Michelle Jones-Watson, commonly refered to as MJ, is a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a graduate of Midtown School of Science and Technology, who greatly enjoyed mocking all of her fellow students there, which included Peter Parker. Despite keeping her distance socially, Jones was eventually given the opportunity to take over from the departing Liz Toomes as captain of the Academic Decathlon Team, and began to open up more with her fellow teammates, which included Ned Leeds and Parker.
Jones was a victim of the Snap in 2018, but along with all other victims, was resurrected in the Blip five years later. Her affections were sought out by Parker and Brad Davis during Midtown Tech's trip to Europe. When she deduced Parker's identity as Spider-Man, Jones helped discover Mysterio's fraudulence, by exposing him as the one who staged the Elemental crisis. Shortly after their trip to Europe, Jones and Parker began dating. After their first date, Jones was horrified when The Daily Bugle showed a modified video of Mysterio and Spider-Man, claiming that Parker was responsible for the casualties of the Battle of London.
With Parker's identity exposed, he and Jones tried to resume their normal lives, but this was thrown into jeopardy when Parker sought the help of Doctor Strange to make the world forget his identity as Spider-Man. This resulted in visitors from other universes being sent to Jones'; she and Ned Leeds worked with Parker to track down and capture the rogue visitors, but then went against Doctor Strange in order to try and redeem the visitors instead of sending them to their deaths. Ultimately, the majority of the visitors would betray Jones and her friends, who then encountered other versions of Parker from alternate universes. Jones and her allies successfully sent the visitors back to their home universes, but tragically, instabilities in spacetime caused by Doctor Strange's spell meant that Jones had to forget her entire history with Parker. The two shared a kiss before Jones' memories were erased, resuming her life with a new acceptance into M.I.T..
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Early Life
- 1.2 2016-2017 Academic Year
- 1.3 Death and Resurrection
- 1.4 2023-2024 Academic Year
- 1.5 Summer Class Trip
- 1.6 Return to New York
- 1.7 Incursions of Alternate Realities
- 1.8 College Bound
- 2 Personality
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Facilities
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Appearances
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Behind the Scenes
- 10 References
- 11 External Links
Growing Up in New York
Michelle Jones-Watson was born on June 10, 2001 in New York City. Jones had a difficult home life and she and her mother had not heard from her father in years by the time she had concluded her junior year in high school. Jones developed a sarcastic, guarded demeanor as she grew, preferring to read her books and often had difficulty when trying to establish friendships. However, her father eventually returned to her life. Jones also came to dislike being called by her last name, "Watson"
2016-2017 Academic Year
Jones became a student at Midtown School of Science and Technology and a member of the Academic Decathlon team. At lunch, Jones was reading a sizable collection of novels while drinking tea. She called her classmates, Peter Parker and Ned Leeds, "losers" for staring at Liz Toomes for too long. When Leeds then wondered why she always sat at their table, Jones simply replied that she didn't have any friends, and returned to reading her book.
At Academic Decathlon practice, Jones continued reading while the team studied for Nationals, with Liz Toomes quizzing them. When Peter Parker revealed he was dropping out of the team to focus on his internship with Tony Stark, Jones pointed out that he had already quit robotics lab and marching band. When her teammates were surprised at her knowledge of Parker's activities, Jones quickly denied paying any special attention to him, insisting that she was just very observant. After practice, Jones watched as the Decathlon team failed to convince Parker to come with them to Nationals. Jones also read Of Human Bondage throughout the entirety of gym class, even while she was supposed to be doing curl-ups.
Liz Toomes' Party
Jones attended a house party held by Liz Toomes, the captain the Academic Decathlon team. When Peter Parker and Ned Leeds arrived, she called them losers for attending while preparing a meal for herself. When Leeds pointed out that she was attending the party as well, Jones just gave them a quirky look and asked, "Am I?" before walking off.
Field Trip to Washington, D.C.
Jones joined the Academic Decathlon team for the field trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in Nationals. She questioned Mr. Roger Harrington on the timetable for the trip because she wanted to get in some light protesting while in the nation's capitol.
On the way to Washington, Jones approached Peter Parker and Ned Leeds as they noticed increased activity around the damaged Triskelion structure. She explained that the Department of Damage Control was still cleaning up the mess after Captain America caused the Helicarriers to crash for seemingly no reason. While Leeds stated that Captain America did so to save them, Jones rebuffed him and declared that was just what the government wanted the public to think.
