Spider-Man: No Way Home robbed Peter Parker of everyone he loves the most--including his girlfriend, MJ. With everyone he once knew forgetting that he exists, Peter will be forced to start over with an entirely new set of supporting characters at the beginning of his next trilogy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While many viewers only want to see Peter and MJ find their way back together, Spider-Man 4 may choose to follow a different path for its main romance. Drawing from Spider-Man's long history in Marvel Comics, there are several terrific characters who could be Peter's love interest when he next appears in the MCU.
10 Betty Brant
Betty Brant, portrayed in the MCU by Angourie Rice, is one of Peter Parker's high school friends who dreams of one day being a reporter. In the comics, Betty was Peter's first girlfriend and remained one of his closest friends for many years after they eventually broke up.
Although Betty no longer remembers Peter after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the two could still meet again in the future. If Spider-Man 4 sees Peter finally get his comics-accurate job at the Daily Bugle, he could be surprised to find himself working alongside Betty Brant once more, perhaps leading them to develop a new relationship along the way.
9 Carlie Cooper
Carlie Cooper is a Crime Scene Investigator working with the NYPD that served as Peter Parker's love interest during the "Brand New Day" initiative in Spider-Man comics. The two had a short-lived and somewhat turbulent relationship that ended after Carlie learned about Peter's superhero alter-ego.
As of yet, Carlie Cooper has never appeared in any Spider-Man movie. However, the MCU could be positioned itself to introduce the character in the next Spider-Man film. No Way Home greatly resembled the storyline of "One More Day" from Marvel Comics, which marked the transition into "Brand New Day." As a character who is closely associated with "Brand New Day," Carlie's MCU debut could be coming up soon.
8 Liz Allan
Laura Harrier appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Liz Allan, Peter Parker's crush. While Liz seemed to also have feelings for Peter, their relationship was doomed after it was revealed that her father was secretly the villainous Vulture.
No Way Home's ending could end up working in Peter's favor when it comes to Liz. Now that her bad memories of him have been erased, the two might actually stand a chance together if they ever met again. Peter and Liz never got to make a real attempt at a relationship and could fare much better in the future.
7 Kate Bishop
Hailee Steinfeld portrays Kate Bishop in the Disney+ series Hawkeye, where she trains under Clint Barton to take over his mantle. Kate and Spider-Man have never been romantically involved in the comics, but have fought side-by-side on a number of occasions.
Steinfeld would make an interesting love interest for Spider-Man. The MCU actress already appeared in the Spider-Verse franchise as Gwen Stacy, a.k.a. Spider-Gwen, giving her a connection to Spider-Man throughout the multiverse. Moreover, her character's fun love of superheroes makes her quite similar to Peter Parker in his early days as Spider-Man, giving both young heroes common ground on which they could build a solid relationships.
6 Anna Maria Marconi
Anna Maria Marconi's relationship with Peter Parker in Marvel Comics was particularly complicated. Technically, she was never Peter's girlfriend but was actually dating Otto Octavius in Peter's body. Nevertheless, she remained a close friend of Peter's after he returned, and even served as his associate during the Parker Industries days.
Anna Maria deserves to be introduced in live-action, perhaps even in Spider-Man 4. A scientist herself, Anna Maria is one of Spider-Man's most independent and well-rounded love interests in comics. Her introduction would be an interesting departure Spider-Man's other live-actionlove interests, who always seem to be based on Gwen Stacy or MJ Watson.
5 Felicia Hardy
Black Cat was a major threat to Spider-Man in the early days of their relationship, but the two grew closer over the years and eventually started dating. However, Black Cat, also known as Felicia Hardy, was only interested in Spider-Man and not his civilian alter-ego, eventually ending in the dissolution of their relationship.
With Peter having lost everyone in his personal life, Spider-Man 4 might focus more on his superhero identity than his civilian one. As such, he may be looking for a relationship that is purely about his secret identity and not Peter Parker. Black Cat would be the perfect character to fulfill this need, while also introducing another classic vigilante to the MCU.
4 Kamala Khan
Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, is a newcomer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making her debut in her own self-titled Disney+ series. Although Ms. Marvel and Peter Parker have never dated in the comics, the two young superheroes have been close friends for quite some time.
The Peter Parker and Kamala Khan of the MCU are somewhat closer in age than their comic book counterparts, broadening the possibilities for their onscreen friendship. The two both possess happy-go-lucky and enthusiastic personalities, which could make a potential relationship between the two quite entertaining for audiences everywhere.
In Marvel Comics, Cindy Moon was a young woman who was bitten by the same radioactive spider that gave Peter Paker his powers. After spending over a decade locked away in a bunker, Cindy re-entered the world as the superhero Silk. However, a strange side effect of their shared powers was that Peter and Cindy were helplessly attracted to one another.
Cindy Moon actually already exists in the MCU, having appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Portrayed by Tiffany Espensen, Cindy was one of Peter's high school classmates at Midtown High. While her appearance may have just been a fun nod to the comics, the MCU could elect to bring Cindy back once more as a more prominent figure in Peter's life.
2 MJ Watson
Spider-Man lost everything in No Way Home, including his girlfriend, Michelle Jones-Watson. Portrayed by Zendaya, MJ was Peter's primary love interest in the last two Spider-Man films, but had her memory of him erased after No Way Home's final spell. However, the film's final moments hint that there could still be a future for the star-crossed lovers.
Despite losing her memories of Peter, MJ seems to recognize him on some level when they met after Doctor Strange's spell. This has led many viewers to voice their hopes that Peter and MJ would find a way back to each other in Spider-Man 4. Conversely, the sequel may choose to leave MJ and Peter apart for the time being in order not to completely overwrite No Way Home's emotional ending.
1 Gwen Stacy
Gwen Stacy is one of Peter Parker's most prominent love interests in Marvel Comics. Often considered to be Peter's first true love, Gwen was a vibrant and well-rounded character who helped flesh out Spider-Man's supporting cast in his early years. Tragically, Gwen was killed by the Green Goblin in the infamous 1973 story, "The Night Gwen Stacy Died."
Peter and MJ's separation after No Way Home perfectly opens the door for Gwen Stacy's introduction in the MCU. Peter could finally meet Gwen when he goes to college, as was the case in the comics. Moreover, Gwen's introduction could harken to the introduction of the MCU's Norman Osborn, Spider-Man's arch-nemesis who is often associated with her character.