Mary Jane Watson: Marvel’s Next Superhero?

Marvel’s recent issue of Amazing Spider-Man shows Mary Jane Watson donning the webslinger’s old suit to aid Spider-Man and Iron Man in a battle against the villain Regent. Without spoiling much, Mary Jane provides a crucial role in aiding the heroes to a successful conclusion.

At the end of the fight, Watson states this is her one and only instance of superhero exploits. I personally hope this will not be Jane’s last foray into battle. In fact, I hope this will be a first of many adventures for Ms. Watson.

First, she has an extensive history with Marvel’s superheros to say the least. Honestly, she has as much exposure to the trials and tribulations of being a hero as most of Marvel’s pantheon. With a little apprenticeship under Iron Man, she would quickly rise up the rank and file of Marvel’s Who’s Who of Heroes.

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Second, despite the lack of time on the job, she is not afraid to jump into a fight. One example of this is when she rescues Iron Man and Dr. Doom from Madame Masque when Masque is possessed by a demon.

Third, from a narrative’s perspective, this is a major development for her character. There is a plethora of women in comics whose purpose is to be rescued by (usually male) heroes. Having Mary Jane Watson go from that to being on the front lines can offer an intriguing aspect into her character. Especially since her first appearance is her rescuing two heroes from defeat.

Seeing Mary Jane Watson swing into action is a real treat for a long time Spider-Man fan, especially when many stories usually have her in need of the webslinger’s aid. Taking her from Lois Lane status to becoming a fully fledged hero is something Marvel needs to continue.

If Marvel decides to keep MJ in the spider suit, might I make a suggestion to the name? I think Spider-Maiden is a good choice.

What do you guys think of the prospect of MJ becoming a super-hero? And what are your suggestions for her moniker?

Seth Frederiksen
Seth Frederiksen
A post-grad history buff who is addicted to comics and books, and lover of anything with the words "ice" and "cream" in it. I've been a huge Batman fan since I can remember, and have come to appreciate sequential art as literature and entertainment. Also I have a soft spot for dogs. Just saying.