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> I think that she is appealing because of all the character development she has gone through and the layers of personality that different writers have exposed. Unlike the other female members of the Spider-man cast, readers could relate to her and she felt "Real". She was insecure in many ways but had the confidence to express her complaints without crying and pining constantly.

Has MJ ever been written by a woman? Her initial personality was pretty cliche but they did get around to making her more like a real person later. However, her later characterization after the marriage seemed forced to me.

> Also, she also had a spunk and fire to her that made her interactions with Peter interesting and fun from the very beginning. It was explained that deep down they had a lot in common, and that they dealt with their problems similarly, even though they had very different personalities. Peter wasn't very interested in her at first, but grew closer to her over time due to this - - so the development of their relationship was also interesting and realistic. She wasn't the sweet, perfect designated girlfriend and for that reason she was able to have flaws and realistic traits.
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You make a good argument, but that MJ wasn't around long and hasn't been seen in a LONG time.

> Unfortunately, she wasn't written well in the 80's and 90's.... the writers seemed to forget that she had a personality and life outside "Spider-man's wife". Her life appeared to revolve around worrying about him.

Maybe writers didn't see her as the same MJ after they were married. Maybe they felt obligated to use her the way a superhero wife character should, in their minds, react. In this way, we could have had good characterization of MJ over the years just be keeping them together but not marrying them.


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> > I think that she is appealing because of all the character development she has gone through and the layers of personality that different writers have exposed. Unlike the other female members of the Spider-man cast, readers could relate to her and she felt "Real". She was insecure in many ways but had the confidence to express her complaints without crying and pining constantly.
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> Has MJ ever been written by a woman? Her initial personality was pretty cliche but they did get around to making her more like a real person later. However, her later characterization after the marriage seemed forced to me.
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She was written by Ann Nocetti two or three times. In "Return To The Mad Dog Ward" and "Typhoid", MJ was front and center. In the former, she was helping a young boy get adopted by a friend of MJ's. While in the latter, she unknowingly invited Typhoid Mary to stay with her. Otherwise, the majority of the writers have been men on the Spidey books. But she did have her own stories when she wasn't worried about Peter. The whole storyline with Jonathan Ceaser being obsessed with her and trying to deal with him. Another centered around her cousin Kristy and the fact that she had an eating disorder. All during the marriage, but that was early on.


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Getting married really did ruin Mary Jane's character, or at the very least turned her into a different kind of character entirely, in an utterly jarring way at that (even with the developments Roger Stern and Tom DeFalco brought to the table).


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