As of December, Mary Jane Watson-Parker (yeah I still call her that) will be joining Iron Man as a new supporting character, written by Brian Bendis – who I honestly didn’t even know was writing Iron Man.
Starting in December’s Invincible Iron Man #4, Peter Parker’s ex-wife Mary Jane Watson will become a regular part of Tony Stark’s supporting cast. This is a marked change from the past, where Watson has been part of the Amazing Spider-Man and associated Spidey titles as a character.
Despite the change, writer Brian Michael Bendis confirms that the pair do already know each other.
“They know each other. 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.”
While Bendis was hesitant to disclose the exact nature of their relationship, he did say it was ‘new.’
“What I can tell you is that it is new territory for both Tony and Mary Jane. And that is pretty exciting to write.”
“I [have] spent most of my time at Marvel writing the teenage version of Mary Jane [in Ultimate Spider-Man],” he continued. “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.”
The article errs in that Mary Jane is not Peter’s ex-wife; remember that in the dystopian “QuesadaMephistoDevilBrickSlottverse” Peter and Mary Jane were never married. But then I still consider that fanfiction of the worst kind.
This is definitely designed to make you think Tony Stark and Mary Jane will be… you know, doin’ it… by Christmas “because reasons,” but it also might be a giant swerve manufactured to make you angry. You know how Marvel psy-ops work, troops. Spider-Fans are seasoned vets with this stuff.
On the plus side? She presumably remains out of Dan Slott’s hands. The downside is she may still be handled wrong, just by a different writer this time. We’ll hold out hope that MJ doesn’t become the lastest victim of what has to be the Marvel Universe equivalent of the Derek Jeter Herpes Tree.
Marvel does love their little “reality slaps,” don’t they? Sigh. Anyway, thanks to Crawlspacer Jay Maddox for the heads-up via Facebook, and to our own Mike McNulty, who I think mentioned this as a rumor on the podcast awhile back and I had just forgotten about it (and who also just wrote about it, now that I check. Heh!)
EDIT: How out of the loop am I this week? Our message board Crawlspacers have already been talking about this since yesterday. *sigh* Sorry folks! Been a rough week!
–George “Aww Jeez, Not This Crap Again” Berryman!