We all know that Peter Parker, also known as Spider-Man, had a relationship with Gwen Stacy before she died. But did you know that in an alternate universe, Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy married each other? It is true. It happened in What If 24, the story being What If Spider-Man Had Rescued Gwen Stacy?
Instead of Spider-Man attempting to rescue Gwen Stacy by using his web-shooters and ultimately breaking her neck in the process, in this storyline he decides to leap after her at incredible speed. After falling into the water, Spider-Man unmasks and gives her CPR and proposes marriage after a lengthy discussion. It all happens on a dock or pier somewhere, where not only does Spider-Man stand there without a mask on for like an hour, but he also manages to convince Gwen Stacy that he did not kill her father.
Despite smelling like raw sewage from just being in the notoriously dirty Hudson River, she accepts his proposal on the spot and Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy married later in the comic book. The love story does not last forever though. Marvel’s favorite jerk J Jonah Jameson does what he does best by crashing the wedding and reveals Spider-Man’s identity. Rather than do the sensible thing and deny it, Peter Parker pushes everyone over and crashes out the window. Because nothing says “I love you” like abandoning your wife the moment you get married.
For those who have never seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2, although we never see Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy married we do see how the canon love story makes a dark turn before our lead actress dies. Her real name, Emma Stone, did a fine job portraying the protagonist’s first true love.
For those of you who love the What If commics, you absolutely must have the collected volumes. What is your opinion on this story? Leave a comment below.