I’ve said ad nauseam that the biggest problem with the early 90s Batman films was that Jack Nicholson’s Joker is a great Riddler, while Jim Carrey’s Riddler is one of the best Jokers ever committed to live-action film.  Oddly enough, a quick perusal of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ shows me a Gwen Stacy who bears a LOT of resemblance to the modern portrayals of Mary Jane Watson, while Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane felt very Gwen-ish.  There’s irony in that fact, however, given that the comic versions of the two girls had already swapped their positions on the comic side as well, with Gwen starting out as the worldly haughty girl he met in college, only to eventually retroactively become the girl next door/Betty-archetype to Mary Jane’s Veronica.  It’s really exhausting to try and figure out Gwen Stacy or Mary Jane Watson, so I just like to focus on red-haired Emma Stone smiling like she’s missed me terribly, leading to today’s radioactive Spider-query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds it awesome that the wild Mary Jane of yore has been both Betty and Veronica in her time, finally settling on whatever her current role is (Miss Grundy?), asking: Is Gwen Stacy or Mary Jane Watson Spider-Man’s true love?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Malone_hasco on

    I really can’t tell. They keep doing stories with both, back and forth, on and off, endlessly. That’s the problem with stories that never end.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Mary Jane Parker. The name says it all.

    Gwen is his true love like Barry Allen is the true Flash. It’s just not really true outside of some strange editorial fiat trying to force it through.

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