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June 19, 2013
Shailene Woodley’s role of Mary Jane completely cut from Amazing Spider-Man 2
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With the characters and roles quickly filling up in Amazing Spider-Man 2, I was sure that something was going to happen to manage so many different character plots. According to Deadline, Shailene Woodley will not be playing the role of Mary Jane in the next Spider-Man film. The role is not being completely cut from the franchise, it is instead being put on hold until the third film. The reason for this move was to keep focus on the development of the relationship between Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen (Emma Stone).
This is honestly a good thing. When characters start stacking up in films, I begin to worry. We already have Peter, Gwen, Rhino, Electro, Harry Osborn, Norman Osborn, and a possibility of the Vulture appearing in the film. I don’t think that there is enough room for as many characters as they currently have and I would be happy to see some more cut unless there plans are to keep the roles at a borderline cameo level. The focus should be Gwen and Peter, and if Gwen supposedly dies, then it should be a smooth transition into the Mary Jane storyline as it was in the comics.
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First and foremost, Ryan Brown is a fan. He has been an avid fan of both the theater and cinema since an early age and his passion for both has been continually growing ever since. When dissecting a film, he focuses on all elements of film-making including some fan/cult factors. He believes that character development is the foundation of a good film and usually starts his analysis of a film from there moving forward. His writing style may be influenced by his background of narrative and argumentative studies in the subject, but he tends to enjoy a more conversational style to better interact with the readers, unlike some other pretentious and pompous writers.
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