reported last night, Emma Stone will be playing Spidey’s original love interest. (Yes, Emma Stone seems better-suited to play red-haired Mary Jane, but Hollywood is Bizarro-world and life is chaos.) Which begs the question: Who is Gwen Stacy, anyways?Gwen Stacy is an incredibly important figure in comic book history. Sadly, the vast majority of moviegoers probably only know her as “That random girl in Spider-Man 3 whose existence made no sense, much like everything in Spider-Man 3.” Well, Gwen’s about to make a big comeback. Like, Downey-Jr.-in-Iron-Man big. As EW’s Nicole Sperling
Stacy was a late addition to the Spider-Man mythos, first appearing as a fellow classmate when Peter Parker started attending Empire State University. Giving hope to nerds everywhere, Gwen found Peter’s smarts ridiculously attractive. (Isn’t college, like, a billion times better than high school?) Most of Gwen’s relatively short character history is fraught with indie-movie tragedy: Her relationship with Peter was on a perpetual spin cycle, with misunderstandings and poor circumstances constantly conspiring against the two lovebirds. Gwen was never a particularly well-rounded character in her original incarnation — when you got past her gorgeous sadness, she was boooring — but in the rebooted Ultimate universe, Gwen was reimagined as a punkish, semi-badass cool girl. It’s a good bet that Stone will be playing something closer to this later Gwen Stacy.
There’s also the important matter — Potential Spoiler Alert — of Gwen’s untimely death, one of the most defining moments in comics history. (Despite a couple of clone storylines, it’s also the one comic book fatality that hasn’t been retconned out of existence.) There are plenty of variables at work in the Spider-Man reboot, but the fact that they seem to be refocusing the storyline on Gwen could point to a more tragic storyline.
PopWatchers, is all this casting news getting you more excited about the new Spider-Man movie? Does the potential for a full-on romantic triangle fill you with glee, or dread? Personally, I’m a Mary Jane loyalist, but after ten years of Kirsten Dunst, it might be time to change my allegiance.