About MJ and the men...

Discussion in 'Spider-Man 1, 2 & 3' started by Green Goblin, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. The Joker

    The Joker The Clown Prince of Crime

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    Yes, when one of the partners is selfish and heartless. In this case MJ.

    Only if you're partnered with someone who's wrong for you.

    No, it's not. The only time Peter acts in any way bad towards MJ is when he pushes her away after finding out his Uncle's killer is still at large. Even then it was understandable, and she doesn't even make the effort to stay and support. She just nods and sods off.

    A selfless more caring MJ would would have been like this:

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    The only lack of communication was on MJ's behalf. Which puts her in the wrong. Peter's not psychic. He can't read her mind. If she has a problem and is not telling him then she's causing the rift between them.

    What motives? She prefers guys with money and great jobs? She likes to use what ever guy she can get her claws into to satisfy her insecurities and selfish desires? That doesn't make her feel like any more of a real person than someone who is not selfish and is more caring. It just makes MJ look like a biotch.

    No need. You lost three posts back. All you're doing is helping me now, like when you used the idea that MJ was used to guys with money lol.

    Yes, and she never told Peter that. Like she didn't tell him several other important things that were the cause of the rift between them because she never told him she had a problem.

    Classic MJ behavior. Does she tell Harry she has feelings for Spidey? No. Does she tell John she has doubts about marrying him? No. Does she tell Peter any of the problems she had in SM-3? No.

    All her fault. Fact.

    Yeah, I have a problem with love interests who unfairly treat the noble hero like dirt.
     
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  2. Human Torch

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    I'm saying "living large" from her point of view.The interesting thing is that she's not a totally sympathetic character.My only point is that there's two sides to every story/relationship.MJ is a fairly "damaged" woman.While I don't think that should excuse her,it helps to at least try to see things from her POV.But most people (men,in particular:cwink:) don't want to put that much effort into examining her character, and would rather jump on the "MJ is a shrew!!!!!:argh:" bandwagon.

    Edit:It's pretty amusing to note how a lot of fans can look into villain motivations and justify them,but won't give MJ the same benefit. :woot:


    I don't disagree,but that's more a plot contrivance then anything.
     
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    The Joker - the SHH member - is totally right.
     
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  4. FN Spider-man

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    Not to also mention a woman should never try to go after her bf's best friend its just wrong and just shows that she has no morals for herself.
     
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  5. Dragon

    Dragon No Way as Way

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    The thing for me is this- I WOULD LOVE more complex characterization for EVERYONE in these CBMs. The thing that ticks me off about all of them is that the characters are far too simplistic. Their problems are cartoon/soap opera problems, not real ones. I have yet to see a relationship that I believed in any CBM. They're all: "This guy has to have a love interest, so...."

    But in MJ's case, she never gets that she's doing anything wrong and Sam never worked to make her get it. Damn right she's damaged, and with serious father issues. But does she do anything about it? No- she just gripes at Peter.
    She isn't fleshed out well. She was simply supposed to be the complication in Peter's life. Peter's life as Spider-Man is gauged based on how it affects his relationship with MJ. (The story is after all, "all about a girl" :whatever: )
    In Spidey 2 Peter can't be at MJ's performances. In Spidey 3 Peter is too self-absorbed to be sensitive to MJ's pain. When does PETER get some understanding? When does someone look at how hard his life is and his self-sacrifice and how that might actually drive him a little crazy? You said above that we'll understand a villain better than MJ. But the same goes for Peter. He's a jerk because he doesn't listen to MJ whine about bad reviews. Did she ever ask him about the dangers he faces?
     
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    I don't think having 4 boyfriends in a 3-4 year period makes you a harlot, but the way she treated her relationships does.

    Seriously, what do we know about her relationship with John Jameson? Far as we know, he was a decent guy, and she just stood him up at their wedding (not to mention... some of her friends, I guess).

    And then there's all the crap in Spider-man 3.

    Quite frankly harlot is a kind word for the character.
     
