Mary Jane Watson is Tony Stark’s personal assistant. Even when Stark is in a coma. And she gets to chat with his newly-discovered biological mother. Upon whom she gets to drop this little beauty in today’s Incredible Iron Man #11 by Brian Bendis, Stefano Caselli, Kate Niemczyk, Takli Soma, Kiichi Mizushima and Marte Gracia.
Don’t worry, it’s not what you think. But it’s also not what we think either. From previous issues during the events of the Civil War, when Spider-Man revealed his secret identity, Peter Parker, Peter, his Aunt May and Mary Jane were all holed up in the Avengers while Peter Parker worked with Tony Stark.
….after Mary Jane gets papped going into Avengers Tower…
…it makes the papers. Still, it all works out.
But isn’t this the kind of thing you might remember? In more recent issues of Iron Man and Amazing Spider-Man…
The secret identity reveal went away, but so it seemed did any knowledge that Tony Stark had of Peter and Mary living in, basically, his house and working with him.
Well, not only does Tony Stark not remember – which could have been down to him wiping his mind rather than give information to Norman Osborn in Dark Reign, and then rebooting himself with an earlier backup of his mind…
But no, it seems that Mary Jane doesn’t remember it either now, with the time they met before now being a crash landing on her runway, as it were.
Here’s the thing, Mary Jane. You lived with him and you don’t remember either.
Oh and one other thing. It’s very entertaining to mock Brian Bendis playing fast and loose with Marvel continuity, and no editor popping their head up to say “you know they all lived together in the same house? This is weird”. But this specific issue may be worth a note for being a tribute to a stranger. Brian writes very movingly about one Richard Cheek in the back, while also explaining the mix of artists in this issue. If you are the kind of person who usually skips text pages, don’t skip this one. You’ll feel a better person for reading it.
And then you can go back to asking why they mixed up the Infinity Gems again.
Invincible Iron Man #11 is published today by Marvel Comics.
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