Mary Jane "MJ" Watson is a fictional character in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film series. Based on the character of the same name, she is portrayed by Kirsten Dunst. In the films, Mary Jane is Peter Parker's next-door neighbor, childhood crush, and primary love interest.
Why She Rocked
Note: This will only focus on her actions in the first two films, and just these 2 versions of Mary Jane, and there are other versions of Mary Jane that are also likable. So, please, do not add anything from the 3rd film.
- She was a very kind and sweet girl, who was good friends with Peter in the first two films.
- She is very sympathetic because of the fact that she has an abusive father, just like in the comics.
- She is very gorgeous and attractive.
- Kirsten Dunst did a good job portraying Mary Jane.
- She is much more understanding with her ex-boyfriends in the first film, as she broke up with Flash because of his rudeness, and when Harry breaks up with her, is not because she cheated on him (outside the kiss she had with Peter while he was in his Spider-Man persona), is because her friendship with Peter was growing but not to the point where she would cheat on Harry, but it was Harry’s jealousy that led to the break-up.
- She was a much better friend to Peter in the first film, as she sympathizes and shows concern for Peter when he’s in a tough spot, which shows how much she cares for him.
- She was still a decent friend to him in the second film.
- For the most part, she is faithful to her comic book counterpart.
- There was the iconic moment from the first film where she and Peter, while he was Spider-Man, kissed in the rain after saving her from a group of perverts while he is upside-down in the rain, which was very romantic and heartwarming.
- During the third time she was kidnapped in the first film, she followed Peter’s, while he was Spider-Man, advice and climbed down to safety, putting aside her fear of falling and being brave.
- Her chemistry with Peter is decent in the first two films, and the kisses they shared were very heartwarming.
- At the end of the first film, while she was heartbroken and despondent after Peter gently rejects her to protect her, as he leaves, she realizes that her kiss with Peter reminded her of the one she shared with Spider-Man and suspects that he's the superhero. This makes her understand why Peter decided to gently reject her, and respect him for that, showing that she loves him enough to respect his decision and let him go.
- She occasionally tries to fight back against the criminals.
- This is shown in the second film when she tried to attack Doctor Octopus from behind. Unfortunately, Aunt May did that earlier in the film, and Doctor Octopus learned from that mistake. But hey, it's the thought that counts.
- She was still decent for the most part in Spider-Man 2, having most of her charming qualities. Plus, she understands Peter's struggle between being a normal guy and being a superhero, is thankful for saving her, even after his secret was fully exposed to her, and realizing that Peter was her true love. So, she decided to go to Peter at his apartment, express her love to him and move into his apartment to be with him.
- She does also apologize to Peter for her bad actions towards the end of the second film, showing that she acknowledges that during those bad moments, she was in the wrong and Peter was in the right.
- Not to mention, she's part of that incredibly fantastic and satisfying ending in the 2nd film, where she shares a kiss with Peter Parker right before she watches him becomes Spider-Man outside of New York.
- As likable as she was in the first two films, she was incredibly useless as all she does while watching Spider-Man fight is just stand on the sidelines, or just being a damsel who can't even get out of trouble.
- Speaking of which, she plays as the damsel in distress too much in the first two films, as she ended up being in danger three times throughout the film, and she doesn't do a good job at defending herself as her comic book counterpart did.
- Whenever she’s a damsel in distress, her screaming is very obnoxious, one of the most notable times being the festival scene in the first movie.
- Mary Jane has a clingy outfit during the rain scene from the first film where you can see her nipples, which could be too inappropriate for a PG-13 film.
- During the second film, while decent for the most part, she can be very unlikable and unsympathetic at times, like during the moments where she ruthlessly toys with Peter's feelings while initially not even showing the slightest concern for his well being, the moments where she's dumping on Peter as if their relationship is crumbling all solely because of him, and the moment where she rubs her engagement to John Jameson in Peter's face. Her chemistry with Peter has also become weaker in this film while dealing issues with her parents and her aunt Anna. Thankfully, she did apologize to him towards the end of the film.
- She was horribly flanderized in the 3rd film and lost everything that made her, and her other good counterparts, a good character, becoming a very mean woman, unfaithful girlfriend and an abusive friend. Not to mention she became a flat-out boring and small-time character if Spider-Man was taken out of the picture (and she’s now only there to make Spider-Man look good).
- Thankfully she was redeemed at the end of that movie, as she cried when Harry died, was seen mourning his death at the funeral, and helped fixed her and Peter's relationship.
- Kirsten Dunst returned to voice Mary Jane in the 2004 Spider-Man 2 video game.