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  7. WarriorDreamer

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    Yes I think Mary Jane is a person who very much cares about her own feeling a lot. She is highly guarded about her own feelings and will run off if something isn't catering well to her feelings. She often falls back on the abused accuse quite a lot it seems (well if KD's commentary is anything to go by.) And depending on how personal the issue of abuse is to you, might depend on how much understanding you have of the character.

    I think regarding the relationship, what I will say is that it was at least realistic. Realistic in the sense it mirrors many other relationships out there, particularly ones where one of them has a greater significance/ importance/ fame/ destiny than the other one. There is a touch of jealousy there and a touch of 'Is this how it will always be, you getting all the glory and attention and me just picking up the pieces?'

    Of course she was written quite badly in SM3. All I can say in her defense is that you really have no idea how her character behaved in-between SM2 and 3. You don't know if she was the perfect, supportive, obedient, cheerful housewife/ actress. Who, while happy with Peter eventually watched by as he got more and more consumed with his life of Spider-Man, to the point where she barely recognizes him anymore... and then that is where SM3 picks up; where they are still happy, but that Peter just has touches of pride/ arrogance and that MJ's life is sliding down.

    It doesn't excuse the things she did and the way she was written. I will say coming from the words of Avi Arad himself the series often seemed to be 'Beat Peter Parker up.' You see this in full significance in SM2, where his life just goes from bad to worse and worse again, until he finally gets MJ. I agree MJ was often used as a plot device as she was 'the girl' he had to win. I also think Mary Jane perhaps had some kind of misguided idea that she was so much more fantastically beautiful than Peter and that he was very lucky to have her for that reason. The problem with that is that Kirsten was neither anymore attractive than Tobey, nor did the team try and make her look more appealing or alluring, to at least be able to see visually why all these guys would be going gaga for her. If they'd hired Elisha Cuthburt who I know auditioned for the part, this might have made sense. Because lets face it, her character wasn't funny, charming, kind, considerate, smart, and by the looks of SM3 a particularly good performer either, all she had going for her really is her looks, which she didn't have.

    But truthfully, that should not really matter, because regardless of who was in the role, she still would have seemed *****y and selfish. I guess you can blame 1. The writers/ producers 2. Kirsten for insisting of having Mary Jane look plain and 3. For Sam Raimi for needing it always to be 'Make Peter's life as hard as possible.'
     
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  8. The Joker

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    You keep saying it was realistic. So what? We know there's selfish *****es out there who use guys and don't care about anyone but themselves. That doesn't mean we want to be subjected to one as the main love interest for three movies, or that's it's a good idea to saddle Peter with one.
     
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    I don't even care that she's selfish and still the main love interest for three movies. The problem is that she's never ever addressed as the selfish person she is. On the contrary, she's treated by the movie as the perfect dreamy girl a hero deserves, and Peter's blindness to her actions is also never addressed. He is supposed to be right about loving this woman. If he loses her, it's a tragedy somehow.
     
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  10. pr0xyt0xin

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    Well, I see that RBW has already responded apologetically. But you kinda jumped the gun in assuming he wouldn't feel the same about a man who dates every woman in his life. Of course the specific word "harlot" may not be applicable if that was the case. Food for thought.

    Anyway, this reminded me of [YT]JGIkuKbuIo0[/YT]
     
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  11. pr0xyt0xin

    pr0xyt0xin Shaper Savant

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    On another note, I'm thinking Harry in the ASM series won't necessarily be MJ's type. Also, ASM Flash is much more relatable and I'd feel much better about MJ having a fling with him than with Joe Manganiello's Flash. John Jameson in SM2 was a broken character anyway. So if that were to happen many other things would need to be fixed first.
     
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    ASM Harry will be doing drug, probably
     
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  13. Human Torch

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    The thing is,if they didn't introduce the conflict between Pete & MJ and she stayed a goody two shoes,who happily endorsed each and every aspect of Pete's life while she inevitably waited to be kidnapped/rescued,people would've criticized her being a shallow written damsel in distress.

    I think she's one of the most genuine leading ladies in a CBM.Only Tony & Pepper have an equally realistic take on the Super Hero/Girlfriend relationship.
     
