Michael Banks is a character in the 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins and its 2018 sequel Mary Poppins Returns. In the original film, he is played by British child actor Matthew Garber and English actor Ben Whishaw in the sequel.
In Mary Poppins, Michael is the son of George and Winifred Banks and younger brother of Jane Banks. Like his sister, Michael had possessed a naughty streak which caused the resignation of 6 nannies in four months. He is distant from his parents and seems to feel insecure over failing to live up to his father's high standards for him. However, upon the arrival of Mary Poppins, this all changes for the better.
In the scene parodying Mary Poppins, as Mary Poppins sings "A Spoonful of Sugar" and feeds Jane a spoon of sugar, Jane goes into shock and falls into her brother's arms. Michael yells at Mary, asking her why she did that because Jane is diabetic. Mary is unsure what to do, so Michael yells at her to grab Jane's insulin. Instead, Mary opts to try to fly out the window but instead falls to her death.
In the scene parodying Mary Poppins as "Mark Poppins", a male Mark Poppins picks up the trash in the Banks' home as Jane and Michael sit on the couch with absolute terror on their faces. Marks offers to show the kids the "coolest stuff" in his bag, which the Banks children refuse. Mark starts to step forward, offering "tasty cane dust", advertising it as the "crumbs of angels". At this, Jane and Michael scream and run away, leaving Mark wondering why children always think he wants to kill them.
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