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Director Marc Webb discusses the controversial ending to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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We’re about to discuss a certain scene in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. You might not want to go any further. Guys, I’m super-cereal. Don’t hit the jump link.


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Alright, now that you’re sufficiently warned, you’ve probably surmised that we’re talking about the death of Gwen Stacy. It was only a matter of time until Emma Stone’s character pegged, with comic book fans smirking like a Game of Thrones reader whenever the red wedding was mentioned last year. And genuinely, it was shocking to see her die. Director Marc Webb nailed that death perfectly. And yet, it felt wasted in a terrible debut of Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin. Well executed, but clumsily slotted in for the sake of having some sort of death present in the film.

Speaking to SuperHeroHype (via ComingSoon), Webb brushed off the idea of Stacy dying a few weeks back during a press junket. “Do we have to? Why are you so violent? You have such blood lust! Yeah, it’s an extraordinary thing the dynamic between Peter and Gwen and you know, we’ll have to see what happens,” Webb said.

Gwen Stacy died all the way back in Amazing Spider-Man 121, published way back in 1975. Back then, readers flipped the frig out when it happened, something that Webb was aware of:

It’s a controversial thing in the comic, certainly. People flipped the f*ck out, but it also ushered in a new era of comics. It changed Spider-Man but it changed all of comics because people took it seriously. It’s like ‘Game of Thrones.’ When somebody pulls out a blade, you’re like, ‘I don’t know what the f*ck’s going to happen.’ And that’s important, that kind of drama. It’s important that actions have consequences. I think that it’s easy to lose track of the idea that these people are dealing with really dangerous elements of the universe.

But make no mistake, Webb knew that Stacy would have to die, and he wanted to play it as close to the comics as possible:

We were very careful to adhere to that. I think in this movie, we reverse engineered everything from that event. We knew that the Goblin had to do it, but who the Goblin was, I think we had some leeway because there was a precedent in the comics that Harry actually did turn into the Goblin, but we wanted to kind of withhold that. We knew if we just made him the only villain, the cat would’ve been out of the bag.

Comic book fans will pick up several cues from that death scene. Stacy is wearing the exact same outfit in that scene, that she wore in her comic book death. When the clock stops around her, you can also see it spell 121, which ties in further to the comic book issue. Throw in the Goblin element and Peter webbing her too late, and it’s a clear homage to that moment. But like I said earlier, it’s a perfectly filmed scene, but one that should have been saved for later. What do you reckon?

Last Updated: May 6, 2014


  1. Am I allowed to speak here? 0-o


    • Jedi JJ

      May 6, 2014 at 14:18

      I didn’t read the article. Don’t want me no spoilers.
      Damn I have to watch this movie.


      • The D

        May 6, 2014 at 14:34

        Spoiler: Film climax reveals that Spider-Man 3 will have the working title of Electro Boogaloo.


        • Jedi JJ

          May 6, 2014 at 14:37

          Jeez man. You almost had me there.


    • VampyreSquirrel

      May 6, 2014 at 14:23



      • Wincethis

        May 6, 2014 at 14:27

        Have you seen it yet?


        • VampyreSquirrel

          May 6, 2014 at 14:37

          No… lol


  2. Kromas

    May 6, 2014 at 13:49

    Spiderman 2 was too much everything. All the content was a bit short and felt crammed into a very short (well long but i mean movie wise it should have been spread out over two movies) run time. Also the Gwen thing unfortunately felt predictable. The first time her dad appeared my friend turned to me and said “It is gonna happen” and I just said “yep”. Not a bad movie all and all and I enjoyed it for what it was. Now can someone from Disney please buy back all Marvel Licensing. Pretty please with sugar on top.


    • Wincethis

      May 6, 2014 at 13:52

      Agree with everything you just said. They crammed too much in (like the Toby Spider-Man 3) to the detriment of some very interesting potential character development. We had to watch their relationship SWING from ‘I want you, forget what your dad said!’ to ‘I love you I must listen to what he said’ back again. I did like her death though. Very well shot and Garfield’s acting was allowed to shine.


  3. JHN

    May 6, 2014 at 14:45

    I think im in the minority because i really enjoyed the entire movie.


    • Jedi JJ

      May 6, 2014 at 14:54

      I haven’t watched it yet, but so far I’ve been liking the Amazing Spider-Man


    • Eric

      May 9, 2014 at 14:15

      I’ll minority with you. I loved the movie


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