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  14. The Joker

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    Nobody asked for a conflict free relationship. They could have introduced a conflict without making MJ look like such a selfish horrible person three movies in a row. They managed it with Tony and Pepper.
     
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    You didn't type this with a straight face, did you? Because Peter simply from the dialogue doesn't spend anymore time with the male figures he's acquainted with than MJ. In fact it's very clearly explained that at most points MJ is the only one Peter devotes his free time to. Aside from Aunt May- unless you want to present an incest innuendo as well.

    Sexual intimacy is absent (although not really, how many thought the upside kiss was the hottest ever on film?) because he knows these are movies that people will be taking their children to see. And perhaps being a father himself, doesn't feel the need to have Peter screwing MJ and whomever else may wander into his web.

    In Spidey 2, Harry also says he hasn't seen much of Peter: "Taking Pictures of Spider-Man?" And JJJ and Ock? REALLY? He meets with Ock all of one time before the accident. JJJ? He's his BOSS. It would require that they spend some time together to get assignments and you know, get paid. Why didn't you lump Robbie in there? Although there are also the relationships Peter has with Betty (She's very clearly attracted to him), Ursula and Gwen. So why would you focus on a possible gay theme rather than Peter being a womanizer? Women are certainly his focus as he's strutting down the street in 3. Maybe he actually did take a few of them up on their requests for Spidey to carry them off.
     
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  16. sontin

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    So, you don't like the MJ from ASM comics before she disappeared for a few years? :wow:
     
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    She was a saint compared to Dunst's MJ.
     
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    Yeah sure.

    http://www.comicsbackissues.com/mary-jane-watson-comic-book-essentials-timeline/


    There is no real difference between MJ in the movies and in the comic until the came back.
     
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  19. The Joker

    The Joker The Clown Prince of Crime

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    You are having a laugh! When MJ learns what happened to Harry because she broke up with him, she feels incredibly guilty, realizes the consequences of her wild party kind of lifestyle she liked to have, and stops being the 'party girl'. Here I posted this above. Classic example of a changed more mature and caring MJ:

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    Peter bites her head off and pushes her away, but she stays anyway.

    Where in the Spider-Man trilogy does MJ show any guilt or remorse for any of her selfish actions? When does she even try and change her ways?

    Yes that's right, never. Hence why that comic book MJ was a saint in comparison.
     
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  20. Schrute

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    Yeah, I know Dunst gets a lot of criticism, but the girl was just acting with what she was given. MJ wasn't a very well written character.
     
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    You can't ignore the characterisation up to this point in the comic timeline. Before they changed her she was exactly like she was in SM1 and SM2.

    Yes, like MJ in SM3 after Peter hurt her in the restaurent scene.
    BTW:A few issues later she refused his proposal and run away. :cwink:

    "Selfish actions"? In SM3 she put Peter over her own feelings after she got fired. She came looking for him after May called her.

    Not really...
     
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    No she wasn't. She didn't go through guys like a hot knife through butter, and try to score with other guys while dating someone.

    How did Peter hurt her in the restaurant? What did he do that was so terrible?

    That's right, because she wasn't ready to get married. You see unlike Dunst's MJ, she doesn't agree to marry someone when she doesn't really love them, and then jilt them at the altar.

    When did she put Peter over her own feelings? She tells Peter to tell her he loves her, and then never says it back to him when he does. She gets angry at him when he tries to reassure her about the bad review she gets. She throws him a hateful jealous look when she realizes the crowd outside her theater are clapping for Spidey and not her. She doesn't tell Peter she got fired and then gets all upset when she claims he doesn't understand how she feels.

    She gets annoyed and jealous that he did the sacred upside down kiss with Gwen for a publicity stunt, but it's ok for her to use the kiss on John Jameson, and that was a private intimate kiss. Should Peter get annoyed every time she kisses a guy in a play?

