Spider-Man: Homecoming Characters With More Meaning Than You Realized (2022)

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ByBrian P. Rubin/Updated: March 1, 2018 4:52 pm EDT

Now that Spider-Man has come home to the MCU, longtime Marvel fans can rest easy. The new Spider-Man is a hit, and we're sure to see more of Tom Holland in the red and blue suit in the years to come. But while everyone knows about the importance of Peter Parker, Aunt May, and Adrian Toomes, there are lots of other characters hanging out in this movie who may prove to be much more important than you might've suspected. Strap in, nerds, and let's chat about the characters from Spider-Man: Homecoming with more meaning than you realized.

Oh, and do you feel that tingling? That's your Spidey Sense warning you about the Spidey Spoilers about to fly at your eyeballs.

Michelle

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When Zendaya was cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, speculation ran rampant that she'd be playing Peter Parker's longtime love interest, Mary Jane Watson. However, the movie's producers decided that Zendaya would play a new character, named Michelle, who was definitely not Mary Jane. Zendaya herself even denied it! Of course, at the end of the movie, we find out that Michelle's friends call her "MJ," and the circle is now complete. Zendaya is MJ ... but not Mary Jane? Okay.

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Anyway, the nonsense reveal of Michelle's true identity points to the coming importance for MJ in Peter Parker's life. As fans of both the comics and the movies know, Peter and MJ's stories have been intertwined for years. She's first mentioned way, way back in 1964's Amazing Spider-Man #15, and fans (and Peter) finally got a look at her face in Amazing Spider-Man #42 in 1966. As the years went on, MJ became Peter's on-again, off-again girlfriend. In the '80s, she took their relationship to the next level when she revealed that she'd figured out his secret identity in Amazing Spider-Man #257. There were more than a few hints in Homecoming that seemed to indicate MJ has feelings for Peter — and might even know his secret.

Eventually, Peter and Mary Jane married in 1987's Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21. Twenty years later, in the critically divisive One More Day storyline, Peter literally sold his marriage to Mary Jane to the devil to keep his old, decrepit Aunt May from croaking after she was shot by bad guys.

Needless to say, this new movie MJ has a lot of weird times to look forward to.

Ned

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Ned Leeds in the comics doesn't much resemble the Ned we got in Homecoming. Leeds started out as a Daily Bugle reporter back in the 1960s and soon became a romantic rival for Peter. Both of the guys were interested in the same girl — Betty Brant — and eventually Peter backed off, while Ned and Betty wound up getting married. Alas! The union was not meant to last because the villain known as Hobgoblin straight up brainwashed Ned into becoming another Hobgoblin, all in an effort to have a fall guy who could take the blame if the good guys got too close. Eventually, Leeds would get murdered by some forgettable assassin named the Foreigner. Poor, dead Ned.

But that's not all! Many fans have pointed out that the Ned we get in the movie bears a strong resemblance to Ganke Lee, the best friend of Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales. It's not entirely clear why the movie's producers decided to smoosh these two characters together into one. But if he turns out to have more in common with his namesake than his lookalike, our friend Ned better watch out for brainwashing machines. Seriously.

Aaron Davis

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On the subject of Ultimate versions of characters, Donald Glover plays Aaron Davis, who gets mixed up with Adrian Toomes and his gang of super-weapon salvagers. In the comics, that name belongs to the Prowler, who happens to also be the uncle of Miles Morales. In fact, it's because of the Prowler's extra-legal shenanigans that Miles gets his spidery powers. In Homecoming, Davis's interest is piqued when he hears about the climbing gear on offer from the Shocker, and also mentions later that he's got a nephew in the city he cares about. So don't be surprised to see Davis make a comeback in a future installment of the cinematic Spider-Man franchise — right along with the movie version of fan-favorite Miles Morales.

