You have to hand it to Entertainment Weekly. As a print magazine, it knows how to compete in the Internet age. Like say, when you have a juicy bit of news that will hit in your next print edition. What do you do? You do what EW did, release it on your website days before the issue hits stands.
The magazine interviewed Shailine Woodley in conjunction with her latest film, Divergent, when the actress dropped a bombshell about her involvement in Amazing Spider-Man 2–there not going to be one. Mary Jane has been cut from the film.
Here is the pertinent part of the interview. Relax, MJ fans, it looks like she’s only taking one film off:
Of course I’m bummed. 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.
It appears that MJ would fill a similar role that Bryce Dallas Howard’s Gwen Stacy played in Spider-Man 3, a brief introduction with the potential for a larger role in future films. It seems like they are simply doing away with the “brief introduction” part and hopefully going with the larger role in the already scheduled Amazing Spider-Man 3.
Of course, we did mention yesterday that if Felicity Jones is playing the Black Cat, Peter Parker’s love life was getting quite crowded. I don’t know what this news says about Jones playing the Black Cat. For one, it clears up the field a bit. But would you really replace Mary Jane with the Black Cat for Gwen’s competition?
Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently filming, so these events could change again or more news may develop.