‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Interview: Emma Stone Teases Gwen Stacy’s Possible Future (Spoilers)

Published 12 months ago by , Updated May 5th, 2014 at 6:48 pm,

[WARNING!!! This Video & Article Has MASSIVE SPOILERS for Amazing Spider-Man 2]


If you haven’t seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet, then STOP READING THIS NOW. Still here? Then let’s discuss.

In the sequel to the 2012 reboot to the Spider-Man movie franchise, the theme of the story is time – specifically, not having enough of it. Peter Parker never had enough time with his parents, his Uncle Ben – or even with life as a carefree teenager, before fate pushed power and responsibility onto his shoulders. Even with the powers of a superhuman, Peter never seems to have enough time to save the ones he cared about – especially two members of the same family.

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Between Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, Peter loses Captain George Stacy and his daughter Gwen (the love of Peter’s life) to the supervillains created from Oscorp science. The loss of Gwen (Emma Stone) is undoubtedly the harder of the two, and the full ramifications of that tragedy have yet to be felt (we expect it’ll be a major starting point for Amazing Spider-Man 3).

While at the Amazing Spider-Man 2 junket in New York City, we sat down with Emma Stone to talk about returning to the role of Gwen Stacy, the very modern (and feminist) take on the character, and how it felt filming that climatic final death scene with her real-life boyfriend Andrew Garfield.

Screen Rant: How is it coming back for a second time to a role that is so iconic? Do you feel like you have more comfort with it, more ownership with it? Can you tell me about that? 

Emma Stone: I think I was so excited for the second one because I knew what was going to be happening with Gwen’s story. And yeah, the character in comic book history is just incredibly iconic and a really important part of the Spider-Man that we now know in modern day. A lot of people didn’t know the Gwen Stacy story. I didn’t know it before I auditioned to play her, so it was pretty cool being back in it.

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SR: One thing I noticed that’s very distinct is this is really one of the first comic book films that really emphasizes that the woman behind the hero is every bit his equal. Was that something was already loaded in the script, or did you have more kind of input into the character and really kind of emphasized that from your end?

ES: They were pretty clear that that’s what they wanted to—the kind of Gwen that they wanted. At my first audition, that she was going to be his equal and that she was going to be a modern woman. But I think especially in the second movie that point is really driven home because she is so willfully putting herself into these situations even though he wants to protect her and keep his distance from her. And she’s also, you know her ambitions are strong and she’s going off to school and she’s carving out her own path with or without Peter.

SR: The “Wait here and let me protect you!” thing really doesn’t fly anymore.

ES: Yeah, it doesn’t really fly with her. Especially when she gets webbed to a car, she’s super pissed.

SR: All right, now talking towards the end of the movie… how was it filming that final scene with Andrew and how was that, just getting into the emotions of that?

ES: It was pretty crazy, I mean, it takes a while to film. It takes like a week, so you’re sort of, you know, all the different parts of it. But we shot it out of sequence, so I actually croaked before I croaked, if that makes any sense. Like a frog. I’m not talking about death, I’m talking about frog noises. Just kidding. So I had to do the death scene and my last day actually on the movie was Dane holding me as the Goblin about to drop me. So that was probably the most emotional part. Just because it was—I was about to fall and I also knew it was my last day and my last time working with these people…

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SR: Is it [you're last time working with these people]?

ES: I don’t know… is it?

SR: Is it?

ES: There could be a—I don’t know, there’s a whole plotline that could happen that may bring her back.

What Emma is of course referring to is the multiple times in the comics that Gwen Stacy has been brought back to life, more often than not as a clone. In classic Spider-Man lore, Gwen Stacy returns as a clone created by Professor Miles Warren, a.k.a., The Jackal, a mastermind mad scientist who makes Peter Parker’s life a hell of clones and uncertainty. Warren’s character was just one of many Amazing Spider-Man 2 comic book references fans spotted in the sequel, so the character is now officially part of the movie universe, if only tangentially.

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However, in the Ultimate Spider-Man mythos (on which much of this film series is based), Gwen returns as a humanoid disguise of “Ultimate Carnage,” the murderous symbiote who is a fan-favorite nemesis of both Spider-Man and Venom  – the latter of whom is also getting a feature film, which could also feature the Carnage entity as an antagonist. As we discussed on our Amazing Spider-Man 2 podcast episode, seeing Emma Stone’s adorable face morph into a freakish symbiote creature would be a thrill – and the kind of mashup between Spider-Man and The Thing that we wouldn’t mind seeing.

Of course, Carnage’s traditional alter-ego, serial killer Cletus Kasady, has also been introduced to the film world via viral marketing, so this Carnage thing could really go either way, at this point.


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  1. I hope they don’t go for the whole “Gwen became Carnage instead of dying” thing from the Ultimate route. I loved the ultimate series but I did not really enjoy that part of the series. It seemed a bit too contrived and it just seemed as an excuse to bring her back.

