‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Mary-Jane’s Status Clarrified

Quick recap:

Two weeks ago there was a big casting shake up in the world of Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The report was that Shailene Woodley‘s Mary-Jane Watson was cut from the next web-head adventure. Woodley, the week before, had just signed on to play a major role in the newest young adult series Divergent. The questions arose: was Woodley, an actress who never seemed to excite fans about Mary-Jane, simply be recast? Who would play MJ? And would the character even be seen in this next installment (there are, after all, two more sequels on the way).

An answer seemed to appear just a couple of days later via a tweet from Entertainment Tonight Canada: Canadian actress Sarah Gadon, with just a couple of weeks left in production was cast into the film. I initially reported she had landed the iconic role of Watson.

Well, not so fast.

In another cog of the increasingly long search for Mary-Jane, Hollywood Life seems to know (and confirm my initial suspicions) just what is going on here

The spoiler-free version is that Woodley will be in Spidey 3. She wasn’t recast and we still have no official word on who Gadon will play.

Spoilers, you say? You want spoilers?

Then make like the Spider-Man himself and bug-off if you want to enjoy The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with virgin eyes.

But if not, SPOILERS BELOW!!!

Emma Stone‘s character Gwen Stacey will be meeting her end in the new film, confirming what many fans’ suspicions.

Apparently Woodley’s part being cut was a story decision and nothing more than that. MJ’s introduction will rightly come in the third film and will make Andrew Garfield‘s Peter Parker look like much less of a heartless bastard.

It’s a win/win — for everyone other than poor Gwen.

But seriously, this works much better for the series. Gwen’s arc can end with little distraction and MJ’s can begin anew come the third picture and that relationship can organically develop. This should make the story a lot more succinct and leaner (for a film with reportedly three villains and at least one Spidey ally joining the fray) and was obviously a decision director Marc Webb and writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman made to avoid over-stuffing the film a la Spider-Man 3 and I can’t wait to see how it works.

The Amazing Spider-Man slings into theaters May 2nd, 2014.

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