‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Mary Jane Deleted Scene Details Revealed

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[WARNING: The following post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.]

Everyone’s favorite wall-crawler is set for his stateside return in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - with only two days before release. The blockbuster sequel has already racked-up solid international box office sales, guaranteeing that Sony’s plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, along with Venom and Sinister Six spin-offs, remain a top priority at the studio.

Still, in spite of (arguably) the best Spider-Man action ever depicted on the big screen, many viewers have come out of the superhero sequel feeling as though director Marc Webb produced a film that sacrifices cohesive continuation of Peter Parker’s journey in web-slinging to make room for invasive shared universe set-up (e.g. Iron Man 2). The criticism shouldn’t come as a complete surprise – since fans have long been concerned that three villains and his greatest battle begins” marketing meant The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was going to be an overstuffed mess.

Yet, even when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is guilty of underserving certain characters in order to introduce a wide roster of key comic book players, Webb deserves credit for removing one piece of the planned story that would have, without a doubt, been more of a distraction than a worthwhile inclusion (this time). When it was first announced that the director had cut Shailene Woodley’s scenes (as future love interest Mary Jane Watson), some assumed that Webb had caved to the shouts of angry fan boys who felt the actress wasn’t a fit (read: wasn’t “hot” enough) to play M.J.


[NOTE: This is your last chance to avoid MAJOR SPOILERS for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Turn away if you do not want to be spoiled.]


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At the time, attempting to walk a fine line between spoiling the tragic events of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and addressing the choice to cut Mary Jane (as well as whether or not Woodley would reprise the role in The Amazing Spider-Man 3), Webb merely said that the scenes distracted from the growing relationship between Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and Peter. Months later, we know that the director commits to Gwen’s untimely comic book fate – making it even more apparent that injecting M.J. would have distracted from the shock and pain of Gwen’s death.

Now that the film is in theaters, Webb spoke with Movies.com and opened-up about his choice to cut M.J. – as well as where the scenes fit into the original Amazing Spider-Man 2 narrative:

“There was one little scene at the beginning where she is next door and it took place right around the montage where he comes back and there was another little moment between Gwen and MJ. But it just tipped over. The relationship between them [Peter and Gwen] is so sacred and so powerful, that it just didn’t feel right. And it sucks because Shailene is such a f**king great actress and so cool and magical but it was just about having this obligation to this romance that I thought was sacred. It was just one of those things.”

Assuming the M.J. scenes are not included on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray/DVD release, viewers may never get to see Woodley’s “magical” portrayal of M.J. as Webb indicates the recent success of Divergent may prevent the actress from reprising the role in future Spider-Man series installments:

“Divergent is a massive hit and I think it’s going to be tricky for schedules.”

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Skeptical fans will claim that Webb is trying to cover up a botched casting job, but with a heavy focus on Peter and Gwen in the sequel as well as the subsequent fallout, the director’s explanation makes a lot of sense. For all of its Sinister Six setup, the battle between Peter’s personal wants and responsibilities is the most cohesive and impactful narrative thread in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – thanks to Stone’s empowered depiction of Gwen throughout both installments. Even with a small cameo, the inclusion of M.J. might have softened the blow of losing Gwen (for both Peter and the audience).

Nevertheless, Webb is committed to using the character in future Amazing Spider-Man chapters and, given that M.J. was nearly in Part 2, it’s hard to imagine the filmmaker won’t introduce her in Part 3 – especially after the months Peter spends mourning Gwen in the current movie:

“Oh absolutely. The question, of course, is can Peter ever love again? And that will be something that we have to address.”

Webb is also expected to expand the role of Felicia Hardy (Felicity Jones), aka antiheroine Black Cat, a character that has enjoyed a flirtatious relationship with the both Parker and his web-slinging alter-ego in the comics. Sam Raimi was expected to introduce Hardy (and Vulture) in the cancelled Spider-Man 4, so it will be interesting to see where she fits into this new shared universe storyline.

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Will she be a love interest or just a potential Sinister Six member? Webb isn’t willing to comment (yet):

“In the comic books, yes. Who knows what’s going to happen with that in the future. But there are a few possibilities we’re exploring but in terms of theme, that’s certainly an interesting thing to play with.”

After losing Gwen, it’s unlikely the filmmakers will spend a lot of time investing in a Felicia Hardy/Peter Parker relationship – especially since Sony is eager to get Mary Jane into the picture. Still, a Spider-Rebound with Black Cat could be a fun prelude to Peter starting a legitimate relationship with M.J.