    • Yeah, after Gwen dies, “too bad, so sad”, but let’s move on to something else. Lots of other Spidey stories to tell and people to introduce.

  2. So according to the headline, Gwen does survive the movie. Thanks for the spoiler SR

    • That’s a pretty stupid comment. Try reading the article chum.

  3. Haha, brilliant. You really should trademark your name in case, use it as your own comic book character. That would be pretty sweet. Kofi Outlaw, anti-hero. Think of the royalties.

    But yeah, I wouldn’t mind if they introduced Cletus and he somehow had Peter’s memories to change into Gwen at will just to taunt him. Best of both worlds.

    • I have a story Idea, interested?

    • Got a story idea, interested in it?

  4. Kofi did you swoon over Emma? I know i would have. Especially if she was complimenting my name.

  5. Emma Stone is so damn cute. Bring her back as carnage. Im with it. I actually hoped they would do that anyways!

  6. um…..Gwen doesnt “come back” in the Ultimate Comics. She doesnt need to “come back” as she never dies in the Ultimate Universe. She is still alive and kicking in the Miles Morales comics now.

    • Actually, Gwen does come back in a sense
      The Ultimate Marvel version of Carnage is a self-regenerating vampiric organism based on the symbiotic suit research of Richard Parker, created by Curt Conners and consists of his own DNA and that of Peter Parker, which at the time contained samples of the Venom symbiote. When Carnage was first introduced, he was a blob of instinct, with no intelligence or self-awareness, with his only aim to feed on the DNA of others to stabilize himself. This incarnation kills Gwen Stacy, forcing Peter Parker to give up being Spider-Man once he defeats the monster. After feeding on multiple people, Carnage turns into a damaged form of Richard Parker. Carnage and Parker battle and Peter throws the beast into a fire factor steel chimney, killing it. After the laboratory is closed, Ben Reilly (a colleague of Curt Conners) takes the second sample of Parker’s blood. Ultimate Carnage’s appearance is based on Venom, Peter Parker, Curt Conners, and Gwen Stacy. In its monster form, Carnage resembles his original incarnation, such as its large eyes and fangs, as well as the Lizard’s claws. In addition, the center of its body glows yellow. But after assuming Gwen’s form, Carnage loses this glow in its monstrous form. In its ‘human form’, Carnage resembles Richard in its first appearance and Gwen in its second. The Carnage symbiote was absorbed by Eddie Brock, leaving Gwen and returning her to a healthy duplicate of the original

      It’s actually explained in the Ultimate Universe, and in Miles Morales’s story she mentions it, that she basically is a clone.

  7. Other routes they could go…

    Allister Smythe could create robot clones of Gwyn and/or Peter’s parent’s


    Chameleon could create robot clones of Gwyn and/or Peter’s parents. (The latter happened in the comics)


    Chameleon could impersonate Gwyn as part of the Sinister 6 movie.

  8. She will be back to haunt him like her father was to haunt him in this movie.So she will be in the next movie.No Carnage,if they are going with the Eddie Brock Venom then go with Cletus Kasady Carnage.

  9. Im off to kidnap andrew Garfield and claim emma stone for myself

  10. Nina Dobrev for Mary Jane in Spidey 3!!!

  11. Don’t do the clones thing. Or the carnage symbiote leading to Gwen being back alive normal again. That’s just weird. Just let sleeping dogs lie.. or let dying Gwens die…

  12. I love the Carnage idea. It would be so eerie, yet fascinating if it happened. A nice way to incorporate Gwen in the movie universe after she’s dead.

  13. YESSS Emma he says his name KOFI OUTLAW ALL the damn time…. OH and if you haven’t noticed Emma he is Black, Shhhh!!!

  14. I never read the Ultimate comics and have no intention to, but I think it would be awesome to see EMMA STONE come back as Carnage. That would be an intense fight to have with PP, who she could probably blame for killing her. Cool twist for a movie.

    Also I haven’t seen ASM2 but it seems sht, so.

  15. Chameleon will disguise as gwen fosure

  16. That Ultimate story line seems utter crap, but if we’re going down the Maximum Clonage route that would be awesome, it seriously messed with Parkers head.

  17. hell no…..we would not see gwen in the form of a disguised carnage killer !!

  18. ["One thing I noticed that’s very distinct is this is really one of the first comic book films that really emphasizes that the woman behind the hero is every bit his equal."]

    Who are you kidding? Gwen Stacy was never Peter Parker’s “equal”. Yes, she had brains. But so did he. And he also had superhuman strength.

    Please stop with this psuedo-feminist crap. Unless Gwen had a costumed heroine with super powers, or even a talent for martial fighting, she was never Peter’s “equal”.

    • I feel like you missed the entire point of the quote. Talking about stories where women aren’t strictly damsels in distress isn’t pseudo-feminism (whatever you think that means).