Issa Rae Joins Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Cast


“The way I have loved Spider-Man since the third grade. A dream come true.”

If you’re anything like me (and probably like a million other people), then you’re a huge fan of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.


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Well, good news, Spider-fans: It’s just been announced that Insecure‘s Issa Rae will be joining the sequel’s cast as Spider-Woman.


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Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld will be returning to the sequel as Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy respectively, with the original director, Peter Ramsey, acting as an executive producer.


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The announcement will probably cement Gwen Stacy as Spider-Gwen and not, as she is in some of the comics, her own universe’s version of Spider-Woman — but who knows! I am but a fool with Wikipedia, not a spider on the wall of the writers room!

Issa will be playing Jessica Drew, aka the original Spider-Woman in the comics, but it’s not clear what direction they’re taking the character yet.


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The TL;DR of the Spider-Woman backstory is that her parents injected her with arachnid blood to save her from radiation poisoning, and she then became a Hydra agent before becoming our trusty Spider-gal, but, again, the Spider-Verse plot details are very much under wraps.

It’s extra fab that Issa will be voicing the character because we know that she’s been a huge Spider-Man fan since she was a kid. “Since the third grade, I’ve loved Spider-Man, comic books, memorabilia, everything,” she previously told Variety.


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On the note of superhero franchises in general, Issa was wary and said that they were “over-saturating” the character. However, she added, “Would I take one on that I liked? Yes, absolutely. An existing franchise.” So I guess Issa liked Spider-Verse! Damn, I wish I could manifest this kind of energy.

Issa seemed pretty darn delighted about the news, describing it as a “dream come true.”

She also shared this message sent to her highlighting her “weird-ass obsession” with all things Spider-Man:

Her Insecure costar Natasha Rothwell even shared a lil’ blast from the past…

…yup, that’s Issa holding a Spider-Man balloon for her birthday.

Alas, we will have to wait until Oct. 7, 2022, for the movie — but hopefully it’ll be worth the wait!

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