Gwendolyne Maxine Stacy is a fictional character who appears as a supporting character in films featuring Spider-Man. Popularly known as Gwen Stacy, she was Peter Parker's first romantic interest before being murdered by the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn). Her death was one of Peter's defining experiences, and comics published afterwards all indicate that she is still special to the hero.
Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, Stacy first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #31 (December 1965). Gwen was the daughter of NYPD Captain George Stacy and Helen Stacy. As a teenager, she attended Standard High, a rival school to Midtown High.
Gwen Stacy's beginnings
Gwen Stacy and Spiderman initially met when they were undergraduates at Empire State University. When they met, Peter was busy being Spider-Man and was unaware of her advances. In return, Stacy felt insulted by his aloofness. So she went ahead and dated both Flash Thompson and Harry Osborn to make Peter jealous.
Gradually, a romance developed between the two as Gwen started appreciating Peter's intellect. A relationship between the two started immediately after Peter stopped seeing Mary Jane Watson, who he began to see as shallow and self-absorbed.
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When Stacy's father was killed by falling debris during the battle between Spiderman and Dr Octopus, Gwen felt that Peter was responsible and left for Europe with her loss. As she was leaving, she hoped that Peter would ask her to stay and propose marriage. However, Peter's intense guilt about the incident prevented him from doing so.
However, given her feelings for the neighbourhood superhero, Gwen eventually returned to New York. The relationship between the two love birds was rekindled when she became Spider-Man's girlfriend once more.
In typical comic book fashion, the relationship between Spider-Man and Gwen takes on different forms and storylines. He later joins the Avengers. However, the common conclusion to all of these threads happens when she dies.
Gwen Stacy's death
According to Lee, who scripted all of the stories featuring Stacy, his intention was for Gwen to be Peter's main love interest. However, Mary Jane was more popular with audiences worldwide after her debut, so the plan changed. To bring Mary Jane to the forefront, the writers and editors of the Amazing Spider-man decided to kill off Gwen.
How did Gwen Stacy die? In The Amazing Spider-Man #121, the Green Goblin kidnaps Stacy and throws her off a bridge. Spider-Man shoots a web strand at Gwen and catches her. However, Gwen's neck is broken by the whiplash from her sudden stop.
Gwen Stacy's death remains controversial among fans, mainly because of how the writers did it. It became a pivotal point in Spider-Man's history and comic books in general. Before the event, superheroes' loved ones did not die so catastrophically and without warning. This event is now described as the end of the Silver Age of all Comics, including the Hulk.
Although the cause of her death was the tragic fall, many fans maintain that it was Parker using his webbing to stop her that killed her. A note on the letters page of the comic issues states that the whiplash effect she underwent when Spidey's webbing stopped her killed her.
However, other fans maintain that had she not fallen from the bridge, the event that caused her death would not have happened.
In the comics, Gwen's death affects Mary Jane deeply, and she becomes a more mature, compassionate person because of it. In addition, her loss draws Peter and MJ into a closer friendship which, after a while, turns to romance.
Actresses that have played Gwen
Gwen Stacy's characters have had several appearances both in the comics and on the screen. She has been portrayed by several actresses and voice actresses who have done a great job bringing life to her character. The talented actresses who have played Gwen in the Spider-verse include are:
1. Bryce Dallas Howard
Who plays Gwen Stacy in Spiderman 3? The first big-budget appearance of Gwen Stacy was in Spider-Man 3, where Bryce Dallas Howard portrayed the character. Howard is an American actress and director.
Gwen was added as a rival love interest for Peter Parker. However, the movie didn't give her enough time for her character to be developed. The higher-ups cancelled the fourth instalment of the series, and fans did not get the chance to see more of her.
2. Emma Stone
Who plays Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man? After the cancellation of Spider-Man 4 and the revival of the film series, it was confirmed that Gwen would be the only one of Peter's love interests to appear in the film. Emma Stone portrayed the blonde-haired character in what was the character's official introduction to many audiences on The Amazing Spiderman.
Emma Stone is an American actress who has received various accolades for her outstanding performances in her career. She was born on November 6th 1988, and began acting at the age of nine. In 2017, Stone was named as one of the most influential people of the year by Time magazine.
Gwen Stacy is one of the most recognizable names in the Marvel comic world universe. Originally intended to be Spidey's main love interest, Gwen is a well-rounded individual who helps Peter Parker find the balance between his two alter egos. Unfortunately, in a twist that left the world in shock, she died after Spider-Man could not save her from falling to her death in time.
With many Spider-Man movies, there have been a good handful of actors playing this role too. Every one of them has brought something a little different to the original role. Their diverse qualities and characteristics have made unique heroes in their ways.
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