Brain Candy: Sparkle-Gwen

Today’s Brain Candy looks at Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.

Spiderverse Poster

Didn’t want to be left out of the hype, huh?

Specifically, we’ll be looking at one of its’ stars, Spider-Gwen.


Hello Nurse

“Hello, Spider!”

Spider-Gwen 1

For those who don’t know, Spider-Gwen (aka Spider-Woman) is the superhero identity of an alternate universe’s Gwen Stacy, hailing from a universe in which Gwen was bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker. While watching a Projector review of this movie by internet film critic Mathew Buck…

Mathew Buck

…AKA Film Brain…

It was brought to my attention that Gwen is not only in a band in her home universe, The Mary Janes…


“I get it!”

…But she’s also very, sleek, lithe, poised and graceful on the battlefield, like a dancer, to the point where she wears ballet shoes as part of her superhero costume.

Let me repeat that:


She wears ballet shoes as part of her superhero costume.

-Okay, that is hands-down one of THE sparkliest things I’ve ever heard of!

What do I mean when I say “Sparkly”?

Grace “Twinkle Toes” Hastings 3

Sparkly (Adj.) : Embodying and willfully embracing all of the common traits and interests stereotypically attributed to young girls, such as a basic sweetness, perkiness and sunny disposition, and an affinity towards things like sunshine, rainbows, unicorns, ballet, pop-music, princesses, cute things, glitter, fashion, the color pink, etc.

Pablo 2

It’s basically the flip-side of its’ boy equivalent, Stinky.

-So from now on, whenever you hear us describe something or someone as ‘Sparkly’ or ‘Stinky’, you’ll know what we’re talking about. Get it? Got it? Good.

Now I didn’t notice the ballet shoe thing until Mathew pointed it out, but now I can’t un-see it. Now every time I see Gwen, my mind immediately goes to…

Princess Lolly



The only way that could be any more sparkly would be if she fought crime in a tiara and a tutu!

Spider-Gwen 2

And no, that’s not a diss on the character; quite the opposite, in fact. Based on what I’ve seen of Gwen, she seems to be no-nonsense, all about getting the job done and handling her business, and those are all admirable traits of course, but as Jason mentioned in an earlier entry, no matter how cool and diverse traits female characters are shown to embody (as well they should)…


…I still like to see girl characters, even modern ones, who aren’t afraid to embrace their inner Tinker Bell and get their sparkle on.

-It also doesn’t hurt that Gwen is very easy on the eyes.

Gwen Stacy

When I get a gander at Gwen, my Spider-Sense isn’t the only that’s tingling, if ya catch my drift!




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