‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Mary Jane Won’t Appear Until ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′ [Updated]

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UPDATE: Apparently the Role of Mary Jane Could be Recast. READ ON for details. 

There has been so much intrigue about The Amazing Spider-Man 2, in major part because of director Marc Webb’s steady stream of teaser photos, as well as multiple photos from the NYC sets where the film is shooting. With the amount of speculation regarding storyline, villains and even multiple love interests for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), some fans have been vocal in their worry that this sequel is suffering from the sort of overstuffed mania we got in Spider-Man 3.

Well now comes word that Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going to be trimming some bits from its storyline – specifically in regards to the iconic character of Mary Jane Watson, who was set to be played in reboot continuity by Shailene Woodley (The Descendants).

CBM points to an article in EW, in which Shailene Woodley outright confirms that she won’t be appearing in Amazing Spider-Man 2:

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.

For those who are not yet caught up, Sony has already scheduled release dates for Amazing Spider-Man 3&4, which suggests that the larger Spider-Man universe this reboot was supposed to build is in fact coming to fruition. Given that Amazing Spider-Man 2 could have some major developments for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his girl Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) – and the fact that Peter could have romantic competition in the form of Felicia Hardy/Black Cat – it is indeed understandable why the filmmakers might not want to marginalize Mary Jane’s importance to the mythos…

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Woodley only had a bit role in the sequel, so her character being left on the cutting room floor this round isn’t the biggest loss in the world. As CBM points out, it’s yet unclear whether or not the footage of Woodley from ASM2 will be included in ASM3, or simply re-shot. However, there could be some drastic changes taking place by the end of ASM2, so Mary Jane’s entry into the story could in fact need revising.

UPDATE: Hold on, CBM has also pulled together notes from several sources all indicating that Woodley’s rising career (she’s starring in  the next would-be Twilight franchise, Divergent) could move the studio to recast the role entirely. As there was division amongst fans when Woodley was first announced (the usual ‘hot or not’ bickering), there will understandably be number of people who will be glad for this second chance.

We’ll continue to keep you updated.

As it stands, the next film will see Spider-Man battling the threats of Electro (Jamie Foxx) and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti); it will include subplots involving a superhero prison (Ravencroft), Peter’s friendship with Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), relationship with Gwen, and the introduction of mastermind industrialist Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper). Yeah, that’s enough material without getting into the whole Mary Jane saga.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 4, 2014.

Source: EW (via CBM)

Update Source: CBM

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  1. Orr Crystal Reed from Teen Wolf

  2. Holland Roden Holland Roden Holland Roden. She is perfect!!! She has the hair and everything! It would be a mistake not to cast her….

    • YES!!!! I agree with you completely! She would be absolutely PERFECT!!

  3. She could be Mary Jane, she’s got the hot ‘girl-next-door’ look to her.
    I just haven’t seen Woodley in anything and we don’t need another Kirstin Dunst portraying the hottest redhead in media(yeah, suck it Amy Pond, you are nothing compared to the Jackpot lol)

  4. I can actually see Alyson Michalka play Mary Jane. She’d just need to be a red head.


  6. will you shut up and actually let us watch the trailer before you start speaking next time?

  7. Why the hell is Micheal Dorn appearing in this article ?

  8. Anyone know what comic the main pic is from at the top?

    • It’s been addressed already a while ago. It’s a cover from – I think – the One More Day/Brand New Day story arc. The exact issue number was mentioned somewhere in the comments.



  10. I seriously hope they recast. I’ve been dumbfounded as to why they would pick her. The other comments here are really good choices…really, anyone else would be a huge step up. Mary Jane is supposed to be a girl that most guys can’t get amd it fulfills the “she likes the nerdy guy and the hero” motif…not your fourth option when trying to find a date for prom.

  11. NINA DOBREV!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. or Zoey Deutch!!! they are wayyyyyy prettier than these naturally redheads ive seen ppl posted on earlier post . There is a difference between “girl next door” and ordinary looking!!

    • ELENA SATINE!!!!!

  13. To me if MJ is in fact re cast that opens the door for a new actress with a more traditional actress/model look which is supposed to be MJ’s job, and and if someone asks me I’d say a interesting option could be Mary Elizabeth Winstead who to me not only fits that previous criterion but also could be a nice more geek and gamers fans pleasing casting since she played Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs THe World and Gwen Grayson on Sky High and her character’s name is a clear easter egg to comic fans since its the combination of Gwen Stacy and Richard “Dick” Grayson’s names.

    • Emma Stone can still play Mary Jane as a red head… I wouldn’t mind

    • Holy F*ck, you’re right! Mary Elizabeth Winstead is gorgeous, definitely can play MJ. She looks like she can match or even top the chemistry Emma Stone and Andrew G. had on screen.

  14. How would someone get into one of these movies Hell I’d like to be A villanfbgh

  15. How would someone get into one of these movies Hell I’d like to be A villan

  16. ideotts Mary Jain was dated by Peter Parker for about a week, then she left him for another man

    and that was BEFORE Gwen Stacey, and before he was spider-man

  17. I do think that it would be a good idea to replace Woodley. But Emma Stone as MJ??? C’mon guuys. Don’t get me wrong I love Emma and I ship Stonefield like batsh*t crazy. And I do love her redhead look but I think it’d be nice to cast other actors(esp. the underrated ones)

  18. well am hoping for emma stone to come back to play mary jane there is no one better