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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” News Roundup

Warning: This article contains possible spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Photo: Columbia Pictures

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Whenever a superhero movie is on its way, it’s preceded by months to years of speculation about writing/directing, characterization, and – this is the biggie – the source material the plot will be based on. These events seemed to be magnified when it came to the first Amazing Spider-Man, due to the fact that it was a reboot of a franchise that had been dead and buried for barely five years.

Speculation about what’s to come in the sequel has been just as strong, so let’s take a look at some of the recent developments coming from the production front.

Shailene Woodley is Out

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Photo: Fox Searchlight

 

While the Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) romance is the central love story in this franchise so far, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (ASM2 from here on out – give my poor typing fingers a chance to rest, guys) was set to introduce Mary Jane Watson. Whether it would be setting the foundation for a future love connection between Peter and MJ had yet to be announced, and now we’ll never know.

Shailene Woodley, famous for the terrible Secret Life of the American Teenager, but taken seriously for her role in the critically acclaimed The Descendants, would have only played a small part as Mary Jane, but her scenes have been cut from the final product. It also looks like the role will be recast if MJ makes an appearance in part 3.

Felicity Jones Might Be Felicia Hardy

Photo: Burberry

Photo: Burberry

While she arguably isn’t as well known when compared to Mary Jane and Gwen, it’s still kind of surprising Felicia Hardy (aka Black Cat) has never made it onto the silver screen. Well, it looks like Felicity Jones – who was cast in a mysterious, unrevealed role, could be playing the antihero.

Admittedly, the video featuring her tripping over her words when asked about her Black Cat role (near the end of the clip) doesn’t confirm anything. She could have just been confused because the interviewer asked her about a character she wasn’t actually playing, but, being the rumor monger I am, I’m going to say it casts doubt on any denials.

(I had previously gone with the theory that she’d be playing Betty Brant.)

Gwen Stacy Might Be Dying

Photo: Bobby Bank

Photo: Bobby Bank

In the comics, Gwen Stacy is important for multiple reasons. Sure, as a character, but also for what she means for comics themselves. I mean, papers have been written about the shift in focus of the comic world from escapism to harsh reality and her offing is one of the big parts of the change – so it’s not the type of thing that can be easily re-written without a ton of fan outcry. This, and Stone’s own opinion that the arc should be followed through, suggests that the character will eventually meet a grim (reaper) fate. (The Stacy family really doesn’t seem to be lucky when it comes to death. Pap Stacy in the original, Gwen this time around, geez!)

Recent production stills suggest the Stone’s outfit in one scene is eerily similar to Gwen’s last living wardrobe choice. I assume this is done on purpose. Whether the look was chosen to mimic her look in the comics, or to make people think she’s going to kick the bucket and then pull a switcheroo, is yet to be seen.

AMS2 Might Be Following in Spider-Man 3’s Footsteps

Photo: Sony

Photo: Sony

Of the many downsides to the third movie in the first series of Spider-Man films, the villain overload was one of the most common complaints. Now we’ve gotten word that, not only will Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) be featured, but the Vulture might be joining the villain ranks too in the form of Colm Feore. As Adrian Toomes (Vulture’s alter ego), Feore will be appearing alongside Dane Dehaan and Chris Cooper, as future villains (and Green/Hob Goblins) Harry and Norman Osborn.

If this sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. Most likely, several of these characters will play small parts in the film, and will become major villains of ASM 3 and 4. This theory goes hand in hand with another: The franchise will be introducing the Sinister Six. I’m not sure I can get on board with this idea, since it’s hard enough to do two villains justice in one movie, let alone six – but I’ll give the writers the benefit of the doubt for now.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes out April 17, 2014. Directed by Marc Webb, it will star Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field – to name a few.

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