Gwen Stacy from the Spider-Verse could be stopping her own tragedy

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In Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the idea of canon events—moments that must occur or the universe would end—is introduced. There are a certain canon events that each Spider-Per must experience, such as losing a loved one at the beginning of their heroic career or a police captain who was close to them. Gwen Stacy hinted at her own death as one of the events that each Spider-Person will experience in addition to these ones. In Across the Spider-Verse, Spider-Gwen meets up with Miles Morales again and she informs him that Gwen Stacy falls for Spider-Man in every reality, but it never works out. Gwen could be hinting that her death is a canon occurrence, or at the very least that the end of her relationship with Spider-Man is, given that she is aware of canon events by this time. It also appears, though, that Gwen is intentionally averting this outcome by putting a stop to a potential romance with Miles, sparing him the unavoidable heartache and perhaps even saving her life.

If what Miguel says about canon events is accurate, this would imply that Gwen’s passing is not a canon event or that her reality will ultimately come to an end as she strives to avert her own destruction. Miguel’s idea regarding canon events, though, might not be as sound as he thinks it is, as Gwen has already shown that there are methods to get around them without ruining the universe.

For many years, Gwen Stacy’s passing was not only one of the most notorious comic book deaths, but it was also one of the most significant. A hero failing so horribly to save someone they loved at the moment was unprecedented, and taking off a character as significant as Gwen was a game-changer. It is also acknowledged as one of the comics that signalled the transition from the Silver Age to the Bronze Age, a substantially darker period of narrative. “The Night Gwen Stacy Died” is a classic Spider-Man story and comic in general. It would make sense for Gwen Stacy’s death to be a canon event given the importance of her death to comics; yet, come Spider-Gwen, that is problematic.

Spider-Gwen as a concept directly contradicts the idea that Gwen is a character who must die in comics since she assumes the role of the hero while Peter really dies, albeit in a very different way. Again demonstrating how the passing of Gwen Stacy, or a love interest in general, may not be a canon occurrence for all Spider-Persons, Peter’s demise feels more in keeping with Uncle Ben’s demise in the comics or Uncle Aaron’s demise in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

On the other hand, the end of a major relationship can be the genuine canon event. After all, Gwen simply asserts that whatever of the reality they are in, she never succeeds in finding love with a Spider-Man. This might imply that in some parallel worlds it ends with her passing away, in others it does so with grief, and in still others, something even more horrible could happen to them. In either case, Gwen appears persuaded that a connection to Spider-Man would result in suffering. Following the events of Across the Spider-Verse, Gwen might be able to avert this canon occurrence in general in addition to postponing the ostensibly inevitable.

Gwen had a heart-to-heart with her father at the end of Across the Spider-Verse because she thinks he’ll pass away someday because it’s a canon occurrence that a police captain close to a Spider-Person would pass away. He then admits that he has resigned from his position as captain while the conversation goes on. This gives Gwen more assurance in her intention to assist Miles in saving his father without endangering his reality because she is aware that they have probably averted a canon catastrophe without her universe collapsing.

Given that Gwen appears to have previously prevented one canon occurrence, it would not be unexpected to see her intervene once more when it comes to Gwen Stacy’s demise or the end of her marriage to Spider-Man. After all, the existence of her comic book counterpart alone demonstrates that there is a world in which Gwen survives death while still experiencing heartache. Gwen will probably continue to dispute canon, ideally leading to a happy conclusion for her and Miles, since Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse is expected to centre on how Miles, Gwen, and company can preserve the multiverse without sacrificing Miles’ father.

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