Reasons why The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) is more accurate than the previous movies.
Spiderman (2002) presents a Peter Parker who (as pointed in a previous post) has been watching, and admiring from afar, his neighbour Mary Jane Watson. She is an aspiring actress who lives with her abusive father and works as a waitress to make ends meet. M.J. seems to return Peter’s affections in an equally disturbing way (watching him every night while she’s taking out the garbage). She is aware of her looks but does not flaunt them, and she certainly does not make fun of Peter for not looking as conventionally beautiful.
Mary Jane Watson in the comics is almost the polar opposite. Starting from the way Peter and M.J. meet, the story in the movie is completely misgiven. In the comics, Peter is invited to Gwen Stacy’s party by Gwen herself, much to Flash’s disapproval. He accepts the invitation as an opportunity to finally get things going with his love interest. However, he immediately cancels on her, as he remembers that Aunt May has set him up on a date with “the nice girl next door”, as his thought bubble informs the audience that he’s already blown off this date several times. Gwen is obviously annoyed by this, but still defends Peter when Flash jumps on the opportunity to “trash-talk” Peter.
Peter eventually meets M.J., and even from her very first appearance it is obvious that she is not like Gwen. Despite being described as incredibly beautiful, she also appears to be rather arrogant and self centered, proof of that being her well known phrase “Face it tiger…you just hit the jackpot!” Despite that, Peter starts dating M.J., much to Gwen’s annoyance. However, the girls eventually befriend each other.
Mary Jane is also portrayed as a person who is not willing to tie herself down in a long term relationship, and that combined with her overall superficiality, which Gwen does not share, drives her relationship with Peter to an end and restores Peter’s romantic feelings towards Gwen.
Those are all qualities (and character development) that movie M.J. does not share. The only common thing comic book and movie M.J. have is that they both date Harry Osborne, and the break up has a majestic impact on him. While comic book M.J. realises, a little too late, the true consequences of her lifestyle, movie M.J. seems to have only one emotional level.
In The Amazing Spiderman (2012), Gwen Stacy is portrayed rather accurately in comparison to the comic books. She is sweet, intelligent, outspoken but only when the situation calls for it, not for shock value. She is the one who pursues things with Peter. Peter’s reaction to Gwen acknowledging his existence (as he’s been fawning over her for quite some time) is also rather accurately portrayed, as well as his over protectiveness over her when his secret is finally out.
just a little something i want to point out to complete the commentary: that is an absolutely accurate description of the girls, and MJ really is all that at first. but then Gwen dies. her death didn’t affect just Peter, it did Mary Jane as well, and it made her realize that the way she acted — as your textbook party girl, trying to forget about her traumatic past — is not gonna cut it for long. so she decides to pay attention to what is truly important in life, and that’s when Peter falls in love with her.
one thing about this Gwen vs. MJ debate that has always been brought up over the last decades, and more now as Miss Stacy is being portrayed in the movies by a beloved actress, is how one girl is smart and Peter’s intellectual equal, therefore more deserving of him, who’s a teenage genius, and the other is a dim wannabe actress, who seemingly cares more about having a good time than actual feelings, and that — at the risk of repeating a point i’ve made in another post — is a prejudiced notion that shouldn’t even exist in this day and age. Mary Jane was very advanced for her time (the Spider-Man comics completed 50 years in 2012), refusing to act according to other people’s standards and living her own life the way she saw fit, and it’s not fair to label her as inadequate for anyone because of that. Peter did eventually fall in love with her, so there had to be something more than the cockiness there; and if you’ve consistently read the comics, you know for a fact that there is. the stereotype that being (conventionally) beautiful and liking to party as opposed to being interested in academics automatically means that one is stupid is harmful to everyone. human beings are layered, and we have the capacity to be everything and nothing at once. a strong girl can be a damsel in distress sometimes, a vain girl can be very wise and a superhero can be awkward and barely make rent at the end of the month.
I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS. TOO MANY.
It was worth staying up until 4AM. It was worth all the pain of seeing Peter going through so much and Andrew experiencing it with him.
But the ending made me pull my hair out because nO PETER YOU MADE A PROMISE YOU GIANT BAG OF POOP.
The worst part was walking out of the theater and hearing people say “I hate how much they changed it from the last movies!”
As I was walking out, I screamed, “I WANT TO SMACK ALL THE STUPID PEOPLE.”
And then I proceeded to bond with a dude that had read the comic books over the web shooters. A cute dude. And then we parted, and THEN my family tells me he was flirting and WOW FAMILY WHY DON’T YOU TELL ME THESE THINGS SOONER??? And then as we were getting gas he drove by and through the parking lot JUST TO WAVE AT ME AND AGDHASJDKL;SD
But yeah, the next movie is going to break me so nOPE NOT SEEING IT
Peter Parker being a troll.
Look what I arted today! This is what happens when Asgaurdian uncles try to babysit. They were scanning the ceilings for twenty minutes before Thor turned his back to Loki. full view here