Much to the team's annoyance, Parker did not attend the Decathlon and Jones had to replace him. However, she managed to answer the last question correctly and the Midtown School of Science and Technology team won the Decathlon. The team was ecstatic and embraced Jones, much to her delight.
Following the competition, Harrington took them to the Washington Monument. Jones refused to go up to the top, not wanting to visit a building that had been built by slaves. While she waited at the bottom, an explosion at the top trapped her teammates in the Monument's elevator. When Spider-Man arrived, Jones frantically informed him that her friends were in the elevator.
Jones sat next to Peter Parker when he was issued a detention for attempting to skip class. After Parker left, Andre Wilson asked Jones why she was there, as she did not have detention. Jones answered that she enjoyed sketching people in crisis, teasingly showed Wilson a drawing she'd made of him.
Back to School
Following the revelation that Liz Toomes' father was Vulture, she was forced to move to Oregon with her mother. In the wake of her leaving, Jones was made captain of the Decathlon team. She told her teammates that her friends called her "MJ". When Peter Parker received a message and had to leave, Jones looked at him with suspicion and asked what he was up to. She then laughed, claiming that she was just kidding and did not care. When Parker left however, Jones stared after him.
Shortly after, Jones was interviewed by Betty Brant, an anchor of Midtown News, as to who she thought Spider-Man might truly be. Jones replied with one statement: although she was not sure, she had her suspicions. Secretly, Jones was suspecting Parker to be the wall crawler.
Death and Resurrection
2023-2024 Academic Year
Jones and her fellow restored classmates had to retake their junior year from 2023-2024. In that time, the world steadily returned to normal, and Jones improved her overall social skills and relationships with the also-restored Ned Leeds and Peter Parker. However, Jones also grew more suspicious that Parker was living a double life as Spider-Man, which she'd considered since the Washington Monument rescue. Still insecure about the feelings for him she developed sometime before, she told herself that she only paid attention to him to see if this theory was correct. Along with Parker, Leeds, and other classmates, Jones planned on attending a school sponsored trip during summer break to Europe to visit various museums and sites of interest.
Summer Class Trip
Before the plane ride, Jones defended Peter Parker from his rival Flash Thompson by telling the airline stewardess that since Thompson had been one of the Snap's casualties, he was sixteen, not twenty-one. Parker himself had planned to tell Jones how he felt about her during the trip, but grew envious when his attempt to sit next to her on the flight resulted in her instead seated next to Brad Davis, a Snap survivor who, according to Leeds, was the most charming student in the school. During the flight, Jones and Davis watched some in-flight movies together, while an upset Parker watched on from his seat next to one of the chaperones, Roger Harrington.
After the plane landed in Venice, Jones and her classmates explored the city together, posing for some pictures with some Venetian pigeons in front of Saint Mark's Basilica for Brad Davis. She also took a liking to an Italian slang word, "Boh", that could be defined as "Nothing", "I don't know", or "Leave me alone". As she chatted with Peter Parker as they explored the city, she noticed a small package he had bought and asked him what it was. She smiled appreciatively when he answered "Boh."
Harrington realized too late that he had forgotten to book the museum for the students to tour, and the students were permitted to do some more exploring. At the docks of the Grand Canal, MJ noticed that the waterway's crabs seemed to be hurrying out of the water. Seconds later, a giant Elemental known as Hydro-Man emerged from the canal. Jones rushed away and reunited with her classmates and chaperones, but noticed that Parker was no longer with the group.
Jones and her class went to spend the night at the Hotel DeMatteis, where the teenagers watched a news broadcast about Hydro-Man's attack and the strange new superhuman who defeated it. She doubted a story Ned Leeds found online, that claimed a man named Morris Bench had recently been infused with water-related powers and translated the broadcast's description to her classmates as "l'uomo di misterio", Italian for "the man of mystery".
From this, Ned Leeds and Betty Brant took to calling the new hero "Mysterio". When Flash Thompson dismissed their rescuer as an inferior hero to Spider-Man, Jones questioned him why he idolizes Spider-Man so much. Thompson admitted that he saw Spider-Man as a personal role model, while also insulting Parker, who had caught up with the group. Parker and Jones shared a quiet moment together, in which he told her that he was looking forward to their arrival in Paris, specifically to see the Eiffel Tower. Jones noted that she was also looking forward to it, as the Eiffel Tower was a personal favorite landmark due to the conspiracy theory that it was built as a mind-control device.
