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Mary Jane Watson
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Name: Mary Jane Watson
Alias(es): MJ
Affiliation: Good
Rank: Ally
Father: Phil Watson
Mother: Madeline Watson
Spouse(s): Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire)
Portrayed by: Kirsten Dunst
First appeared: Spider-Man
Last appeared: Spider-Man 3
Appears in: 3 Films

Mary Jane Watson, often shortened to MJ, is a character first appearing originally in Marvel comic books created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita, Sr. in 1965.

Her part was played by Kirsten Dunst in all three films in the Raimi Spider-Man Trilogy between 2002 and 2007.

She's the love interest of Peter Parker and later girlfriend. She was once a ex-fiancée of John Jameson and once ex-girlfriend of Flash Thompson and Harry Osborn.



Mary Jane is Peter Parker's childhood and high school crush as he had been in love with her since he and MJ were kids, but she was unaware of his feelings and wanted to be friends with him.

At the time, she was dating the high school bully, Flash Thompson, but breaks up with him at their high school graduation ceremony.

Desperate to escape her abusive, alcoholic father, Mary Jane begins to pursue a career in acting, but she secretly waitresses at a diner after being rejected at an audition.

Peter's friend Harry Osborn is her first boyfriend after leaving high school, but when she was rescued by Spider-Man after being attacked by The Green Goblin, she became attracted to him.

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MJ kissing Spider-Man upside down.

After he later saves her from several men in an alley, the two share an iconic kiss. She grows distant from Harry and closer to Peter when she realizes how much he cares for her. After Harry sees Peter and Mary Jane holding hands, he gets angry and breaks up with her.

Harry's father Norman Osborn, now knows of Spider-Man's secret identity and finds out about his feelings for Mary Jane from his son. As his criminal alter ego, The Green Goblin, he kidnaps her and holds her over the Queensboro Bridge, telling Spider-Man that he must choose between her and a group of children caught in the Roosevelt Island tram car.

Spider-Man manages to save both Mary Jane and the children; however, The Green Goblin is killed in an ensuing fight. At Norman's funeral, Mary Jane tells Peter that she loves him and they kiss. Peter, who decides that for her protection they can't be together, gently rejects her. She was heartbroken, but as he leaves, she realizes that her kiss with Peter reminded her of the one she shared with Spider-Man and suspects that he's the superhero.

Spider-Man 2Edit

Two years later, Mary Jane still wants to start a relationship with Peter, who still resists because he fears for her safety. In her frustration, Mary Jane goes on to have a relationship with John Jameson, the astronaut son of The Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson.

Prior to this, Harry said that she was waiting for him. Much to Peter's delight, he sees her billboard picturing her modeling for a perfume near Joe's Pizza where he works.


Mary Jane appearing on a perfume poster

Later, Peter decides that being Spider-Man is not what he wants and he now attempts to start a relationship with her. Mary Jane pushes him away this time because she is getting married to John Jameson, but secretly does indeed want a relationship with Peter, although she tries to convince herself otherwise.

She is also angry at Peter because he fails to see her star in The Importance of Being Earnest, which John, Harry, and Aunt May have all seen (even her father went backstage, albeit to ask for money), yet Peter's absences also verifies her suspicion that he is Spider-Man but waiting for a chance of him admitting it or seeing him unmasked herself.

When Peter does arrive to see it the first time, a Snooty Usher stops him for being late. The second attempt to see it, which is successful, when he tries to reconnect with her.

After Mary Jane kisses John, in a manner that is reminiscent of the upside-down kiss between her and Spider-Man from the first film, she realizes that she does not love John and still wants a relationship with Peter.

She meets Peter in a coffee shop where she asks for a kiss to confirm her belief that he is Spider-Man. She even asks him if he loves her which he falsely replies, "I don't", for the sake of his superhero responsibilities and her safety. Just before Peter can kiss her, Doctor Octopus kidnaps her and runs away. Doctor Octopus takes her to an abandoned pier where Spider-Man confronts him.

Spider-Man pulls his mask off in hopes of getting Doctor Octopus to come back to his human senses, and Mary Jane sees that Spider-Man and Peter Parker are one and the same. After Doctor Octopus reforms and sacrifices himself to save New York, Spider-Man and Mary Jane share a moment together where Spider-Man finally admits that he does love Mary Jane, but cares more for her safety.

At the film's end, Mary Jane prepares to marry John Jameson, but she leaves him at the altar, goes to Peter's apartment, and reveals that she is in love with Peter and is prepared to face whatever risks their relationship may bring as a result of his alter-ego.

Spider-Man 3Edit

Both Mary Jane and Harry now know that Peter is Spider-Man. In the film, Peter and Mary Jane are dating and Peter is intending to ask Mary Jane to marry him. When he reports the good news to his Aunt May, she is delighted and asks Peter to give her engagement ring as a gift to Mary Jane.

