On most occasions, he saves them by jumping after them and working with their momentum, rather than trying to stop them with his webbing (as he did in the What If?  The comic book Civil War: Casualties of War: Captain America/Iron Man (2007) concurred that the proximate cause of death was the sudden stop during a high-speed fall. An issue of Peter Parker: Spider-Man revisits the issue, and further confirms Gwen died of a broken neck due to the use of the webbing. Romita and Amazing Spider-Man writer Gerry Conway were initially asked by the editors to kill off Aunt May. ", Fans were not appeased by this explanation, and Romita says that Marvel received some death threats. She was later killed by the Ultimate version of Carnage, who drained her of her blood for her DNA. Reflects on His Spider-Man Legacy, Gwen Stacy's Death and Stan Lee", "The Physics of Superheroes - Death of Gwen Stacy", "The "One More Day" Interviews with Joe Quesada, Pt. Gwen Stacy in this universe was a friend of Peter Parker who was taken in by Aunt May after her father, George Stacy, was killed. Kevin was Gwen Stacy's best friend since second grade summer camp. Next: Before Spider-Man, Kingpin’s Enemy Was… Gwen Stacy. , Civil War: Casualties of War: Captain America/Iron Man, Spider-Man In The 100 Greatest Marvels Of All Time, "John Romita Sr. Somehow, we'd never read The Death of Gwen Stacy for the show, so we rectified that by reading Amazing Spider-Man #121 & 122. "I wanted Gwen to be killed in the middle of the second movie, because that follows sort of the Empire Strikes Back model, and I had different villains I wanted to use. The death of Gwen Stacy is an iconic comic book event: thrown from atop the George Washington Bridge by the Green Goblin with Spider-Man coming just moments shy of preventing her demise. To differentiate her from the main universe Spider-Woman, she is commonly referred to as Spider-Gwen. In the fourth issue of Marvels, it was reported that she died from the shock of the fall, however Phil, a photographer and witness, is unsure about exactly what kills her. and in contrast Kakalios points out the safety measures and distances skydivers and bungee jumpers apply when practicing their sport, or even how airbags in cars are deployed in an accident. The two-issue story, written by Gerry Conway, with pencil art by Gil Kane and inking by John Romita Sr. and Tony Mortellaro, features Spider-Man's fight against his nemesis, the Green Goblin. Close. In The Amazing Spider-Man #125 (Oct. 1973), Marvel Comics editor Roy Thomas wrote in the letters column that "it saddens us to have to say that the whiplash effect she underwent when Spidey's webbing stopped her so suddenly was, in fact, what killed her. Gwen Stacy's early life is mostly unknown. Although not directly related with Gwen Stacy, her death from the 616 universe was paid homage to early in the series. In an alternate universe, Gwen Stacy is bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes a super heroine. Yes, the Green Goblin killed Gwen by dropping her from the George Washington Bridge, but was Spider-Man's intervention the thing that actually took her life? On a happier note, many later writers have taken pains to stress that Spider-Man learned from this error, and he now arrests falls with multiple points of contact or web-nets, meaning that not only did the scene draw from real-life science, but so did Spider-Man's solutions in future stories. So it's force multiplied by time equaling her mass times change in velocity, an equation referred to as “change in momentum” in physics. The bridge in the original issue of Amazing Spider-Man #121 was stated in the text to be the George Washington Bridge. He was brought up after Quake and Patriot found out that Ghost-Spider was not the one who murdered him. At the time, a superhero only failed as part of … Kevin is a deceased character in Marvel Rising: Initiation. The Night Gwen Stacy Died – The Aftermath 45 Years Later In 1973, the night Gwen Stacy died shook the world and continues to live on 45 years later. In a panic, Spider-Man quickly shot a thin strand of web to catch Gwen by the leg, saving her from plunging to her death, but as many writers have suggested, the ill-judged move accidentally snapped her neck. Some reprints of the issue have had the text amended and now state the bridge to be the Brooklyn Bridge rather than the George Washington Bridge. A few issues later, in Amazing Spider-Man #125, Marvel editors clarified: Spider-Man had been responsible. She appeared in the 137th episode of DEATH BATTLE!, Batgirl VS Spider-Gwen, where she fought against Batgirl from DC Comics. where he saves Gwen), most notably when he jumped off the same bridge to save Gwen's daughter, Sarah Stacy, around seven years after her death; due to accelerated aging caused by her Goblin-enhanced mutated body chemistry - Sarah's father being Norman Osborn after a brief affair between Gwen and Osborn - Sarah looks exactly like her mother. Whoever lost Lenore doesn't necessarily blame themselves for the death, but this feeling of self-blame and assumed responsibility is a key defining criterion for a Gwen Stacy. The lasting impact of Gwen Stacy’s death. That was helped in no small part by her father, police Captain George Stacy, approving of his daughter's boyfriend and providing Peter with yet another doomed father figure who would be tragically torn from his life. And thus, the world got one of the darkest stories in comics history: “The Night Gwen Stacy Died,” which ran in Amazing Spider-Man #121 and … During an