Marvel reveals origin story details of first-ever gay Spider-Man

Marvel has revealed new details about the origin story of its first-ever gay Spider-Man, who is set to make his debut in the upcoming fifth issue of Edge of Spider-Verse.

According to Marvel, Web-Weaver is a variant (different version) of the original Peter Parker, who is a “not-so-mild mannered fashion designer at Van Dyne [who] gets spider powers and shows us a very different kind of Spider-Slayer in a story by Steve Foxe and Kei Zama”.

Peter Parker is best-known as Spider-Man, but since 2011 Miles Morales has been a part of Marvel’s comic universe, and was the first Black Spider-Man.

A variant cover of Edge of Spider-Verse #5 by Kris Anka (MARVEL)

The issue, which is out in October, has different covers, one of which shows Web-Weaver: “Strut the runway in front of his fellow Spiders in a variant cover by Kris Anka, the amazing artist behind Web-Weaver’s fabulous design!”

According to images from the upcoming comic, Web-Weaver appears to have been classmates with Peter Parker, but pushed him out the way as the radioactive spider descended when he was first bitten.

Images also show Web-Weaver leaving – or maybe being kicked out of – his home, sitting at a sewing machine and sticking to his bedroom ceiling.

Kris Anka’s design of Web-Weaver (MARVEL)

Steve Foxe originally announced that the first gay Spider-Man would debut when he tweeted: “I had the huge gay honour of helping to co-create WEB-WEAVER, who’ll make his debut in EDGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE #5 this September!”

He also added that – to the knowledge of Web-Weaver’s creative team – he is the first canonically gay Spider-Man.

Andrew Garfield, who played Spider-Man in the second cinematic iteration of the character, had previously been pressured into retracting his comments about wanting the character to be bisexual.