Following in the footsteps of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, we discovered a new Spider-Man in Marvel's recent Captain America: Civil War. His recruitment into the Avengers conflict by Iron Man made quite a lot of enthusiastic noise among fans, and Tom Holland has been praised by some as the best Spider-Man yet.
Now, he's obviously getting his solo film in the form of Spider-Man: Homecoming, set to release on July 7, 2017. But while the movie has been adding a whole lot of stars to its brilliant casting, the studio has kept mum on which characters the actors will actually be playing. Thus we've been speculating and speculating, but we don't know for sure which Spider-Man comic book storylines will make it into the movie.
Let's keep on exploring Spider-Man's story arcs then, shall we? One of the fascinating aspects of Peter Parker/Spider-Man's biography is his love life, which has been full of twists and turns. While we're getting a young version of Spider-Man in Homecoming, that doesn't mean we can't at least be introduced to one or more girls who'll turn out to be among his future love interests.
So, who's been on the lucky list? Here are 6 of the most important girls in Peter Parker's life.
1. Gwen Stacy
Gwen Stacy deserves the top spot on the list as she's considered by many to be Peter Parker's one true love. A college student majoring in science, she's the first to develop feelings for him, although their relationship takes time to bloom. Sadly, she died in the issues 121-122 of The Amazing Spider-Man, in which she was kidnapped and thrown off the George Washington Bridge by Spider-Man's enemy the Green Goblin. Even though Spider-Man caught her, she didn't survive the fall.
In the movies, she was portrayed by Emma Stone in the Amazing Spider-Man series and by Bryce Dallas Howard in Spider-Man 3.
2. Mary Jane Watson
Mary Jane Watson ultimately wins Peter's affections. Introduced first as a friend and competition to Gwen Stacy, she ends up marrying Peter — even though all memories of this union are destroyed by Mephisto in the One More Day storyline. Beautiful and confident, Mary Jane is more carefree than Gwen, which leads to a few clashes with Peter, but she progressively becomes very close to him.
She's played by Kirsten Dunst in the Spider-Man movies, opposite Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man.
3. Felicia Hardy a.k.a. Black Cat
Black Cat has a more complicated relationship with Peter Parker, in that she's actually more into his Spider-Man alter ego. They dated and fought many battles together, but eventually her obsession to become his equal in power drew them apart. Although they're now reconciled, she became dangerously jealous of Peter's new girlfriend Mary Jane.
4. Betty Brant
Betty Brant is a secretary and later a reporter at the Daily Bugle, the newspaper where Peter Parker works. She's Peter's very first love, but they fell apart when she blamed Spider-Man's fight with Dr. Octopus for her brother's death. She went on to marry Ned Leeds, but he turned out to be a brainwashed version of the villain Hobgoblin. Years later, she became close friends with Peter again.
5. Carlie Cooper
In the One More Day storyline where Peter and Mary Jane aren't together, Carlie Cooper is an officer of the NYPD's Crime Scene Unit and fan of Spider-Man. But she doesn't know who Peter Parker really is when they start dating, and eventually breaks up with him when she finds out she's been lied to about his superhero identity.
6. Debra Whitman
She appeared very briefly in the comics, but Debra Whitman's storyline was a touching one: She was slightly schizophrenic and thought her belief of Peter being Spider-Man was just another of her delusions. She dated Peter Parker during university, but eventually moved on with Biff Rifkin.