However, Peter becomes slightly overconfident due to Spider-Man's success. Meanwhile, Mary Jane's Broadway debut takes a turn for the worse when her performance gets bad reviews.

Unaware of this incident, Peter accidentally pushes Mary Jane away, thinking that he understands her situation. She also begins a rivalry with Gwen Stacy for Peter's affections.

Having been replaced on Broadway by her understudy and then having to work at a jazz club, Mary Jane and Peter's relationship worsens when Spider-Man is unexpectedly kissed by Gwen Stacy in front of a whole crowd of people the same way Mary Jane kissed Spider-Man in the first film.

When Peter attempts to propose to Mary Jane that same night, Gwen appears at the same restaurant and talks with him; Mary Jane leaves, furious.

Mary Jane, feeling alone and despondent, calls Harry, who recently lost his memory and hatred of Spider-Man after being defeated in an aerial battle as the New Goblin. They renew their bond, and in a moment of joy, Mary Jane kisses Harry. Realizing what she is doing, Mary Jane quickly leaves; the emotional turmoil restores Harry's memories and his mission to destroy Spider-Man as the New Goblin.

He confronts MJ in her apartment, and threatens to kill Peter if she does not break up with him. Following Harry's orders, she breaks up with Peter. Peter, heartbroken and upset, refuses to tolerate these tragedies and turns to the symbiote suit which enhances his aggression.

One night, Peter decides to go to Mary Jane's jazz club with Gwen. He shows her up on stage by playing the piano, and makes a big show of dancing with Gwen. Gwen, realizing that she is being used as a prop to make Mary Jane jealous, apologizes and leaves. Mary Jane is still visibly shaken when Peter confronts her at the bar, and he is assaulted by two of the club's bouncers.

A fight ensues, and Mary Jane tries to stop Peter. Thinking she's another bouncer, Peter strikes her. Peter, realizing what the evil symbiote is trying to do, leaves the club.

Peter tears the symbiote off his body at a church bell-tower. During the struggle, it falls on Eddie Brock standing below and creates Venom.

At his apartment, Peter fears that even though the symbiote was responsible for current events, he may not be able to put Mary Jane first and gives his wedding ring back to Aunt May who convinces him that if he tries his best, he can put things right.

Meanwhile, Peter sees Mary Jane in her apartment and walks away, feeling that he won't be able to date her again. Mary Jane thought she saw something and decided it would be best to go and see Peter in hopes of rekindling her relationship with him. But, Venom kidnaps Mary Jane, holding her hostage at a construction site, where a climatic battle takes place between the team of Venom and the The Sandman against Spider-Man. Spider-Man was nearly killed as he was choked by Venom and hammered by Sandman which horrifies Mary Jane as she thinks her lover will be dead but Harry Osborn, a.k.a. the "New Goblin" managed to save Spider-Man by throwing a bomb in Sandman's head and knocking Venom aside. Then an ensuring battle begins.

During the fight, Harry defeats Sandman, but is impaled by Venom with his own glider after jumping in the way of Venom attempting to impale Peter. After Peter defeats Venom, he goes over to the mortally wounded Harry, alongside whom Mary Jane is also present.

Harry dies in Mary Jane's arms after mending his friendship with Peter. After attending their friend's funeral, Peter and Mary Jane reconcile and dance together at the jazz club where she works.


  • In the first movie, she had red hair while the second and third movie, she had brown hair
  • During her childhood, her abusive father always told her that she was never worth everything and no man would ever want her which is not true since she dated a school bully, Peter's best friend Harry Osborn, her ex-fiancée John Jameson and later Peter Parker.
  • In the first movie, she was afraid of The Green Goblin while the second and third one, she wasn't afraid anymore since she got her hero, and she's very brave and more mature.
  • In the first and second movie, she didn't sing. In the third one she did and she has a pretty singing voice.
  • Throughout the Spider-Man Trilogy, she acted on stage since her teen years and later became actress.
  • Without her parents knowing, she secretly wanted to be a actress and headed to the city so she could get out of her childhood home and wished that her father wouldn't be mean to her.
  • Even though she was in love with Spider-Man in the first movie, she always loved Peter Parker after he confessed his feelings in the first one. (Peter decided to be her friend in the first movie, and in the second one he admitted that he always loved her and she felt the same way even though he's Spider-Man).
  • She didn't date Flash in the comic book like she did in the first movie, she didn't meet John Jameson in the comic book like she did in the second movie and she didn't get married in the third movie like she did marry Peter in the comic book.
  • Mary Jane is similar to Gwen Stacy as both were damsels in distress, both wear the love interest of the main protagonist, both went to school with Peter, both got kidnapped by The Green Goblin and both admired Spider-Man.


See AlsoEdit

Raimi Film Series
Films: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3
Characters: 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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