Those who expected MJ to return in a big way for Peter Parker after Renew Your Vows… may be disappointed. – Dan Gvozden
We now know what Mary Jane Watson will be up to post-Secret Wars, but be ready to be surprised: It is not Peter Parker who is gaining our favorite redhead – but Tony Stark, who will see MJ joining the supporting cast moving forward “in an unexpected new role.”
“We were at one of our glorious Marvel publishing retreats and certain characters got brought up, sometimes almost accidentally, and I found out that nobody had anything going on with Mary Jane,” recalls Bendis. “I sat with that for a while and I always go to this place in my head where I [wonder] what the most interesting thing I would like to see that character do now and it fell right into the ideas I was already cooking for Tony Stark.”
Brian Michael Bendis will be borrowing Spidey’s old flame for his upcoming Invincible Iron Man series, which sees Tony Stark beginning his latest adventures in dire financial times – a storyline that promises a unique change of pace for the character.
“They know each other,” Bendis affirms. “She used to live in Avengers Tower. But that’s all I’m going to say for now because what kind of relationship they end up having is a big part of what I would like people to buy the book for. But what I can tell you is that it is new territory for both Tony and Mary Jane. And that is pretty exciting to write.”
It’s a strange “All-New, All-Different” time at Marvel, wherein we see Peter Parker building his global company with an almost bizarre degree of success that comes with new suits and gadgets – and in the meantime Tony Stark is falling on hard times and hanging out with Mary Jane. Perhaps Pepper Potts will have some role at Parker Industries?
Brian expressed excitement at the idea of working with the character of Mary Watson – a woman who has seen and experienced a wealth of growing up over her “Ultimate” counterpart.
“I [have] spent most of my time at Marvel writing the teenage version of Mary Jane [in ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN],” he continues. “This is a grown-up woman who has been through a lot. She seems like one of those characters that went down certain paths that may not have panned out the way she hoped, and she’s ready for a kick ass second act.”
Marvel has commented that “While these two Marvel mainstays have met and interacted, their dynamic… will take many by surprise.” So what do YOU think? What’s MJ up to? Has Tony hit the Jackpot? Whatever happened to that nice fireman that Mary met? Sure he had the characterization of a log, but he seemed like such a nice boy.
Invincible Iron Man takes off in October, while MJ will be joining the cast in December. Merry Christmas, Mr. Stark.