[WARNING! Potential spoilers ahead for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.']
In the comic books, Gwen Stacy is more than just Peter Parker's first love. The brainy blonde's death still stands as one of the most recognizable tragedies in the history of the medium, as she was killed during a showdown between our friendly neighborhood web-slinger and the Green Goblin and is one of the few characters to actually stay dead.
So, when Emma Stone was cast as the character in director Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man last year, rumors ran rampant that at some point the films would address the sad end to the Peter/Gwen love story. However, while Stone has expressed interest in sticking to the narrative established in the comics, she's now playing coy regarding where the sequels may go.
"Will she? Is it up to you? Did you write the script? Did you ghost-write the script?"
While her non-answer sounds like it came straight out of the mouth of her sarcastic character from Easy A, Stone's response is a bit telling in that she is now more reluctant to address the idea that Gwen's death will factor into the films. Perhaps this is precisely because Gwen's fate is already written, and the filmmakers may have asked her to dodge questions regarding plot and keep a bit of mystery in the upcoming sequel (and future installments).
This is purely speculation, of course, but given the fact that Dane DeHaan is joining the cast as Harry Osborn and Shailene Woodley is joining the cast in a minor role as Mary Jane Watson – who ultimately winds up being Mrs. Peter Parker in the comics (that is, before the marriage was retconned out of existence) – it appears that the chess pieces are moving into place for the emergence of Green Goblin and (potentially) the tragic end of Gwen Stacy. However, with the second film focused on Electro (Jamie Foxx), such a move will likely not come to pass until the third film at least.
Another question arises from this issue, though. Is this rebooted Spider-Man franchise obligated to adhere so closely to the character's comic book stories, or should it be allowed the freedom to spin its own tales? After all, many of the most successful superhero films (The Dark Knight trilogy, The Avengers) have included homages and references to specific stories from the comics, while other films like Sin City and Watchmen have faced some criticism for staying too close to the original text.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Should The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (or one of its sequels) depict the death of Gwen Stacy, as in the comic books? Or, given the palpable on-screen chemistry between Stone and co-star Andrew Garfield, would you prefer the filmmakers keep her character around? Let us know in the comments.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (not the official title) swings into theaters on May 2nd, 2014.
Source: MTV News