May ‘Mayday’ Parker/Spider-Girl and some of her Alternate Counterparts
Spider-Girl sketches by Ron Frenz.
Spectacular Spider-Man #216
Amazing Spider-Girl #23
Karen Gillan as Spider-Girl?
When asked by SFX which superhero the former Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy star would like to play this is what she said:
If you could play a superhero, which one would you choose?
Yeah, who is there…? I want to play a version of Spider-Man that’s a lady.
Spider-Woman – does she exist?
There’s a Spider-Woman and a Spider-Girl.
I want to play Spider-Girl!
As you can tell from the quote, Karen didn’t know about both Spider-Girls, or the various Spider-Women they have been over the years.
So, Spider-Girl fans, do you think Karen would make a good Mayday Parker?
What I really have come to enjoy, because I was never a huge proponent of the marriage to begin with, is I love his [Peter’s] relationship with MJ. Because she has put up with so much crap but they have an amazing bond and the one thing Pete never has to doubt is MJ’s loyalty. She is there for the long haul and you know that’s a Helluva relationship.
And we’ve gotten the chance to do…deal with that a little bit more and because we’ve changed the point of view a little bit…I’d just gotten done doing an interview with somebody where I said the one scene I’d love to do is some of Pete and Mary Jane’s pillow talk about Mayday and about her life and everything and we never really get a chance to do that because the book is done from Mayday’s point of view…and that’s gross.
But then as soon as I gave that interview I got the next plot and Tom decided to go with Mary Jane narrating the issue and we got to do a scene where get to see them getting ready for bed and talking about what’s going on in their lives. And for me it was a really fun insight to the back and forth of these two people who have been through the war together and , you know really do respect each other…
I mean how many people go through those kinds of experiences where you just know that this other person has your back. I mean that’s just an incredible relationship and I’d love to be able to put that on display a little bit more…."
Ron Frenz talking about Mary Jane and the Amazing Spider-Girl on episode 8.2 of the Spider-Man Crawlspace Podcast
The issue he is referring to is the excellent Amazing Spider-Girl #8
Whilst I don’t really agree with Mr. Frenz’s assessment of the marriage (and evidently neither does his friend and co worker Mister Tom DeFalco) but I think he sums up Peter and Mary Jane very nicely here.
In fact his assessment explains why OMIT, Superior #31 and so many other things done with the characters in recent years have been such BS.
MAY: It’s a stronghold your father erected in his subconscious—to remind him why the world needs someone like Spider-Man.
MAYDAY: B-but that’s us—and none of us were around even around when he first donned the webs.
MAY: I know. He’s added to this citadel over the years. it contains his most precious memories—the very soul of Peter Parker.
Amazing Spider-Girl #29
I bloody love this arc and this moment in particular. We can see Peter’s very soul and his most precious memories and front and centre, just as he first saw her is MJ. As she should be!
Also when looking through Peter’s most precious memories we see homages to Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man #290 when he proposed to Mary Jane, Amazing Spider-Man #292 when she accepted his proposal and Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 when he and Mj got married.
There is a Spider-Girl coming to TV but it’s NOT Mayday.
More info on the upcoming 3rd season of the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon that will have their own “Spider-Verse” storyline is officially online. Miles Morales, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Man Noir, and Iron Spider will be feature along with a Spider-Girl that is, from a gender swapped universe, called Petra Parker.
"But I refuse to let you or your father make an invalid out of me. I’m going to continue to live my own life — on my own terms!”
Spider-Girl #42 Writer: Tom DeFalco, Pencils: Ron Frenz