Aside from a few details – like the Lizard being the villain instead of Green Goblin, Emma Stone >>>>>>>>>>> Kirsten Dunst and Macho Man Randy Savage – I didn’t see much of a difference between the 2002 Spider-Man film and this year’s The Amazing Spider-Man. That’s probably because Columbia Pictures rushed this reboot to theaters so Marvel didn’t reclaim the rights to the franchise and add Spidey to The Avengers, but there might be a really small chance that Columbia just wanted to try telling the same story again. Hopefully with less singing this time.
But unlike the last Spidey trilogy, which featured Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy in the third installment, the Amazing version started off with Peter Parker’s original love interest, played by Stone. For the sequel, we’ll once again be introduced to Mary Jane Watson so she can start her whole cat fight with Gwen again. Who’ll play MJ? Columbia really really really wants Shailene Woodley. Hooray, star power.
Woodley has been offered the role of Mary Jane Watson, the perennial red-headed love interest of Pater Parker in the Spider-Man comics. The role was previously played by Kirsten Dunst in the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy.
Columbia just closed deals with Marc Webb to return to the director’s chair after this summer’s web-head reboot, Amazing Spider-Man, grossed $752 million worldwide. The studio also closed deals with Garfield to reprise the title role and Emma Stone to return as Gwen Stacy. (Via THR)
I didn’t care for The Amazing Spider-Man at all, as I thought it was a sloppy and lazy retelling of the 2002 film, complete with the dragged out murder of Peter’s uncle [ditto -Vince]. But it had its moments, and there’s at least room for the story to improve in the sequel. The problem, though, is that readers of Spider-Man comics all know that things don’t ever end up well for Gwen in any storylines. That’s about as specific as I can be without spoilers.
So basically what we have is just a plain, old love triangle, and that’s really boring. What I’d like to suggest as an alternative, since we’re already taking liberties with the characters – like the Lizard killing Gwen’s dad instead of
the Green Goblin Dr. Octopus doing it – how about we turn Gwen into the Black Cat? Think about it, Columbia, because I think there are a few million dudes and bros agreeing with me right now.
Seriously. Do it.