Emma Stone Talks Gwen Stacy’s Fate in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Sequels

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Death of Gwen Emma Stone Talks Gwen Stacys Fate in Amazing Spider Man Sequels

A lot of us came into The Amazing Spider-Man reboot with a refreshed hope that the perceived errors of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy would not be repeated. Although still altering the original Spider-Man mythos more than a bit, The Amazing Spider-Man movie stayed true enough to the comic book source material to satisfy plenty of Spidey’s die-hard fans, while still managing to bring in over 700 million worldwide, and making actor Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man) a household name, overnight.

With Amazing Spider-Man 2 already in development, the questions of the characters’ fates looms large in fans’ minds – and one of the franchise stars has some designs of her own to share.


One of the most observable in ASM was to the fate of Spider-Man’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy. When the news broke that the cute but nerdy Gwen Stacy would be taking the place of sultry Mary Jane Watson as Peter Parker’s love interest, fans were more than pleased, but immediately expected to hear a Funeral March soon after. Now it appears Gwen’s indispensable death at the hands of her lover has not been altered, but simply delayed.

In a recent sit-down with Interview magazine, Gwen Stacy actress Emma Stone touched upon what her cherished comicbook counterpart’s pivotal death means, and how she feels the critical event should happen in upcoming squeals:

“Essentially the argument is that Spider-Man kills her by accident, so the person she loves is the person who kills her, which is the most horrifying thing. Apparently people unsubscribed to the comic book when that happened because they were just so flipped-out over it. But, of course, I want to stay true to that.”

Death of Gwen Emma and Andrew Emma Stone Talks Gwen Stacys Fate in Amazing Spider Man SequelsEmma Stone as the ill-fated Gwen Stacy with co-star Andrew Garfield

For those who are only casual readers of the Spider-Man comics: Spider-Man’s classmate-turned-girlfriend Gwen met her tragic end in a 1970s Amazing Spider-Man story arc, “The Night Gwen Stacy Died”. Following a seemly routine confrontation with his archenemies Norman Osborn (AKA The Green Goblin), Spider-Man is shocked to find out that the Goblin has kidnapped his girlfriend Gwen and is holding her captive at the George Washington Bridge. Spidey arrives just in time to witness the Goblin mercilessly hurl the frightened Gwen off the top of the bridge.

Acting on instinct, Spider-Man quickly wraps his web around Gwen’s ankles apparently saving her – only to find out that due to his lack of proper bungee support, he has inadvertently snapped his beloved’s neck.  After Gwen’s death, Spider-Man hunts the Green Goblin down and beats him within an inch of his life – but can’t bring himself to kill his enemy. The Goblin uses this moment of mercy to turn the tables by attempting to impale Spider-Man with his glider – but alerted by his Spider sense, Spider-Man dodges the charging gilder, which skewers Osborne instead, apparently ending the dark reign of The Green Goblin.

Gwen’s death was also the catalyst for the romantic relationship between Peter and Mary Jane Watson to grow in the comics. As both were close friends of Gwen, they found comfort from the tragic loss within each other’s arms, and the two eventually progressed to become more than friends.

SpiderMan0320122 thumb 550x826 86701 Emma Stone Talks Gwen Stacys Fate in Amazing Spider Man SequelsGwen Stacy’s death as seen  in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ #121 (click to enlarge)

So here’s the truth about “The Night Gwen Stacy Died”: Gwen died simply because no one knew what else to do with her. The decision was made conjointly by Marvel staff writer Gerry Conway, artist John Romita Sr., and Editor Roy Thomas when they found that with Peter and Gwen getting out of high school and slowly reaching adulthood, their deep relationship was reaching its inevitable conclusion; marriage.  At the time, Marvel was beat-fist adamant that they did not want Spider-Man to get hitched, as they felt it would have drastically aged the character and would have made previously-planned plotlines difficult to initiate. To add to the problem, the team felt a messy breakup would have appeared too unrealistic for the two – thus Gwen’s execution papers were signed.

Gwen’s death  was somewhat breezed upon in the first installment of Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy when The Goblin lures Spider-Man to the top of the Queensboro Bridge by kidnapping Mary Jane (instead of Gwen) and a Tramway car full of children. The Goblin drops both Mary Jane and the kids forcing Spider-Man to choose which one he will save – but a quick thinking Spidey is able to save them both. (A moment we deliciously twisted into this comedic Spider-Man movie mashup.)

It’s always awesome to see actors not only acquainting themselves with the original comic book source material, but actively wanting to remain true to it. However, the topic of Gwen Stacy’s death rests in the hands of director Marc Webb (who is rumored to be on his way out of the series) and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. So far the team has done a decent job remaining  fairly close to the original Spider-Man story – but ultimately (no pun) time will tell what direction they eventually decide to go.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is due to open on May 2, 2014 and keep your eye on the main page for more Spider-man info

Source: Indie Wire


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  1. You shouldn’t read about comics if you haven’t read the comics itself. Bad idea, but it just makes me want to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 even more. Randomness Connected to spider-man, THE SPIDER MAN RIDE AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ROCKS! IF U R GONNA GO TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, GO ON SPIDER MAN

    • As much as I love Emma stone in the movie she needs to die which I think will make them better because that’s what really happens

      • She doesn’t need to die. Gwen Stacy only died because Marvel didn’t want Peter to get married. I think they should do what Spectacular Spider-Man did and make it ambiguous, but not have plans to kill her. I’m all for keeping with comic canon but this is something that I’m fine with changing.

