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Last week, it was reported that Shailene Woodley was in talks to play Mary Jane Watson in Marc Webb's sequel to 'The Amazing Spider-Man.' Now it looks like that deal is finalized and she's already looking to book another gig Neil Burger's adaptation of Veronica Roth's young adult novel 'The Divergent.' Apparently there was a concern that Woodley would not be able to juggle 'The Divergent' and 'Amazing Spider-Man 2.' But according to one source, MJ's role in the upcoming sequel may actually be quite minor. Evidently she will have a very small part in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2,' but that part will evolve into a lead in 'Amazing Spider-Man 3.' The second film is also said to set in motion the "Death of Gwen Stacy" storyline.
I suppose this is the kind of thing I should have seen coming form a mile away...if I read more comics. When I heard Mary Jane would be turning up in the sequel, I was actually a little concerned as to how the two love interests would be balanced. Let's face it, in this franchise as well as with so many other films, the love triangle conceit is spectacularly played out. However if Mary Jane's role is going to be so minor, that would logically preclude a lovers' tiff being a focal point of the film, right? Please? Anywho, I'm glad it's been confirmed that Woodley will be Mary Jane. As I mentioned last week, I think she's quite talented, I really enjoyed her work in 'The Descendants,' and will bring a great deal to the role. I vaguely remember from the few Spidey issues I've read that Gwen Stacy dies, but I'm interested as to how Webb will handle that changing of the guard in the female lead position. If they are building to that story, and we know that MJ will be the lead in part 3, is it safe to assume Emma Stoneisn't making it out of 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' alive?
What do you guys think? Surprised Mary Jane's role in the sequel will be smaller? Which Parker beauty do you prefer?