Spinstress coming down the stairs. Image: Marvel.

Things We Saw Today: Disney-fied Spider-Verse Character Now Comes With Music Voiced by Broadway Talent

In celebration of the release of Edge of Spider-Verse #4, some of the creative team teased what the debut spider character sounds like when she’s singing. Designed by Helen Chen (who worked on Raya and the Last Dragon, Wreck-It Ralph, and Big Hero 6), Petra, a.k.a. Spinstress, is a Spider-princess! In addition to singing and overseeing royal duties, Spinstress kicks ass and talks to spiders—something I will continue to defend as metal and, yet, absolutely terrifying. The character’s writer, David Hein, used his Broadway connection as the co-writer of Come From Away to let us hear this character.

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In addition to playing Jasmine in Broadways’ Aladdin, Jacobs lent her talent for roles in Aladdin, WICKED, In The Heights, High School Musical: Onstage, and Between The Lines. As if writing in lyrics with Enchanted vibes wasn’t cool enough, getting a person who plays an actual Disney Princess as a job is honestly the icing on the cake for this character. I don’t want to spoil anything (even though it’s buried in the announcement article from Marvel), but her iconic Spider-verse villain looks very Maleficent-inspired in the dress and color.

This issue will mark Spinstress’ official debut (with art by Luciano Vecchio), the return of Spider-Ham, and the first solo-story debuts (because they’ve appeared in the background before) of Spider-Mobile and Sun-Spider.

Edge of Spider-Verse (2022) #4 is now available online or at your local comic book store.

(via Twitter, featured image: Marvel Comics)

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