    She gives into Harry's pathetic threat and dumps Peter. Harry doesn't threaten her life, or Aunt May's or anyone else's. Just Peter's. She knows first hand Peter is more than able to deal with Harry since she's seen him take on Green Goblin and Doc Ock successfully. Instead of just telling Peter what Harry is doing she breaks Peter's heart instead. What's even worse is that Harry can still try and kill Peter after this anyway.

    She kisses Harry when she's with Peter. She's finally with the guy she's supposed to love and she still ends up kissing another guy anyway.

    Yes really. Undeniably so.
     
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    She tried to make an statement on Peter while she was in a relationship with Harry.
    She had a lot of partners or close friends in the comics, too.

    You mean besides speaking about himself after MJ was fired?
    Or hide his friendship with Gwen from her?

    MJ dumped every person in the comics when she came very close to them. So she "always" run away.

    And it's unfair to compare MJ in SM2 to the comic version. SM2 plays 2 years after the first one. And it was Peter who dumped her. And it was Peter who came back into her life.

    She did not tell him about her job because she did not wanted to destroy his day. Yes she put Peter over her own feelings.
    Everything else is normal for an human and gives these characters depth.

    There is a difference: MJ thought this kiss would be special for both. The was wrong.
    I don't get your complain. It makes both character more real because they have different opinions.

    she regretted it. You know that is your example that comic MJ would be a saint in comparision with the movie version. :woot:
     
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  24. The Joker

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    That is not the same as going through guy after guy when she had no interest in them at all, even agreeing to marry one of them. Apples and oranges. Hence why comic MJ is a saint by comparison.

    Name them.

    Oh you mean speaking about himself because he didn't know MJ was fired because she never bothered her ass to tell him?

    The heartless bastard! How dare he not read her mind and know what happened.

    "She's just a girl in my class". She wasn't his friend. They didn't hang out outside of the classroom.

    Who are all these guys you're talking about?

    Two things:

    1. Peter never dumped her because they were never together to start with. He rejected her advances.
    2. He never left her life either. He just had not seen her much lately because of his jobs, college and life as Spidey. He fell off the radar with Harry, too.

    So the comparison is very valid.

    I'm not talking about on the Spider-Man Day. I'm talking about any time after that. He had to find out from Harry.

    Being selfish and two faced isn't giving her depth. it just makes her unlikable.

    No, she was using it as a litmus test to see if she got the same heat from it with John than she did with Spidey. The point is she used the kiss herself on another guy she didn't even love.

    The fact that she had to kiss a guy upside down to see if she liked him just shows how utterly stupid she is. She's not mentally equipped to be with someone.

    Having different opinions doesn't make characters more real lol. How does that work?

    And she is. Have you ever seen comic MJ kiss another guy, let alone Peter's best friend, when she was with Peter?
     
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  25. Dragon

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    Regarding the above debate, it does need to be clarified that when talking about comic book MJ or any other character for that matter, we have to remember that there are always inconsistencies because of the change-up of writing duties.

    When MJ was dating Harry, it was under Stan's pen, who considered Gwen to be THE ONE for Peter. So when MJ was making Harry jealous and feeling rejected it was more as a stressor to push Harry toward his drug problem (Which he already had according to the text, but just managed to keep hidden).

    When MJ rejected Peter's proposal (Which was a good 5 years after Gwen's death) it was pretty clear that they weren't even close to being ready for marriage and reading the issues leading up to it, it was a pretty strange request from Peter. It seemed more like he saw Harry and Liz together, Flash and Sha-Shan, hell even Jonah and Marla and just felt he wanted a stable relationship. But he and MJ weren't at that point. In fact even though they had become an item back in ASM #149 at the end of Clone Saga 1, their relationship seemed to become an afterthought rather than the persistent thing in Peter's life that Gwen was. True, MJ did kind of blow Peter off suggesting that she wanted to be free to "date" other guys. But at least she was honest.

    The difference with movie MJ is that comic book MJ was always held accountable for her selfishness. Peter would always tell her straight when she was being a b****. The movies never once called her out, even if it was to suggest that she needed to get her father/rejection issues under control. Somehow Peter was always the one that was wrong.
     
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