Now, if there was one major down-side to the announcement a few months back that Spider-Man was coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and there weren't a whole lot), it was that his arrival would also mark yet another reboot of the Spider-Man franchise.
Now, in many ways, that's actually a pretty popular move - with the Amazing Spider-Man movies having garnered a lot less love than the first two Spider-Man films (it's usually best not to mention Spider-Man 3...). However, the reboot also means that the one aspect of the series that was actually widely well received is having to go as well - the two leading actors, Andrew Garfield and (in particular) Emma Stone.
After all, with a new, teenaged Spidey about to be cast, there's unlikely to be any place for the older, adult Gwen Stacy (as played by Stone) in the MCU. Right?
Marvel May Have Just Thrown Us (And Gwen Stacy) a Life-Line
A life-line, it turns out, in the form of the newly announced All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe. There's more about exactly how much that new comic-book status quo could influence the MCU as a whole right here, but the key thing for our purposes right now is a hero hiding up in the top left corner of that image above.
...Who - despite being from an alternative reality, in which Gwen Stacy was bitten by that radioactive spider rather than Peter Parker - looks set to arrive in the mainstream Marvel comic-book universe, and to stay there.
That Spider-Gwen Movie Could Actually Happen
Y'know, the one fans have been dreaming about ever since Spider-Gwen (who, for obvious reasons, goes by Spider-Woman in her day-to-day superheroing life) first hit the page back in 2014's Edge of Spider-Verse #2.
After all, Spider-Gwen just went mainstream - and much like Miles Morales, who also seems set settle down in the Mainstream Marvel Universe, that could mean she has a route into the MCU, too.
How Could She End Up on the Big Screen, Though?
Well, mainly because in the comics, that (above) just happened.
Specifically, the mass-Spider-crossover event known as Spider-Verse, in which every single version of Spider-Man who's ever appeared - in any form of media - was forced to band together to fight a threat to their very existence.
Which, seeing as it has now resulted in a whole new 'spider'-quo in the Marvel comic-book universe - and would allow two major fan-favorite heroes, in the form of Spider-Gwen and Morales, into the MCU - could well now find its way to the big screen.
After all, who wouldn't want to see our new Peter Parker, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen (played, of course, by Emma Stone) teaming up on the big-screen...along with the Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire versions of the character, and hundreds more besides?
I mean...that could actually be the most insane - and incredible - thing to ever hit the big screen. It's more of a phase 4 kind of deal, sure, but even so...
Come on, Kevin Feige - make it happen!
What do you reckon, though?
Do you want to see Spider-Verse on the big screen?