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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.