Mac Gargan

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Spider-Man's had a lot of villains over the years, and few have been as persistent as Mac Gargan. Originally, Mac assumed the identity of the costumed bad guy Scorpion. Fun fact: the Scorpion was the result of mad science gone wrong, all bankrolled by Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson. Because Mac got stuck in the Scorpion suit, he's long held a grudge against Jameson as well as Spider-Man. Years later, he bonded with the alien symbiote that tried to eat Peter Parker back in the '80s to become the new Venom. The partnership didn't last too long, and eventually ol' Mac went back to being the Scorpion. Considering he has a scorpion tattoo and considering he appeared in the ferry scene (he's the guy on the left in the image above) and during the mid-credits scene in the prison, chances seem good that he'll be back with a much larger role to play in a Spider-sequel.

Flash Thompson

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It wouldn't be a Spider-Man movie without Flash Thompson, longtime foil for Peter Parker and longtime fan of Spider-Man. Interestingly, a lot's changed for Flash in the comics since he made his way to the big screen back in Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man flick. Flash has since become a war hero, lost his legs in combat, and become Agent Venom, fueled by the same alien symbiote that once possessed both Peter Parker and Mac Gargan, not to mention his usual host of Eddie Brock. That symbiote really gets around.

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Anyway, with Sony's Venom movie in production with Tom Hardy in the lead role, as well as a new Flash Thompson in the mix, it's possible we'll see more of Flash in the not-too-distant future.

Shocker

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One of the interesting aspects of Spider-Man's villains is that a lot of folks have gone by the same bad guy name. There have been all kinds of goblins, both Green and Hob, as well as a bunch of different Venoms, Kravens, and even Kangaroos. Homecoming seems to have embraced this philosophy, giving us not one but two dudes filling the role of Shocker.

What's interesting, though, is the fact that one of them — the first one, named Jackson Brice — is actually yet another longtime Spider-Man character, who goes by the name Montana and is a member of the Kingpin's group of goons known as the Enforcers. What's less interesting, however, is Montana himself, who, like, has a lasso and wears a cowboy hat. And he's from Montana. That's it. Montana sucks. And that's why he bites the big one in the movie.

Meanwhile, Herman Schultz takes on the vibro-knuckles as the second Shocker, and he just so happens to have the same name of the Shocker character from the comics. Sadly for him, while he's a mainstay of Spider-Man's rogues gallery, Shocker's never really been an A-list villain. That's just kinda what happens when your costume consists of a brown V-neck that goes down to your crotch and a yellow quilt on your face. Unsurprisingly, Herman Schultz ends up getting taken down by nerdy Ned and is promptly webbed to a school bus and forgotten about for the rest of the film. That's a pretty perfect representation of the Shocker right there.

Betty Brant

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She didn't have much of a role in the film, but Peter's Daily Bugle pal Betty Brant makes a few memorable appearances in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The blonde school news anchor is easy to spot, despite looking nothing like her brunette comics counterpart. Brant's been a longtime presence in the comics, first appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #4 as J. Jonah Jameson's secretary. She was also an occasional love interest for Peter, married poor Ned Leeds, and has even had a few tries at a relationship with Flash Thompson. But while she's maintained a somewhat steady presence in Spidey's life, she's been more or less on the sidelines in recent years.

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The Tinkerer

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Adrian Toomes' mechanically inclined hench-guy (on the left in the image above) is Phineas Mason — better known in the comics by his villainous alter ego, the Tinkerer. So yeah, as far as intimidating super-villain names go, the Tinkerer isn't that good. But it's still better than Paste-Pot Pete, right? And Stilt-Man. Everyone's better than Stilt-Man.

On the subject of Stilt Man, the guy responsible for upgrading his suit in the comics just happens to be our friend the Tinkerer. He first appeared all the way back in 1963's Amazing Spider-Man #2 and was hired by Mysterio to help fake an alien invasion. Since then, he's hung around in the background of the Marvel Universe, inventing gadgets and upgrading devices for plenty of bad guys. That includes dudes like the Scorpion, the Grizzly, and the aforementioned Stilt-Man. Because, seriously, you can never have too much Stilt-Man.

