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How MJ And Ned Could Remember Peter After Spider-Man: No Way Home

Contains spoilers for "Spider-Man: No Way Home"

"Spider-Man: No Way Home" is one of the MCU's biggest successes, both in critical response and box office numbers. While the world is still reeling from the lengthy cameos of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire as their former Spideys, there were many other monumental moments in the film that didn't include the two actors. While Aunt May's (Marisa Tomei) death is easily the biggest devastation we witnessed in "No Way Home," the ending wasn't an easy pill to swallow either.

After Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) performs the spell which makes the world forget Peter Parker (Tom Holland), MJ (Zendaya) and Ned's (Jacob Batalon) memories are wiped. They no longer remember Peter, which is evident when he enters the donut shop where MJ works, and she and Ned don't bat an eye. It's a major bummer, and Peter looks like someone just ran over his dog (or killed his aunt), and we're left wondering if MJ and Ned will ever remember who Peter is to them.

We have to assume that MJ and Ned are going to remember Peter as they once did, and we expect the moment to happen in a future "Spider-Man" film. Having Peter form brand new relationships with them is not satisfying, and we're all hoping for that big a-ha moment when their memories click back on. So, how could that happen?

Doctor Strange will help out yet again

Sony producer Amy Pascal recently confirmed to Fandango that the studios are getting ready to make the next "Spider-Man" film with Tom Holland at the helm. She also noted Sony and Marvel are looking at doing three films, so our Peter Parker will have plenty of time to revert MJ and Ned to their old selves. With three more Holland films and possible crossover appearances, there is plenty of time to reverse the memory-wiping spell.

Keep in mind that any ideas we have about how this will go down are purely speculative. There are probably an infinite amount of ways for MJ and Ned to remember Peter, especially with the multiverse fully unleashed at this point, but the simplest way would be to have Doctor Strange perform another spell. However, this would need some convincing since Stephen also doesn't remember Peter. It wouldn't be too hard for Peter to convince him that they have a history if the youngster just explains some of the insane things that happened on Titan during "Avengers: Infinity War." Only people who were there would know what happened, and Doctor Strange would have to accept the possibility his memory has been tampered with. He has performed the spell before on Wong (Benedict Wong), so it's not like the mind-erasing trick would be foreign to him.

As easy as this idea is, that's the problem. It's just too easy. We suspect if Ned and MJ's memories are restored, it'll be in a more dramatic fashion or by someone else.

A major MCU player will lend a hand

With so many projects in the works in the MCU and dozens of characters spread throughout them, it's not a far-fetched idea to think someone outside of the "Spider-Man" films can help with Ned and MJ's permanent amnesia. Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) is now more powerful than ever as the Scarlet Witch, and we know she's dabbled in mind control a time or two. Of course, we wouldn't want Wanda to put permanent illusions into Ned and MJ's heads, but maybe there can be a more sensitive tweak to her powers where she can undo Strange's spell to whoever she wants. However, there would have to be some reason for Peter and Wanda to meet up. While Elizabeth Olsen is set to appear in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," we're not too sure Holland will be making a cameo.

However, someone who is rumored to show up in the second "Doctor Strange" flick is Charles Xavier (via Inverse). Professor X knows a thing or two about mind control, and if he effectively becomes canon in the MCU, he might be someone Peter calls up. With all the mind powers in his arsenal, we'd be shocked to find out if Professor X couldn't retrieve erased memories from a subject, especially when they live on in someone else.

There are plenty of other characters who could help in the quest to revert MJ and Ned's memories, some of which we haven't even met yet. If the duo truly has their memories given back to them, we hope it happens in the next "Spider-Man" flick, as their forgetfulness is not something we want to watch dragged out for several films.