5 Reasons Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy Was Peter’s Best Love Interest (& 5 Why It’s Zendaya’s MJ)

5 Reasons Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy Was Peter's Best Love Interest (& 5 Why It's Zendaya's MJ)

Just like regular people, superheroes need a little bit of love every now and then. And this includes the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. When he isn’t off saving the world, Peter Parker is a high school kid at the top of his class and wildly smart. Despite his global popularity as a masked hero, Peter’s double life complicates the dating scene but this doesn’t stop him.

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Two of Peter’s greatest love interests in the Spider-Man franchise are Gwen Stacy from Andrew Garfield’s spidey days and Michelle AKA MJ from the more recent Spider-Man: Homecoming trilogy. The question is, who is the best lady for Peter? Gwen or MJ?

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Updated on April 22nd, 2022, by Shawn S. Lealos: In 2021, Spider-Man: No Way Home ended up as the highest-grossing movie in the pandemic era. A lot of the reason behind its popularity was the main trio of stars in Peter Parker, MJ, and Ned Leeds. However, it also had the plus of bringing back the past Spider-Man actors as they all worked together.

In the end, the movie also have Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man a chance to find redemption after he was unable to save his beloved Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It was a touching moment and reminded fans of how great Peter and Gwen were. However, at the same time, the movie ended with a heartbreaking moment where Peter and MJ had to say goodbye, making some debate about which couple was the best.

Gwen and Peter Have The Best Relationship Because:

Gwen Is An Extremely Smart Bookworm

Gwen Stacy standing in school.

Gwen Stacy is Peter Parker’s ideal match when it comes to brains. Any Spider-Man fan knows that Gwen is incredibly smart. Her brains helped her become a brilliant scientist. Gwen scored a position as a senior researcher at Oscorp Industries, the multibillion-dollar corporation in The Amazing Spider-Man.

Gwen might not have spidey senses but her brain is her superpower and it compliments Peter perfectly. When both of their great minds work together to save the world, Peter and Gwen are unstoppable.

Gwen Supports Peter No Matter What

Gwen Stacy helping Spider-Man.

Whenever Peter struggles, Gwen is right by his side. She helps him become the hero he is meant to be in so many different ways. She gives him the inside scoop on important information she uncovers from her job as a researcher at Oscorp and helps clean his battle wounds while offering emotional support.

Even though the pair go through their rough patches and breakup due to Peter’s fear of losing Gwen Stacy because of the responsibility and dangers that surround him as Spider-man, the two still think of one another and love each other all the same. Gwen and Peter are truly the perfect pair.

Gwen Always Says What’s On Her Mind

Gwen Stacy looking out at Spider-Man.

Gwen is extremely intelligent, independent, and headstrong. No matter the situation, she likes to tell it like it is and always says what’s on her mind. Not even the fact that Peter is The Amazing Spider-Man stops her from sharing what she’s thinking.

For example, when Peter and Gwen break up, she takes the situation into her own hands and doesn’t let him end things with her. Instead, she ends their relationship on her terms by saying she is the one who is breaking up with him. Now that’s a power move.

Gwen Doesn’t Take No For An Answer

Gwen Stacy falling to her death in Spider-Man.

If there’s one thing about Gwen Stacy, she doesn’t take no for an answer. In the famous scene leading up to Gwen’s untimely and tragic demise, she insists on helping Peter defeat the Green Goblin.

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Even though Peter warns her and tells her to get away from the soon-to-be violent encounter between him and the Green Goblin, Gwen doesn’t listen and does what it takes to help Spider-Man. In doing so, Gwen puts herself in danger and risks her life to help the person she loves most. Gwen and Peter ended up as the greatest tragedy in the Spider-Man franchise.

Gwen Is Witty And Charming In A Goofy Way

Gwen Stacy talking to Peter Parker.

Gwen Stacy knows she’s extremely smart, beautiful, and charming. With all of these traits, how could Peter Parker not fall for her? In a scene from The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter finally builds up the courage to ask Gwen out on a date.

Gwen can sense that he’s nervous and awkward around her. Instead of treating him like the outcast he is, she jokes around with him, giggles, and flirts in a goofy kind of way. Just watching this scene, it’s obvious that Gwen accepts Peter’s awkward quirks, and he hers. Gwen and Peter are perfect for each other in every way.

MJ And Peter Have The Best Relationship Because:

MJ Finds Ways To Challenge Peter

MJ sitting in class looking at Peter Parker.

Michelle, known to her friends and to Peter as MJ, emerges in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man saga. She compliments Peter’s playful personality perfectly with her unique ability to challenge him and the things he says.

In a scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter compliments MJ by telling her she looks pretty. She looks at him with a deadpan face and says, “and therefore I have value?” It’s great to see someone leave him speechless for once since he’s quite the chatterbox and MJ is the only one who can do this. She certainly knows how to keep Peter on his toes.

MJ’s One Of The Most Dynamic And Interesting Spider-Man Love Interests

MJ with her eyes closed in Spider-Man Far From Home.

MJ is one of the most developed, dynamic, and interesting Spider-Man love interests in Spidey history. Unlike the classic Mary Jane Watson character from the first Spider-Man trilogy, there’s something about MJ that’s real and relatable.

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Instead of the struggling actress type, Michelle is intelligent, studious, and independent. Not only is she a practicing feminist but she’s aware of systematic forms of oppression, demonstrated when she refused to go to the Washington Monument on a class trip because it’s likely that it was built by slaves. All in all, MJ has her own unique interests and quirks, making her perfect for the quirkiest one of all, Peter Parker.

MJ’s Superpower Is Her Eagle Eyes

MJ sitting in the cafeteria.

In Spider-Man Homecoming, MJ makes the fact that she’s very observant clear. Throughout both the first and second movies, MJ noticed Peter’s strange habit of disappearing in times of crisis which is coincidentally always the same time Spider-Man shows up to save the day.

From the get-go, viewers know MJ is on to something. So it’s no surprise that she discovers Peter’s secret. Her observation skills and ability to figure things out are her superpowers. This makes MJ perfect for Peter because she has the ability to help him with her FBI-level detective skills every step of the way.

MJ Is Mature Beyond Her Years

Spider-Man hugging MJ.

While Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is playful and boyish, Spider-Man Homecoming’s MJ is mature beyond her years. Unlike most of her high school peers, MJ’s head isn’t in the clouds. She’s not thinking about parties, boys, or popularity. Instead, she keeps to herself with her head buried in books and her eyes on Peter.

MJ’s mature personality is a stark contrast to Peter’s playful and boyish charm. However, as the saying goes, opposites attract, and this applies to MJ and Peter. The two are the perfect pair because they help balance each other.

MJ Is Cool, Calm, Collected, Strong, And Brave

MJ, Peter Parker and Ned talking to Dr Strange.

MJ always manages to keep a cool, calm, and collected demeanor even when she’s staring down the barrel of crisis. In Spider-Man Far From Home, monsters attack her and her classmates while on a school trip in Europe. Panic ensues but MJ manages to stay calm and out of trouble by running to a safe spot, hiding, and watching the action unfold.

She doubles down on this in Spider-Man: No Way Home where she helps fight the villains. Any normal person would scream and run for the hills rather than silently slip away. Since Spider-Man is always surrounded by supervillains and monsters, MJ’s calmness in terrifying and life-threatening situations makes her a great love match for Spider-Man.

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