        • Yes it was a decision made for a practical reason at that time, but it is undeniable that it has since then became an integral part of the spider-man mytho. In fact, asking spending the entire movie making me like Gwen as portrayed, part of what makes the ending of the ASM movie so great to me was that part of me wants them to end up back together, yet the other part of me don’t want them to because if they do it will likely eventually lead to her death. If she does die it will be great drama, because in the movie universe Peter won’t only be regretting the split-second, perhaps not-fully voluntary, error that causes her to die, but Peter will likely blame himself for the very conscious and voluntary decision to take on the risk of what a relationship with Gwen may mean despite being clearly warned by Captain Stacy.

  2. I absolutely don’t want Gwen to die in the second film or it will piss me my friends off completely.

    • she dies mate

  3. I dont believe that they will kill of Gwen in the 2nd movie of the Amazing Spider-Man since Emma Stone is signed in for a 3-movie contract with TASM, it is way too early to kill off one of the main characters, and the main villain here is not Green Goblin. Webb told us that this Spidey is more true to the comics, all the hints of Gwen’s death, Jamie Foxx telling MTV that Dane Dehaan’s character is “dope” and “to not be trusted” and all this hype about Norman Osborn/OsCorp in the first movie makes me believe that the “Night Gwen Stacy Died” Story Arc will be used.

    If this is true, then that movie has the ability to top The Dark Knight and earn the respect and credibility the movie and the working crew deserves.

    And finances wont be a problem, I dont believe the Execs over at Sony are stupid since they were smart enough to reboot Cinematic Spidey after the atrocity of SM3 (although the ending, Harry’s death, and the Venom/Sandman final battle against Spidey was epic). If an event like this worked successfully with Batman over in TDK with Rachel’s death and how today’s audience isn’t into “happily ever after” BS, this can make Sony richer than they can ever dream to get out of one trilogy based on a guy with spider/super powers.

    Noting that Electro and Rhyno (I know I misspelled Rhino, but the word looks much cooler like that :D )are the main villains, and Emma Stone is signed in for a 3-movie contract, I know for a fact Gwen Stacy will die in the third movie.

    • I honestly think TDK was incredibly overrated. It’s part of the problem that everyone thinks things need to be dark to be good. I personally thought that Rachel’s death was incredibly stupid. Overall the movie was too dark. I really didn’t like much of anything about TDK. I don’t want ASM following after that movie.

      And if Gwen Stacey does die, I will stop watching the movies. I will be done with it. I don’t see any point in killing Gwen other than “It was in the comics.” I liked ASM and I don’t want it to go grimdark like TDK did.

      • So…what you’re saying is that ‘if The Amazing Spiderman stays true to it’s own story’ you’re not going to watch it anymore? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. The entire point of making movies about Batman and Spiderman is that they were in fact ‘in the comics.’ There’s no reason to bring back any villain except for the fact they were ‘in the comics.’ Now that I’m done mocking that absurd statement, you do realize that her death played significantly into the character development of SpiderMan, right? Thus, making it something quite significant.

    • i also think that gwen is going to die in the third film, is impossible that in the second film she is gonna die because who kills her that is Green Goblin it isn’t the main villian of the segond amazing spiderman film. I think that kill her is a bad think, because i think people loves the passion and love that haver her and Peter Parker. I don’t think that the new Mary Jane will like to the spectators. I won’t like. I know that we have to follow the comics but it can be a diferent ending , a diferent way of life than in the other films of spiderman and of the comics. A ending that is not expectating for the readers and the spectators of the film and comics

    • Ur wrong mate, she dies in the 2nd movie

  4. if gwen will die in the second movie… i’ll stop watching spiderman

  5. What ever happened in comics does not mean it has to happen in the movie.

    • This. I’d much rather if the movies didn’t do exactly what the comics did.

    • The movie is based off of the comics, they really do have to do what the comics say, people who read the comics would be really upset if they don’t use a major point from the comics to the movie. Yes, in some movies they include things but those are very small, and the fact of the matter is Gwen is a huge part and Mary Jane and Spiderman end up together they have to portray that.

      • Yes. The movies have to exactly follow the comics. That’s why Electro is black.

  6. I love Emma Stone’s portrayal of Gwen Stacy. I want Gwen to live!

  7. Nobody wants her to die, so don’t even think about killing her off in the upcoming sequels.

    • So what is the reason behind not killing her off? I’m just not getting it. Is it because most of you are being “hardcore” Emma Stone fans and just don’t want to see her character die? I quite enjoy Emma Stone as an actress myself. So i’m just confused on why so many people are against Gwen dying?

