Shailene Woodley is Mary Jane Watson in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'?

October 10, 2012
Source: Variety

Shailene Woodley / Spider-Man

Though The Amazing Spider-Man took a different director with Peter Parker's romantic lead by casting Emma Stone as the blonde Gwen Stacy, it sounds like the more familiar redhead lady in Spider-Man's life will return. Variety has word that The Descendants star Shailene Woodley is in early talks to play Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This news comes after a character breakdown was sent out to agencies that also features a role for Harry Osborn, the character originally played by James Franco in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. In addition, rumors are swirling about the potential villain. More below!

The character breakdowns feature an unspecified villain being sought, but Variety says rumors going around peg Electro as the sequel's bad guy. The story (according to Wikipedia) goes, Maxwell Dillon, an electrical engineer and lineman, was repairing a power line and a freak lightning accident caused a mutagenic change that transformed him into a living electrical capacitor. There's some interesting comic tidbits involving Magneto, Stark Industries and Daredevil, but since this property is at Sony, we likely won't see any of those tie-ins on the big screen unless some sort of miracle happens.

Electro is merely a rumor at this point, and no deal has been finalized with Woodley yet, but the addition of Mary Jane is an interesting one. To really understand why, we're going to dig into some spoilers, so don't read any further if you want to go into the sequel fresh. In the comics, Gwen Stacy is Peter Parker's original love interest, but when trying to save her from Green Goblin, he accidentally causes her death, and it's a defining moment in the superhero's life. Mary Jane isn't introduced until later. Emma Stone has even said she hopes that element comes into play, so this sequel could be the end for Stacy. There's likely plenty more news coming for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 so stay tuned.

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Reader Feedback - 24 Comments


She does NOT look like a supermodel. Morons!!

Smarter than them on Oct 10, 2012


Uh its Hollywood. they, could make me a supermodel.

mooreworthy on Oct 10, 2012


She sure didn't look like MJ even w/ the red hair and make-up from the photos they showed of her online. She just looked like her character on the Secret LIfe of the American Teenager w/ red hair.

Sharice on Jul 1, 2013


She was the best thing about Descendants - I say she'll be a great choice!

Ryderup on Oct 10, 2012


Just because she's a great actor doesn't mean she fits the part. Mary Jane is much hotter. NO offense to this fine actress.

sword of the stone on Oct 10, 2012


She's hotter than Dunst.

Guest on Oct 10, 2012


um, I think that's besides the point. None of the names in question look like a supermodel.If you give a damn about the source material then they need to cast a better looking actor. Mary Jane is the hottest supermodel out there who surprisingly is not like Kim kardashian. She's truly a caring person who falls for Peter Parker.

just saying on Oct 10, 2012


except they are all supposed to still be in highschool so everything being complained about is forced to be on the back burner anyways. if you need to look up the actresses damn modeling pics... and no one gives a damn about the source material or else they all would have been bitching about it since Sam Raimi's first spider-man...

Jericho on Oct 10, 2012


Selena Gomez is Mary Jane , Justin Bieber is spidey. What could go wrong.

Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Oct 10, 2012


but this is Spider-MAN we are talking about......

Jericho on Oct 10, 2012


I see what you did there...

don't troll me on Oct 11, 2012


Great choice she looks amazing (yes) and she is perfect for the role! Nah... who am i kidding? i didn't even saw the first one

TOONFED on Oct 10, 2012


Pretty hot.

Nielsen700 on Oct 10, 2012


How about Jane Levy from Suburgatory? I would prefer her.

Mufasa on Oct 10, 2012


Riley Voelkel could play mary jane

me on Oct 10, 2012


oh please god no...

So Yun Um on Oct 10, 2012


A bit off track, but was the first one recieved well critically? I saw it and thought it was ten types of garbage. Are we to expect more of the same?

Richie G on Oct 11, 2012


It was definitely mediocre to say the least. Script and story were weak and there was no need for a reboot.

castingcouch on Oct 12, 2012



redskulllives on Oct 11, 2012


wonder if they gonna go with Mary Jane being the new girl in school or the supermodel, but casting mary Jane is a very big thing, I'm thinkin its a rumor though its 2 early to tell really

wonder93 on Oct 12, 2012


but I'm totally thinkin Elena Satine as Mary Jane Watson

wonder93 on Oct 12, 2012


10 times better than Kirsten Dunst.

AntiKorupsi on Oct 29, 2012


Shaliene Woodley should not play Mary Jane. She is a good actress but she doesn't have the right look play MJ. Jane Levy should play Mary Jane. She's a good actress and looks just like Mary Jane.

Jen Rivera on Dec 23, 2012


Luckily her scenes were cut, which to me saved the next film. We should take it as a sign that she wasn't meant for the role to begin with.

Sharice on Jul 1, 2013

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