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10.19.2012by:

Spoiler Warning: This story contains spoilers for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Proceed at your own risk.

My biggest pet peeve with the Sam Raimi SPIDER-MAN trilogy was the handling of the Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy characters. Raimi all but butchered the famous Green Goblin bridge scene that forced Peter Parker to choose between his love and saving civilians. He even found a way for Spider-man to save everyone. While I was able to overlook it over time, once we got SPIDER-MAN 3, I was pissed.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is almost definitely going to feature Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, but as previously reported she is also taking the lead role in Neil Burger's DIVERGENT.

What allows her to take that lead role and the part of Mary Jane is that THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 role is going to be a very small one. In fact, Marc Webb is looking to set events in motion with THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 that will lead to the third film focusing on the 1973 "Night Gwen Stacy Died" story arc from The Amazing Spider-Man #121-122.

The comic story goes like this: The Green Goblin abducts Gwen Stacy and lures Spider-Man to the Brooklyn Bridge and the Goblin hurls Stacy off the bridge. Spider-Man shoots a web strand at her legs and catches her. As he pulls her up, he thinks he has saved her. However, he quickly realizes she is dead. Unsure whether the whiplash from her sudden stop broke her neck or if the Goblin had broken it previously, he blames himself for her death. The Green Goblin escapes, and Spider-Man cries over Stacy's corpse and swears revenge. The following issue, Spider-Man tracks the Green Goblin to a warehouse and beats him but cannot bring himself to kill him. The Goblin uses the opportunity to send his glider to impale Spider-Man from behind. Warned by his spider-sense, Spider-Man dodges, and the glider instead impales the Green Goblin, seemingly killing him. Later, a devastated Parker, back at home, encounters an equally shocked and saddened Mary Jane Watson, who has lost her close friend Stacy, and the two attempt to comfort each other in the wake of their loss.

So, you can see what Raimi used in SPIDER-MAN from the story. I highly doubt that Marc Webb will keep the story as similar, but the inclusion of Norman Osborn in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN storyline does lead me to believe that the Green Goblin will likely be the villain of the third film. I would be very sad to see Emma Stone leave the series, but it has the potential to be a damn good movie if handled the right way.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is scheduled for release on May 2, 2014.

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4:35PM on 10/19/2012

An unfortunate positive

I agree that I hate to see Stone leave the series but if this is executed correctly then it can make a very good plot driven story. Personally I am willing to sacrifice some action for character and plot development that can make for a powerful movie. Stone's performance in the first movie was arguably fantastic so if this happens her death can bring powerful emotions to the film. Also I seem to recall reading an article that had Stone herself seeing the need for Stacy to die in the series to
I agree that I hate to see Stone leave the series but if this is executed correctly then it can make a very good plot driven story. Personally I am willing to sacrifice some action for character and plot development that can make for a powerful movie. Stone's performance in the first movie was arguably fantastic so if this happens her death can bring powerful emotions to the film. Also I seem to recall reading an article that had Stone herself seeing the need for Stacy to die in the series to further Parker's character development. So I will take this as upsetting yet promising news.
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5:14PM on 10/19/2012
how many movies was Emma Stone going to do anyways? with most series nowadays being trilogies, if she dies in the third movie she lasted the reasonable extent of the series to begin with.
how many movies was Emma Stone going to do anyways? with most series nowadays being trilogies, if she dies in the third movie she lasted the reasonable extent of the series to begin with.
5:00PM on 10/19/2012
I mentioned this in another article, but here's how I would structure the next couple Spidey flicks:

2
-Peter and Gwen are broken up to start the film.
-Aunt Mae keeps asking for Peter to meet her friends niece
-Peter and Gwen get back together towards the end of the movie.
-MJ shows up at Peter's door (having been sent my Ain't Mae who is unaware of Peter and Gwen getting back together)
-"face it Tiger, you just hit the jack pot!" Closes out the film.

3

Concludes with the death
I mentioned this in another article, but here's how I would structure the next couple Spidey flicks:

2
-Peter and Gwen are broken up to start the film.
-Aunt Mae keeps asking for Peter to meet her friends niece
-Peter and Gwen get back together towards the end of the movie.
-MJ shows up at Peter's door (having been sent my Ain't Mae who is unaware of Peter and Gwen getting back together)
-"face it Tiger, you just hit the jack pot!" Closes out the film.

3

Concludes with the death of Gwen, Peter swears revenge.

4

-Spidey tracks down Goblin, but can't kill him.
-Osborne kills himself when he realizes the monster he's become.
-Introduce the Eddie Brock character (maybe the Ultimate version to make it different from SM3)
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5:53PM on 10/19/2012

Awesome

I really really enjoyed TAS. I enjoyed it more than any other Spider-man film to date. So this news excites me! Shailene Woody is the perfect pick for MJ, Lets just hope the next 2 films wont be in 3D, what a waste of money that is.
I really really enjoyed TAS. I enjoyed it more than any other Spider-man film to date. So this news excites me! Shailene Woody is the perfect pick for MJ, Lets just hope the next 2 films wont be in 3D, what a waste of money that is.
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7:02PM on 10/19/2012

Why?

Why not do some original storylines instead of redoing what was done in the Raimi's trilogy.. New villains! New characters! New stories! Please!!!!! There are enough characters and stories in the 50 years of SpiderMan's existence to fill a dozen movies and more... That whole new reboot is completely useless.
Why not do some original storylines instead of redoing what was done in the Raimi's trilogy.. New villains! New characters! New stories! Please!!!!! There are enough characters and stories in the 50 years of SpiderMan's existence to fill a dozen movies and more... That whole new reboot is completely useless.
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8:43PM on 10/19/2012
Yeah they should do something different. While the Amazing Spider-man was probably technically the best Spider-man movie, I still felt rather "meh" about it because it just told the same damn story we all know over again. There's a ton of Spidey villains and stories to choose from that they haven't touched yet (and I can count Venom in there too because his use in SP3 shouldn't count). Why re-hash the villain that stood out the most during the trilogy that just ended? And if they really follow
Yeah they should do something different. While the Amazing Spider-man was probably technically the best Spider-man movie, I still felt rather "meh" about it because it just told the same damn story we all know over again. There's a ton of Spidey villains and stories to choose from that they haven't touched yet (and I can count Venom in there too because his use in SP3 shouldn't count). Why re-hash the villain that stood out the most during the trilogy that just ended? And if they really follow that guideline above it'll be even closer to the Raimi movies. Then what, do they reboot again? It just feels like they're afraid to do something different.
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2:08AM on 10/21/2012
Seriously the reboot sucked, I am so over this series, sony just let marvel buy out your rights so we can see a decent Spidey movie.
Seriously the reboot sucked, I am so over this series, sony just let marvel buy out your rights so we can see a decent Spidey movie.
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5:14PM on 10/21/2012

The reboot was horrible, but I still have hopes for the series...

The reboot was horrible, terrible script, horrible interpretation of Peter Parker and a really bland villain. But hopefully they do something interesting with the characters and get them out into the real world and not just have them be high school emo hipsters.
The reboot was horrible, terrible script, horrible interpretation of Peter Parker and a really bland villain. But hopefully they do something interesting with the characters and get them out into the real world and not just have them be high school emo hipsters.
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