The comic book company initially revealed its plans by releasing a June 16 announcement which said the character was, “WEB-WEAVER: A not-so-mild mannered fashion designer at Van Dyne gets spider-powers and shows us a very different kind of Spider-Slayer,” according to Comic Book Resources.
However, that's not the only announcement made by employees at the company. The writer, Steve Foxe, also noted that it is his “huge gay honor” to unveil the very first homosexual Spider-Man.
“SURPRISE: I had the huge gay honor of helping to co-create WEB-WEAVER, who'll make his debut in EDGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE #5 this September!” Foxe wrote.
Foxe tweeted that he wasn't making his gay character one that is representative of “ALL gay men.” According to the lacy, frilly outfit and the stereotypical look in the character's reveal Web-Weaver is a sexy gay version.
The artist Kris Anka also posted a tweet with the costume of the character, revealing its flowing sleeves, the glam eyelashes that blacken the eyes, and a lace collar.
There have been lesbian Spider characters. In 2003, the company introduced Mary-Jane as a lesbian character Watson, who became obsessed with her female counterpart Sunfire. There hasn't been an explicit gay version of Spider-Man.
Web-Weaver will be featured within Edge of Spider-Verse #5, to be released in September.
Each issue of this limited series will include three stories about Spider-Man variations and will conclude in the “Spider-Man Multiverse” in a “blaze of glory,”