covers, one of which shows Web-Weaver: “Strut the runway in front of his fellow Spiders in a variant cover by Kris Anka, the amazing artist behind Web-Weaver’s fabulous design!”
According to images from the upcoming comic, Web-Weaver appears to have been classmates with Peter Parker, but pushed him out the way as the radioactive spider descended when he was first bitten.
Images also show Web-Weaver leaving – or maybe being kicked out of – his home, sitting at a sewing machine and sticking to his bedroom ceiling.
Steve Foxe originally announced that the first gay Spider-Man would debut when he tweeted: “I had the huge gay honour of helping to co-create WEB-WEAVER, who’ll make his debut in EDGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE #5 this September!”
He also added that – to the knowledge of Web-Weaver’s creative team – he is the first canonically gay Spider-Man.
And to sites covering Web-Weaver–to the *best of our knowledge*, he is the first canon gay male Spider-hero.
Ultimate Spider-Woman is queer and predates Web-Weaver by about a decade.
IMO the key is telling good stories with a range of characters, not just notching "firsts" 😉
— Steve Fo🅧e Updates (@steve_foxe) September 1, 2022
Andrew Garfield, who played Spider-Man in the second cinematic iteration of the character, had previously been pressured into retracting his comments about wanting the character to be bisexual.