UPDATE: Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson NOT Appearing In THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
In a surprising turn of events, Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson will no longer appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and will now debut in the third installment. Do you think this is the right or wrong move in the already crowded sequel? Statement from Marc Webb.
While focusing on their cover story "Divergent", Entertainment Weekly reports in their latest print-edition that the storyline for Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson is now being saved for the third installment of Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise. Said Woodely, "Of course I'm bummed. But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason...Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film." This news, ironically, comes on the heels of rumors that actress Felicity Jones is playing another Spider-Man love interest, Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat.
Initial remarks from Marc Webb explicitly stated that Mary Jane would only have a brief appearance in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" as a set-up for a bigger role moving forward. Webb's statement was backed up by the relative short amount of time Woodley spent filming the sequel. Well apparently, that brief appearance is now being saved for the third installment of "The Amazing Spider-Man" which was just recently revealed to have secured a June 10, 2016 release date. No word on whether the footage that Woodley has already filmed will be used in the third installment or scrapped all together. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" will be released in the US on May 2, 2014.
UPDATE: From Marc Webb [via Deadline] - "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."
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Running Time: Filming in progress
Release Date: May 2, 2014 (USA)
MPAA Rating: This Film Has Not Yet Been Rated
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field,
Shaeline Woodley, Paul Giamatti, Jamie Foxx, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, Dane DeHaan and Martin Sheen.
Directed by: Marc Webb
Written by: James Vanderbilt (story),Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Jeff Pinkner (screenplay)
"In “The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2,” for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014. "
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