|Mary Jane Watson|
Mary Jane Watson
September 13, 1968
Philip Watson (father)
Professional fashion model and actress, night club owner
- "Face it, Tiger, you just hit the jackpot!"
- ―Mary Jane Watson
Mary Jane Watson was born in New York City to Madeline and Phil Watson. Mary Jane's childhood was a rough one, constantly on the end of verbal abuse alongside her mother due to her father's battle with alcoholism. Though the yelling was always persistent, it grew more frequent when Mary Jane's mother left her and her father when Mary Jane was nine years old. Her father's sister, Anna Watson was very kind to Mary Jane.
- "The great thing about MJ is when you look in her eyes and she’s looking back in yours, everything feels… not quite normal. Because you feel stronger and weaker at the same time. You feel excited and at the same time, terrified. The truth is… you don’t know what you feel except you know what kind of man you want to be. It’s as if you’ve reached the unreachable and you weren’t ready for it."
- ―Peter Parker about Mary Jane Watson
After Ben's death, Aunt May and Anna tried to set up Peter and Mary Jane on a blind date. Peter was initially reluctant and decided to go out with Felicia Hardy instead. After some trouble with several Spider Slayers, Peter agreed. He was instantly struck by how beautiful Mary Jane is. Although they began to go on dates, she would still have to compete with Felicia. Fortunately for her, Felicia was also involved with Flash Thompson.
Mary Jane took some self-defense classes to help defend herself while in the city. She dated a man called Morris Bench, but the two broke up.
Peter did have strong feelings for Mary Jane and loved her a lot. This was imparted onto the Venom Symbiote before it left him and the information was transfered over to Eddie Brock when they became Venom. Venom used this information to bug Peter.
Peter and Mary Jane made a date to go to the movies. However, before Peter could show up, she met Eddie Brock who acted very nice. She liked him, but when Peter arrived, he acted disgusted by Eddie. Peter pulled her away and practically dragged her onto a subway train. She was distressed by his seemingly change of mood and Peter explained that Eddie was a creep.
Later, they were sitting outside Peter's house and MJ wondered what was out there among the stars.
Mary Jane went to The Daily Bugle to meet Peter. Then, the Chameleon, in the disguise of Peter, arrived and kissed MJ very passionately to hide from some passing cops. Then, he told her they would meet later. When Peter did not show up, she was angry. Then, she got angry at the real Peter who did not know what was going on. Then, he had to explain to her who the Chameleon was and what he could do.
When Morris Bench came back he revealed that he became Hydro-Man. Spider-Man tried to save her but was unable to match his powers. Mary Jane eventually tricked Bench into going far from water onto a rooftop. He splashed apart and evaporated, apparently dying for good.
The first bump in their relationship came when Michael Morbius disappeared. Felicia, who he had been dating, was filled with sorrow and Peter went to comfort her. Mary Jane saw the two and became jealous. She then went to Harry Osborn for her own comfort and the two became involved.
Mary Jane received a letter from her father telling her he wanted to meet. Mary Jane wanted Peter to come help her but he was detained. She saw her father and left with him before Peter arrived. She met a man named Baron Mordo who reunited the two, and for that she joined his cult. However, she was being brainwashed into doing Mordo's bidding while she was asleep.
In one brainwashed episode, Mary Jane and several others from the cult and broke into the Sanctum Sanctorum. They attacked Doctor Strange and Wong attempting to steal the Wand of Watoomb. They were stopped by Spider-Man who unmasked MJ and put a Spider-Tracer on her. He followed her to the cult's hideout and joined himself. He tried to get her to leave, but she refused because of her father.
Spider-Man joined the cult in their next brainwashed attack and acquired the Wand. Strange and Wong freed Spider-Man and the three heroes attacked the cult and Mordo. Mordo planned to use the wand to release Dormammu from his dimension. The heroes stopped Mordo and Dormammu and freed the cult. Mary Jane tried to find her father only to be caught by Dormammu and pulled into his dimension. He wanted MJ to invite him into her dimension. However, Strange showed her what her father was really like and that he didn't really return. Spider-Man then took her home.
Mary Jane was kidnapped by the Green Goblin and put along side Wilson Fisk, J. Jonah Jameson, and Anastasia Hardy. Spider-Man arrived and battled the goblin. During the battle, the other four left in a submarine.
