Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows-First Look at Mary Jane's and Annie's Costumes
If there's one thing I've loved about Dan Slott's run on Amazing Spider-man, (I really don't like a majority of it) it was the short miniseries, Renew Your Vows, during the "Secret Wars" crossover event a year ago that pitched an alternate reality where a married Mary Jane Watson and Peter Parker are raising their daughter, Annie.
For those new to Spider-Man or only reading the most recent run, Mary Jane and Peter Parker were married for 20 years, beginning in 1987. I started reading Spider-Man comics back in 2005 when I was in high school so I'm a huge advocate of the marriage between Peter and Mary Jane so I've been bummed since it was abolished in 2007 because of One More Day. There was a magic there I looked up to and even aspired to, a sense of responsibility displayed on the page that extended beyond just Peter Parker's own needs but for those of his wife's and their future together. It was a love between characters that felt genuine, not forced and it felt as I aged, the character aged with me. Fast forward nine years and Marvel's doing everything they can to keep Peter and Mary Jane at distance from one another in the main Amazing book by keeping Spider-Man as youth-rotten as they can by having him sleeping around with every other woman he meets.
After Renew Your Vows finished its short five issues, fans thought that might be the last we'd see of the marriage. I mean, it took seven years just to get five issues. However, with the recent reemergence of a married Superman over at DC, Marvel probably thought a new miniseries or even possibly an ongoing title of a married Spider-Man might be something worth pursuing as they are releasing a new run of Renew Your Vows but only as long as it doesn't overshadow their own Amazing series, of course.
Oh yeah, I forgot I'm here to show off some costumes for Mary Jane and Annie, not rant about how I'm a hopeful romantic.
Anyways, during the course of Renew Your Vows, Pete and MJ's daughter, Annie, displays Spider-like powers of her own, similar to her father's, and at the end of the series, she and Mary Jane both save Peter's life. How might have Mary Jane helped two super-powered beings you ask? By being a badass of course...and with the help of a power suit.
I bring these details up because now, with Marvel's releasing a brand new Renew Your Vows series, MJ and Annie are joining in on Peter's heroics and all members of the Parker family are getting their very own costumes, courtesy of artist Ryan Stegman and Comic Book:
While no major update to Peter's costume, both Mary Jane's and Annie's costumes are nothing short of intriguing. I'm loving the white and red with MJ's costume and the cowl and pigtails of Annie's. Annie's costume feels reminiscent to Peter's battle armor he wore during the "Ends of the Earth" arc a few years back and although MJ and Peter's costumes are skin tight, I definitely see them forcing Annie to wear armor like protective parents of a teenage daughter would.
Though Mary Jane doesn't have super powers, she is very capable in her own right, having trained with Peter and even members of the Avengers, so it will be interesting to see how she's implemented into fight scenes alongside her super-powered daughter and husband, whether she'll be using tech developed by Peter or martial arts is left to be seen.
MJ's hair bun is the only thing that made me scratch my head because it feels so out of place but that's probably due to not having seen a hero with a bun in a comic book before, that I can think of anyways; however, she's a former supermodel so it's definitely fitting for character.
I'm really digging what I'm seeing and I can't wait to check out the series once it's released this fall.