The following morning, Roger Harrington and Julius Dell abruptly announced that they had spoken with the travel company and upgraded the group tour; Paris had been canceled and the students would instead be traveling to Prague in the Czech Republic. Unknown to the chaperones and students, the "travel representative" Harrington and Dell had spoken to work for Nick Fury and had redirected the group to Prague because they wanted Spider-Man's help in defeating an Elemental, projected to appear there soon.
After a quick stop in Austria, Brad Davis tried to show Jones a photo he had taken but was interrupted by a series of odd interjections by an unusually worried Parker. While her classmates were distracted by some baby mountain goats that Parker claimed to have spotted, Jones watched through the seats, and Parker apparently leaped through the bus' overhead window. By the time the odd episode had calmed down, the photo had vanished from Davis' phone, and the class made their way to their new hotel, where Jones continued to observe Parker while Harrington told the class that they would soon be attending a regional festival. Jones became suspicious of Parker realising that he might be hiding a big secret.
However, that was also subject to an abrupt change, when Dell and Harrington announced that the travel agency had given the entire class free tickets to a four-hour opera, much to the class' collective frustration. In the near-empty opera house, Parker and Jones again made small talk. After playfully teasing Parker about a perceived gendered double standard in a compliment he paid her, Jones asked Parker if he would like to sit with her. He sent a mixed message that he would like to, but would not be able to for whatever reason.
Curious about Parker's abrupt leaving, she followed him out of the opera house. As she wandered the streets of Prague looking for him, she suddenly came face-to-face with the Elemental illusion itself, known as Molten Man. She fled as Mysterio and an apparently new hero fought the creature, but in the process, she discovered an especially odd piece of debris - a small black camera covered in Spider-Man's webs. Horrified that their kids had been at ground zero for two different Elemental attacks, the students' families called for the trip to be canceled. The itinerary changed once again for a flight back to the United States the following morning. As this would be their last night in Europe, Parker asked Jones out on a walk through the city.
On the "date", Parker tried to confess his feelings for her, but she interrupted him, presuming he was about to reveal his secret identity to her. Parker was flummoxed but admitted she was correct when she revealed the webbed-up camera. While she'd speculated about this for some time, the confirmation still came as a shock, and the social quagmire of the situation led her to indicate that her interest in him was purely to see if her theory was true, avoiding in admitting that having a crush on Parker was a partial reason in her watching him. This devastated Parker, but before they could continue to discuss this, they accidentally activated the projector, and the Elemental known as Cyclone emerged. Parker and Jones deduced that it was actually an elaborate hologram and that Parker's new mentor and friend Quentin Beck, otherwise known as Mysterio, had deceived him, and was the true mastermind behind the Elemental Attacks.
Parker and Jones raced back to the hotel, where Parker changed into his Stealth Suit as he and Jones explained the situation to Ned Leeds. Parker headed to Berlin, Germany to warn Nick Fury about Beck's true nature, while Jones and Leeds told the teachers, class, and Parker's aunt that he would be staying with "family" there. Though Jones was uncomfortable with the elaborate lie, she stood by her friend and handed him the tell-tale and only piece of evidence against Beck; Cyclone's hologram projector.
Unknown to Jones, Spider-Man was defeated in Germany and Mysterio redirected the class trip for the third time. Jones and the rest of the students flew to London, England the next morning with the intent of taking an afternoon flight back to the United States; Beck planned to stage his fifth and final attack in the city and use the ensuing chaos as a cover to kill Jones and anyone else aware of the truth about him.
After their arrival, Brad Davis interjected. In a bid to make himself look like a better romantic option for Jones than Parker, he again brought up the photo he had taken in Austria, in which he claimed that he had seen Parker in the bathroom with an older European woman. However, Jones and the rest of the class found it strange that Davis would take a picture of Parker in the bathroom and doubted his story. This effectively ended Davis' pursuit of Jones for the rest of the trip.
The fifth and final elemental attack began soon after, in which all the previous monsters fused into the Elemental Fusion, and wreaked havoc on the city. Knowing that Mysterio discovered Jones and Ned Leeds knew the truth, they ran to lead the villain away from their classmates, where they were joined by Flash Thompson and Betty Brant. The four teenagers met Happy Hogan, who introduced himself as an ally of Spider-Man and was here to protect them while Spider-Man took on the false hero.
