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The Hunt for Spider-Gwen Is on in Marvel Rising: Initiation

The Ghost Spider, aka Spider-Gwen, flies across NYC in Marvel Rising: Initiation.
The Ghost Spider, aka Spider-Gwen, flies across NYC in Marvel Rising: Initiation.
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Marvel just released its new animated series Marvel Rising: Initiation, and you can watch the whole thing right now.


The six-episode web series follows Gwen Stacey (voiced by Dove Cameron) on the run from a crime she didn’t commit (she also goes by the name “Ghost Spider” here, but we know who she really is). On her tail are heroes like Ms. Marvel (voiced by Kathleen Khavari), Patriot (voiced by Kamil McFadden), Quake (voiced by Agents of SHIELD’s Chloe Bennet), and Squirrel Girl (voiced by New Warriors’ Milana Vayntrub).

It’s a quick, fun watch, which you can do below.

As you can tell, the show is packed with Marvel references, cameos, and ultimately the tease that this team of animated heroes will continue to fight on. That’s exactly the plan, as this is more or less a prequel to an upcoming Disney XD movie—a movie that, after watching this short, feels like it could be pretty damn entertaining.


Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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I want to know when we’re going to see the Live Action New Warriors show, because I need to see Milana Vayntrub’s Squirrel Girl, like, right now. Can we just get, like, an entire Squirrel Girl series? Just base it off of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, the last issue of which managed to be both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time.