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The Batman Actor You Probably Forgot Starred In Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

2018's "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" was an incredible win for Marvel Studios. The animated exploration into the origin of Miles Morales' web-crawler was universally beloved by fans and critics. It was so popular, in fact, that it even gained respect from The Academy, as it won an Oscar for best animated feature film. The story follows a young Miles who admires his world's version of Spider-Man (Chris Pine) while accidentally getting bit by a similar spider that gave Pine's Peter Parker his powers. However, Miles witnesses him get killed by Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) while trying to stop a device set to destroy alternate universes before he can learn from him. Fortunately, Miles receives help from various versions of Spider-heroes from across the Spider-verse, including Jake Johnson's Peter B. Parker — eventually foiling Kingpin's plot and becoming his world's new Spider-Man.

Throughout the film, we also figure out through Peter B. and Miles' interactions that Peter B. and Mary Jane were married in his universe, although they got divorced. We witness Peter B. struggle to overcome these issues and even speak to Miles' universe Mary Jane awkwardly at one point as he is overcome by the desire to get her back. Although Johnson's voice is distinct enough for fans to recognize in these scenes, Mary Jane's might be a little harder to place for some.

It may surprise you to know that the same actress who stars as Mary Jane in "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" also stars in "The Batman."

Zoë Kravitz is Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Joining the list of actors and actresses who have played key roles in both Marvel and DC films, Zoë Kravitz voices Mary Jane in "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" and plays Selina Kyle in live-action for "The Batman." This, however, is technically Kravitz's second Marvel superhero film role (via IMDb), as she appeared in 2011's "X-Men: First Class" as the mutant Angel Salvadore alongside James McAvoy's Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender's Magneto. Kravitz voicing Mary Jane seemingly went over well based on the reactions from fans and critics for "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," and she now will officially play the main love interests for two of the most popular superhero characters of all time — Peter Parker and Bruce Wayne.

Aside from a brief interaction with Peter B. Parker in "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," Kravitz's other notable scene as Mary Jane is her speech honoring Pine's Peter after his death near the beginning of the film. With the release of "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – Part 1" coming sometime this fall, Kravitz is not yet listed to reprise her role as Mary Jane. However, with Peter B. seemingly reconciling with her back in his universe and his appearance seemingly confirmed — Kravitz's Mary Jane is likely to appear once more. In general, wherever Peter Parker is, Mary Jane is usually pretty close by.

Zoe Kravitz is Selina Kyle in The Batman

We've known for a while now that "The Batman" features Robert Pattinson's Bruce Wayne as he seeks the help of Zoë Kravitz's Selina Kyle/Catwoman to stop The Riddler from murdering Gotham City's law enforcement and mayoral staff. The relationship between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle in this film is very different from Peter Parker and Mary Jane in "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." For one, Mary Jane (in this case) is not a vigilante like Peter, although Selina is certainly a vigilante, even a criminal in comparison to Bruce, similar to how Catwoman has been depicted in previous films and TV shows.

Basically, Selina and Mary Jane are very different in many ways, and Kravitz plays them accordingly. Selina is headstrong, independent, and willing to do what it takes to survive and make those who have done her wrong pay for it. In contrast, Mary Jane is empathetic, idealistic, and of course, knows that Peter is Spider-Man. With Kravitz's version of Selina/Catwoman in "The Batman," she never knows that Batman is Bruce Wayne throughout the entire film, at least from what we can tell. Both Spider-Man and Batman are protective over their secret identities, and it takes a long time for them to reveal it, even to those they trust and care for most. In "The Batman," Selina and Bruce only just met as this is his second year as Batman. As we know, in "Into the Spider-Verse" Peter B. Parker and Mary Jane were married for years.

Be sure to check out Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle when "The Batman" hits theaters on Friday, March 4.