After Hogan's jet was destroyed, the five hid in the Tower of London's Museum. However, they were tracked by some of Mysterio's E.D.I.T.H. drones. The group did what they could to fight back, with Jones even grabbing a mace from one of the museum's display cases, and using it to smash one of the machines. However, they were overwhelmed and backed into a corner, with only the Museum's vault door between the drones and them. Fearing that she was about to die, Jones confessed that she regretted her brutal honesty and poor social skills, which isolated her from any potential friends.
Elsewhere in the city, Spider-Man thankfully defeated Mysterio and used the E.D.I.T.H. glasses to recall all of the drones. Once the drones returned to space, Hogan handed Jones the contents of the small package Parker had in Venice - a necklace with a small glass pendant in the shape of her favorite flower; the black dahlia. With the necklace in her pocket and the mace still in hand, Jones went back into the city, where she found an injured Parker on the Tower Bridge. They hugged each other and Jones showed Parker the necklace which had now become damaged, while he was dismayed that his gift for her was broken, she quickly kissed him, confessing to Parker timidly that she had misled him in Prague; she genuinely was interested in him for reasons that were actually not related to his double life, indicating to Parker she had a crush on him as well, much to his relief. Parker apologized again that the necklace was broken, but Jones told him she didn't mind and said she liked it better this way. Jones and Parker tried their kiss again, marking the start of their relationship. After their embrace, Jones picked up the mace again and told Parker she should head back to the class, as she walked away she looked back to Parker, as he left the bridge too.
Return to New York
After awkwardly returning the mace to the museum and boarding the flight with her class, Jones and Peter Parker arrived back to the Newark airport, now as a couple, holding hands. On one of their first dates back in New York City, Parker decided to take Jones for a swing around Manhattan with his web-slinging. Once she decided to get up on Spider-Man, Jones was overwhelmed by the speed of Spider-Man's web-swinging, and what was intended to be a fun adrenaline rush, instead became a harrowing experience. Once she was back on the ground, Jones plainly told Parker that she never wanted to do anything like that again.
Their date took an unexpected turn when they noticed a NY1 newscast on the Madison Square Garden MegaVision, reporting on a video published by The Daily Bugle. Speechless, Jones watched in shock and horror as J. Jonah Jameson played edited footage of the Battle of London; a dying message from Mysterio claimed that Spider-Man was responsible for the attacks and had murdered Mysterio. To make matters worse, Mysterio concluded the message by revealing Spider-Man's identity and real name.
Escape from the Public
Immediately, people who were next to Jones asked her if she was Spider-Man's girlfriend. Parker leaped down from the light post and rushed to Jones. As he did, the crowd increased and people began to push him, causing him to stumble into Jones. Jones grabbed onto him and Parker pushed his way out of the mass crowd to swing away. Jones held onto Parker as they swung through Times Square. Jones, who was scared and upset about swinging again, put her hands over Parker's face, accidentally causing him to not see. He told her and she apologized. She then asked where they were going and he suggested her house, but she said her father would be upset to see him, now that his identity had been exposed.
Instead, Parker and Jones landed on Queensboro Bridge. As Jones tried to remain calm and keep her balance, Parker answered a face-time call from Ned Leeds. However, as Jones became fearful of the heights, she called out to Parker, cutting his call short as he tended to her. Parker then told her to hang on and leaped down off the bridge into a subway station below.
As he swung through, they narrowly missed colliding into a train. Parker took them into the sewer tunnel and helped Jones up through a sewer hole in the street, in front of Delmar's grocery. Parker then swung Jones to his apartment and opened his bedroom window to sneak inside.
In doing so, they made noise, which caused Happy Hogan to open the bedroom door to find Parker undressed and Jones looking embarrassed. May Parker then rushed inside, only to close the door, and reopen it to introduce herself to Jones, who greeted her. As Parker got dressed, Jones followed him out of his room. A neighbour popped his head inside through the open front door and asked if it was true that Parker was Spider-Man, but Jones told him now wasn't a good time and closed the door.
She then joined them in the living room and as Parker demanded an explanation for May and Hogan's relationship, Jones alerted Parker to the television which had NY1 on breaking the news of his identity. When May asked if the building on television was theirs, Parker opened a blind to reveal that WYPE helicopters had stationed outside. They continued watching the news, which stated that Damage Control would be investigating and that Stark Industries would be under investigation for having made the drones and showed a picture of Hogan. Following this, Jones left Parker's apartment and returned to her home.
