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Marvel swinging into alternate realities of Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy in 2 new comic series
Two of Marvel Comics' greatest spider-heroes are about to expand their resumes.
We all know Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy as two comic book character who are inextricably connected to the world of Spider-Man. Miles began his journey in the Ultimate Comics Universe back in 2011, inheriting the Spider-Man mantle from that universe's Peter Parker before moving over to the main Marvel Universe to continue his adventure, while Gwen has been a part of Spidey history for decades, beginning as a love interest before an alternate version of her arrived to become Ghost-Spider, a spider-hero in her own right.
Now, both Miles and Gwen are headed for new comics adventures that will imagine the possibilities of their characters far beyond spider-themed heroics. It begins this February with Gwenverse, a new five-issue series from writer Tim Seeley and artist Jodi Nishijima that imagines a world in which Gwen Stacy got to become not just Ghost-Spider, but also versions of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and more, courtesy of costume designs by Peach Momoko.
But according to Seeley, this isn't necessarily a multiversal roundup of various alternate Gwens converging on one story. With Gwen-Verse, the hook is that each of these Gwens has a role to play as part of one universe.
“One of the things that we really push in this story is that these aren’t 'alternate universe' Gwens," Seeley told The Mary Sue, which revealed the series on Wednesday. These are all from the same universe. In fact, they’re from history! So, their existence has real stakes for Gwen’s Earth!”
Then, in March, Marvel's long-running What If...? line of alternate universe comics will turn its focus on Miles Morales for What If...Miles Morales, a new series in which different creators imagine what would have happened if Miles had followed the legacies of other heroes besides Spider-Man. In the very first issue, written by Cogy Ziglar with art by Paco Medina, we'll see what happens when an alternate Miles is recruited by the U.S. Government to become the new Super Soldier known as Captain America.
“I’m a supreme Miles stan and life-long Cap truther, so being asked to helm the kick off of this What If? series was a dream come true,” Ziglar said in a press release announcing the series on Tuesday. “Simply can’t wait for folks to see our boy Miles yeet’ that shield and how he handles the mantle of Captain America.”
Though Marvel has not yet revealed which other creators might be stepping forward to work on these alternate versions of Miles, the publisher did tease that Medina has already done design work on versions of Miles as Wolverine, Thor, and even Hulk.
So, next year, get ready to explore entirely new dimensions of two of the best Spider-Heroes in Marvel Comics.