Just as a heads-up, this news piece contains some pretty major spoilers for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. You’ve been warned…
If you’ve made it this far, you’ve either seen Marc Webb’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 or you have no care about possible spoilers. So let’s put it out there: Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy is no more. Biting the bullet during the finale of Webb’s Spidey sequel, Miss Stacy has seemingly joined her pops in the afterlife. Speaking to SuperheroHype, director Webb has been talking about the decision to kill off Gwen.
Discussing the constant pre-movie denial of Gwen’s impending demise, Webb said, “That whole thing was a charade because everybody was trying to get us to admit it, which is annoying. There are some people trying to trick you into revealing something, then there’s all these other people who are like, ‘You revealed too much!’ You can’t win.”
On how the inclusion of Gwen as such a prominent character in Sony’s latest Spidey-verse was always going to tease the idea of her death, Webb added, “It’s a controversial thing in the comic, certainly. People flipped the fuck out, but it also ushered in a new era of comics. It changed Spider-Man but it changed all of comics because people took it seriously. It’s like GAME OF THRONES. When somebody pulls out a blade, you’re like, ‘I don’t know what the fuck’s going to happen.’ And that’s important, that kind of drama. It’s important that actions have consequences. I think that it’s easy to lose track of the idea that these people are dealing with really dangerous elements of the universe.”
Webb went on to discuss how the decision to kill off Gwen caused them to change the story that they initially had planned for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, as it meant that some form of the Green Goblin had to be included. “We were very careful to adhere to that,” he said. “I think in this movie, we reverse-engineered everything from that event. We knew that the Goblin had to do it, but who the Goblin was, I think we had some leeway because there was a precedent in the comics that Harry actually did turn into the Goblin, but we wanted to kind of withhold that. We knew if we just made him the only villain, the cat would’ve been out of the bag.”
So Electro was designed as a red herring to disguise Harry Osborn’s killing of Gwen Stacy? That’s certainly an interesting way to look at it.
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