Issa Rae can add being a Superhero to her impressive resume, according to Variety that Rae will be making her Super Hero Debut in Sony Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 as Spider-Woman.
She is being joined by returning voice actors Shameik Moore (as main hero Miles Morales) and Hailee Steinfeld (as Gwen Stacy, a.k.a. Spider-Gwen). The details are scarce in regards to the plot for this new sequel but we’re finally going to get Jessica Drew and possibly exploring an area that was virtually ignored in the Marvel feature and TV series adaptations of the last 20 years: Wundagore Mountain.
Introduced in Marvel’s Marvel Spotlight #32 and created by Archie Goodwin and Marie Severin, Jessica had no memories of her past and working for Hydra where she would have a deadly confrontation with Nick Fury. Also, As a young child, Jessica traveled with her parents, Dr. Jonathan Drew and Miriam Drew, to Mount Wundagore in Transia. Over several years, Jessica became ill as a result of longtime exposure to the uranium her father was researching. Dr. Drew and his research partner Dr. Herbert Wyndham (who would later become the High Evolutionary) saved Jessica’s life by injecting her with a spider-derived serum and placing her in a genetic accelerator for several decades. However, when she was finally cured, she had only aged into her early teens. And she now possessed superhuman powers—a result of the combination of the radiation poisoning and the spider-serum. Be sure to check out Marvel’s 7 Things to know about Spider-Woman.
Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson will be directing the feature, with producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller also credited as writers on the screenplay, along with David Callaham. Amy Pascal, Avi Arad, and Christina Steinberg are also producing, and original “Spider-Verse” director Peter Ramsey is returning as an executive producer, with Lord Miller’s Aditya Sood. The Sequel will be released on October 7th, 2022. If you would like to read my review for the first film, Click here!
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