Starting in December's Invincible Iron Man #4, Peter Parker's ex-wife Mary Jane Watson will become a regular part of Tony Stark's supporting cast. This is a marked change from the past, where Watson has been part of the Amazing Spider-Man and associated Spidey titles as a character.
Despite the change, writer Brian Michael Bendis confirms that the pair do already know each other.
“They know each other. She used to live in Avengers Tower. But that’s all I’m going to say for now because what kind of relationship they end up having is a big part of what I would like people to buy the book for."
While Bendis was hesitant to disclose the exact nature of their relationship, he did say it was 'new.'
"What I can tell you is that it is new territory for both Tony and Mary Jane. And that is pretty exciting to write.”
“I [have] spent most of my time at Marvel writing the teenage version of Mary Jane [in Ultimate Spider-Man],” he continued. “This is a grown-up woman who has been through a lot. She seems like one of those characters that went down certain paths that may not have panned out the way she hoped; and she’s ready for a kick ass second act.”
Invincible Iron Man features David Marquez on art, and launches in October, with #4 releasing in December.