[Fanart: Mary Jane Watson wearing a t-shirt based off of Spidey’s black costume, Gwen Stacy wearing a t-shirt based off of Spidey’s red, webbed costume.]
United by their profound admiration for each other, more like.
#NO COMPETITIVE BULLSHIT #they. are. friends. #ugh dreading the new movie for this reason #gwen stacy #mary jane watson #mj #spider-man #comics
These tags speak truth!
[Black and white sketch of Spider-Girl in the air arms outstretched and legs a blur of motion as she webslings through the city.]
Art by Manny Hernaez
Really love the sense of movement here.
"Previously in Ultimate Spider-Man: Peter Parker died heroically at the hands of Norman Osborn, a.k.a., the Green Goblin, in the arms of his one true love Mary Jane and the woman who raised him, Aunt May."
From the recap page of Ultimate Fallout #2. This isn’t the first time Bendis has made digs at the post-OMD status quo, and it always cracks me up when he does.
meet-moi-halfway said: Can we submit stuff to your blog?
Thanks for asking! I’m not accepting submissions at the moment; I really dislike the way the submission template doesn’t make it easily visible who made the submission (other than in the user icon, but that’s easy to miss) and whether the submitter or the maintainer added any commentary. If there’s a post you’d like to make sure I see, you can tag it mary jane watson or fuckyeahspiderwife — I’ve got both tracked. I can’t promise to reblog everyone’s posts, but I’ll definitely give them a close look! :)
Amazing Spider-Man #527
Art by Mike Deodato.
MJ: Peter, sweetie, you okay?
Peter and MJ in their kitchen, late at night. Peter’s eating cereal, MJ’s drinking a glass of water and standing with her hand on Peter’s shoulder.
PETER: Mm? Yeah. Yeah, I’m good. Lost in thought, I guess.
MJ: Yeah? Well…
MJ’s smile turns a little impish.
MJ: … Bring along some bread crumbs next time, tiger. It’ll help you find your way back.
Peter looks down, smiling.
A nice coupley moment as a palate cleanser. Kano draws one of my favorite MJs and one of my favorite Peters, but he’s only ever done this one story with them, sob.
(Spider-Man Family vol II #2, “Undone.” Writing by Sean McKeever, Art by Kano with David Lafuente.)
Peter and MJ, surrounded by giant bugs as they perch precariously on what looks like a roof antenna. Peter is in costume, but without shirt or mask, and MJ’s wearing said shirt over her jeans.
Unlettered cover to Amazing Spider-Man #672, by Humberto Ramos.
Another cover I’d really like, were it not the external circumstances. The idea of Peter and a spider-powered MJ back to back against ravening hordes of giant bugs? AWESOME. The blatant fan-baitiness of a cover showing Peter half-dressed and MJ wearing his uniform shirt, right after a cover in which MJ lounges in skimpy clothing in the light of the Spider-Signal? Sigh.
I’m about 95% positive that if this scene happens in the comics at all it’ll be something completely innocuous, like Peter gallantly giving MJ his shirt after hers is ripped off in battle (okay, semi-innocuous), but I can’t quite rule out an attempt to push Peter/Carlie by “tainting” Peter/MJ with the spectre of Peter cheating on Carlie (or doing something otherwise skeevy) with MJ. Which of course would be MJ’s fault.
So, Spider-Island, in summation:
THE GOOD: Ramos’ art is great and works well for a fairly lighthearted premise like Spider-Island’s. Meanwhile, MJ getting spider-powers could be hugely fun and even lead to interesting new developments to her character arc, depending on how she reacts and whether she gets to keep them as has been rumored.
THE BAD: MJ showing up more probably means more using her as a prop to push Peter/Carlie, even without the possible Peter/MJ tryst titillation.
THE POTENTIALLY UGLY: Aforementioned Peter/MJ tryst; Slott’s writing is incredibly uneven, seesawing between sublime and worse-than-schlock several times per issue, and often rather sexist (content warning for misogyny). Quite apart from the awkwardness with which Slott handles MJ whenever Carlie’s in the vicinity, I’m a little nervous about the teasers for Norah and her interactions with Phil…
Well, that sure is a cynical rundown, isn’t it? I’m starting to reconsider my new resolution to discuss upcoming MJ material, if only for the sake of my blood pressure.
MJ, casually perched on the side of a wall Spidey-style, wearing only a spidey-themed tank top, drawstring short shorts, and thigh high athletic socks. Her smile and pose are welcoming. The Spider-Signal casts her in a red light.
Unlettered cover to Amazing Spider-Man #671, by Humberto Ramos.
Despite the blatant cheesecake, I really liked this cover. The draftsmanship is top-notch and I love MJ’s warm expression. Also, it’s now my headcanon that MJ shops at Sock Dreams. Sadly, the cover rather lost its luster once I read the matching solicit:
Now the moment you’ve been dying to see, Tiger! Mary Jane Watson finally spiders-up! Plus a giant battle pitting brother against brother. But let’s face it, you just care about that cover!
That’s what I love about Marvel Comics: they’re always so high-brow, and mindful of the diversity of their audience.
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Dear Tumblr: Why don’t your non-US users get the “read more” cut function?
Seriously, not cool.
I’m having “internet discussions of the late 90’s” flashbacks here.
Last warning, and then we’re getting unlettered preview art from ASM #668, by Humberto Ramos.
Okay, sorry about that! The first pic looks to be the aftermath of the fight scene from ASM #667:
Peter taking photos of Norah Winters when they’re interrupted by MJ, who clearly has strong feelings about something.
Judging by MJ’s clothes, I’m assuming this is the aftermath of the fight in #667. Not sure why Peter’s taking photos of Norah since he’s no longer working for the Bugle, though!
From (I think) later in the issue comes this page, which has made the blogosphere rounds already:
All around MJ, newly spider-powered civilians bound through the air. She looks up with a wistful expression to see Peter Parker (in his civvies) and Carlie swinging overhead, trading a kiss mid-swing.
I really like the top half and the bottom half of this page, but putting the two together just makes me facepalm quietly. I really really want this moment to be a mature rumination on wistfulness towards relationships past, but … Actually, it works just fine like that on the strength of Ramos’ art; it’s Slott’s dialogue I’m worried about.
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And here’s the teaser for ASM #667, art by Humberto Ramos:
(Ben Grimm punches out a goatee’d man in a Future Foundation Spider-suit while Mr. Fantastic pulls MJ out of harm’s way. Dagger and a bunch of Avengers/Spidey-affiliated heroes come charging out of Cloak’s, er, cloak, and MJ exchanges unknown words with Mr. Fantastic.
Apparently she ends up right in the thick of things! I think this’ll be the first time Reed and MJ have spoken since the beginning of Civil War, too — Dan Slott is the #1 proponent of making Peter part of the extended First Family, so I imagine he’ll make a reference to that.