MJ typically appears with striking red hair

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Has she ever had any noticeable changes to her appearance in the last 50-ish years?

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    If the rumour that Zendaya is playing Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming ends up being true, then maybe... but then again, I'm guessing that is what motivated this question in the first place. Aug 24, 2016 at 13:17
  • In Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Mary Jane have short hair if it counts. Aug 24, 2016 at 14:00
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    My first instinct is that this question is intended to make sure his rant later is entirely factual.
    – Tin Wizard
    Aug 24, 2016 at 18:14
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    @Amadeus9 its always best to have sources for your rant :P
    – Himarm
    Aug 24, 2016 at 18:21
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    Of course this doesn't preclude a red-haired MJ in Homecoming... howtobearedhead.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/…
    – mxyzplk
    Aug 24, 2016 at 20:00

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Two adaptations portray her without red hair.

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Hitomi Sakuma is Supaidāman's version of Mary Jane.

Mary Jane was portrayed by several actresses in this musical, one of whom, Rebecca Faulkenberry, had brown hair.

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There's also a universe where Mary Jane is an anthropomorphic water buffalo, but she retains her red hair.

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    – Paulie_D
    Aug 24, 2016 at 15:40
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    Because why wouldn't the guys on SciFi SE know about that time someone was turned into a Water Buffalo.
    – corsiKa
    Aug 24, 2016 at 17:37
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    And this is why we get so many WEIRD questions!! Because half the time... someone really does know the answer!
    – Matt
    Aug 24, 2016 at 18:39
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    "There's also a universe where Mary Jane is an anthropomorphic water buffalo" Is one of my new favourite sentences. Aug 25, 2016 at 8:13
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    Eeeevvvrrybody 's got a water buffalo. Yours is fast but mine is slow. Where we got 'em I don't know but ev'rybody 's got a water buffalo...
    – Ranger
    Aug 25, 2016 at 22:21

In the Comics

By mistake in Daredevil #77 (Source)

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Mary Jane Watson with blonde hair (and Peter Parker with black hair).

And yes, this issue of Daredevil was published BEFORE Gwen Stacy died. (This issue is cover dated as June 1971. Gwen died two years later in Amazing Spider-Man #121, cover dated June 1973.)

Other than that, the red hair has been a defining characteristic (although it has changed styles many times)....even in other Marvel universes....and when she's been completely transformed into, say, the Demogoblin [Earth-1610]

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    I'm guessing Demogoblin doesn't use the word "Tiger"...
    – camden_kid
    Aug 24, 2016 at 16:12
  • When female characters transform into non-human humanoids, why do they so often look masculine (flat muscular chest etc.)?
    – Kevin
    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:20
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    Maybe the humanoids are not mammalian and therefore do not need/have mammary glands and so they do not have bosoms...
    – josh
    Aug 25, 2016 at 9:17
  • Similarly, I'm sure there are lots of women with rather muscular chests its just not so obvious beneath the layers of fatty tissue. (A bit like my "six pack".)
    – josh
    Aug 25, 2016 at 9:19

Well, on Himarm's advice, I am turning my comment as an answer:

In Ultimate Spider-Man vs the Sinister 6 - S4E15 named Symbiote Saga: Part 3, Mary Jane Watson was transformed into Carnage Queen.

Below are the pics on how MJ turned to Carnage Queen:

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Also, below is the pic where a mutated Morbius tried to control Carnage Queen by putting a yellow-colored mind-control device on her head:

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Mary Jane briefly sported a short, curly hairdo in the late '60s.

Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine Vol 1 2

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I suspect this might've had something to do with the fact that Gwen Stacy had recently altered her hairstyle to more closely resemble MJ's, so this was possibly an attempt to make them look less similar. It didn't stick though, since MJ quickly reverted to her original hairstyle.

Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #48

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When Todd McFarlane took over the pencilling duties on Amazing Spider-Man in the late '80s, he decided to draw MJ with bigger, curlier hair, and this look stuck through to the early and mid '90s, although by the late '90s, she reverted to her original hairstyle again.

Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #326

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