Last week it was announced that the role of Mary Jane Watson would be cut from Amazing Spider-man 2 and rumors immediately began to circulate as to why she was cut. Coinciding with the casting of Sarah Gadon, speculation began that the role of MJ might possibly be recast. Fortunately, this reporter would never engage in such rampant gossip.
HollywoodLife is now reporting that the reason for Mary Jane's part being cut from the film had much more to do with the story and less with real-life drama.
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.
Though we had confirmed both story-reasons for MJ's cut and that Sarah Gadon would not be playing Mary Jane last week, there was still talk of the role being recast. It seems Shailene will return as Mary Jane in Amazing Spider-man 3, giving them more time to focus on building a new romance with Peter and a bit of distance between Gwen's death and any new interests.
Most Spider-man comic fans are well aware of what awaits Gwen, but remain curious to see how it will be handled. I had expected the big scene to be the finale, or even part of the third movie where the Green Goblin might play a larger role. Hopefully they do it justice.
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