Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a sequel can with a possibly bloated cast already that includes several villains, loves and acquaintances… That is how the song goes, right? At the rate that the current Spider-Man sequel is teasing new characters, I’m expecting the film to have a colossal team-up between the webhead and Howard the Duck by the time it arrives next year.
But you know who won’t be in the film? Good ol’ cannabis slang name herself, Mary Jane Watson. Tiger is going to have to wait a little bit longer to hit that jackpot.
Played by Shailene Woodley, the scenes featuring the actress will now be bumped to the third film instead, as she’s been cut from the second film entirely. Speaking to EW via SuperHero Hype, Woodley expressed some disappointment, but maintained that she would be around for the threequel at least.
“Of course I’m bummed,” Woodley said.
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.
“I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship,” director Marc Webb said in a statement. “Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.”
I’ve got no problem with this. I’m not keen on a cliched love triangle erupting in that film, and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy has been fantastic so far. That and I blame the ultimate villain of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane Watson, for souring my impressions of the character.
The first sequel will be swinging into cinemas on my birthday next year, May 2, while Spider-films 3 and 4 arrive in 2016 and 2018.
Last Updated: June 20, 2013