In Spider-Man (2002) why does Spider-Man save Mary Jane first, choosing her over the 30-50 kids in the cable-car?
He eventually saves them both, but I'm just saying. What if he wasn't able to save them both?
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Peter saved them both because he could. He seems to have made a judgement that saving MJ wouldn't have affected his ability to save the cable-car.
The novelisation is a little clearer.
She plummeted, arms and legs pinwheeling, and suddenly Spider-Man was right there, tucking her under his right arm.
"Hold on!" he shouted, even as he fired a web line that snagged the underside of the bridge's center span, and Mary Jane thought giddily, He chose me! right before she was over-whelmed with guilt over the fate of the plunging cable car.
But Spider-Man wasn't done, not remotely.
Suddenly he released his web line, and there was the cable of the car whipping past them. She could barely see it, but Spider-Man homed in on it as if he had radar. He shifted Mary Jane onto his back even as he grabbed the trailing cable. She let out a scream as the two of them were yanked down, hard, hopelessly at the mercy of the tram's weight.
Then Spider-Man fired another web line at the underside of the bridge, and the white substance snared it, sticking with unbreakable adhesion. There below the span, the gondola slammed to a halt, bouncing up and down, kids and dads tumbling everywhere.