Long-Time Spider-Man Fan Issa Rae Is Going To Be The Next Spider-Woman, And She Shared An Adorable Spidey-Throwback – Video


Well, good news, Spider-fans: It’s just been announced that Insecure’s Issa Rae will be joining the sequel’s cast as Spider-Woman. Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld will be returning to the sequel as Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy respectively, with the original director, Peter Ramsey, acting as an executive producer.The announcement will probably cement Gwen Stacy as Spider-Gwen and not, as she is in some of the comics, her own universe’s version of Spider-Woman — but who knows! I am but a fool with Wikipedia, not a spider on the wall of the writers room!

Issa will be playing Jessica Drew, aka the original Spider-Woman in the comics, but it’s not clear what direction they’re taking the character yet. The TL;DR of the Spider-Woman backstory is that her parents injected her with arachnid blo-od to save her from radiation poisoning, and she then became a Hydra agent before becoming our trusty Spider-gal, but, again, the Spider-Verse plot details are very much under wraps.

It’s extra fab that Issa will be voicing the character because we know that she’s been a huge Spider-Man fan since she was a kid. “Since the third grade, I’ve loved Spider-Man, comic books, memorabilia, everything,” she previously told Variety.

On the note of superhero franchises in general, Issa was wary and said that they were “over-saturating” the character.

However, she added, “Would I take one on that I liked? Yes, absolutely.

An existing franchise.” So I guess Issa liked Spider-Verse! Damn, I wish I could manifest this kind of energy. Issa seemed pretty darn delighted about the news, describing it as a “dream come true.” She also shared this message sent to her highlighting her “weird-ass obsession” with all things Spider-Man:

Her Insecure costar Natasha Rothwell even shared a lil’ blast from the past.

…yup, that’s Issa holding a Spider-Man balloon for her birthday.

This is how people reacted to this post:

MJH tvYOOOOO SPIDER WOMAN’S CONFIRMED!!! I mean it was so predictable but still. It’s nice to see Issa Rae getting more roles in animation!

ziljinShe was great in The Lovebirds. Excited to see her as Spiderwoman. Now we need Sony to cast Kumail Nanjiani as a Spiderverse movie character and have them team up again!

RDI hope the character herself is white. Jessica Drew has never been on the big screen so it’d be cool to see them stick to her original character design, personality, backstory, etc.

Anime WeebI know a lot of you guys don’t know about her. But she’s a award winning actress and she’s very funny. She’s a excellent actor. Trust me, she’s great!

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