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Betty Brant
Miss Brandt
Name: Elizabeth Brant
Alias(es): Ms. Brant
Affiliation: The Daily Bugle
Rank: Secretary
Portrayed by: Elizabeth Banks
First appeared: Spider-Man
Last appeared: Spider-Man 3
Appears in: 3 Films
"Miss Brant? That's not the position I hired you for! "
J. Jonah Jameson[src]

Betty Brant is a supporting character in the Spider-Man comics published by Marvel. She was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963. In Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film trilogy she was portrayed by actress Elizabeth Banks.

History

Spider-Man

Betty Brant, in her late 20s or early 30s, is one of the mud racket paper The Daily Bugle's staff and J. Jonah Jameson's secretary.

Brant was usually seen either passing on messages to Jameson or receiving curt orders from him. While she never dates Peter, a subtle, mutual attraction to him is apparent between the pair, similair to that of Miss Moneypenny and James Bond's relationship in Eon's films.

Spider-Man 2

At the start of the film, Betty states that she has given Peter advances on his freelance pay while Peter is struggling to make ends meet and pay his rent to landlord Mr. Ditkovich after Mr. Aziz fired him from his other part-time job at Joe's Pizza.

She later watches Jameson wear the suit Spider-Man abandoned in a state of confusion and surprise alongside Robbie Robertson and Hoffman.

Spider-Man 3

Betty did find a way of getting her comeuppance on her boss by being tasked from his wife to inform him to avoid getting agitated and to remember to take his numerous medications which she does to comic effect through a loud buzzing intercom.

Later in the film, she was being hit on by Eddie Brock whom she visibly dislikes and then a symbiote-influenced Peter which she was visibly attracted to, only to be interrupted abruptly by Jameson and Robbie Robertson.

Production

Elizabeth Banks originally auditioned for the part of Mary Jane Watson. Unsuccessful, she still managed to impress the casters and was later given the part of Betty Brant.

In a 2016 interview, Banks stated that she was deemed too old to be Maguire's love interest (although she is only two years older.)

In a 2008 interview, she said "The casting director called and said, ‘As a consolation prize essentially, do you want to be Betty Brant?’ So it started out as a consolation prize and it’s become a favor.”

In the same interview, she stated that she was uncertain if she would return for Spider-Man 4, stating she would only do it if her part became more important.

Raimi Film Series
Films: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3
Characters: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Mary Jane Watson | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Gwen Stacy | Robbie Robertson | Betty Brant | Curt Connors | Flash Thompson | Dr. Stromm | Mr. Ditkovich | Ursula Ditkovich | Maximillian Fargas | Henry Balkan | Rosalie Octavius | Hoffman | Bernard Houseman | Mr. Aziz | Bonesaw McGraw
Enemies: The Green Goblin | Doctor Octopus | The Sandman | New Goblin | Venom | The Carjacker
Locations: The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Technologies | Quest Aerospace | Osborn Penthouse | Goblin Lair
Video Games: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3

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