Spider-Verse: ‘Spider-Women’ Live-Action Fancast
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is swinging into theaters and it has a ton of hype surrounding it. The animated film has gotten great critical acclaim and awards nominations during the weeks leading up to the release. Sony is now feeling more confident in their Spider-Man brand and have been making plans to explore other aspects of the Spider-Verse. It was announced earlier this year that a live-action Silk was in development over at Sony, and it seems they want to double down on their Spider-Women as there are plans to spin-off from Into the Spider-Verse with the Spider-Women.
The roster has not been 100% confirmed, but it is obvious that Silk, Spider-Woman, and Spider-Gwen will be featured in this spin-off. These characters will certainly translate beautifully into animation, however, maybe it’s time to consider who shall be playing these characters in live-action.
Below are a couple of fancasting ideas for Sony’s Spider-Women. The list below features actresses who would be great additions to the live-action films, and could also be great choices for the voice roles in the animated spin-off.
Thank you to Elena Winkel for the amazing graphics!
Silk and Spider-Gwen are the two Spider-Women who will most likely be adapted to live-action first. As of right now, Tiffany Espensen is currently playing a character named Cindy in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man movies. And, it is likely that the actress could be tasked to take on the role. However, Espensen is not of South-Korean descent like the comic book character. It would be wise of Sony to not make the same mistakes as other Hollywood movies and cast appropriately. My choice, which you can also see in the Champ’s live-action Silk fancast here, is Piper Curda. She is a young up-and-coming actress who has a great look and personality. She also can fit right into the young ensemble cast from Spider-Man: Homecoming.
It is unclear if Hailee Steinfeld would reprise her role as Gwen in the live-action films, and she could certainly do it. Despite not looking a thing like the character, she would still be a great choice as her voice acting in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was spectacular. Emma Stone was the most recent Gwen Stacy and judging from the direction of the Holland films, we may not see Gwen for some time. However, if she does show up, I believe that Kathryn Newton would be perfect in the role. She is a young actress who has proven to have great range as a performer and can be easily molded into any version of Gwen Stacy the studio wants. She also has a very distinct energy that differs from Zendaya who plays MJ, which is important when creating a potential love-triangle.
I have been a Dark Matter fan from the very beginning and ever since that pilot episode I have felt that Melissa O’Neil belongs in a superhero movie She is beautiful, talented, and has incredible screen presence. Appearance-wise, she would be a perfect Jessica Drew, but it’s her performance as Two on Dark Matter that proves her capable of taking on the mantle of Spider-Woman. You can see this fan casting in Britany Murphy’s fancast here.
The great thing about the Spider-Verse is that all of these Spider-People are similar but they all have a little extra to make each of them unique. Julia Carpenter’s Madame Web is one of those Spider-People who doesn’t get that much play but she would be an excellent fit in the animated world or live-action. For this role, I have two choices, Jessica Rothe as seen above, and Gillian Anderson, as seen below.
I picture a solo film starring these two as the young and older version of Julia Carpenter or the original Madame Web, Cassandra Webb. They are both talented women who can do with more butt-kicking in their careers.
This last one is very unlikely to happen, but I like to indulge with these fancasts. In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse it’s all about alternate universes. So, it would make sense if that continued in the Spider-Man franchise. In one universe we currently have Tom Holland and Zendaya playing Peter Parker and Michelle a.k.a MJ. If Michelle is the new Mary Jane we can assume that Mary Jane and Peter Parker’s alternate universe daughter, Mayday Parker, is Michelle and Peter’s daughter too. If they ever explore that character’s storyline, I would love to see Storm Reid take on that role. Look wise she could totally pass for Tom Holland and Zendaya’s daughter. She is incredibly talented and has proven that she could definitely play a daughter of the tech-nerd Peter Parker and the clever Michelle. Again, it’s a longshot, but it would be fun to see.
That’s it. That is my Spider-Women fancast. I hope you enjoyed, and if you have any fancast ideas of your own, be sure to comment below.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in theaters now.