Sam Raimi's tenure as director of the Spider-Man movie franchise saw boatloads of box office revenue and massive critical acclaim. (Well, for two-thirds of it, anyway.) That means Amazing Spider-Man has some big shoes to fill, and it seems the flick may be stepping up to the plate by upping the ante on its characters' fates.
Could the new Spidey flick feature one of the most infamous comic-book deaths ever?
In an interview at WonderCon on Saturday, Emma Stone—who plays Spidey's new main squeeze Gwen Stacy—was asked how she worked to familiarize herself with her character's rich history. Of course, she's been reading a lot of comics lately. But in the course of discussing Gwen's personality and what parts of the comic-book Gwen come out in the film Gwen, Stone seems to be hinting that she's playing the role with a very clear end in mind.
"There was a fair amount of research for me to do, because I didn't read the comic books growing up, so of course I had a lot to brush up on," Stone said. "But for the most part, the definitive part of Gwen Stacy, more than anything, more than the different incarnations of her personality—because she was a hippie, she had twins with Norman Osborn, there were a lot of things we didn't really touch on quite as much, and there were some updates to Gwen as well, because it's present day—I think that Gwen's underlying factor remains incredibly sad, until what happens, which is incredibly tragic. Her father faces death every single day, her boyfriend faces death every single day, so she is constantly surrounded by an undercurrent of mortality. So she is in control and she is valedictorian and she is confident and smart because she has to be; she's constantly in the face of something, so that's why her end is so much more tragic, because—"
At this point director Marc Webb cuts her off by laughing and commenting, "You're making me sad." Whether he was trying to keep her from saying more or just casually remarking on what she said is anyone's guess, but she still said quite a lot.
The comic-book Gwen Stacy perished way back in June 1973, in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #121. In one of the most scrutinized scenes ever drawn in a comic book, she is dropped off a New York City bridge by the Green Goblin, and Spider-Man is unable to save her. Her death had a major effect on every part of the Spider-Man comic-book universe. It elevated Green Goblin to archnemesis status in Spidey's eyes, and even helped bring about the love story between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, which modern audiences remember far better than the Parker/Stacy romance. Plus, Gwen has remained (mostly) dead for nearly 40 years now, a feat very few other comic-book characters can boast.
Of course, Stone could have simply been commenting on how Gwen's comic-book death affected the way she played the movie character, but it sure sounded like she was hinting at something beyond that. It might be in this film, it might be in a sequel, but either way, it seems like we could be headed for a cinematic re-imagining of The Night Gwen Stacy Died.
(via Hollywood Reporter)