Hot off the news that Sony has announced the release dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 comes word that The Spectacular Now star Shailene Woodley, who was set to make a brief appearance as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and have an expanded role in the third film, will not be appearing in the sequel after all.
It’s been confirmed that the Mary Jane role has been cut from the second film entirely, and that her character will be introduced in the third film. Not only that, but it looks like Woodley might not be there to play the part.
During an interview for the upcoming adaptation of the young adult novel, Divergent, Enetertainment Weekly had a chance to talk to Woodley, and asked about being cut from the film:
“Of course I’m bummed. But I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason….based on the proposed plot, I completely understand holding off on introducing (Mary Jane) until the next film.”
While it sounded like Woodley would be preparing for the role in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, director Marc Webb decided to streamline the story, cutting out the Mary Jane role from the film and focusing his attention on the Peter and Gwen relationship once more.
“I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship. Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.”
As aforementioned, the Mary Jane role was never created to be a big one in the film, more of a way to introduce a new version of the character to audiences. But based on that quote, it looks like Woodley has been cut from the film entirely, and the role will be recast.
So what do you think? Is cutting Mary Jane out from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and introducing her in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 a good move?
Sony will release The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on May 2, 2014, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 10, 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 on May 4, 2018.