The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is, according to advanced word, packed with villains and new characters. But one new face you won’t see is that of the other love of Peter Parker’s life, Mary Jane Watson, even if scenes with actress Shailene Woodley as the character had already been shot.
Some possible spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 below:
Speaking with Movies.com, director Marc Webb explains that the very small moment threatened to interfere with the central relationship between Peter and Gwen: “The relationship between them [Peter and Gwen] is so sacred and so powerful, that it just didn’t feel right. And it sucks because Shailene is such a f**king great actress and so cool and magical but it was just about having this obligation to this romance that I thought was sacred. It was just one of those things.”
Webb says we might see Mary Jane in future films (Webb: “The question, of course, is can Peter ever love again?”), but don’t hold your breath for Woodley returning to the role (she’s kind of busy with Divergent).
You should read the entire interview where Webb talks about some of his regrets from the first film and how he’s used the sequel as a kind of corrective (so we’re all agreed that first costume wasn’t great).
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is in theaters this week.