‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Star Hailee Steinfeld Talks Gwen’s Emotional Story and Live-Action Spider-Woman Possibilities

After recording the Oscar-winning Into the Spider Verse solo,the Gwen Stacy actor was able to share the booth with her co-stars on occasion, which proved helpful during a particularly wrenching scene.

Wherever Hailee Steinfeld goes, quality projects seem to follow.

The Oscar nominee’s latest return to the big screen in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has received near universal acclaim like

its Oscar-winning predecessor, Into the Spider-Verse (2018), and both animated projects are on a very short list of recent comic book films where critics and audiences align in terms of reception.

This pattern of critical acclaim is nothing new for the Los Angeles native, as The Edge of Seventeen (2016), Dickinson (2019), Arcane (2021) and Hawkeye (2021) all follow suit. 

Her 2018 film, Bumblebee, is also the only well-received installment in the Transformers franchise so far. In the Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. 

Thompson-directed Across the Spider-Verse, Steinfeld got the chance to dive even deeper into Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman, 

as the movie actually begins with her story, something that surprised even Steinfeld herself upon seeing the film. 

“I was never given a script in its entirety. Seeing [Across the Spider-Verse] just a few weeks ago was like reading the script for the first time. 

So, realizing that this film does open with a lot of Gwen’s story was really special to see,” Steinfeld tells The Hollywood Reporter.

“We dug a little deeper into who she is and why she is the way she is, and it’s a big evolution from where she was in the first one.

I’ve always loved this character, but I love her so much more in this film from what we learn about her.”

In a recent conversation with THR, Steinfeld also discusses the reports of a Gwen-related spinoff,

the Spider-Verse scenes she’d most want to reimagine in live-action and the astonishing recovery of her Hawkeye co-star, Jeremy Renner, following his Sno-Cat accident.

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