Actor Hailee Steinfeld has now addressed having played both Kate Bishop in Disney+'s Hawkeye and Gwen Stacy in Sony's animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film.
In a press conference attended by CBR, Steinfeld was asked to compare her role as Gwen to her time as Bishop. "It's incredibly cool," Steinfeld said. "I feel so honored to be a part of both projects. They're characters that have similarities, but they're very different. Of course, one is animation, and one is not, and two completely different worlds. But I always love that -- I do find the characters that I have played in the past do have this sort of consistency in being these young women who are strong-minded, have a point of view, have an idea of who they are in this world and they really stop at nothing to get what they want to achieve. I think that both Gwen Stacy and Kate Bishop are proof that if you set your mind to something, you can really achieve great things."
Created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, Kate Bishop made her debut in 2005's Young Avengers #1, taking up the mantle of Hawkeye following Clint Barton's death. Rumors of Steinfeld's casting as Kate in Hawkeye began in 2020, with her role officially confirmed at the end of that year. Hawkeye will see her teaming up with Clint to take on the enemies he made while using the name Ronin.
An alternate version of Peter Parker's classic love interest of the same name, Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman was created by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez. First appearing in 2014's Edge of Spider-Verse #2, Gwen hails from a reality where she was bitten by a radioactive spider instead of Peter. The Into the Spider-Verse version of the character found herself pulled into a different reality, though by the end of the movie she'd returned to her home world.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, Into the Spider-Verse released in 2018. The film saw Miles Morales team up with several characters from different universes with similar powers to himself so to save New York from Kingpin. The movie did well at the box office, grossing more than $375 million worldwide against a budget of approximately $90 million. Into the Spider-Verse received praise from critics, earning a 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Created by Jonathan Igla, Hawkeye is slated to release Nov. 24 on Disney+. At this time, it's not clear when Steinfeld will next appear in the MCU after Hawkeye, though she is slated to appear in multiple projects. Steinfeld will reprise her role as Gwen when the first sequel to Into the Spider-Verse releases on Oct. 7, 2022. While the official title hasn't been confirmed at this time, there's some evidence the movie will be called Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
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