Is Gwen Stacy trans in Across The Spider-Verse? The fan theories explained
6 June 2023, 15:24 | Updated: 6 June 2023, 16:07
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From the incredible critics' reviews to the reaction from viewers over THAT ending, Across The Spider-Verse has already cemented itself as one of the best films of 2023.
Amongst all the theories about what could possibly happen next in 2024's Beyond The Spider-Verse, another theory emerged about Gwen Stacy a.k.a. Spider-Gwen. Is Gwen trans?
Conversation surrounding the film's proud support of the trans community first emerged back when the trailer was released earlier this year, after fans spotted a 'Protect Trans Kids' flag hanging up in Gwen's room.
Now, after watching the movie, viewers have noticed several more nods to the trans flag, and have even suggested that Gwen's storyline is a clear allegory for the trans experience. Here's the theory explained, and why some viewers think Gwen might actually be trans herself.
LGBTQ+ fans have pointed out that Gwen's storyline feels particularly trans-coded, noting that she deals with fear of rejection from her family and embracing her own true self while trying to hide her identity. While Gwen's storyline in the film centres around revealing her true identity as Spider-Woman to her father, the trans allegories have prompted fans to relate to her arc in certain ways.
On top of that, there's several clear, inclusive moments throughout the film showing Gwen's support of the trans community. She has a 'Protect Trans Kids' flag on the wall in her bedroom, and her dad has a trans flag above his police badge on his uniform.
While some viewers have argued that this could mean Gwen is simply an ally and the filmmakers are showing their support to the trans community, others believe it's because Gwen could possibly be trans herself.
some of these nerds would rather eat their dead grandma's foot than admit that gwen is probably trans in across the spider-verse pic.twitter.com/CBnnxM9Ow0— 🌟wonder girl🌟 (@orngejuicefan) June 4, 2023
Trans (and even cis) fans have every right to say Gwen Stacy is trans, even if the movies never outright confirm it. You can’t deny that it’s been hinted at.— The Green Kasey (@RawbertBeef) June 5, 2023
The fact is— if she can make somebody feel represented, who are you to tell them they’re wrong? pic.twitter.com/5QCuHIbTQR
Others have also found certain colours within Gwen's universe to be representative of the trans flag.
Explaining the visually stunning and ever-changing colours of Gwen's world, Hailee Steinfeld said: "Gwen's world is like a mood ring. It visually will shift with her emotions." In one key scene, where Gwen confesses to her dad that she is Spider-Woman, the colours shift to the colours of the trans flag – white, pink, and light blue.
In the comics, Gwen Stacy is not trans. However, fans have also pointed out that multiple characters within the Spider-Verse films are vastly different from their comic book counterparts. It's also set in the multiverse where endless variations of characters and possibilities can exist.
mfs be like “gwen stacy isn’t trans” and then they have a four minute sequence in the movie where she’s just the trans flag colors pic.twitter.com/wMlQmPN5JR— Punished “Graduate” Moshy (@Moshy_Maybe) June 4, 2023
TO HER COP DAD WHO PUT A HANDMADE TRANS FLAG PATCH ABOVE HIS BADGE— GROVEL, HUMANS! It's ZOE!!! (@Blankzilla) June 5, 2023
THAT GIRL IS TRANS AS HELL
Of course, there's been plenty of debate (and, unfortunately, backlash) surrounding the theories about Gwen being trans-coded and/or trans herself.
But whether it's a headcanon, whether it was intentional, or whether it's simply just an inclusive message, viewers should be able to take whatever they want away from Gwen's storyline if it relates to them personally. If you think Gwen Stacy is trans, then she is trans.
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