Interrogated by Damage Control
Days later, Jones, along with May and Leeds, were taken by Damage Control to the NYPD precinct. As they were being escorted in, they passed Parker and Jones and May both told him to not answer any questions without a lawryer. Jones was brought into the interrogation room first and was interrogated by Agent Albert Cleary. She told him that she was highly aware of his tactics and knew her rights, what she could say, opting to wait for a lawyer, as she knew very well how the Agent could easily manipulate her statements otherwise.
Cleary tried to get the statement of Jones, asking her why she would get involved romantically with a vigilante like Parker to risk her future, but failed as the strong willed Jones told him nothing. Later on, through the assistance of Parker's lawyer, he managed to walk away without any criminal charges, with Jones managing to guard herself through her lawyer. Nevertheless, they were warned about the court of public opinion, a factor that could heavily impact her, Parker, and Leeds' futures.
FaceTime with Parker
The night before senior year started, Parker called Jones via face-time, where they both discussed about their applications to their preferred institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While Parker was hopeful that they could get into the institute, Jones wasn't sure about it saying that they would have to earn scholarships so that they could get in, but Parker tried to make her feel better by saying that she has all the scores, all the grades, and basically everything needed to get into M.I.T, making Jones wonder whether or not he thought she was pragmatic.
Much to her happiness, Parker said while she was indeed pragmatic, that was one of the best things about her, making her wonder what were his other favourite things, which led to the duo joking around about her "relentless optimisim", how she loved people, and Jones' "love for sports." After hearing a unique noise for a while, Jones discovered that the noise came from Happy Hogan, who decided to sleep with his CPAP machine who moved into the living room of his apartment.
After some reluctance, Jones asked Parker whether he was ever relieved about not having to lie to anyone anymore about his dual life, feeling as though it made thing less complicated. Parker replied to Jones that ever since he got bit by that radioactive spider, that he only had one week where he felt normal was when she and everyone whom he wanted to knew about knew he was Spider-Man which was his aunt, her, and Ned. Parker continued that everyone finding out his true identity ruined that for him, joking around how despite he is currently the most famous person in the entire world, he is still broke.
Then, Jones told him that she is excited to see him tomorrow, with Parker replying he feels the same. However, their special moments were ruined by Hogan who told them to wrap it up as he was trying to sleep, telling them he needs his eight hours of sleep, much to Jones and Parker's mutual shock as they learn he had been listening the whole time. As, Parker was getting scolded by Hogan, Jones greeted Hogan, before the duo ended the call, to meet each other for their next day for senior year.
Back for Senior Year
- "MJ! MJ, we love you! MJ, are you going to have your Spider-Baby?"
- ―Random Weirdo[src]
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Incursions of Alternate Realities
Locating Multiversal Men
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Jones went to Leeds' house and waited for the message of Parker. They turned the television on and saw news reports about the destruction at a condominium, both knowing that Parker had been there and worried for his safety. Jones told Leeds she was going to push the button on the Machina to activate it, but just before she did it Leeds waved his arms in the air, stating he wanted to see Parker.
Much to their shock, a spark of magic flickered in the air before them and Jones asked Leeds to repeat what he just did. Upon her instructions, Leeds conjured an Inter-Dimensional Portal using the Sling Ring. To their excitement, they saw what appeared to be Spider-Man walking around an in an alley way. They called out to him and when he jumped through, they saw that he was another Spider-Man who was Peter Parker.
Startled and confused by this, Leeds and Jones asked who he was. Leeds started to bring up the spell, and Jones stopped him from saying too much, before the other Spider-Man deduced that his studies on multidimensional travel was real. Feeling suspicious, Jones threw bread at the variant of Spider-Man who replied that his spider sense doesn't work when something harmless like bread attacks him, calling Jones a mistrusting person. Nevertheless, the variant of Spider-Man proved himself to be one as he climbed around the walls of Leeds' house to clean up the cobwebs.
Jones told Leeds to try again and this time, another Spider-Man walked through. When Leeds had asked if he was another Spider-Man and why he didn't tell them that, in which he replied he kept his identity anonymous. After the two Spider-Man used their webbing on each other, they told Jones and Leeds where they went when they needed alone time, thinking that that was what Parker was doing after the attack he had faced. Through their words, Jones then figured out where Parker was most likely and took the Leeds along with the other Spider-Men with them to the rooftop of Mid-Town High.
