Spider-Man 2’s Stealth Missions Turn Mary Jane into John Wick

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 image shows Mary Jane Watson holding a stun gun.

See you, Jane Wick.
PICTURE: Insomniac Games / Kotaku

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 saw the return of Mary Jane Watson’s dreaded stealth missions from the first game. However, this time developer Insomniac Games upgraded MJ’s combat abilities to the point where he could also be in a different video game for how good he is at taking down the bad guys now.

MJ’s stealth missions indirectly give you a breather between Peter Parker and Miles Morales’ high-octane action sequences. Instead of shaking buildings and putting Kraven’s hunters on stormtroopers as Spider-Man, you’re wandering around elaborate compounds weakening criminals as MJ. Although her stealth missions take a bit of the wind out of the web-swinging fun, players enjoy watching the yellow cardigan-wearing heroine fill out. John Wick using his powerful stun gun to infiltrate the mercenaries.

How did MJ master combat? At one point, MJ answered this question by saying something to the effect of “Good thing I took Sable training.” Sable, of course, is Silver Sablethe antagonist-turned-ally from Insomniac’s first Spider-Man roundly kicking Pedro’s ass. Not only can MJ throw bricks and such at enemies that fly into sequestered takedowns like Ellie in The Last of Us Part II, but she can also duck for cover like Lara Croft and tank arrow shot in the shoulder (in a cutscene). At the end of Spider-Man 2 MJ’s upgraded stun gun is a Mass Effect pistol

“Mary Jane’s stun gun is the most powerful thing in this game,” IGN executive producer Brian Altano wrote on Twitter. “Defeated almost every enemy with one hit while the Spider-Men had to use superpowers to beat the guys in 10 minutes.”

It’s obvious that MJ’s training “Symkarian” has worked wonders for him, because the players call him that Mary Jane Wick and create memes praising his newfound combat abilities. Here are some of our favorites.

Minor spoiler warning incoming: Insomniac even lets MJ go full “John Wick Mode” by abandoning his stealth gameplay entirely at the end of the game, giving him a third-person, over-the-shoulder shooting segment more akin to Gears of War than a Spider-Man game. It’s wild.

Even MJ Spider-Man 2 The stealth missions are far from as exciting as, say, Naughty Dog’s action setpieces. Not known series, it’s definitely an improvement on bits of the first game, and at least the memes are pretty good.

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