Wanting to leave behind the world of Super Heroes, Mary Jane leaves New York to begin a new life in Chicago, but will she be able to stay on this new path, especially when she encounters Iron Man, aka Tony Stark.
Tony is knee deep in trouble from enemies both old and new. But here comes MARY JANE WATSON AND HIS WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!
WRITER: Brian Michael Bendis
ARTIST: David Marquez
PENCILER: David Marquez
INKER: David Marquez
COLORIST: Justin Ponsor
COVER ARTISTS: David Marquez, Justin Ponsor
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Yasmine Putri
EDITORS: Tom Brevoort, Katie Kubert
The Story: Mary Jane’s story begins with a new setting in Chicago. Yes, you read that right. Chicago, the windy city, also known as second city or if you’re cool it’s chi-town. She’s opening a new nightclub called Jackpot. As she goes on stage on the opening night she tells the crowd she’s tired of super-villains, vigilantes, mutants, Defenders and Doctor Octopuses that have called New York their home.
Little did she know that she would be dragged into the very thing she left New York for, courtesy of Iron Man, Doctor Doom & Madame Masque. Which, if the cliffhanger is anything to go by, could result in the destruction of her club.
My Thoughts: Before I get to my main thoughts, I just want to say that when I heard that Mary Jane was to move to Iron Man, I like many others were, you would say, shocked, shocked that a character that has been a core part of the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, would not be used in said book any longer. And that the possibility of her getting back with Peter has been reduced even further. But, that is not to say that there wasn’t a silver lining to this, first she’s taken away from Dan Slott, who has really done a poor poor job with her and second that Bendis himself, a writer I trust and the only writer to actually make me care about a version of Aunt May, will be handling her character. So I can’t wait to see what he has in store for her.
Now for my main thoughts: The first thing I noticed is the fact that she contradicted herself, because if you recall, she told Carlie in Superior Spider-Man #31, that she will not allow anyone to scare her away from her home, her home being New York, and while this is a negative towards her, her leaving New York for Chicago is something I always thought Marvel should have done if they wanted to separate her from Peter, because, as long as she was still in New York, we were always going to expect her and Peter to get back together, especially me, now, they live in different cities, while not impossible, will make it difficult for them to meet up, even if Peter does have his own private jet, ugh.
That being said, there are good things to come from this move, one is that it could mean that we no longer have to deal with the so called “placeholder” of a boyfriend, fingers crossed. Another is that this gives Mary Jane a chance to grow away from the influence and shadow of Spider-Man, and her not mentioning Spider-Man in her list of reasons for leaving, is in my opinion a good thing and since no one knows her in Chicago, there would be no reason for anyone to suspect that she has a connection to him, plus it would remind her of the times they had together, which would go against her starting a new life somewhere else. and could be the reason for the anti-spidey bubble on the cover.
My final thoughts are to do with the cliffhanger, where we see the terror/sadness on Mary Jane’s face, reacting to the event unfolding before her, and simply asking “why?” For because, by the looks of it, she is about to lose everything she rebuilt, her club, her new life, all could now end, and all because she can’t seem to get away from these types of incidents. But by losing her club, this could be the reason she goes to work to Tony.
How is she portrayed: While she has only appeared in the last 3 pages of the issue, with no interaction between her and Tony, we have to remember, this is how Bendis works, he simmers the story and then when it’s ready, places it the oven for the final serving.
While some might chide her for why she didn’t consider that everywhere she goes there is the potential danger from super-powered incidents, I am of the opposite opinion that she does know that possibility, thing is I wouldn’t be surprised if she chose Chicago for the simple reason that it seemed to be the one place where she is least likely to encounter such incidents, it was just bad luck it happened in her club.
Some might also say she was dumbed down, I don’t think so, the fact she opened a new club, after her old club was destroyed, goes to show that she has the smarts and the drive to carry on. Plus, we haven’t really seen what Bendis has in store her, so for now I am still going to put my trust in him.
Speculation: Here some Speculative thoughts on how Mary Jane ends up working for Tony as indicated by Marvel many times, even on the cover of this issue.
I try to see things from multiple angles, so I see one the following happening
1- Her club gets destroyed and although she would have insurance, it’s not enough to rebuild, plus her insurance premiums would increase, thereby making the business too expensive to run and thereby making it no longer viable.
2- The reputation of the club gets severely damaged to such an extent that it will no longer make a profit.
3- So if you add those 2 plus, she has likely taken out a loan to start the club, if that is the case, then the bank might come along and as for their money back, which would mean that all the insurance money would go to pay off the bank loan.
In Short: She more than likely has insurance to cover damages, but the success any new night club is dependent on its opening night, what happened would constitute a failure of said opening and I wouldn’t be surprised if she took out a loan to fund the opening of the club, in which case, the bank will more than likely ask for its money back, since they would have lost faith in the business, due to the reputation it would have gotten because of the incident, leaving her with nothing to fix the damage caused and even if she was able to, nobody would come to her club, fearing a repeat of something similar happening.
Here’s is a fourth option I was given and the potential of coming true.
Maybe the bank refuses the loan because she’s now in a high risk category what with her nightclubs always getting destroyed. So she goes back to New York and Stark Industries to demand compensation, maybe even threatening to sue, when Tony decides to offer her a job instead.
A Little Extra: Regarding what they said in the letter at the back of the issue
As for guess stars, we have no plans to let those shifty Spidey guys steal MJ back any time soon. She’s ours, I tell you! OURS! and you have an anti-spidey symbol added.
Yes, it does indicate that they are not prepared to let MJ go for a long time, I think this is a cheeky way of saying they understand how we the fans feel about the current Spidey team and her, or it could be there is something happening behind the scenes and what they said is a smoke screen for that.
I also thought I’d give my thoughts on the sneak peek from Invincible Iron Man #5, which came out January 6th, provided of Bendis.
To put it simply, I got more emotion from this single page sneak peek, especially from Mary Jane’s eyes, than I got from reading Amazing Spider-Man #4, and in my opinion ASM #4’s not worth the read, and to me that says a lot in telling you which is the better quality comic.
Looks promising, can’t wait for what comes next, and over all, the book is still far better than Amazing Spider-Man.
Author: Mohammed << Head here for my previous posts