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A Forgotten Love
Afterwards, Jones reunited with Parker and was devestated to learn that the only way to stop the infinite amount of people in the Multiverse from arriving was for Strange to finish the spell that would cause everyone in there universe forget that Parker ever existed. She tried to protest, but he said it was the only way and he came by to share one more moment with her and Leeds. The three shared an emotional embrace one last time and Jones told Parker she loved him; right before Parker could say the same, she told him to save it for her once they reunited again. Parker shared one more look with Jones before he swung away; Jones tearfully watched him leave before the spell took effect, erasing Parker from her memories.
Awkward Customer Service
- "Are you excited for MIT?"
"Oh. Uhh, right, yeah. Yeah, actually I am excited. Which is weird, 'cause I don't really get excited about things, I kind of expect disappointment."
"Because then you'll never actually be disappointed?"
"Yeah, right. It's just... I don't know, it kinda feels different this time for some reason."
- ―Peter Parker and Michelle Jones[src]
One day in early December, a young man came inside the shop. Jones smiled and waved at Leeds, who entered behind the young man. After she greeted Leeds, she asked the young man what he would like at the counter. He introduced himself suddenly as Peter Parker and after a pause, ordered a coffee, albeit awkwardly.
Before making the coffee, Jones gave Leeds a doughnut as a congratulations on getting accepted to MIT and expressed excitement over it, with Leeds teasing Jones about her school spirit, to which she said if he told anyone she would simply deny it.
Jones proceeded on making the coffee and called Parker's name, which she had to repeat two times to get his attention. After giving Parker the coffee, he asked Jones if she was excited for MIT, with her replying she was, which she admitted was weird for her because she is not usually excited for things because if she always expects disappointment she will never be disappointed, with Parker finishing her sentence, leaving her a little stunned.
As Jones and Parker exchanged a smile at each other, Parker grabbed his coffee but noticed Jones' band-aid on her forehead and asked if she was okay, gesturing to his own forehead. Jones shrugged it off, remembering the recent event, and said that it didn't really hurt anymore. Jones then asked Parker if there was anything else she could help him with, as he replied "no" with a bittersweet smile and was on the edge of becoming emotional. Parker thanked Jones for the coffee and walked out, but as he did, Jones stared off at him, as she contemplated if he seemed familiar to her.
Michelle Jones considers herself to be a very observant person in general, noticing things others may not, and usually keeps a close eye on Peter Parker. She was aware of his academic situation, keeping tabs on which classes he'd neglected or which clubs he quit. During the Rescue at the Washington Monument, she observed Spider-Man as the hero climbed up the Washington Monument, after notifying him that her friends were up there. Although she publicly deems Parker to be a loser, she chooses to sit with him and Ned Leeds at lunch, chided them for coming to Liz Toomes' party, gave herself detention just to sketch Parker, and gave Parker the middle finger during the homecoming dance. However, despite the other students occupied by the dance, she immediately noticed Parker leaving the dance after apologizing to Toomes, and later questioned Parker where he was going and what he was hiding, before brushing her earlier statements off and declaring that she did not care. As Parker left the library, however, she gave him a glance, watching him leave. Jones was also able to deduce that Parker was Spider-Man by noticing a pattern in his behavior as well as evidence she found or observed, only confirming her suspicions when he confessed.
However, it comes clear that after the class' trip through Europe, Jones developed a crush on Parker throughout her observations of him, though she perhaps tried to deny it at first, mostly by being mean towards him. Her habit of documenting his schedules and drawing him in detention could just be her showing concern for his well-being and being fascinated by him. This is later confirmed in London, where she admits that she likes Parker and observed him; not just because she thought he was Spider-Man, but because of her mutual attraction to him.
Jones is generally a serious person, though she does possess a dry sense of humor, and is nearly always seen reading a book. She is a loner and claims not to have friends, though she soon comes to consider her Academic Decathlon team as friends. She has a tendency to speak out her feelings even if it offends someone, although she is aware of this habit.
Jones is also fascinated by morbid, yet otherwise controversial and macabre topics, with Parker saying that she like black dahlias, due to being fascinated by the Black Dahlia murder, and her mentioning a lot of conspiracy theories and propaganda, as well as memorizing gruesome historical events and practices from Europe.