Regardless of whether or not you believe Webb’s explanation for cutting Mary Jane from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, most fans will agree that the sequel is better off without the character. Gwen and M.J. are important players in Peter’s attempt to balance a personal life with Spider-Man duties and, as a result, they are both deserving of patient closure and introduction, respectively.


MORE: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spoilers Discussion


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in U.S. theaters on May 2nd, 2014, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 10th, 2016. Venom and Sinister Six do not currently have official release dates but are expected before The Amazing Spider-Man 4 arrives on May 4th, 2018.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for further updates on The Amazing Spider-Man film series as well as future movie, TV, and gaming news.

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  1. I think emma would make a good mj, think about it guys peter is still not over gwen and he saw mj looking like gwen and he falls inlove with her. :D

    • I feel you mate

    • Dude, that’s my exact thought xD. I think we should start a campaign. “Emma as MJ” xD.

    • thats really nice dude

  2. I heard about this girl who’s an actress and a model named Elena Satine and I really think she looks like Mary Jane I’m not sure how she would look next to Garfield though who looks more like an average guy I also think Diana Agron would be good for the role I think she is a great actress I don’t watch Glee at all anymore but when I did I remember thinking she was really good in it there is also a girl named Susan Cofey who I think would look better next to Peter than Satine would but based on what I heard she’s stricktly a model and not really an actress. I am also fine with Shailene coming back I think she would have been great in the role based on what I’ve heard she is a great actress but its really just do to all of the stuff with Divergent that she most likely can’t do it… In all honesty Dunst I really hated in the role she didn’t look a lot like MJ and also the character I thought was just badly written all she was there for was just to be the girl friend and the damsel in distress which is a lot different from the way Gwen Stacy was portrayed in the Amazing Spider-Man reboots I saw the set photos of Shailene as MJ and had mixed feelings at first but eventually I came around to her as MJ also when seeing the set photos I started to think about what direction they are gonna go in with the character of MJ I noticed how Mary Jane was dressed in the set photos with a leather jacket, torn up jeans, one even had her wearing a big ass helmet and riding a motorcycle I think she may be more tomboyish in this particular series… more independent and free like she was in the comics I hope thats what they are gonna end up doing in the comics I feel like MJ was more of a free spirit and was more loving and caring and outgoing I feel like the big thing that Peter and MJ had in common was that they both hid things from people because they were afraid of what would happen if others saw or heard how they felt but together they could show each other whatever they wanted to show they felt free and safe around each other… the difference between Gwen and MJ i think is that MJ loved both Peter and Spider-Man and Gwen only loved Peter and Gwen even said that in the latest movie… so I’m saying I hope Shailene can come back if she can’t theyre are probably a thousand other people that can work just as well and I hope they do the character differently than what they did in the past because that in all honesty didn’t do it for me.

  3. Unlike many others, I had no problems with Kirsten Dunst as MJ. Most simply saw her as a damsel in distress. I saw her as someone who provided an emotional connection to Maguire’s Peter.

    Why does a woman has to be “Ms. Braniac” or “Xena the Warrior Princess” to be an interesting character in a Marvel film?

    “Regardless of whether or not you believe Webb’s explanation for cutting Mary Jane from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, most fans will agree that the sequel is better off without the character.”

    One day, I hope that some future SPIDER-MAN movie will capture the dynamics of the Marvel comics between the mid-1960s and the mid-1970s, when Peter Parker was surrounded by his friends at Empire State University. By the way, Peter met both Mary Jane and Gwen during his first year in college. Betty Brant was his girlfriend in high school.

    • Agree with you 100%. I’ve been yearning to see the college-years Spiderman faithfully portrayed on film, since the days of The Amazing Spiderman Animated series from the 90′s.

      Also, after taking a trip down memory lane and looking at screenshots of the old Mary Jane from that series, I believe Olivia Wilde would make a perfect Mary Jane. She has the eyes, the features, the body, and the acting chops. You can’t say shes too old, because shes 30, as is Andrew Garfield, although he does appear much younger for his age. If they can make him appear to be a highschool senior, they can do the same for Olivia Wilde as a college freshman.

  4. I think that adding MJ early on would have helped humanize her, they didn’t need to put her in the middle of Peter and Gwen’s relationship, they just needed show she’s a human being, a friend to Gwen and Peter (Like she was in the comics) now she’s gonna feel like a distasteful predator feasting on Gwen’s leftovers.

  5. This shows the mary jane scenes kinda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc8VlsLQWWI

  6. Jane levy for MJ