Shailene Woodley Says Mary Jane is Not in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'
by Ethan Anderton
June 19, 2013
With Sony Pictures just announcing release dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in 2016 and 2018 respectively, the idea of a trilogy for this superhero franchise reboot went out the window. And it sounds like those plans might have shaken up what actually happens in the forthcoming sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Though Shailene Woodley has been cast as Mary Jane Watson, and set photos showed her on set filming scenes in New York City, the actress has revealed that her scenes will end up being cut, and the staple comic love interest will not appear until the next film.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (pointed out in the actual magazine by a SuperHeroHype reader), Woodley says, "Of course I'm bummed. But I'm a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film." That still makes us wonder if the iconic plot involving Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) will make it into the second film, thus paving the way for Mary Jane to show up in the third. While we're bummed Woodley won't appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, if it makes the series work better, that's fine.
UPDATE: More information comes from THR with director Marc Webb revealing, "I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship. Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her." However, the trade also notes that, "It is likely that Woodley will not return and that the part will be recast." Honestly, I hope this has nothing to do with the fanboy outrage that Woodley was not "hot enough" to play Mary Jane Watson. Stay tuned.