…When I was fifteen, my girlfriend was my best friend. I told her stuff that I never told my guy friend. It was a very formative relationship for me as I was growing up. That’s why I had Peter tell Mary Jane that he is Spider-Man…He needs her. He loves her. I tried I tried to create that wonderful romantic situation when two fifteen year-olds share a secret and that secret now takes on dramatic purposes of its own.

Brian Michael Bendis