altercation with the Green Goblin, Gwen Stacy is knocked from the top of the George Washington Bridge. ... and when I came back and found out that Gwen had been killed, I thought 'Why would they do that? Gwen's death shocked Spider-Man readers, with some appreciating the bold move and others horrified by the unexpected demise of a popular character. Spiderman immediately shoots his web to catch her, which it does, but just at she hits the ground. from What If #24. One night, Gwen found Peter in his old costume. Later, a devastated Parker, back at home, encounters an equally shocked and saddened Mary Jane Watson, who has lost a close friend with Gwen's death, and the two attempt to comfort each other in the wake of their loss. After Jane Foster becomes the new Valkyrie, she is reminded of how Spider-Man failed to save someone in a similar situation when she is forced to use her shape-shifting weapon to catch the fatally wounded Heimdall as he falls from a building after being attacked by Bullseye, and expresses concern that her actions have made Heimdall's wounds worse, but Heimdall gives no indication that he blames Jane for his death. The Green Goblin kills Gwen Stacy in "The Night Gwen Stacy Died," a story that fans still talk about. Special thanks to Uatu who hooked us up with … He was murdered by Sheath on the night of his first super hero patrol. Since this is a Death Trope, all spoilers will be unmarked. ... and Gwen's death affected him forever. If this is a regular missing issue, please use the missing submission on the title in question. Has King In Black Already Broken Marvel’s New Thunderbolts? For some time, however, fans speculated that the shock of the fall itself caused Gwen Stacy's death, due to the Green Goblin telling Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man #121, "Romantic idiot! Gwen has one of the most famous — and most permanent — deaths in comic book history, and her murder leaves an important impact on Peter Parker. In this particular scuffle though, they end up atop a clock tower where Green Goblin, although not directly, causes Gwen Stacy to fall off, plunging to her death. In fact, his studies are so impressive that Kakalios was brought on as a consultant on the Mark Webb Spider-Man reboot sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a movie which adapted the legendary “The Night Gwen Stacy Died” story to strong emotional effect. Prior to this arc, Norman Osborn had been the Green Goblin, but due to amnesia, he had suspended his identity as the supervillain and forgotten that Spider-Man is Peter Parker. Spider-Man: Gwen Stacy’s Death Was Scientifically Accurate Author and physicist James Kakalios delves into the scientific probability of how Gwen Stacy died when the Green Goblin tossed her off a bridge. Romita proposed to kill the latter as the former served as a comical character at the time, taking inspiration of the decisions to kill off character from Milton Caniff, author of the Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon comic strips. Keeping in mind that the actual weight of Gwen’s body can multiply to about ten times its force when falling at such heights, Spider-Man was just not at the proper distance to be able to save her - a half-second stop enforced upon someone plummeting 95 miles per hour could definitely snap their neck. The Green Goblin abducts Peter's girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, and lures Spider-Man to a tower of either the Brooklyn Bridge (as depicted in the art) or the George Washington Bridge (as given in the text). "The Night Gwen Stacy Died" is a story arc of the Marvel Comics comic book series The Amazing Spider-Man #121–122 (June–July 1973), that became a watershed event in the life of the superhero Spider-Man, one of popular culture's most enduring and recognizable fictional characters. Author and physicist James Kakalios delves into the scientific probability of how Gwen Stacy died when the Green Goblin tossed her off a bridge. Note: While many Gwen Stacys are also Lost Lenores, not every Lost Lenore is a Gwen Stacy. A note on the letters page of The Amazing Spider-Man #125 states: "It saddens us to say that the whiplash effect she underwent when Spidey's webbing stopped her so suddenly was, in fact, what killed her.". The comic features a "snap" sound effect next to Gwen Stacy's head in the panel in which Spider-Man's webbing catches her. The art of The Amazing Spider-Man #121, however, depicts the Brooklyn Bridge. Mike Cuenca is an award-winning writer, director, editor, and musician. Gwen was killed off in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man issue #121 and in terms of the original comic book mythology, she remains dead. This was something she managed to hide from Peter Parker, until she died. Generally, a superhero did not fail this disastrously unless it was part of his or her origin story. The other character is Gwen Stacy. At some point Gwen became the fiancée of wealthy industrialist Peter Parker, the superhero Spider-Man. Also, Harry Osborn, Parker's best friend and Norman's son, became addicted to drugs and was sequestered in the Osborn home for detoxification. In Gwen Stacy’s death Comic Gwen Stacy’s death is dedicated to the 121st and 122nd episodes of the comic series The Amazing Spider-Man, released in the summer of 1973. Norman again becomes the Green Goblin and makes it his goal to kill Peter/Spider-Man … The Green Goblin escapes, and Spider-Man cries over Stacy's corpse and swears revenge. 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