Synopsis for “Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman”
In Earth-65, an all-female punk rock band called “The Mary Janes” are rehearsing. Their drummer, Gwen, is reminiscing of the time when she was bit by a radioactive spider, gaining arachnid powers that turned her into Spider-Woman. She uses her newfound powers to appear on television, which upsets Gwen’s father, NYPD Captain George Stacy, who considers Spider-Woman to be wasting her abilities. After Gwen defended her boyfriend Peter Parker, he decided to stop enduring the bullying from the people, experimenting to become The Lizard. He later was fatally injured during a battle against Spider-Woman, dying in Gwen’s arms proclaiming that he just wanted to be special like her. This prompted the city, led by J. Jonah Jameson, to start a hunt for her.
Back at the rehearsal, Gwen’s bandmates break her concentration, upset over her loud pace due to all her anger and frustration. They tell her to focus, since their gig is very important to them, but the keyboardist Glory and lead singer MJ are showing doubts. Gwen leaves in order to clear her head, web swinging across the city. Captain Stacy calls her, talking about her chances in college and how she needs to find her place in the world and that life will show her where she will be needed the most. After arriving to the subway, she’s confronted by an NYPD officer who shoots at her. She defeats him and wraps him in web, but flees after being found by a swarm of officers.
Meanwhile, Aleksei Systevich has a dinner with the Kingpin’s lawyer Matt Murdock who tells him about the Kingpin’s request to eliminate George Stacy, since not only can they have him off the streets, but also help Spider-Woman. At their gig, the Mary Janes express their anger that Gwen bailed them out, but MJ says that they must play louder than ever without her. While the band is introduced, Gwen arrives late, and even her father shows up amongst the crowd, surprised that his daughter came late to her own concert, but his thoughts are interrupted by Aleksei who proceeds to assault him.
Gwen intercedes as Spider-Woman, but after Aleksei catchers her in a bear hug, she muses about her earlier drum pounding, using the same beat to fight back, ending with a huge blow through the wall. Captain Stacy confronts her, but after stalling for a while, Gwen decides to reveal her identity as Spider-Woman to him, arguing that he is a good cop, because he has a job to do as an officer, while she used to be Spider-Woman to avoid responsibilities, but after Peter’s death, has decided to assume the responsibility for her powers, and avoid the same thing happening again, mostly because of monsters like Aleksei and because, responding to his earlier words, this is where she’s needed the most now. Captain Stacy relents and tells her to go, buying her time before he regains his senses, and as she escapes, she’s being watched by a mysterious Spider-Man clad in the Union Jack flag, saying that “She’ll do quite nicely”.