Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
After nearly five years, Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) has returned to the big screen in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse — and she's better than ever. The badass Spider-Woman variant is the drummer of a rock band and a member of the Spider-Society, a group consisting of Spider-People from alternate universes who protect the Multiverse.
Besides learning more about her origins and life as a superhero on Earth-65, many fans have spotted clues that Gwen may be transgender. Read on for details about the theory and the evidence that supports it!
So, is Gwen trans in 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse'?
Following the film's soft release on Thursday, June 1, a fan on Twitter shared their thoughts on Gwen's characterization in Across the Spider-Verse. They wrote, "Idk if this is crazy to say this but… I feel like Gwen [could] be trans… whether she actually is or isn't, doesn't make me mad, but if she is, I hope they shine more light on it."
Many took to the comments section and agreed: "Whether or not she is, her story is extremely trans-coded and could definitely be taken as an allegory for coming out," one fan replied. Another commented, "I honestly think it would be kinda cool if she was tbh, but that's just me tho."
Others were quick to point out the evidence in the movie. At one point, Gwen is in her bedroom; in the background is a trans flag hanging above her door with the words "protect trans kids" written on it.
Eagle-eyed viewers also spotted a trans flag pin on her father's police uniform, and many noticed the color palette of Gwen's universe consists of the same pinks, blues, and whites found in the trans flag.
The film doesn't outright confirm Gwen is trans, but we have to admit — that's a lot of evidence. Now, even if Gwen being trans isn't canon, fans find her story to be a powerful metaphor for the struggles trans kids face.
For one, she lives a double life and is too afraid to reveal her true self to her father. When she does tell him, he rejects her because he believes the lies and misconceptions about her identity. But in the end, the two reconcile, and Gwen's father rightfully embraces her for who she is.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is now in theaters.