Anne Marie Hoag

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So you're probably thinking, "Anne Marie Hoag? Who's that? There was a woman with that name in this movie?" While she might not have had a very big role compared with, say, Tony Stark or Happy Hogan, IMDb definitely lists a character named Anne Marie Hoag. So who is she? She was that mean lady who headed up Damage Control, the government task force that scooped the Battle of New York cleanup out from Adrian Toomes and his crew. Damage Control is a real part of Marvel Comics, making its first appearance in 1989's Marvel Comics Presents #19. Hoag is the director and owner of the company — which, in the comics, isn't quite the same kind of official government entity as it appears to be in Homecoming. Regardless, both Damage Controls clean up after superhero smackdowns in the Marvel Universe — and the fact that such a formerly obscure element from the comics has made its way to the silver screen is undeniably amazing.

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FAQs

What is the message of Spider-Man Homecoming? ›

After failing to stop a robber, Peter Parker learns the consequence of his inaction when his Uncle Ben is killed by the very same robber he allowed to get away. He learns the lesson that “with great power, comes great responsibility” and pledges to never let another person die on his watch (with mixed results).

What is Spider-Man's famous quote? ›

"With great power comes great responsibility" is an adage popularized by Spider-Man in Marvel comics, films, and related media. Originally appearing as a closing narration in the 1962 Amazing Fantasy #15, it was later attributed to Uncle Ben as advice to the young Peter Parker.

What does MJ stand for Zendaya? ›

Mary Jane Watson

Who are the characters in Spider-Man Homecoming? ›

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Why is JJJ mad at Spider-Man? ›

Jameson believes that he cannot look at himself as a good man while a hero like Spider-Man exists. Despite this, he openly idolizes Captain America, and Mary Jane Watson-Parker has suggested that Jameson hates Spider-Man mainly because he acts outside the law.

What is the lesson of Spider-Man? ›

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

The life lesson that everyone knows from Spider-Man comics is the first one that Peter Parker learned. Peter's Uncle Ben taught him that with great power there must also come great responsibility.

What is the most famous line in Spider-Man? ›

The phrase most used by Spiderman is, "with great power comes great responsibility".

Who is the coolest Spider-Man? ›

1. Tom Holland. Some fans will surely side-eye the idea of putting the current guy at the top of the list, but when it comes down to it, Tom Holland is a pitch-perfect Peter Parker - more than anyone else who's taken the role.

Why is Mary Jane called Michelle? ›

At the end of Homecoming, Michelle tells her debate team that her friends call her “MJ,” despite not having any friends. But Zendaya's character's name is definitely Michelle, not Mary Jane. According to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, the nickname MJ is just a fun homage to the beloved Mary Jane Watson character.

Who is Peter Parker's girlfriend? ›

Spider-Man

Why does MJ not go by Watson? ›

It's possible that MJ's distaste for her Watson name in Spider-Man: No Way Home stems from her feelings about a neglectful parent, maybe her father. If that's the case, it echoes the storyline of Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane in the original Spider-Man trilogy.

Who is the black girl in Spider-Man? ›

Zendaya Will Be The First Black Mary Jane Ever In New 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' According to The Wrap, Zendaya will be playing Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming. It was initially reported that Zendaya, an actress, singer and dancer, was to play a character named Michelle in the movie.

Who is the black Spider-Man? ›

Miles Gonzalo Morales (/məˈræləs/) is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, and is one of the characters known as Spider-Man.

How old is JJJ? ›

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How did Osborn become venom? ›

Harry began attacking Peter, slowly changing more and more into a monstrous creature. After some time, Harry completely lost control and transformed into a massive, hulking creature, announcing himself as Venom. The symbiote slowly began to consume Harry, forcing him to attack Spider-Man.

Does Jameson Love Peter? ›

While Jameson hated Spider-Man with all his heart and soul, he had a great relationship with Peter Parker. There were moments where the two clashed, but most of the time, JJJ looked at Peter, who worked for him since he was in high school, almost like a son.

