Now, here's a thread about how Gwen's character arc, starting from her debut appearance, reflects a steadily increasing disdain for Pete
Anyway, no matter how you look at it, this is a REALLY abrupt departure for a character who regarded HER Peter Parker as a BFF.
Well, in order to get into this, we have to keep in mind what purpose Spider-Gwen was initially designed for, and how she was originally envisioned
It wasn't as Latour/Rodriguez's punk rocker.
She, like some other characters, was brand-new, or "original generation".
That was it. That was the whole premise. She was NOT meant to be a complex character.
Because—again—this was not supposed to be a deep well. This was supposed to be a GIMMICK.
And based on what they made, it sounds like they were told "write a story about a Gwen Stacy who became Spider-Woman and who lost Peter Parker" and NOTHING ELSE. AT ALL.
But the main takeaway should be: Gwen's a young punk rocker and while she deeply laments Pete's death, she did NOT love him romantically.
So we have a Gwen Stacy that is saccharine and even vaguely moony towards Peter, and since this is all still canon, this is the most amenable to Pete she ever gets
One other thing happens before the conclusion of the story, which probably happened before all this but it's not clear.
She has squads of Vultures, Goblins, and Kravens, which she calls "hounds".
So now you know.)
That's a whole other thing—I just hate "being punky/being heroic means having short hair" as a trope)
You might glean from what I have provided that literally EVERY SINGLE ENCOUNTER Gwen has with Pete involves him being an erratic, emotionally vampiric asshole who cannot act like a sensible person in her presence!
The first series is in her own dimension so the only thing you need to keep in mind is that she's seen as criminally responsible for Peter's death.
There's a Peter on this Shard of Battleworld, and he lost his powers due to shenanigans, but the entire series is still about fighting his rogues gallery.
WEB WARRIORS was, sadly, too good for this earth.
After that, Gwen gets to stop worrying about him.
But then we get to CLONE CONSPIRACY.
But really, this is more of a Parker-ception than SPIDER-VERSE.
Peter's ruined MORE alt-Earths than that, and each time it was a totally sui generis occurrence.)
(They fail, and are not long for this world)
Kaine and Gwen are immediately informed the cycle has begun again, this time on the "main" Earth
Ben's reemerged now, having survived being murdered and resurrected by Miles Warren so many times that it drove him monstrously insane.
Ben overthrows him and uses the technique to bring EVERYONE back to life.
If she doesn't have continuity of self with her past self, she certainly thinks she does.
Because that's very normal!
You may remember that back then Peter was pretty concerned with Gwen! And Gwen was, thanks to Slott's writing, at least amenable to Pete!
She pointedly avoids telling him why they didn't bring him in earlier—because his allying with Ben is going to destroy the world.
Peter calls Gwen out about her and Kaine keeping him in the dark.
Peter goes to fight Ben, who reveals himself to Pete, I'm gonna skip over all that, they eventually make it to Haven too
There's an encounter between Peter Parker and the HIS Gwen, where he basically sabotages his OWN chances at having Gwen back, but it's not germane to Spider-Gwen's attitudes towards him, so I might just make it its own thread
Ben tells Anna that if her plan to cure the clones' degeneration works, she's welcome to transfer her mind into it.
Classic!Gwen dies AGAIN (and we WILL do a thread about that), and Spider-Gwen does heroic stuff, as does Silk, who's... been there
While mourning Gwen (who was in point of fact his REAL Gwen, even though Pete stubbornly refused to accept this), Spider-Gwen tries to offer comfort and he tells her to fuck off
Peter has literally never not been an asshole to Spider-Gwen.
I should note, upon a reread, I'm actually a lot more resolved to this storyline than I was when I wrote the last thread. It's not nearly as exciting as SPIDER-VERSE, but it's way more effective as a study of why Peter is horrible
Reed Richards proves worthless, because doesn't he always?
Everything is always about him.
Basically, in a very metaphysical sense, Gwenom takes the bullet of destiny for her, and maybe even herself.
Now we're on to more current events with SPIDER-GEDDON.
...This winds up FREEING the Inheritors.
So, Spider-Gwen and the Web Warriors pop in to do damage control, and in the process a lot of Spiders wind up dying.
This is a line that carries the weight of every Peter Parker-related misfortune that's befallen her since SPIDER-VERSE.
She's stressed right now, and dog-tired of Peter's bullshit.
SPIDER-VERSE is about the Inheritors, who mostly have a grudge against Peter Parker.
WEB WARRIORS was about her filling in for all the dead Peters the Inheritors devoured.
CLONE CONSPIRACY was about watching Peter Parker go up against Kaine Parker and Ben Parker whilst playing God
Like, she *genuinely* served a lot of time.
While 616!Peter doggedly clings to his idea of Gwen, Spider-Gwen just wants to be FREE of Peter
Remember, while she's out here, the Web Warriors—her TEAM—are being slaughtered by the Inheritors (who are Death of Superman-level powerful; during SPIDER-VERSE one of them effortlessly killed *Captain Universe*,a COSMIC hero)
But keep in mind that Gwen doesn't *need* to know this. She has shit to do, and instead she's just listening to Peter. Again.
I don't think this takes into account what has HISTORICALLY happened
And in light of the above, Spider-Gwen is not OVERLY reluctant, but APPROPRIATELY reluctant.
(There is exactly ONE on-screen death that isn't: a version of the Age of Apocalypse Gwen who dies fighting Galactus, in a What If? comic)
Crunch the numbers and the single greatest drain on Gwen Stacy's life, in any dimension, is Peter Parker.
Even in House of M, where she's alive and married to him, Peter is cheating on her with Mary-Jane Watson.
I hope this thread has been a useful resource in showing you how, from Spider-Gwen's perspective, Peter Parker is the most astronomically disastrous mess in all the multiverse, possibly eclipsing even Scott Summers.
He's very ungood!
Also if you guys liked this I guess I can shitpost more threads later on.