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When Marc Webb set out to make 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' it was clear he wanted to achieve certain returns to Spidey canon. The first of course was the idea of Peter Parker building his own web-shooter as opposed to the Sam Raimi departure of the webs springing from a gland. The other aspect of the comics Webb wanted to bring back was the idea of Gwen Stacy being Peter's first high school crush, not Mary Jane Watson. Now however, it looks like Webb wants to bring MJ back into the proceedings. Circling the role is Shailene Woodley ('The Descendants'). Emma Stone, who played Stacy in 'Amazing Spider-Man' will be returning along with Andrew Garfield. Evidently the character info sheets have gone out to talent agencies and not only has it been revealed that Woodley is in talks to play Mary Jane, but also that Electro is apparently on the table as a potential villain for the new film. The studio is also on the hunt for an actor to play Webb's version of Harry Osborn. The sequel is slated to swing into theaters May 2, 2014, with production beginning early next year.
I like Spider-Man as a hero, but I'm by no means an expert. But as far the filmic Spidey universe, I already prefer Gwen Stacy to Mary Jane Watson. However, that may be entirely due to my dislike of Kirsten Dunst as an actress. I'm therefore quite excited to see another actress take on the role. As much as I was left generally cold on 'The Descendants,' I did appreciate Woodley's performance and think she's a great choice for MJ. I'm also interested to see who they land for the role of Harry Osborn. My guess is they'll look at someone like Josh Peck. Electro would be a cool baddie, but I don't think that will end up panning out. The stinger at the end of 'Amazing Spider-Man' doesn't lend itself to an Electro reveal; namely because the man in the shadows sounded far too old to be Max Dillion. If he is involved, he'll probably be a secondary antagonist.
What do you guys think? Is Woodley a good choice for Mary Jane? Do you see Electro being the next villain? If not, who?