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Mary Jane Watson will not appear in SPIDER-MAN reboot?

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
November 5th, 2010

Don't expect to hear "Go get 'em, tiger" in Marc Webb's upcoming SPIDER-MAN reboot. According to The Wrap, the character of Miss Watson will not, I repeat will not, appear in the film as she is not currently in the script and in fact never has been.

Originally, Emma Stone was thought to have been cast as the fiery red head, only to find out that she was in fact...shocker...a natural blonde and would play the character of Gwen Stacy instead. Stacy was another love interest for Peter Parker in the Spider-Man mythos, however the two traditionally don't meet until his college years (see The Amazing Spider-Man #31). Yet with the latest news, it would appear that Webb and screenwriter James Vanderbilt are taking a few liberties with the story, a la X-MEN's Rogue.

Once Stone was announced to play Stacy - the film's now primary love interest - it was assumed that Mary Jane would be introduced as Parker's bestie and possibly the third arm of a forming love triangle, only to feature her more in a sequel that is sure to be spinning at the end of Sony's web. After all, you can't have a SPIDER-MAN film without Mary Jane, right? It's like The Bible without Mary Magdalene!

Apparently you can. And Webb and Vanderbilt are out to prove it, with whatever they have up their sleeves aside from Andrew Garfield as your friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man, Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, Sally Field as Aunt May, and Rhys Ifans as the villainous Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard. Hopefully, they also have some artificial web shooters up there too. Because if Mary Jane doesn't show up in this thing at any point at all, natural web shooters don't seem like that big of a heresy anymore.

For now, I hold out hope for a better tomorrow with the rebooted SPIDER-MAN franchise. One that includes that flame-headed firecracker that we all know and love.

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