There has been a lot of interest in production on Amazing Spider-Man 2. That interest has been fueled through the usual unofficial set photos as snapped by fans and would-be paparazzi - however, there have also been official teaser photos that have been posted by director Marc Webb and other members of the cast.
Today brings the former rather than the latter. The latest batch of Amazing Spider-Man 2 set photos revolve around returning love interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), who is decked out in a rather... let's say "ominous" outfit.
WARNING: POSSIBLE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 SPOILERS FOLLOW!!!
New set photos (courtesy of SHH) reveal actress Emma Stone on the NYC set of Amazing Spider-Man 2 wearing an outfit that is a dead-ringer (pun) for the one her comic book counterpart wore during her climatic death scene in a legendary storyline from Amazing Spider-Man #121-122.
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The green jacket is an immediate giveaway, but other set photos further confirm that the iconic black leather calf boots and black-on-purple blouse/skirt combo are also in the mix. In short, the outfit in the set photos pretty much matches the one in the artwork above - and given that Stone is standing out by the water, it's not hard to imagine that the source material's version of things (Spidey failing to stop Gwen's fatal fall from a bridge) could also be her fate in ASM2. Not that any of this should be a surprise: cast and crew have hinted all along that Gwen's end could be coming in the sequel.
Of course, the question is whether the circumstances surrounding 'the Death of Gwen Stacy' will be the same (provided the inevitable does occur). In the original comics, her death occurred at the hands of the Green Goblin - whose alter-ego Norman Osborn will be played by Chris Cooper in the film. Could Osborn's appearance as the Goblin have to do with Gwen's death - or will central villain Electro (Jamie Foxx) be responsible?
Then again, in the Ultimate Spider-Man continuity (which the Amazing Spider-Man films borrow heavily from), Gwen Stacy dies at the hands of Carnage, a creature created from genetic material spliced together from (wait for it...) Peter Parker, his father Richard and Dr. Curt Connors. Marc Webb's teaser photos have already hinted at the importance of Spider-Man's genetic material in the sequel - as well offering hints that had fans speculating about the possibility of franchise newcomer Dane Dehaan playing Venom, another iconic Spider-Man villain. Could speculation be wrong? Could DeHaan's version of Harry Osborn end up wearing a Carnage suit instead of Venom's? Or could it be the Venom suit that leads to Gwen's untimely demise?
Right now, the web is being woven so thick that any of those 3 perpetrators (Electro, Green Goblin, Venom/Carnage) could be responsible for Gwen's death. Obviously, Electro seems the most likely (given his prominence in the story), but we'll see how things play out.
One thing is for sure: If actress Shailene Woodley's bit part as Mary Jane Watson is introduced in the right way, Peter Parker may not be grieving for too long, should Gwen Stacy indeed bite the big one...
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2, 2014.