Fans of the Spider-Gwen version of Gwen Stacy from might get to see a live-action character sooner than they might think - on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Last week, Marvel announced a brand-new animated film coming in 2018 dubbed Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. Focusing on heroes like Captain Marvel, Ms. America, Patriot, and Ms. Marvel, the film looks to be an exciting exploration of some of Marvel's newest and most popular characters. What's even more interesting, however, is the voice cast for the project. The team of heroes in the film will also feature Quake and Squirrel Girl, who will both be voiced by their live-action counterparts.
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will see Chloe Bennet reprise her role as Daisy 'Quake' Johnson from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Similarly, Milana Vayntrub will voice Squirrel Girl ahead of playing her in the live-action New Warriors when it arrives. It's thanks to this intriguing live-action/animated synergy that Dove Cameron voicing Gwen Stacy in the film could have huge implications for the future of the MCU—as the actor was also recently cast in a mystery role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors looks like it will alter the lineup, as only Quake and Ms. Marvel have been part of the team in the comics. Still, the general concept of a group of young and diverse heroes with powers joining forces is true to the spirit of the source material, and the addition of other Inhumans like Inferno will help the new movie connect to the Secret Warriors from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. One major change, however, will be Cameron's take on Gwen Stacy.
2014's Edge of Spider-Verse #2 introduced the Gwen Stacy of Earth-65 as the recipient of the radioactive spider bite that the main Peter Parker received. While the Gwen of Earth-616 is dead, it's Peter who died on Earth-65 and Gwen fights crime as Spider-Woman. With that name already taken by Jessica Drew in the main Marvel Universe, the hit character quickly became known as Spider-Gwen, a title that followed her to her 2015 solo series. Her world, like the Ultimate Universe, allows for an exciting retelling of the Spider-Man story and Gwen's costume may be the best one yet worn by a wall crawler. Naturally, fans have been hoping to see her join the MCU for some time, and Marvel certainly seems like they're gearing up for that.
Gwen Stacy is already a part of the new Marvel's Spider-Man animated series, and Secret Warriors will allow her to fully suit up. One change, however, is that she'll be known as Ghost-Spider - both referencing her costume and removing her from the gendered naming convention of superhero analogues. It's also a nice nod to Ghost Rider, despite no connection existing between the two.
With Ms. Marvel, America Chavez, Captain Marvel, and Squirrel Girl all a major part of Marvel's plans in various media (with many of them soon joining the MCU), the spotlight on Ghost-Spider certainly adds to the idea that she could join a live-action property. Coupled with the announcement of Secret Warriors just a week after Cameron came aboard Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in an undisclosed role, and an alluring prospect begins to emerge. But could the popular Gwen Stacy really join Marvel TV before the movies? And does Marvel Studios even have the right to use the hero given that Sony owns the character?