It was a little more than eight months ago that I wrote of the Gwen Stacy Renaissance– or “Gwenaissance,” if you prefer– and how much this turn of events pleased me. But has the movement gone too far?
Marvel now has a character (one made purely for laughs, but still) called “Gwenpool”– a satiric spin on Deadpool. Since the Gwen Stacy character had no connection to the Deadpool character, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but then again, I don’t imagine it’s supposed to. In any case, it’s clear that Gwen-mania is running absolutely wild.
This apparently started with a slew of variant covers featuring Gwen that Marvel put out back in June. This was the Deadpool cover:
This cover/character really lit up the collective comics-buying public. Particularly the cosplayers, to wit:
This, in turn, has led to the character getting the creative spotlight:
Is it finally all too much? Will the Gwen-balloon soon burst? Well, if this iteration isn’t the shark-jumper, I can’t even imagine what will be.