The news of Emma Stone’s casting in “The Amazing Spider-Man” was first met with almost universal approval. She would be the perfect Mary Jane Watson, fans thought. But when her true role as Gwen Stacy became clear, there was almost a bittersweet understanding.
If Gwen is remembered for one thing, it is her death at the hands of the Green Goblin.
When MTV News’ Josh Horowitz spoke with the actress, she told him that the tragic end for the character was what initially drew her into the project. “That was part of the reason why I was kind of drawn to the role, that mark on pop-culture history,” she said. “I read all about Gwen, and I thought that was so amazing.”
Even with Gwen’s death as an iconic moment in comic book history, canon is constantly rewritten for film adaptations. Stone sought answers from the filmmakers as to whether the film version of Gwen would respect the book, and she was pleased with the response.
“I spoke to the people behind the movie, and they said, ’Yeah, we’re planning on staying true to the comics.’ And I was like, ’If you’re making a movie like this, that’s something I want to be a part of,’ ” Stone said. “That is so shocking and horrifying and kind of beautiful in some way. The fact that people unsubscribed and burned their copies — I like anything that causes some kind of upheaval.”
Her director Marc Webb couldn’t say whether Stone’s version of Gwen would meet the same fate in an upcoming installment, but he couldn’t deny the allure of working with that moment. “I think that remains to be seen, but let me tell you this: The ultimate tragedy of Gwen Stacy is a really provocative and powerful part of the Spider-Man canon,” he said. “I think it would be really extraordinary to explore that, but I don’t want to take the wind out of the drama.”
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