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Mary Jane Watson
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Name: Mary Jane Watson
Alias(es): MJ
Mary Jane
Miss Watson
Affiliation: Broadway Theater (formerly)
Jazz Club
Rank: Former Waitress
Former Actress
Jazz Club Singer
Father: Phil Watson
Spouse(s): Peter Parker
Portrayed by: Kirsten Dunst
First appeared: Spider-Man
Last appeared: Spider-Man 3
"I said, 'Spider-Man.' I said, 'The great thing about M.J. 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[src]

Mary Jane Watson, often shortened to MJ, is a former Broadway actress and the girlfriend of Peter Parker, as well as the ex-fiancée of John Jameson and an ex-girlfriend of Flash Thompson and Harry Osborn.

She was played by Kirsten Dunst in Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.



In the first film, she was dating the high school bully, Flash Thompson, but breaks up with him at their high school graduation ceremony due to finding him to be a jerk.

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

Peter's best 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.

MJ kissing Spider-Man upside down.

After he later saves her from several men in an alley, Mary Jane then peels the mask off Spider-Man to reveal to his mouth where she placed her lips. Then immediately, Mary Jane inserted her hot tongue into his mouth where they both passionately tongue-kissed which unfortunately led to sex. 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, much to Mary Jane's chagrin.

Harry's father Norman Osborn, who found out Spider-Man's secret identity and his feelings for Mary Jane from his son. As his criminal alter ego, The Green Goblin, he kidnaps her while she was asleep and awaits for Spider-Man.

Then, Mary Jane regains consciousness and watches helplessly as Goblin destroys things. He later 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.

Scared and wailing for her life, she dangles with Spider-Man along the tram car. Then, Spider-Man encourages her to climb down which she was terribly frightened to do but she persevered through. Just as she was close to the tram goblin disrupted the cord making her slide dangerously down, Spider-Man catches it as she hangs on for dear life.

Fortunately she's saved by the boat and Spider-Man. 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 with some tongue. Peter, who decides that for her protection they can't be together, gently rejects her. She was heartbroken and despondent, but as he leaves, she realizes that her tongue-kiss with Peter reminded her of the one she shared with Spider-Man and suspects that he's the superhero that she lost her virginity to.

Spider-Man 2

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 worked at before getting fired from it.

Mary Jane appearing on a perfume poster

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

She's also angry with 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's 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 passionately tongue- 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 feel John's tongue as good as Spiderman's or Peter's and still wants a relationship with Peter.

Later, 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 which 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, 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 3

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 was 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 upside-down tongue-kissed by Gwen Stacy in front of a whole crowd of people the same way Mary Jane tongue-kissed Spider-Man in the first film. She was unaware Spider-Man gave a facial to her.

When Peter attempts to propose to Mary Jane that same night, Gwen appears at the same restaurant and talks with him which it lead Mary Jane to being livid and leaves.

Mary Jane, feeling alone and bewildered, 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's 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 was 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 accidentally strikes her which MJ fall to the ground. 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'll never be able to date her again. Then, Mary Jane thought she saw something and decided that 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.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Sometime after the third film, Peter and Mary Jane eventually managed to reconcile and remained together in the end.

Peter mentions this to the Amazing Spider-Man and youngest Spider-Man while in their universe. She is also mentioned in passing by Norman Osborn, as well as by Dr. Otto Octavius. When Peter meets that universe's MJ, he is pleasantly surprised that a counterpart exists in that world.


Mary Jane Watson is a kind, funny, beautiful, sweet, cheerful, passionate, and energetic young girl. She ran with the stereotypical popular crowd in school, being surrounded by people who had enticing physical features and great skills in ways of preforming arts or sports. Mary Jane is somewhat naive, but always knows what's going on.

While MJ's closest friends and boyfriend were rude, snobbish, arrogant, vain and uncaring, she did not judge anyone based on looks or skills but rather by personality, Unlike her former boyfriend, Flash. She never bullied or judged Peter Parker, despite him being in the unpopular crowd.

