"Beyond that, there’s possibly a bit of catharsis at play. The original Gwen Stacy’s death is a thing that many older readers just take for granted as a keystone of who Peter has become. But it happened so long ago that Gwen seems to, at times, almost become faceless, or voiceless. But now that she’s re-surfaced in other media and has kind of been given a second life, it’s a lot more difficult for folks to swallow. Maybe it should have always been. That’s not my case to mount either way. I think people are just genuinely excited about a world where that tragedy played out differently and a character they’ve grown to love gets a second gasp of air."