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Although The Descendents actress Shailene Woodley filmed scenes in February and March for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, none of them will make it into director Marc Webb’s sequel. Instead, she reveals that Mary Jane Watson has been cut from the movie and won’t appear until the third installment of the Sony Pictures franchise, which arrives June 10, 2016.
In an interview in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly focusing on her starring role in the upcoming sci-fi adventure Divergent, Woodley says, “Of course I’m bummed. But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. … Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film.”
Mary Jane’s role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was never expected to be extensive, with an early report asserting that it “blossoms into an integral lead for the planned third movie as the studio seeks to build to the classic ‘Death of Gwen Stacy’ story.” Whether Webb and the studio changed directions in the past few months or simply felt the MJ would work better in the next film remains to be seen.
Updated (12:15 p.m.): According to The Hollywood Reporter, Woodley likely won’t return for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and the role of Mary Jane Watson will be recast. “”I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship,” Webb says. “Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.”
Opening May 4, 2014, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore and Sally Field.