What does Spider-Man symbolize? ›

In a nutshell, Spider-Man represents the reverse of almost every other superhero's “secret identity” concept. Most superheroes are defined as “they look like normal people in everyday life, but secretly they are superheros.” The distinction is how their normal appearances are contrary to the reality of who they are.

Why is Spider-Man so important? ›

He was able to change the way that comic book fans saw teenagers and young adults, who were more often put into the role of sidekick. This hero was one of the first to show not only how strong he was as a hero, but also how his personal strength was tested through a childhood filled with loss.

What is Spider-Man's ego? ›

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What were Peter Parker's last words? ›

What I never realized was that as Tony is dying after snapping his fingers, the last thing that Peter Parker says to him, again, is “I'm sorry.” So much of Peter Parker is built around the fact that his life is constantly overtaken by death.

Why is the number 42 in Spider verse? ›

One reference that pops up several times in the film, however, is the number 42 and now, co-producer Christopher Miller has confirmed the important meaning behind them: they're to honor Jackie Robinson, the first African American Major League Baseball player.

Who is the strongest in the Spider verse? ›

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After all, he is Peter Parker that never gave up the powers of Captain Universe. He should be unbeatable, especially on his own Earth. Solus was able to absorb all of Cosmic Spider-Man's energy since the Enigma Force was derived from the life energy of the universe.

Who is the strongest of Marvel? ›

Hercules. Over 3000 years old, Hercules, the son of Zeus, is considered the physically strongest character in the entire Marvel universe.

Who is the most powerful guy in Marvel? ›

Hercules / Zeus

In fact, he is considered by many authorities to be the physically strongest character Marvel has ever created.

What are the saddest Marvel quotes? ›

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Who is stronger Tobey or Tom? ›

In the final fight, a bloodlusted Tom barely gets the better of Goblin and was going for the kill, but Tobey stops his full force attack. Combined this with Tobey's train feats, it's easy to say he's the strongest. In tactics and tech, Tom has the advantage but Tobey takes it in raw strength.

Who is the deadliest Spider-Man? ›

Kingpin. Wilson Fisk, AKA Kingpin, is one of the most ruthless Spider-Man bad guys our hero has ever faced. He's an incredibly rich crime lord who will sacrifice anything and anyone to get what he wants. He became the most powerful criminal in New York, an amazing feat due to his lack of super powers.

Who is the weakest Spider-Man? ›

Andrew Garfield is arguably the weakest live-action Spider-Man we've had up to this point, but it's hard to blame that on Garfield entirely. After a duo of divisive films and the sequel especially getting a less-than-complimentary reception from critics, the planned third movie was ultimately canned.

Why is Mary Jane a drug? ›

Marijuana, or Mary Jane, comes from one of two Indian hemp plants: the Cannabis sativa plant and the Cannabis indica plant. The “flower” of the plants, also known as the “bud,” contains the highest level of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the mind-altering chemical that causes intoxication.

Who came first Gwen or Mary Jane? ›

Gwen Stacy came first, created by Stan Lee, modeled on his beloved wife Joan. She was a staple of early issues of Amazing Spider-Man, until she was tragically killed by the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #125.

Does MJ remember Peter? ›

The official script for Spider-Man: No Way Home reveals Michelle Jones/MJ may remember her ex-beau Peter Parker at the end of the film.

Who was Parker's first girlfriend? ›

Peter Parker's first girlfriend is Betty Brant. Gwendolyn Stacy was his first serious relationship.

Who married Peter Parker? ›

in Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #21

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Who did Peter Parker kiss? ›

The first official kiss between Peter and Mary Jane dates back to 1975. As written by Gerry Conway in “The Amazing Spider-Man No. 143,” the pair kiss inside JFK International Airport, awakening a long-dormant romance as Peter boards a plane to Paris.

