For those excited to see the introduction of Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) ultimate love interest, Mary Jane Watson, in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” be prepared for a long wait. Though actress Shailene Woodley was cast in the role, the part has been cut from the movie.
The revelation comes from Woodley herself, who spoke to Entertainment Weekly. “Of course I’m bummed,” she says, “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.”
The issue seems to be that there’s just too much. In addition to Peter’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), Felicity Jones sort of confirmed that she would be playing another love interested for Spider-Man, Black Cat. With those two already on deck, it may be wise to not waste the introduction of Mary Jane on an already packed movie.
Spidey will also be tangling with at least two villains in the movie, Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Rhino (Paul Giamatti). If waiting for the third movie to give Mary Jane a proper introduction is what director Marc Webb needs to tell the story, then it’s an easy enough decision to make. Still, what do they do with the footage they’ve already shot of Woodley in the movie? While Woodley may now have filmed much for the movie, she was seen around the set with the trademark red hair associated with the character.
Webb has released a statement on the movie’s change, reading, “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.” THR reports that Woodley’s return to the role isn’t likely, as she has a franchise of her own gearing up with “Divergent,” and the part may be recast.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” swings into theaters May 2, 2014, with the third installment landing in 2016.