Spider-Man: Far From Home can introduce Jessica Drew a.k.a. Spider-Woman into the MCU as a member of Nick Fury's mysterious team. Spider-Woman is a tricky character to bring to the big screen for a variety of reasons, but now Samuel L. Jackson is set for the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel may finally have their way in.
The post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War revealed that Nick Fury and Maria Hill are back in action, working for an as-yet-unidentified organization. It seems to be some sort of S.H.I.E.L.D. analogue; Fury is able to use their resources to monitor Tony Stark, and they have satellites monitoring former S.H.I.E.L.D. hotspots like Wakanda. Whatever the truth may be, whether this is a resurgent S.H.I.E.L.D. or a whole new agency serving the same purpose, it's clearly important to the future of the MCU. Fury and Hill are confirmed as the major MCU cameos for Spider-Man: Far From Home, setting them up for a major role in Phase 4.
But with Fury and Hill teaming up with Spider-Man in his next solo movie, Marvel has a unique opportunity to introduce one of Fury's closest allies. It's time to meet the MCU version of Jessica Drew, better known to the world as Spider-Woman.
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Spider-Woman Has Strong Links To SHIELD And Other MCU Organizations
There have been several heroes known as Spider-Woman - so many that Spider-Man has quipped about wishing he got the royalties for the name - but the classic is undoubtedly Jessica Drew. She was the first Spider-Woman and, amusingly enough, she was created so Marvel could acquire the trademark. When DC Comics introduced "Power Girl," Lee realized it wouldn't be hard for the rival publisher to gender-swap Spider-Man. Archie Goodwin and Marie Severin were tasked with creating a one-off character simply to ensure that wasn't possible, but to Marvel's surprise they did such a good job that the hero was soon starring in a book of her own.
Jessica Drew's origin has been rewritten several times. In Goodwin's version, she was a super-evolved spider; in Marv Wolfman's, a teenager who was injected with an experimental spider-based serum in order to save her life. The most recent version suggests that Jessica's parents were both scientists and that her mother's womb was bombarded by a laser-beam containing the DNA of several different spiders. Whatever version of the origin you're going by, Jessica's story continued with her being captured and brainwashed by Hydra. It was only when Hydra sent her after Nick Fury himself that Spider-Woman began to regain control of her own mind. She's since been treated as one of Marvel Comics' premiere super-spies, working for organizations as diverse as S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, and S.W.O.R.D. There was even a long period when she was a private eye, an amusing nod to the fact her surname was lifted from the fictional detective "Nancy Drew".
Jessica has all the standard superhero powers; superhuman strength, speed, agility, and endurance. Her senses are heightened enough that she can tell the difference between a human and an android doppelganger at a glance, and she can wall-crawl like Spider-Man. But Jessica also has powers that Peter doesn't; she can generate a powerful "venom blast" and releases pheromones that manipulate people around her. Needless to say, those powers make Spider-Woman a superb spy. But what's most exciting is her links to some of the MCU's big-hitting organizations... although that has also caused problems in the past.
Spider-Woman's Movie Rights Are Complicated
Despite being a character with so much potential, there's been a major block on bringing Jessica Drew to the big screen. Simply put, Spider-Woman's film rights are surprisingly complicated. Although she's rarely been associated with Peter Parker in the comics, when Marvel first sold the Spider-Man rights to Sony they included some of the Spider-Woman license too. As a result, Jessica's rights are actually shared between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures; Sony can depict Jessica as Spider-Woman, with her associated super-powers, while Marvel can "only use her without any Spider-Man-related elements." That means neither studio can use Spider-Woman as a character in her entirety, perhaps explaining why Sony hasn't chosen to invest in Jessica Drew as one of their spinoff films.
Of course, that situation has changed recently. In 2015, Marvel and Sony reached an unprecedented deal in order to bring Tom Holland's wall-crawler into the MCU. Given both studios are involved in the current Spider-Man solo films, this may be the only opportunity we'll ever have to see a fully-fledged, comic-book-accurate Spider-Woman on the big screen. That perhaps makes it significant that key elements of Spider-Woman's lore are falling into place in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
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- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019