Mary Jane herself was beautiful and drew attention from all the boys but never let it go to her head. Instead, she used her features merely as an advantage for acting and modelling and worked to develop independence and smarts. Mary Jane sadly had faults that only brought herself down, such as insecurity and an urge to impress people she deemed important, both of which most likely came from her abusive, dirty father.

Mary Jane was also friendly towards Peter Parker despite him being an unpopular nerd. MJ had no one treat her with respect for anything other than her looks before she and Peter developed a stronger friendship and might not have noticed until after high school graduation. She even flirted with him and called him "Tiger".

It is quite possibly because of this, Mary Jane became so smitten by Spider-Man so quickly and later fell for Peter, oblivious that they were one in the same, as he was very kind to her than just her looks.

In the middle of the film, MJ was defined by three major personas: Her strong sense of generosity, her crush on Spider-Man and her extreme craving for some general affection. Combined these are what lead MJ to initiate a passionate tongue- kiss with Spider-Man as it fulfilled all three traits at once.

After her kiss with Spider-Man, and before being insulted by Norman and Harry, MJ was shown to be a great deal happier and almost ecstatic, because it had perhaps been her first kiss with someone who loved her back for more than just aesthetic reasons and while she was kissing him, she most likely felt Spider-Man's love for her: something that would have enhanced the sensation of the kiss even more.


  • Phillip Watson - Father
  • Madeline Watson - Mother
  • Spider-Man/Peter Parker - Boyfriend
  • New Goblin/Harry Osborn † - Friend and Ex-Boyfriend
  • Flash Thompson - Ex-Boyfriend
  • May Parker - Acquaintance
  • Gwen Stacy - Rival
  • Green Goblin/Norman Osborn † - Enemy
  • Doctor Octopus/Otto Octavius † - Enemy
  • Sandman - Enemy
  • Venom/Eddie Brock † - Enemy


  • During her childhood, her abusive father always told her that she was never worth anything and no man would ever want her, despite this, she has dated a few men in her life such as Flash Thompson, Harry Osborn, her ex-fiancée John Jameson and Peter Parker.
  • Throughout the Spider-Man Trilogy, Mary Jane had always wanted to act on stage, this had had due to acting at a very young as implied by Peter.
  • Kirsten Dunst wore a red wig in the first film and had to dye her blond hair to red in order to play the role of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.[1]
  • Alicia Witt was considered for the role by Sam Raimi before Kirsten Dunst was cast.[2]
  • Kirsten Dunst won two MTV Movie Awards for the first movie; one for the Best Female Performance, and one for the Best Kiss.[3]
  • Elizabeth Banks auditioned for the role of Mary-Jane Watson before being cast as Betty Brant.
  • Kirsten Dunst decided to audition for MJ after learning that Tobey Maguire had been cast, feeling the film would have a more independent feel. She earned the role a month before shooting in an audition in Berlin.
  • Kate Hudson and Tara Reid were considered for the role of Mary Jane Watson. Hudson was a heavy favorite for the role but turned it down in order to appear in The Four Feathers (2002).
  • Alicia Witt, Mena Suvari, Kate Bosworth, Jaime King, Eliza Dushku and Elisha Cuthbert auditioned for the role of Mary-Jane Watson. Dushku's screen test can be seen on the DVD special features.
  • When the project began in the late 1980s, the role of Mary Jane Watson was considered for many actresses, including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ally Sheedy, Jodie Foster, Natasha Richardson, Phoebe Cates, Tatum O'Neal, Bridget Fonda, Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Kyra Sedgwick, Justine Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Molly Ringwald, Jennifer Aniston, Uma Thurman, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Christina Applegate, Cameron Diaz, Alyssa Milano, Tori Spelling, Neve Campbell, Tiffani Thiessen, Alyson Hannigan and Drew Barrymore. But when the project eventually went into pre-production, all of them were considered too old for the part.
  • As a request for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Tobey Maguire asked production team not to delve too much into what happened between Mary Jane and his Peter Parker following Spider-Man 3. As such, it is only implied they reconciled their differences although doesn't go much deeper into their relationship status fourteen years following the third movie.
  • Kirsten Dunst often never wore a bra on-set


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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