No my fellow bookworms, we didn’t wake up in another universe. Critically acclaimed writer, actor, director, and hilarious human being Issa Rae can now officially cross off web-slinging from her bucket list. The Insecure star has joined the cast of the sequel to 2018’s Oscar-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as Jessica Drew, better known as Spider-Woman. Cue the virtual high fives people! In case you’re new here: Hello I’m Stacey, I’m obsessed with comics and I’m a huge Issa Rae fan. Let’s dive into everything we know about the sequel and the iconic Spider-Woman herself!
Issa Rae is joined by returning voice actors Shameik Moore (as main hero Miles Morales) and Hailee Steinfeld (as Gwen Stacy, a.k.a. Spider-Gwen). As well as original Spider-Verse director Peter Ramsey is returning as an executive producer, with Lord Miller’s Aditya Sood. So it sounds like our girl Issa (and our precious sequel) is in good hands. Per usual Marvel’s ninjas have kept the details of the plot under tight wraps, but a girl can still speculate can’t she? With the introduction of Jessica Drew, it possibly opens up room to explore a region of the Marvel comics landscape that’s been virtually ignored in the Marvel feature and TV series adaptations of the last 20 years: Wundagore Mountain. Showcased in the comics, the Eastern European location — in the fictional country of Transia — is where Jessica grew up as a child. Her parents benefited greatly from uranium based scientific experiments, the radiations however made Jessica ill. This pushed her parents to save her by giving her a serum with, yes you guessed right, arachnid blood. Before picking up the mantle of Spider-Woman, Jessica was a Hydra agent. It’s unknown whether any of this will make it into the sequel, but if Jessica’s rich backstory doesn’t scream Marvel I don’t know what does.
Issa Rae who is currently working on the fifth and final season of Insecure (weeps) and executive producing Robin Thede’s A Black Lady Sketch Show; wasn’t shy about showing off her Spidey love! She says “Since the third grade, I’ve loved Spider-Man, comic books, memorabilia, everything.” I’m excited for new fans to be introduced to Issa and I’m overly excited for this sequel! The Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel is scheduled to debut on Oct. 7, 2022. Will you be watching?
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