yesterday’s report by EW’s Nicole Sperling that both Mary Jane and Gwen will be front and center in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot.Even though Spider-Man 1 isn’t perfect and Spider-Man 3 is awful, you could make a decent case for the Spider-Man trilogy as the most successful adaptation of a comic book into a complete cinematic saga. The origin story isn’t changed very much. The key characters all appear. The costume is retro-fabulous. (No black leather here). But for me, the trilogy could never quite get over one hurdle: the woman thing. Kirsten Dunst was nominally playing Mary Jane Watson, but she was really more of a mash-up of Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy, Spidey’s first girlfriend. Through no fault of Dunst’s, the cinematic Mary Jane became more nonsensical with each movie — especially in 3, when a personality-free Gwen Stacy herself actually appeared for a two-second love triangle. (Adding to the confusion: the on-screen Gwen Stacy was a model, just like Mary Jane in the comics.) So I was incredibly excited to read
According to the report, the two actresses in hottest contention for the roles right now are Emma Stone (for Mary Jane) and Mia Wasikowska (for Gwen Stacy.) I read a lot of Spider-Man growing up, so I’d like to throw my own brilliant casting suggestions into the pot. But truthfully, I’m hard-pressed to come up with two better actresses for their respective parts. Emma Stone is a vivacious on-screen presence, and I’m betting she could re-infuse Mary Jane with all the energy that the earlier trilogy mostly ignored.
Wasikowska could have the harder job here. Gwen was never a particularly deep character, despite having one of the most tragic destinies in comic history. (After forty years, do you still need a spoiler alert?) Still, given her moody turns on In Treatment and in Alice in Wonderland, I’m betting she could make a perfect shy-dark foil for the happy-go-lucky Mary Jane.
PopWatchers, who would you like to see play Spidey’s galpals? Early word has indicated that we’ll be seeing high school-era Spidey, but can we get a consensus going for the College Years? Let’s hear it for Empire State University!