SPOILER ALERT: Find out why Shailene won’t be seen until the third ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ movie — and what it means for Emma Stone’s character, Gwen Stacy!
Rising star Shailene Woodley already filmed scenes as Mary Jane Watson for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but her role was put on hold until the third film in 2016. Rumors swirled as to why she wouldn’t be featured in the second installment, but a source close to production is telling HollywoodLife.com the real reason.
The Reason Shailene’s Role Was Cut
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A source close to production spoke to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY and told us the storyline reasons for cutting Shailene’s role as the other love interest for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield).
Emma Stone’s character dies in the next film and that really would take a bunch out of the film if Spider-Man all the sudden starts dating a new girl so close to an important characters death. They were noticing this occurring as they filmed Shailene’s scenes. They want to make the death of Gwen Stacy really mean something and then it will leave room for Shailene to shine in the third film.
Competing Love Interests?
There were also rumors that Emma Stone didn’t want another leading lady hanging too closely to on-and-off-screen boyfriend Andrew. However, our source tells us this is not true; the Shailene setback was strictly creative:
There is no jealousy, this is definitely a creative decision and Emma was also told that she would have her character get the proper send off and probably would appear in flashbacks and nightmares in the third film. When you are a huge star like Emma you get things thrown to you even if you don’t ask or demand them.
Sounds like the producers just want to make sure the relationship between Mary Jane and Peter is given the perfect story, especially since Peter will be devastated over the death of Gwen!
So HollywoodLifers, what do you think about the reasons behind Shailene’s role cut? Will you miss Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Let us know what you think!
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— Reporting by Russ Weakland, Written by Avery Thompson