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Sony Looking to Kill Gwen Stacy in Amazing Spider-Man Sequel

While Sony Pictures took some liberties with Peter Parker’s origin in The Amazing Spider-Man, the studio apparently plans to get back in line with Marvel comics history with the 2014 sequel, at least in one regard: the death of Gwen Stacy.

That tidbit is found buried in a Hollywood Reporter article about Shailene Woodley’s imminent casting in Divergent, the Summit/Lionsgate adaptation of the popular young-adult novel. It seems the young actress is only able to take the lead in that film because her role as Mary Jane Watson “is proving to be only a very small part in Amazing Spider-Man 2 but blossoms into an integral lead for the planned third movie as the studio seeks to build to the classic ‘Death of Gwen Stacy’ story.”

The watershed 1973 story arc, actually titled “The Night Gwen Stacy Died,” famously pitted Spider-Man against Green Goblin, who kidnaps Gwen and ultimately hurls her from the top of either the Brooklyn Bridge or George Washington Bridge (depending whether you believe the art or the text). Spider-Man shoots a web and snags Gwen’s leg, seemingly saving her, only to discover the sudden stop snapped her neck.

The move toward that studio might explain why it took the studio a little longer to negotiate a sequel deal for actress Emma Stone, who plays Gwen, than it did for star Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb. It also may shed some light on the reported search for an actor to play Peter’s friend Harry Osborn, son of the original Green Goblin Norman Osborn.

Of course, does it also throw water on the rumor that Electro is among the possibilities for the sequel’s villain — or does it indicate that Sony is looking to shake up the classic story of Gwen Stacy’s death?

Written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orc and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man is set to open in 3D on May 2, 2014.


  • alistaircrane

    YES!!!! I refuse to watch the Amazing Spider-Man because Gwen was in it instead of MJ (I am a Peter & MJ shipper). But with MJ appearing in the sequels and Gwen (rightfully) being killed off, I’ll have to check out the next one.

  • Bryan Mc Govern

    I personally thought the minute Amazing ended that Gwen was gonna bite the dust on the sequel, my only concern was that Emma Stone being such a Big star right now, attracting the big bucks, maybe Sony was thinking to hold on the killing of Gwen, for now, and I am very happy to hear that MJ for now is gonna be just around and not in your face, if handled correctly she can be so funny and likable, and not the bitch some love to hate

  • john

    Ewwww…always hated mj.

  • Guest

    Am I the only one that interpreted that as Gwen being killed off in ASM3? After Gwen’s death MJ took a much bigger role in Peter’s life. She consoled him and everything kinda blossomed out of/after that. So MJ is a semi-background character (akin to Flash in ASM1) and introduce Harry as well in ASM2 with whatever villain you want. Then in ASM3 you introduce Norman the Gobby and kill off Gwen. Just please no ‘Sins Past’

  • Norris

    Thanks for placing that spoiler headline on the CBR front page, mate.

  • Kao

    This is the dumbest thing I’ve read all day.

  • ipm

    It´d be way too predictable…

  • Adam Walters

    I think it would be better if MJ is introduced in this one, used more in the third, and Gwen is killed in the third. Maybe that will happen still.

  • Adam Walters

    This is exactly what I want to happen. It would give greater weight to her death.

  • Anonymous

    I have a lot of problems with this.  

    For one, I thought it’d be a stroke of brilliance for Sony to take a different route from the comics and have Gwen live, because anytime you introduce Gwen in a Spider-man story, it’s a foregone conclusion to any fans with even the tiniest bit of familiarity with the character of Spider-man that she WILL die at some point.  It robs the story of any kind of suspense because you’re going to be looking for when she dies, it’s predictable.  You shouldn’t ever go into a story with a checklist.

    Second, Emma’s Gwen is a lot less Mary Sue-ish than the version Stan Lee wrote, they gave her some depth and it’d be nice to see that explored rather than to kill her off for some cheap pathos.  What I liked about the Spectacular Spider-man show was that they also did the same thing with Gwen, they gave her some depth and didn’t go for the obvious (along with the way they did the Green Goblin; very good writing on that show).  They actually made you care about Peter and her getting together, something I thought the AMS movie pulled off too.  

    Finally, AMS had a problem with being a little too close to the original Spidey movie (although I’d say they did all of those similar bits better than Raimi); keeping Gwen around would be a good way to help differentiate this new trilogy.

    Seriously Sony, rethink what you’re doing.

