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This week brought reports that Sony's Spider-Man spin-off film Silver & Black had been delayed for further development ahead of its planned production start.
If that's accurate, that film would have starred Silver Sable and Black Cat - two women with whom Peter Parker has shared a romantic relationship.
The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is also reportedly casting another female lead (though MJ isn't going anywhere). And with so many of the women in Peter's life in the news along with the release of Amazing Spider-Man #800 this week, we decided to take a look back at the tangled web of Spider-Man's love life.
Liz Allan2 of 12
Ah, young Peter Parker and his crushes. Liz Allan was among the earliest — the attractive, popular high schooler who was dating Flash Thompson, Peter's schoolyard nemesis. Long after they both graduated high school, Liz and Peter met again, with Liz expressing feelings for Peter. The two never got together, however, and she ended up marrying Harry Osborn and becoming linked to several Spider-Man villains - something that recently came back to haunt her when the Red Goblin came after her family in Amazing Spider-Man #800.
Silver Sable3 of 12
This tough and gritty mercenary often teamed up with Spider-Man over the last few decades to fight international foes, sometimes coming into conflict with Marvel's heroes because of her more brutal crime-fighting methods.
More recently, Silver Sable admitted that she had romantic feelings for Spider-Man, although she didn't pursue a relationship because he was already involved. She also survived a near-death experience that had Spider-Man pretty shaken up (while he believed she was dead). She's since reappeared and reunited with Spidey for more adventures.
Along with Black Cat, Sable is one of the two leads of Sony's recently delayed Spider-Man spin-off movie Silver & Black.
Michele Gonzales4 of 12
When Peter Parker's roommate Vin got in some trouble, his sister Michelle moved in. Not long after, she and Peter had a fling, but it all went a sour when Chameleon pretended to be Peter and had sex with Michele. A few weeks of fan outcry later (after all, isn't that rape?), Peter was dealing with a relationship he didn't start, but one Michele obviously wanted to continue. Although the duo didn't last long as a couple, it's notable because Marvel eventually retconned the Chameleon/Michele sex, realizing it was in poor taste (to say the least).
Carlie Ellen Cooper5 of 12
After the magical dissolution of Peter's marriage to Mary Jane (still a sore spot for many fans), his love interest was Carlie Cooper, a police investigator who ended up discovering Peter's secret. After some mishaps related to being allied with Spider-Man (including a run in with the Superior Spider-Man and being infected with Goblin Serum) she leaves town to stop being a target of super villains.
Silk / Cindy Moon6 of 12
Because Silk's origin aligned with Spider-Man's — having both been bitten by the same irradiated spider – the two are sexually attracted to each other in ways they almost can't resist. Their "pheromones" made their almost primal attraction out of control, although the two have never been involved on a romantic level.
However, the pair remain allies with Silk even having recently helped in the fight against Red Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #800.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Brant7 of 12
Betty, the secretary at The Daily Bugle, dated then freelance photographer Peter even though she was a bit older than him. Unfortunately, Betty blamed Spider-Man for her brother's death and the relationship soon-after fizzled. The two are still allies, though, and Betty's been upgraded from "secretary" to a full-fledged writer.
Kitty Pryde8 of 12
For this one, we're leaving Earth-616 continuity because the Ultimate Universe had Kitty Pryde in a relationship with Peter Parker not only lasted quite some time, but fans embraced. Kitty is a crime fighter herself, as part of the X-Men, and when the two ended up in the tabloids, they became a bit of a sensation on the Ultimate Earth. The media attention is too much, and the two end up breaking up.
Black Cat / Felicia Hardy9 of 12
One of the best-known girlfriends of Spider-Man, Felicia Hardy met Spider-Man in costume and reformed because of her adoration of the hero. The two have flirted with a more serious relationship since, but it doesn't seem to work outside the costumes. In continuity, her bad girl ways have returned, although her attraction to Spidey hasn't.
Black Cat and Silver Sable are slated to co-anchor the spin-off film Silver & Black, though the project was recently delayed for further development.
Gwen Stacy10 of 12
Peter Parker's first real love, Gwen Stacy was the tragic love interest who lost her life because of her relationship with Spider-Man. Portrayed in the last Spidey-set of movies by Emma Stone, Gwen might be considered the first love, and she had a lasting effect on the hero, but she's not quite the No. 1.
Mary Jane Watson11 of 12Peter's lucky date with Mary Jane Watson turned into a long-term relationship that even saw the two getting married (in 1987). They stayed together for decades, but because Marvel eventually wanted to eliminate the marriage (and open Peter up to other love interests), the two became estranged through a magical spell by Mephisto. Peter agreed to the spell to save Aunt May (which almost, just almost, makes it understandable) but fans are still smarting from the move. The two are still considered the greatest love story of Spider-Man's history, and many fans believe it's inevitable that their relationship will be rekindled - even though MJ recently shot Peter down again.
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