  8. They want the movie to be as close to the comics as possible, so as much as people don’t want Gwen to die, it’s going to happen, it may be delayed, but it will happen

  9. i love spiderman especially the new sequel but if gwen dies ill hate it i mean cant they make it that gwens spider mans love interest for the whole sequel they dont have to add mary jane in it. i personaly wishthat gwen will stay in for the whole sequel if not theyll ruin the movie

  10. I liked the first three movies alot. But the amazing spiderman movie was way more brilliant. But spiderman needs to end up with someone besides marry jane. I think gwen stacy should replace mary jane. If they kill her off i will no longer watch the spiderman movies. The comics only did it Because they didn’t want spiderman hitched. But Peter and Gwen can get married in the final amazing spiderman movie and just stay as boyfriend and girlfriend for now.

  11. They don’t need to kill her just take mary jane of .

  12. If you stop watching Spider-Man just because they kill Gwen Stacy you’re silly. Besides I don’t think they will kill her in the the second movie if they do.plan on killing her it would be too soon. I feel like if they do they should let Gwen Stacy grow more onto the audience then kill her it would be kind of cool if they did that well cool in a sad way.

  13. I will really be sad if she dies in the second movie… But I will respect it if it follows the comics…. That being said..< I will be really really mad (and so will many fans) if she is killed by someone other than GG… And since they say Electro and Rhino will be the villains of ASM2 then I doubt GG will appear… I mean really… It would most likely be to much (in less you had a absolutely great story and plan and etc) to have 3 villans in the movie… It's already going to be interesting seeing what they do with Electro and Rhino…. I'm worried with 2 things… (1) GG won't be the one killing Gwen (if they do decide that is her fate in ASM2) and (2) GG comes in at the very end and kills her….. It's sorta hard to explain this point but I bet you all understand what I'm trying to say…. So I won't explain……… That's my opinion and if you agree or not just tell me if you want… I wanna know if I have actual valid points or what haha.. Thanks for your time. :)

  14. PLEASE DONT KILL GWEN! When I first read this I cried and was like: “no no.. nonono!”
    I love Gwen and Emma Stone – KEEP HER IN THE FRANCHISE!! NOT JUST FLASHBACKS AND DREAMS BUT THERE WITH PETER!!!!! At least she is with him off set, that kinda calmed me down. Love you Emma!!

  15. do not kill gwen stecy, spider story is not romantic anymore nothing can replace emma stone

    • Emma Watson? or wait maybe she is too dramatic
      But i do still like her!
      She comes 2nd to Emma Stone

  16. Just please don’t kill Gwen! She’s sweet and I like her so MUCH better than MJ!! One of the reasons I watched the movie is I love Andrew and Emma together, if there’s no more them then I won’t watch, seriously, cause I’ll be so upset and I guess everyone who loves emma will too.

  17. Anyone who read Amazing Spider man #121 and #122 knows what an awesome story it was and knows Gwen Stacy was killed because she was a goody two shoes. Mary Jane was clearly the best choice for Spidey’s gal. And for those that disagree, the writers themselves felt this way.

    Gwen was a great character but she doesn’t fit into the wall crawler’s life. Spider man’s man’s life never truly had a happy ending that’s why so many identify with him.

    If you want to watch Spider man where everything is dreamy and romantic, watch the Ultimate Spider man cartoon. (Seriously, don’t watch it, it’s awful!)

  18. I am not an avid fan of the Spiderman Comics, so I can’t really speak for them. I totally understand that they want the movies to stay true to the original comics. However, personally, I will be very devastated and angry if Gwen Stacy dies. Due to casting, scripting, and Emma Stone’s incredible acting, Marc Webb has made Gwen so much of a likable character that I think many people will be outraged if she is killed off. The audience immediately identifies and roots for her and her quickly budding romance with Peter Parker in the first movie. I can only speak for myself, but I don’t think I would ever be able to accept this version of Spiderman with another woman. So while I completely understand those who want these movies to stay true to their origins – I personally will probably stop watching them if Gwen Stacy is killed. I would just be too mad and upset to enjoy the rest of what I’m sure will be a fantastic movie

    • Rock on! perfect description. hehe

  19. I just watched it on Putlocker.com And after spiderman defeats electro harry osborne (green Golblin) takes her to the clock tower And drops her Luckily spidey saves her he fights gg but the web it stuck in between two clock gears the web snaps she falls her catches her just before she hits the ground but her neck snaps

    • I went to tht site but it took me to some “Firedrive” site nd idk what to do with it bcz I wanna see the movie so could u help me out here on wat to do?

  20. For a job where creativity should be the main tool…killing Gwen in the comics did not seem very creative. A million ways to end a relationship and they chose murder. Bravo Marvel…Bravo >_>

    • (Slow clap for Marvel) Who joins? :)

  21. Too Bad for Gwen stacy but it’s a good thing that there’s no element on Connie from steven universe.
    Because it’ll take a green-skinned humanoid with mad idea of kill off a one adventurer on adventure time…