'Mary Jane Defending Peter Parker' Meme Hilariously Takes Over the Web

Tom Holland and Zendaya might be the Peter Parker and Mary Jane duo breaking the internet at the moment, but this meme of their 2002 Spider-Man predecessors is taking over the web.

Anyone with a Twitter account will likely have stumbled upon the "Mary Jane Defending Peter Parker" meme, or had their timeline's filled with it. The meme utilizes a still from the iconic movie, featuring Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire, in which Mary Jane Watson shouts at an off-camera character.

In the scene, Watson ran into Parker in the street. While discussing her hopeful future as an actress, her boss at the restaurant she worked at shouted at her for making a money-based mistake. As captured in the meme, Watson then turned around and hastily responded.

"Your drawer was short six dollars. Next time that happens, I'm going to take it out from your check. Excuse me, miss Watson! I'm talking to you, hey!" shouted the boss.

"Yes, Enrique, okay, I get you," responded Watson.

As reported by Know Your Meme, the first use of the Mary Jane Defending Peter Parker meme can be tracked down to Twitter user @lillieswamp on August 21. Playing with the popular "Excuse Me, He Asked for No Pickles," joke, the still included the text: "He asked for no pickles."

Since 2020, the internet has had a running meme using different images with the text: "Excuse me, he asked for no pickles." Often, the pictures will include one person coyly standing behind another, just like a child, as they complain about the food for them.

The "Mary Jane Defending Peter Parker" meme has only blown up online since then and has found itself a welcoming fan base. Mainly, the memes depict one person defending another, either against a correction or harassment. Users will either leave the characters as they are, or edit them with new faces.

"Mary Jane memes have been taking me out," tweeted one user.

"Whoever is responsible for that Mary Jane defending meme, thank you!" wrote another Twitter user.

Some Spider-Man meme purists however feel differently, arguing that the meme doesn't really reflect the scene. In the movie, Mary Jane is simply shouting at her boss, rather than defending Peter Parker, as the meme suggests.

He not unemployed he’s a Twitch streamer pic.twitter.com/wCQwgm6DlK

— ً (@gvge_) September 1, 2021

HE SAID HE TOOK A SHOWER pic.twitter.com/HXld78KMJ0

— belu (@congratulatixns) September 4, 2021

"he said he's not white, he's ITALIAN" pic.twitter.com/0S5c8sJROG

— NICHOLAS DANTE (@nicholasdante_) September 1, 2021

“ᵇᵃᵇᵉ ᵗʰᵉʸ ᵍᵃᵛᵉ ᵐᵉ ᵖⁱᶜᵏˡᵉˢ”
her: HE SAID NO PICKLES pic.twitter.com/5st9wzgcr4

— Necation (@clsdapp) September 5, 2021

“He SAID he’s not a graphic designer, he’s a DIGITAL ARTIST.” pic.twitter.com/zxA40HWA9G

— Dev (@DevMoore) September 6, 2021

He said he can't hear you!!! pic.twitter.com/ahjnJSuo9T

— J'onn Larod (@the_juandy_city) September 6, 2021

HE SAID ALL OF EXISTENCE SHALL BE HIS. pic.twitter.com/C77wwyjzO9

— 𝕯iana.  (@HailMother) September 6, 2021

He said he’s not interesting in buying AppleCare! pic.twitter.com/taJxCVkkAC

— Creative Rants (@Creative_Rants) September 6, 2021

HE SAID SHE SAID pic.twitter.com/ByEvsrniIP

— . (@rxmsxy) September 6, 2021

SHE SAID CAN YOU TAKE THE DRESS OFF THE MANNEQUIN WE’D LIKE TO TRY IT ON pic.twitter.com/BcdfXiV4Va

— ♡ 𝕷𝖆 𝕾𝖔𝖑𝖎𝖙𝖆 (@bbygirlsolita) September 5, 2021

“She said she’s gonna have a bitch fit” pic.twitter.com/Y2ZCHhq6St

— 🧜🏻✨ (@Lollyx_o) September 5, 2021

The surge in people using the meme comes as anticipation for the new Spider-Man movie reaches fever pitch. The trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third solo outing of Tom Holland as the New York wall-crawler, smashed the record for the most watched trailer in 24 hours, ratcheting up an astonishing 355.5 million views across all online platforms on its first day.