Peter was arrested for selling national defense secrets. Mary Jane and many other friends of Peter went to the courtroom where his attorney Matt Murdock was trying to get him out on bail. On his way back to jail, Peter was captured by the Chameleon in the disguise of Spider-Man.
While he was in jail, Mary Jane and Aunt Anna took care of his Aunt May in her home. Anna once again berated Peter, but MJ defended him. Then, Anna found that May is seriously ill after she learned that Peter disappeared, and they call an ambulance. May was taken to a nearby hospital.
While at the hospital, MJ was pulled into a closet by Peter who had escaped and heard about his aunt. She disguised him as a doctor and got him into May's room. Peter told May that Murdock had the evidence to prove his innocence. Just then, Anna walked into the room. She, too happily, agreed to help Peter sneak out. When they leave the hospital, MJ thanked her aunt who revealed she was the Chameleon and shoved the two into a van.
The two were put into an isolation room where they only had a limited supply of air. With the help of Daredevil, Detective Terri Lee freed the two. Then, Peter told her to hide while he ran off. Then, Spider-Man arrived and assisted Daredevil and the police. MJ took out a bad guy herself thanks to some self-defense classes. Eventually, Richard Fisk and Susan Choi were arrested and charged with treason.
Mary Jane and Harry Osborn became engaged. Mary Jane attended a large conference at Oscorp Towers to unveil a new subway car. While there she encountered Peter who tried to feign happiness at her engagement but was unable to. He questioned whether she truly loved Harry. MJ got flustered and quickly left. While Norman Osborn made a speech, the Ultimate Slayer broke in and kidnapped her, Harry, and Norman.
They were all then captured by Kingpin and taken to the his hideout in the Chrysler Building. MJ and Harry were put into a cell while Norman talked to Kingpin. Harry wanted to simply comply while MJ felt they needed to find a way to escape. MJ attacked a guard and found Spider-Man, who had followed, and Norman.
While escaping the building started to come down. The three climb down a rope but it was cut. Spider-Man swung down and caught all three. Harry and Norman found a taxi to leave, but Mary Jane did not want to go with them. She gave Harry back his ring and told Spider-Man that she wanted some fresh air. After some swinging, she revealed that she loved Harry, but as a brother rather than a husband. She realized that she was in love with Peter. Then, Spider-Man dropped her off and she got a taxi.
Back to PeterEdit
Mary Jane went to Peter's house to find him only to see Eddie Brock. She knows that he's no friend to Peter and told him. He left after telling her that Peter loves her. She was shocked to know that Peter felt that way about her. She then became aware that Eddie Brock was Venom.
Peter took Mary Jane out to a fair since they had not had a full date in some time. She was surprised that he had not had to leave yet. He left when an interdimensional portal opened up. Then, Spider-Man arrived to stop a roller coaster from entering the portal. He was sucked in before it disappeared.
Then, she got angry that Peter ditched her again and would not talk to him when Peter tried to make amends. Later, MJ realizes that this is who Peter is and she loves him anyways. She confronted him outside his home to tell him. He tried to apologize but she said she would deal with it.
At a park Mary Jane confesses that she didn't believe Peter was safe because she attracts the likes of Dormammu, Mordo, Hydro-Man, and even Venom. Peter assured her that everything would be fine. When they spotted another portal, Peter had to leave again.
The two went to the engagement party of Felicia Hardy and Jason Phillip Macendale, but were confronted by an angry Harry. He stormed off and Mary Jane followed. While talking to him, Peter left the party.
The Night Mary Jane Watson DisappearedEdit
Mary Jane met Peter at the Coffee Bean and were served by Liz Allen. While waiting for him the two girls talked about MJ's relationship with Harry. She revealed that she wasn't really happy and Harry didn't see that. When Peter came, she said that she loves his little quirks like always being late. The two left and were talking about Harry's birthday party. Peter didn't want to go, but MJ pointed out that Harry made a special point to invite them.
The two arrived at the party and Harry angrily told them that his father got him to invite the two. He stormed off and Mary Jane followed. At dinner, Norman talked about Mary Jane's and Peter's relationship, and that he and Peter shared something. It piqued her curiosity, but before Norman revealed it Peter left. When he came back, there was an explosion and everyone left. Outside Peter decided to go back in since Norman was not out. Mary Jane did not see the two and assumed that Peter took Norman to the hospital.