Why did MJ cry at the end of Episode 7? ›

In Episodes Seven and Eight of The Last Dance, there are tears. Michael Jordan cries over the shocking loss of his father in 1993. His friend Ahmad Rashad wells up at the memory of tying a trembling Jordan's tie for him on the day of the funeral.

Is Zendaya Mary Jane? ›

She is not playing the role of Mary Jane, nor does she share Mary Jane's character traits; the use of the 'MJ' name is merely an in-joke to fans. Think of it as an allusion to that other character and nothing more. When Zendaya reappears as Michelle in Spider-Man: Far From Home, she retains the name 'MJ'.

Did Ned and MJ get snapped? ›

The film reveals that several more characters had been blipped and restored, including Peter's aunt May Parker, and his classmates Ned Leeds, MJ, Betty Brant, and Flash Thompson.

What is Tom Holland's famous quote? ›

The harder you try, the better the impression you set on the people around you. The most important thing, in anything you do, is always trying your hardest, because even if you try your hardest and it's not as good as you'd hoped, you still have that sense of not letting yourself down.

What was Spider-Man's last words? ›

However, as the Russo brothers revealed in an interview at New York's Four Seasons hotel one week after the film's release, Spider-Man's death scene was always meant to be a tearjerker, with the lines "I don't feel so good" and his final words, "I'm sorry," written in the script.

What is the most famous superhero quote? ›

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  • 2 "Fourth Wall Break Inside A Fourth Wall Break? ...
  • 1 "I Believe There's A Hero In All Of Us That Keeps Us Honest..."
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What is Stan Lee's favorite quote? ›

'Keep Moving Forward, and If It's Time To Go, It's Time': Stan Lee's Most Inspiring Quotes. The Marvel Comics creator died at age 95 Monday.

What is Iron Man's most famous line? ›

The Very Best Iron Man Quotes
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  2. “I love you 3000.” Avengers: Endgame. ...
  3. “I told you, I don't want to join your super secret boy band.” Iron Man 2. ...
  4. “Sometimes you've gotta run before you can walk.” Iron Man. ...
  5. “Doth mother know you weareth her drapes?” ...
  6. 6. “ ...
  7. “We need to be put in check. ...
  8. “United? ...
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What does Tony Stark say when he calls Spider-Man? ›

Under-who? One of the first questions you might have is "what the hell did Iron Man just call Spider-Man?" He called him "Underoos". It's a brand of underwear in the US but it's also a nickname Iron Man gives Spidey in classic Marvel comics.

What is Tony Stark's motto? ›

"If we can't protect the world, you can be damn sure we'll avenge it."

Who kills Spider-Man? ›

Spider-Man has died nine times. He was killed by Venom Symbiote, Terraxia, radioactive spider, NYPD, Doctor Octopus, Spider-Woman, Thanos, Kingpin, and once from multiple attackers.

Did Dr Strange forget Peter Parker? ›

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What does aunt may say before she dies? ›

Spider-Man: No Way Home featured many explosive and emotional moments, including the death of Aunt May. Her last words to Peter encapsulated the very theme of Spider-Man's existence: with great power must come great responsibility.

What is Superman's favorite quote? ›

No matter where you go in life there's always going to be the one person that wants to bring you down, so stay strong and face your problems instead of running away.” – Superman.

What is a true hero quote? ›

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

What was Stan Lee last words? ›

John tells us Stan's last words before he and Roy left were ... "God bless. Take care of my boy, Roy." Roy released a statement about his last moments with Stan, noting the Marvel legend "lacked much of the old Stan Lee energy" most people had come to know him by.

Who did Stan Lee say was the strongest Marvel? ›

So Stan Lee picks Galactus as the most powerful being in the entire Marvel Universe. It seems like a pretty strong choice. Galactus is a huge cosmic being whose history dates back to a universe that preceded the existence of the current 616.

Who did Stan Lee say is the best Spider-Man? ›

When describing Tom Holland, the late comic book legend and King of Cameos Stan Lee was quoted saying: “It's as if we created a living being to be Spider-Man, and it turned out to be Tom.” 'Nuff said.

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