  • Christopher Lim

    No it sounds like ASM2 will culminate in the death of Gwen, and ASM3 will kick off dealing with the aftermath.  It doesn’t make sense to kill Gwen off in ASM3, as that is a big moment and to have it at the beginning and then MJ take a larger part in the last 2/3 of the movie doesn’t make sense in terms of pacing and story.

  • kalorama

    No real surprise here. Emma Stone said in interviews promoting ASM that she hoped the sequels built up to Gwen’s death. 

  • Jmac

    I take the quote to mean Gwen Stacy might die in ASM 3, not 2.  They say they’re building toward that story…

  • alistaircrane

    No, your comment was the dumbest thing. Are you trying to say there’s something wrong with being a fan of relationships? I read the comics for the relationships and the romance. Well, I did. I don’t read Spider-Man anymore because Peter and MJ’s marriage was erased. I don’t read Superman because Lois and Clark’s marriage was erased. You can like your superhero action and I can like my superhero romance, thank you very much.

  • Mordecai

    Do you have a “Team MJ” shirt?

  • alistaircrane

    FYI: I also ship Scott and Jean, as well as Bruce and Selina.

  • Jim H.

     Yeah, that’s the definite impression I got as well. “Building towards” is not the same thing as “happening in.”

  • Hypestyle the Hype Man

    Uh, talk about a major spoiler.  2 years before it comes out, even.  Sheesh.

  • shipthisb!+c#

    “ship”  sounds idiotic.

  • Demoncat4

    surprised sony would even consider doing the night gwen died on the big screen which would mean the green goblin back on screen though electro could be as a change the one who causes her death like accidently zapping her causing her to fall off the bridge. but still sony actully having balls to whack a spider man character on the big screen.

  • Oasis

     ok,so u didnt watch it. because no mj..ok thats fine i respect that..but you do know he was with gwen first right? its this death that makes him jumpy about ever dating anyone again. there the famous part in the comic where he moving gwen stuff..this before he got with mj..start breaking down..and as well tells him self that he cant be with anyone .

    from that moment on..when he does hook up with mj…he has the whole questioning to be with her…very picky..protective..breaking up  with at random times..because he has the whole fear of what happen to gwen.. heck after mj gets hurt..he goes back to the get pay back.. because gwen death..set up this mind set. to be worry about being with someone..and if he is with some..that he will cross the line to make sure his partner never dies , like  gwen

  • Joe

    I think it is stupid to rush this story. Peter hasn’t had a chance to meet Harry and have fun in college with Flash and company and marinate the relationship with her in another movie while he meets MJ and she gets to rival Gwen, etc etc when suddenly she’s already gone by the end of the next one. I feel the first movie was just such a waste of motion. The first hour was totally useless with the parents mystery. I feel like they are going to screw it up by going all out on the next one. You don’t need to rush Spidey into EMO mode, you can milk this cow with 5 or 6 movies and not make the same mistakes as the first trilogy which over saturated Spiderman 3. Obviously this is not a Marvel Studios production which is why it is going to feel like it leaves a lot of the table. 

  • tomdaylight

    Might they instead try the novel approach of letting Gwen Stacy LIVE? Sick of all these death fetishists I see on the internet. The story wasn’t THAT good. I don’t think it would make for a good movie either. What made for an innovative approach in 1972 is rather run-of-the-mill today.

    I’m hoping that this is just another case of Spinoff putting two and two together to make five…

  • Jimmy

     Kao’s wrong – this is the dumbest thing he’ll read all day.

  • Andrew

    Without a doubt, this is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read on the internet.  

    Do you also root for Luke and Leia to get back together?

  • Tomfitz1

    I’m sure Emma Stone wouldn’t mind playing a dying Gwen Stacy, after all, it’s canon in the mythos of Spider-man, as long as it’s spectacularly well done!  ;-)

  • Katarzyna Skop

    What? WHAT? NO. Bastards. Gwen is one of the best things to happen to TASM. And it was refreshing to see her as Pete’s love as opposed to the usual Pete/MJ romance. I want them to live happily ever after, I want them to be adorable, like in House of M.

  • Richard Casey

    Really? you wouldn’t watch the film because it’s loyalier to the comics than any of Rami’s films ever were? Typical internet nonsense. 

  • alistaircrane

    No. That would be called twincest.

  • alistaircrane

    Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films were excellent. I have no desire to watch a remake five years later, especially without Peter Parker’s true love and soulmate Mary Jane Watson.