Jones is very particular about her name. It is implied that she allows people to call her "MJ" when she feels that they are friends with her and "Michelle" only to those who she is merely aquainted with. Additionally, she does not seem too fond being referred to as "Miss Jones-Watson," instead preferring to be called "Miss Jones", implying that she disfavors one of her family names.
Over her lifetime, Jones has become accustomed to becoming disappointed in order to hide her true emotions upon issues, as shown when she was already expecting to be disappointed while filing out for M.I.T. so she wouldn't be disappointed for herself. After having her memories of Parker wiped away and got admitted into M.I.T, she has finally reached a point where she isn't expecting disappointment or being unhappy, which caused Parker to hide his true identity in front of her. However, upon seeing Parker leave, Jones felt that she knows him as she observes him leaving the Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop.
- Gifted Intellect: Jones is a smart, well-read, curious and observant individual, using her great intellect to help the Academic Decathlon Team in the Decathlon finals and win the competition. She was later even chosen to replace Liz Toomes as team captain, when Toomes moved to Oregon. Jones was also smart enough to notice Peter Parker repeatedly wandering off on more than one occasion, and eventually figured out that he was Spider-Man. Jones also possesses a vast amount of knowledge in history, crime and conspiracy theories, given her fascination with morbid and controversial topics. She quoted George Orwell's line, "The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world" to Brad Davis when defending Parker. She was aware of Albert Cleary's interrogation tactics as well as her civic rights. Parker told MIT's assistant vice chancellor that she and Ned Leeds are the two smartest people he has ever met in his entire life. After her memories of Parker were erased, she was admitted to the prestigious school.
- Investigator: Jones singlehandedly discovered Parker's secret identity as Spider-Man.
- Artist: To be added
- Bilingualism: In addition to her native English, Jones understands Italian, as she regularly had to correct her chaperone Roger Harrington during the class trip to Venice and translated the news reports on Mysterio for her classmates.
- Mace: During the Battle of London, Jones grabbed a mace from one of the museum's display cases and used it to smash one of the Stark Industries Combat Drones. Following the battle, Jones jokingly (yet sincerely) mentioned to Spider-Man that she would hold on to the mace until she was certain that the fighting was over.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
- Peter's To-Do List (mentioned)
- Spider-Man: No Way Home
- In the comics, the nickname "MJ" is used by Mary Jane Watson. Kevin Feige described this as a fun homage to Spider-Man's past adventures and his past love in the comics.
- According to Spider-Man: Homecoming co-writer John Francis Daley, Michelle Jones was intended as a reinvention of Mary Jane Watson.
- Jones' birthday being June 10th is a reference to Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #25, where Mary Jane Watson made her first appearance and was released on June 10, 1965, albeit the character's face is not shown.
- According to Zendaya, she wanted the character to be a new version of what Mary Jane represented.
- In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Jones' full last name is revealed to be Jones-Watson, bringing the character more closer to the comics counterpart.
- Michelle's literary tastes contain subtle allusions to either the plot or spiders. She was first seen reading Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham, in which the novel's protagonist is an orphan living with his aunt and uncle and has trouble fitting in at his new school, a situation similar to Peter Parker's life. Later, she was reading Invitation to a Beheading, by Vladimir Nabokov, a novel in which a condemned man awaits his execution, accompanied only by a spider in his cell, as his peculiarity had made it difficult to blend into society, which strikes a tone similar to Jones, where her odd nature can make her a bit of a loner. Finally, during the Rescue at the Washington Monument, she was wearing a shirt featuring Sylvia Plath, who wrote a poem called "Spider," and used spiders as images in other poems.
- Jones' favorite flower is the Black Dahlia, after the murder of the same person.
- Jones likes churros.
Behind the Scenes
- Director Jon Watts revealed in an interview with /Film that the primary inspirations for Michelle Jones were Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) from The Breakfast Club and Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) from Freaks and Geeks.
- In regards to Michelle Jones' backstory, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers originally wrote a scene for Spider-Man: Homecoming which heavily implied that she comes from a bad home, with no one to pick up her after classes or meet her at the bus after returning from Washington, D.C., leading to Peter Parker and Aunt May offering to give Jones a ride home. Although McKenna and Sommers don't know if the scene was filmed or not, they think that this backstory is alluded to by the many things Jones says in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
- Hayley Ainsley, Imogen Leaver, Aja Frary and Jade Bell were stunt doubles for Zendaya in the role of Michelle Jones.
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