There’s a moment, right before the webbing hits her when you can see Gwen accept her fate. In that moment she closes her eyes and you can see in the way she opens her mouth that she knows Peter isn’t going to catch her. In that moment Gwen Stacy is falling and she accepts her death because it was her choice. She doesn’t get to go to Oxford or kiss Peter again. She won’t ever get another chance to ruffle her brothers hair or ace a test . Right there you can see Gwen realize that her life is over, and that Peter didn’t get to her in time. It was exactly what her father didn’t want to happen, and maybe a little part of her always knew that it would end this way because dating Peter was so dangerous, but to her he was worth it. Like she said, she loved Spider-man but she loved Peter Parker more even if it meant free falling to her death. Right in that moment you can watch Gwen Stacy close her eyes and realize that even if Peter caught her one hundred times before, this time he didn’t and she’s bracing for impact. 


I know that we all think we’re immortal, we’re supposed to feel that way, we’re graduating. The future is and should be bright, but, like our brief four years in high school, what makes life valuable is that it doesn’t last forever, what makes it precious is that it ends. I know that now more than ever. And I say it today of all days to remind us that time is luck. So don’t waste it living someone else’s life, make yours count for something. Fight for what matters to you, no matter what. Because even if you fall short, what better way is there to live? - Gwendolyn Maxine Stacy