  • alistaircrane

     I wish!

  • alistaircrane

    That anti-romance attitude is the reason why you are single, Jimmy.

  • alistaircrane

    It doesn’t matter that Peter dated Gwen first. It’s not about who comes first because it’s not a competition. Peter’s one true love is Mary Jane Watson. Similarly, I would refuse to watch a Superman movie that presented trashbag Lana Lang as Clark’s love interest. In fact, I never even watched Smallville until Lana left the show for good.

  • Also Alex

    One word: Snap!

  • Pedro Bear

    the level of faggotry inthis post is of the scale

  • Statham

    Yawn. I hope Stone tells the studios to get lost; She was one of the best things about the new film, and I don’t see why the films should have to follow the books to the letter; Peter Parker already has the whole ‘power and responsibility’ crap from Uncle Ben – Killing off Gwen Stacy screwed up the character for years in the comics and would serve absolutely no purpose on film.

  • alistaircrane

     Wow, you are a vile excuse for a human being. Homophobe.

  • alistaircrane

     It stands for “relationship”, something you’ve obviously never had.

  • alistaircrane

     Gwen needs to die so Peter can be with his true love Mary Jane Watson.

  • alistaircrane

    The fact that two people liked this means there are at least three homophobes trolling CBR.


    that’s a shame, I really liked Emma Stone as Gwen in the ASM 

  • Devil_Dinosaur

    I guess the way the first movie ended – with Parker promising the dying George Stacy that he’ll stay away from his daughter, and then decidedly not staying away from his daughter and saying “the best promises are the ones we don’t keep,” which is exactly the opposite of what Peter Parker would think – is leading to Peter’s feeling completely responsible for Gwen’s death, and that, and not the death of Uncle Ben, making him a hero.  Because he sure wasn’t one at the end of the first film.

  • Devil_Dinosaur

    So, you’re a “shipper.”  Huh.  Please tell me you get punched a lot.

  • Savvimae4

    Watch 10 minutes of secret life of an American teenager to see shailene woodleys acting ability. It is nowhere near as captivating as Emma stone. Either get a better actress for mj or don’t kill off Gwen Stacy because Emma stone is one of the best parts about the amazing spider man along with Andrew Garfield of course.

  • Guest

    So you refuse something that is correct in the first place it shows that Peter parker is with Gwen first, tbh Gwen stacey is hot anyway;) Emma stone did a great job as did Andrew the spiderman series was okay but AS is so much better the the original.

  • Shashank

    Oh come on, leave Gwen alone, she’s far better than MJ

  • Ginooooooo

    Personally i don’t like maryjane and i love gwen stacy which made me kinda care about this movie just a bit more. I have my reasons not to like the new film, but yeah anyways if this is the film where she dies you know what that means! it means THE GREEN GOBLIN! !

  • Taylarbotelho

    I totally agree I never liked MJ but I loved Gwen. If she does the movie won’t be any different than another Spider-Man movie. And I really liked this versio because it was so unique

  • ratusboy

    actually, what destroys the charecter was a story arc called “past sins”, her death is the only real reason that we remember her, because its a key moment for her, and for spiderman itself because her death haunts him to this day, is a moment that he matures as both a person and a super-hero and the sony can’t ignore this moment if they want to stay loyal to the comics and this is such an important moment

  • Two Evelym

    I don’t understand The Amazing Spider-Man movie.In the comics,all doctors from Spidey universe works together at OSCORP.e.g:Dr Curt Connors/The Lizard works in OSCORP and he knew Peter Parker/Spider-Man.However,in the comics Dr.Connor didn’t knew Peter and he didn’t work at OSCORP….

  • Two Evelym

    Strangely,in the comics Captain George Stacy was actually killed by Doc Ock and not the Lizard.Is it the fault of the storywriter or the director?

  • Neutralgray

    You’re an idiot. Case dismissed.

  • Burger

    But Peter and Gwen are perfect together and would make a better ship then MJ and Peter!

  • manna

    Ultimate Spider-Man #128 it is said that when gwen stacy die CARNAGE recreated her body so here’s what im hoping for ASM3 if Gwen will die in the second film and when Carnage/Venom would appear IN ASM3

  • Bingo

    You have apparently not read Ultimate Spider-Man.

  • Emma

    Well actually Peter never got over Gwen (according to the comics) and although he did marry MJ Gwen was always his “one true love”