Mary Jane is out! The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is only a few months into their shooting schedule and they’ve already cut a pretty important character!
Shailene Woodley and her character of Mary Jane Watson, who turns out to be Peter Parker’s love interest in the future, has been cut from the upcoming film. Instead, she’ll be introduced in the third film of the franchise, which is set to be release in 2016.
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The reasoning behind the decision is good news of us Peter and Gwen Stacy fans – a.ka. us Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone shippers. “I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship,” said director Marc Webb in a statement. “Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.”
And Shailene’s reaction to getting the boot? We’re all wondering, right? “Of course I’m bummed,” she tells EW in an exclusive statement. “But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. MJ only appeared in a few scenes and I wouldn’t trade the experience of working with Andrew and Emma for three days on set for the world. Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing MJ until the next film.”
While Mary Jane won’t be introduced to the audience until 2016, there’s no word yet on whether Shailene will stay on for the role.
What do you think about Shailene getting the cut?
Are you happy the focus will be more on Andrew and Emma’s characters?