Initially set up by Aunt May as a blind date, redheaded party girl Mary Jane "MJ" was formerly depicted as Gwen Stacy's competition. Though Peter dated her briefly before Gwen, both of them broke it off as Peter saw her flamboyance and 'life of the party' personality as shallow and MJ was not ready to be tied down by one man. She eventually became Peter's main love interest after Gwen (who Mary Jane became best friends with) died. Both formed a bond through grief of losing Gwen, got closer, had an on-off relationship for years and eventually married. The character has been portrayed by Kirsten Dunst in the three Spider-Man feature films directed by Sam Raimi (2002–2007) and by Shailene Woodley in deleted scenes of the 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2.