We don’t yet know what the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be called, but the first member of the cast has been revealed. Issa Rae is the first cast of the sequel. Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman, will be voiced by Issa Rae, who is best known for producing and acting in the HBO sitcom Insecure. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Most of the cast and characters from the original film are anticipated to return in Spider-Verse 2, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, but the addition of Spider-Woman gives it a whole new dimension.
Drew is a former Agent of SHIELD who isn’t truly a “Spider” hero in the same sense that Peni Parker, Spider-Noir, and Spider-Ham are in the first film. Jess has had several origins throughout the years, but they all revolve around her not getting bitten by a radioactive spider. She was famously created only so Marvel could avoid rivals capitalizing on Peter Parker’s popularity with a female Spider-Man. Instead, they are damaged by spider blood or radiation while in the womb. This causes her DNA to be altered, giving her spider-like abilities such as bioelectric venom bursts and energy projection, pheromone manipulation, and wallcrawling.
As much as she is a frontline Avenger, she is generally a spy for numerous Marvel organizations, including SHIELD.
It remains to be seen which path the film will take her. In fact, everything about the film is still up in the air. But you don’t cast Issa Rae as Spider-Woman unless the role is substantial — especially because she was slated to star with fellow spider-heroine Silk in the previously announced Spider-Gwen spinoff. We’re hoping this is just the beginning of casting announcements for this eagerly awaited film.
The sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be released on October 7, 2022, and is written by Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and David Callaham.