The Disney-owned Marvel universe is set to rethink its classic Spiderman character with a flamboyant twist in an upcoming issue of the comic series Edge of Spider-Verse.
“Web Weaver,” who will be, according to the designer, a “very different kind of Spider-Slayer,” is one of three new spin-offs of the Spiderman character, The Christian Post reported.
The issue creator Steve Fox described the “fearlessly femme” Web Weaver as a “not-so-mild mannered fashion designer.”
“Something I realized immediately when conceiving Web-Weaver is that he can’t — and shouldn’t— represent ALL gay men. No single character can. His fearlessly femme identity is central to who he is, but it’s not the STORY…which you can experience for yourself in September!”
The character was designed by character and costume designer Kris Anka, who shared sketches of Web-Weaver to Twitter.
my design for the brand new Spider, debuting in Edge of Spider-verse 5 pic.twitter.com/vl2qVUtGVq
— krisanka (@kristaferanka) June 23, 2022
Comments revealed mixed reactions from Marvel fans, even those who support the LGBT lifestyle.
Please no!Why? My boys ❤️ Spider-Man, he’s our favorite. We’ve seen all Marvel & Justice League Movies. As it is we’re not watching the next Flash because Ezra Miller is a weirdo & also not watching the new Buzz Lightyear for obvious reasons. Why must this be everywhere now?
— Kay Kay (@ks03281977) July 5, 2022
Bro this outfit is absolute fire! Also, yes to a femme male character, especially a Spider-Man variant.
For real, to anybody that is against this, whether you are or not queer, kindly shut the f up and just let this exist. An unapologetic queer character IS NOT bad queer rep.
— Zachary of TZEpic (@TZEpicFX) July 2, 2022
100% cliché. Really? Trying to make it inclusive but on the same time putting in a box that gays always appear as fashion designers.
— Albertiux (@Albertiuuux) July 4, 2022
I don't have a problem with gay people but I don't understand stand why they gotta make TV show characters or superheroes gay like why do y'all have to make make our childhood characters gay
— Menopo (@Terrell11872826) July 8, 2022
The Christian Post noted that while Spider-Man creator Stan Lee was on board with the idea of creating new LGBT for the Marvel Universe, he wasn’t a fan of changing already-established characters.
“I think the world has a place for gay superheroes, certainly,” he said in a 2015 interview. “But again, I don’t see any reason to change the sexual proclivities of a character once they’ve already been established. I have no problem with creating new, homosexual superheroes.”
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