It’s no secret among Spider-Man fans (or even for film fans somewhat versed in the mythos of the web-slinging superhero) that the character of Gwen Stacy perishes (not surprisingly in The Amazing Spider-Man #121 “The Night Gwen Stacy Died”).
This ultimately makes way for Mary Jane Watson to enter the picture and become Peter Parker’s love interest once again, something which seems to be a logical progression.
Speaking to Cameron Crowe for Interview Magazine, Emma Stone says she wants to stay true to the source material and see Gwen Stacy meet her comic book counterpart’s fate in one of the inevitable sequels to this year’s blockbuster.
“Essentially the argument is that Spider-Man kills her by accident. So the person she loves is the person who kills her, which is the most horrifying thing. Apparently people unsubscribed to the comic book when that happened because they were just so flipped-out over it. But, of course, I want to stay true to that.”
Frankly, it would be more of a surprise if Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy didn’t die in the upcoming sequels, especially considering the reboot nature of this franchise. Fans more familiar with the Mary Jane character will want to see her return not to mention the tragic death of a prominent character (especially in studio blockbuster fare) is usually a huge plus when it comes to lasting emotional impact.
Bringing another telling of Spider-Man’s origin story (and a new Peter Parker to boot) to the screen so quickly after Sam Raimi’s trilogy ended certainly deserved some buffer room (necessity of such an approach aside) and this will inevitably leave room to bring back some of Marvel’s most iconic villains in this universe, such as The Green Goblin and Venom.
Thanks to a number one opening in China, The Amazing Spider-Man has just crossed $700 million worldwide, so expect things to start ramping up shortly for the sequel. Likely, casting announcements and an official start date for principle photography won’t be far off. Sony won’t sit on this one for long.
Currently, Sony has the as-of-yet-untitled sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man (with Emma Stone – her character’s not dead yet) set for May 2, 2014. We’ll keep you posted when we hear more.