‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ left me begging for more, but I was beyond devastated by the death of [SPOILER]. The film already deviated from the comics, so why was it necessary to kill off another major character?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 shocked fans everywhere when the film followed the comics and killed off one of the film’s best characters. In a film era where it is acceptable to change up movies or TV shows from the origins (Game of Thrones anyone?), I wasn’t satisfied with the film’s choice of murdering a beloved character for shock value.
‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Shouldn’t Have Killed Off Gwen Stacy
Look, I get it comic book fans — Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) dies at the hands of the Green Goblin in the comics. I knew that tragic fact going into the film, but it didn’t lessen the hurt of watching Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) desperately try to save Gwen from the Green Goblin’s attempt to kill her, only to realize he failed. (There were a lot of tears on my end at that moment.)
I have a lot of problems about the decision to kill off Gwen. My first and main problem is that she didn’t truly die at the hands of the real Green Goblin. In the comics, she is killed by Norman Osborn, Harry’s father, who initially takes on the Green Goblin villain and tosses her off a bridge. After Peter fails to save Gwen from the fall with his web, the Green Goblin is then killed by his own goblin glider, but his son believes Spider-Man murdered his father. This fuels Harry’s rage toward Spider-Man later in the comics, and he eventually dons the Green Goblin suit to avenge his father. However, in the film, that storyline is totally reworked. Norman (Chris Cooper) never even becomes the Green Goblin in the film because he dies! Harry (Dane DeHaan), as the Green Goblin, realizes Spider-Man’s identity and fights him, which causes Gwen to be hurled down a tower and Spider-Man’s web fails to save her. I am not OK with this change. Not at all.
If you’re going to go with the story from the comics, at least follow it thoroughly. Seriously, Norman Osborn was the original Green Goblin and Chris was too good of an actor to waste. I feel like they made Harry be the one to initiate Gwen’s death and not Norman just for shock and awe. This totally disrupts the character dynamics of Peter and Harry and I am furious about that.
For me, Peter and Gwen’s relationship was easily one of the best parts of the film. Their chemistry was so effortless and I loved how Gwen wasn’t just another damsel in distress whose only plot value was to get rescued. Gwen was smart and sexy and on Peter’s level. It just didn’t feel right to have her go so quickly.
After this film, the reboot has lost four major characters: Gwen, Norman Osborn, Uncle Ben and Captain Stacy. (Take it easy on me, Spider-Man writers!)
‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Heads In A New Direction
Despite my grief over Gwen’s death, it’s not going to change anything. I’m interested to see how Peter is handling Gwen’s death going into the third movie. Maybe her passing was a setup for Mary Jane Watson, Peter’s other love interest, to come into the picture. After all, Shailene Woodley’s Mary Jane was cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in order to devote more time to Peter and Gwen’s relationship.
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is set to hit theaters in 2016 and I’m going to need that much time to get over Gwen Stacy’s death. Who’s with me?
HollywoodLifers, what did you think about Gwen Stacy’s tragic death? Should they have switched it up from the comics? What’s in store for Peter/Spider-Man in the next film? Sound off on your thoughts!
— Avery Thompson