It’s pretty benign, but it’s there, because Peter doesn’t really seem to see MJ as a person at all. My father used to say, ‘You’ll never be worth anything.
I know it’s not the most worthwhile endeavor in the world, but I’m sure the MCU will do right by the character, and I’m happy to watch that all happen. Peter Parker sees all this and assumes that MJ is just really into cars. Actually, Peter’s not exactly an idiot, but he has got a definite Nice Guy streak to him. You just gotta believe in yourself, you pull yourself together, and you get right back on the horse. There’s another (sadly deleted, but it shows up in ) scene in the trilogy that demonstrates how absolutely soul-destroying MJ’s home life was, too, where she says, “John loves me.
That real woman is one of the most flawed in the entire world of comic book movies, incidentally. Then there’s an earlier moment at the Thanksgiving dinner, where Norman spends a few seconds leering at MJ’s chest before he gets around to his sexist humiliation of her, and MJ notices, and she’s clearly very uncomfortable indeed.
She cheats on people, she ditches John Jameson at the altar, she’s insecure, she’s petty, she’s closed-off and she’s really messed up. It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, but it was there for a reason. She still strikes a sexy pose at him when he turns his camera on her, even!
By the end of the film, MJ’s face is filling the screen again, but this time she’s wracked with fear and worry and maybe even a little regret, rather than smiling demurely. MJ: “The young Miss Watson is a pretty girl, easy on the eyes, but not on the ears. She can get angry movies: how in them, evil is very often inextricably tied up with misogyny.