Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hero Spider-Gwen channels rock star Debbie Harry, of the 70s band Blondie, in an eye-catching new portrait by artist Rico Renzi.
Renzi, a color artist for Marvel’s Spider-Gwen and She-Hulk among others, shared the black and white art on his Twitter and Instagram, leaving it to speak for itself with only a few hashtags to point out his sources of inspiration. Gwen Stacy as depicted in this piece has the face and hairstyle of the singer, songwriter and actor best known as the distinctive voice in Blondie’s rollicking hits like “The Tide Is High” and “Call Me.”
Spider-Gwen is the name given to an alternate universe version of Gwen Stacy, the Marvel Comics character originally introduced as the love interest of Peter Parker. In the main timeline, she was engaged to Peter but died tragically when Peter’s powers as Spider-Man couldn’t save her from a fall. The concept of Spider-Gwen gave the characters a role reversal, so that Gwen not only survived but was the one who was gifted with superpowers instead of Peter.
As an alternate incarnation of Marvel’s most beloved young hero, Spider-Gwen got a fair share of the spotlight in 2018’s animated hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which brought together variations of the web-slinger from multiple universes. Miles Morales was at the center of the story, mentored by the more recognizable Spider-Man Peter B. Parker, and forging an alliance and romance with Gwen as Spider-Woman. This core trio was also joined by Spider-Man Noir, Peni Parker and Peter Porker/Spider-Ham.
Two sequels are planned for Into the Spider-Verse, with the first installment planned to arrive in theaters this October. Not only will Miles and Spider-Gwen be back, but the Jessica Drew version of Spider-Woman is set to be introduced along with even more Spider-Men such as Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099, a character first teased in Into the Spider-Verse’s post-credits scene.
Spider-Gwen also has a shot at a live-action debut, as Emma Stone, who played Gwen Stacy in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and its 2014 sequel, is rumored to be reprising the character with the alternate-universe twist that would let her suit up and sling some webs of her own.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) arrives in cinemas on Oct. 7.