Mary Jane returned home where her aunt was once again bashing Peter. When Anna said that Peter would bring her trouble, The Green Goblin broke in, knocked the two out, and kidnapped MJ.
Mary Jane woke up on top of the George Washington Bridge to find Spider-Man and Green Goblin fighting. She tripped over the side but was caught by Spider-Man.
She was put down and comforted by someone she thought was Peter, but turned out to be Spider-Man. The goblin got his Goblin Glider working again, but the tower became unstable. It broke apart and Mary Jane fell off again. This time, Spider-Man did not catch her. Instead, she fell into an interdimensional portal and was lost in limbo.
She desperately called out, but no one heard her.
Return and MarriageEdit
Peter was filled with guilt and Mary Jane told him to go to Counter-Earth to stop the symbiotes and save Jameson. She waited on Earth while he went away. He took a picture of her to keep him company.
During the 1994-1996 "Clone Saga" storyline, shortly afterward, Peter's clone, Ben Reilly, appeared. Mary Jane discovered that she was pregnant. While she experienced some complications in her pregnancy, Reilly's scientist friend Seward Trainer helped her. Peter and Ben were told by Trainer that Ben was the real Peter Parker, and Peter was the clone (which later proved to be a lie). After conducting the tests themselves (tests which Seward rigged) they confirmed Seward's story. A disbelieving Peter, while arguing with Ben, accidentally struck Mary Jane. After this, he decided to quit as Spider-Man, because the stress of his double life was endangering his wife and unborn child. Peter, acting on hypnotic suggestion by the Jackal, attempted to kill Mary Jane, but was prevented by Ben Reilly (as the Scarlet Spider), his teammates the New Warriors, and Kaine. Later, Peter and Mary Jane left New York and moved to Portland, Oregon. While there, he lost his powers in a lab accident. They lived there peacefully for several months, adapting happily to normal life. However, they missed New York City and their friends, and moved back. Peter became unexpectedly ill and nearly died, but instead regained his powers. During the Onslaught crisis, Mary Jane was scanned by a Sentinel robot, who detected genetic abnormalities in her fetus.
Soon afterward, when Mary Jane's baby was already past due, she was poisoned by Alison Mongrain, an agent of the Green Goblin. Mary Jane's baby was stillborn. The baby has not been seen since in the normal 616 continuity, but appears in stories set in the alternate-timeline MC2 universe. In this timeline, Mary Jane and Peter Parker are reunited with their child, a daughter they name May (though she is often referred to as "Mayday"). Peter would later lose a leg in a fateful final battle with Norman Osborn, and thus retire as Spider-Man. The couple would go on to have another child, a son called Benjamin Richard Parker, many years later in this continuity, while Mayday became the superhero Spider-Girl.
Personality and traitsEdit
Mary Jane Watson was strong willed and independent. She sometimes would make sacrifices to have the one she loves.
- "But something in her makes me gentle. Makes me shy. Makes me strong. Makes me happy to be alive. And maybe that's it. Maybe that's what it really comes down to. She makes me. Makes me whole... She completes me. So here's the thing, God... I know I complain a lot, and I know that you and me, we've got issues, but right now, just for tonight... Thank you for her. Thank you. "
- ―Peter Parker about Mary Jane Watson
- "Out there, if I ever gave up, even for a second, it would all be over. But it's hard. I get tired. I get worn. Do you know what keeps me going? I know that I have to get home to you. I have to walk through that door. "
- ―Peter Parker to Mary Jane Watson
- "People see me swinging around skyscrapers and they think I'm pretty special. But it's not me. It's her. It's always been her."
- ―Peter Parker about Mary Jane Watson
The two dated off and on for a long while until she disappeared. When she learned that he was Spider-Man the two married. She stayed behind while he went to Counter-Earth.
The two dated and were engaged, but she did not really love him. She was mostly trying to get back at Peter for always leaving her.
The two dated for some time, but broke up. He eventually became obsessed with her, convinced that she belonged to him. He went into the Navy but returned as Hydro-Man. He tried to take her back but she ran away. Eventually, Spider-Man intervened and fought the aqua-based villain for her, resulting in his apparent death.
Anna is a loving aunt and caregiver. She hates Peter and Mary Jane must constantly argue with her.
Her father was verbally abusive. She thought he could be a better person but Doctor Strange showed her otherwise.