The Marvel Universe has been dormant over the last several months, as the effects of production delays rippled their way throughout the entertainment industry. Now, it looks like negotiations for upcoming films are slowly beginning to resume. Olivia Wilde will direct a female-led Marvel movie, and hinted on Twitter it will feature someone from the Spider-Verse. If she’s going to introduce Spider-Woman to the MCU, that could have a seriously mind-blowing impact on the next big team-up movie, Avengers 5.
Spider-Woman’s has a murky beginning in in Marvel Comics. After Marvel was sued over a character named Wonder Man, Stan Lee realized gender-swapped counterparts were a hot commodity, and Spider-Woman made her debut in 1977. She wasn’t just a copyright hold, though. She was given her own 50-issue series, and starred in her own cartoon in 1979.
Like many superheroes, the Spider-Woman name has been used by multiple individuals, but the original and most prolific of these is Jessica Drew, who had a “spider serum” injected into her by her scientist father. This was later retconned to simply be a DNA ray that affected young Jessica in utero, but in both stories she was recruited by HYDRA and trained in combat.