Marvel announced Friday that beginning with INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #4, Mary Jane Watson (Parker) will become a regular member of Tony Stark’s supporting cast in an unexpected new role. Writer Brian Bendis commented on the announcement and talked about history and the future of the character.
“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. 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,” said Bendis.
“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. 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,” said Bendis.
“I [have] spent most of my time at Marvel writing the teenage version of Mary Jane [in ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN]. 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 hope; and she’s ready for a kick ass second act,” said Bendis.
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #4 will be in your local comic book store in December.