‘Racially Bent’ Jessica Drew Becomes Hot Topic Amongst Spider-Man Fans

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Sony Pictures broke the entire Spider-Verse following the release of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse's visually stunning trailer. The upcoming sequel to the 2018 animated blockbuster sees Miles enter a brand new dimension where he'll meet multiple Spider-People of all shapes and sizes, including an interesting take on Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman.

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In the film, Jessica is portrayed as a pregnant crime fighter whose origin has seemingly been tweaked. You see, the beloved character has been around since the late 1970s and she's always been portrayed as a caucasian woman. Across the Spider-Verse takes a different approach to the character, turning Drew into a person of color.

Unsurprisingly, this decision to racially bend Jessica has generated strong reactions from folks who've already seen the trailer. On Twitter, there's an ongoing discourse within the Spidey fandom as to whether or not it was a good creative decision to tweak Jessica Drew's origin in Across the Spider-Verse. Naturally, the opinions have been somewhat divided. What do you think? Check out some of the reactions below:

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I think a lot of people are missing the point of the whole film exploring multiple dimensions and iterations of Spider-Man. And considering how vast the multiverse or for that matter the "Spider-Verse" is, it's only natural that we'll see different interpretations of the web-slinger and that's the beauty of it.

That said, I don't mind the creative folks behind the film shying away from Jessica Drew's comic book roots, and judging by the minimal stuff we've seen so far, I can already tell that she'll be one compelling character.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse hits cinemas on June 2, 2023.