Many were surprised that Mary Jane didn't have a role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but newly surfaced concept art might present a different case.
Spoilers incoming for Spider-Man: Homecoming, so if you haven't seen it yet you've been warned.
Now in the film Liz Alan (Laura Harrier) is Peter's main love interest, with the Homecoming dance playing a significant part in the third act. The concept art from Henrik Tamm shows a female figure standing in the midst of the Homecoming decorations (via ScreenGeek). At first glance, it actually looks as if the figure has long red hair, and since the design of the dance is also a little different than the final version, perhaps this is from earlier in the design process.
You can see for yourself in the image below.
While it could be Mary Jane, it could also just be a shot of Liz, as there are loads of other highlights in the artwork that gives things a lighter hue.
Speaking of MJ, he studio threw a curveball at fans when Zendaya's Michelle Jones reveals she likes to be called MJ towards the end of the film. Some took that as proof she is the iconic character, but that isn't how they meant it according to Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige.
“We never even looked at it as a big reveal necessarily but more of just a fun homage to his past adventures and his past love. She's not Mary Jane Watson. She never was Mary Jane Watson. She was always this new high school character, Michelle, who we know there's an "M" in Michelle and an "M" in Mary. [laughs] So we're so clever and we thought, "Wouldn't it be neat if her initials were MJ?" And then I think it leaked that she would be playing MJ and then it became a whole headache for Zendaya to have to navigate,” Feige revealed. “It was never a big, "Oh my God, it's a big reveal!" There are big reveals in the movie. That's not one of them.”
Only time will tell if Michelle ends up taking a similar path in Peter's life.
Spider-Man: Homecoming enjoys an 86.53 on ComicBook.com's composite ranking, and you can find the description below.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is in theaters now.