Back in December, some "Amazing Spider-Man" set photos gave us a glimpse of a very dour looking Emma Stone in character as Gwen Stacy in the midst of what looked to be a police funeral. The pics had savvy fans wondering if we were possibly getting a sneak peek at the funeral of Gwen's father, George, given that Captain Stacy dies in the midst of a high-flying tussle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus in the comics.
As far as we know, Doc Ock doesn't factor into Sony's reboot of the storied franchise, but there was still speculation: did these photos suggest George Stacy dies in the film? That's the question we put recently to Denis Leary, who plays Stacy — and his answer could merit a SPOILER ALERT. You've been warned!
"I'm not allowed to say anything about the ending of 'Spider-Man' — or the ending of 'Rescue Me,' " he told us at the opening festivities for the Tribeca Film festival. "It's verboten! I can't tell you!"
But wait! It seems Leary did in fact tell us something significant: that the funeral scene in question takes place at the end of the movie.
So, does that mean Captain Stacy dies? Is the funeral for someone else entirely? It's all speculation at the moment. One thing, though, seems clear: the funeral, coming at the conclusion of the movie, can't be for some insignificant character; that just wouldn't make storytelling sense. We'll leave it at that for now.
Leary himself didn't dive back into the "Spider-Man" vaults for research purposes, reading up on his character's history. Instead he relied on the knowledge of both helmer Marc Webb and the webslinger's creator.
"I just really spent a lot of time with the director and I got some information from Stan Lee and the guys at Marvel," he told MTV News. "It's the first time I got to play a comic book guy."
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