June 20, 2014
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY's Karen Gillan Wants To Play A Web-Slinging Marvel Heroine
Scottish actress Karen Gillan spoke to SFX and mentioned that she wants a crack at playing Spider-Girl/Spider-Woman. I think a large percentage of Spidey fans are now currently fan-casting her as the new Mary Jane Watson, for Amazing Spider-Man 3. However, here's a little bit of what I think of this extremely cool idea.
Let's try to forget that producer Avi Arad has been hard-headed when it comes to the Spider-Man franchise, and closing-the-door for characters like Ben Reilly and Miles Morles to take-up the mantle. This didn't seem to rule-out lady versions of the character showing-up eventually. We know that Felicia Hardy (Felicity Jones) is already been established in the last installment, so anti-heroine Black Cat is on the horizon. We've never really seen a female heroine in the Spider-Man franchise, while the studio has access to many of these characters. Sony would be mad not even consider partnering Parker with a female counterpart, other than Hardy. These characters include May Parker the first Spider-Girl, redhead Anya Corazon the second Spider-Girl (happens to have the best costume of the bunch which is very similar to Arachne's).
A couple might also might in the hands of Marvel Studios, which seems to lend themselves to more supporting female characters and a greater chance of this happening. The original Spider-Woman who is Jessica Drew, is very likely not in control by Sony but Marvel Studios. As the character has origins in other comics, ties to Hydra and very little connection to the Spider-Man universe.
Julia Carpenter is the second Spider-Woman and like Jessica Drew has ties to The Avengers and most importantly is involved in the Civil War comics which is expected to play a role sometime in the MCU. Julia is also known as Arachne, which could be a great way to get around the whole confusion of calling the heroine Spider-Woman and getting her confused with the Spider-Man franchise.
However, considering she's playing an action-driven role as villainess Nebula in Guardians of The Galaxy, anything is possible. We've seen actors like Ryan Reynolds, Ray Stevenson and Idris Elba play multiple Marvel roles, so this wouldn't be unheard-of. Considering she is almost unrecognizable as Nebula, it wouldn't be impossible for Marvel Studios or Sony to place her in another future role.