Shailene Woodley May Not Return as Mary Jane Watson in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’

Director Marc Webb gives an update about his decision to drop the character from the now in production ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’.

Shailene Woodley won't likely return as Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 3
Shailene Woodley won't likely return as Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 3
How loud are a dozen fan boys complaining about an actress in the feedback section of a movie site? Pretty loud, it turns out. It was reported earlier today that Mary Jane Watson was being bumped from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with the iconic Marvel character to debut in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 instead.

At the time this was confirmed, Shailene Woodley was expected to reprise her role as Mary Jane in the third chapter of this particular Spider-Man saga, coming to theaters in 2016. Now, it's looking like the role will be recast. When the first set photos of Shailene appeared on the Internet, comic book fanatics flocked to their resident comment sections to scream how wrong and unattractive she was for the part. It seems that producers may have listened to the multitude of complaints, changing her out under the guise that its better for the sequel and makes more sense for the recently announced The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4.

Nothing has been confirmed at this time, with those close to the production saying the actress is likely to be recast only because of her role in Divergent, now in production. If this adaptation of the YA novel is a hit, a sequel will move forward fast, leaving the actress no time to return as Mary Jane.

Mary Jane Watson will likely be recast in The Amazing Spider-Man 3
Mary Jane Watson will likely be recast in The Amazing Spider-Man 3
Director Marc Webb gave this statement.

"I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship. Shailene is an incredibly talented actress, and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her."

Shailene Woodley only worked a total of three days on three different scenes. Those scenes are likely going to end up on the Blu-ray when its released next year, but its highly doubtful they will ever be used in The Amazing Spider-Man 3. There is no doubt that you, reading this right now, helped land Shailene Woodley on the cutting room floor. That said, who do you think should replace Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 if she doesn't return? Alison Brie? Brie Larson? Quvenzhané Wallis? We here thought Shailene Woodley was a perfect casting choice for this particular iteration of the Spider-Man mythos.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released May 2nd, 2014 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

Spider-Man comes to theaters July 28th, 2017. The film is directed by Drew Goddard.

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  1. RawB

    I think she's great but I've seen her making out too much in the past year. A natural redhead would be nice :/

    1 month agoby @rawblareFlag

  2. Ellese Atkinson

    I honestly think and want Emma Stone should just dye her hair red and be Mary-Jane. To me at least it would make Spider-man my most FAV film ever!

    11 months agoby @Ellese-AtkinsonFlag

  3. Jason Pinnock

    Personally, I'd thought she'd be a perfect Mary Jane. She can act and she's beautiful; redhead or any hair color. She's got the comic book look for MJ. You can't always listen to the backlash of idiots. But if she doesn't return as MJ, I think Dianna Agron would be great for the role as well. We have years till anything is going to happen anyway so I'll return to this when it's relevant.

    2 years agoby @Jason-PinnockFlag

  4. TheSymbiote


    2 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

  5. Brendon Truong

    I hope they do keep her, I think she looks great in the role! And even if she wasn't attractive I would rather brains than beauty.... she's an amazing actress and would do this character justice so KEEP HER ON!!!

    2 years agoby @Brendon-TruongFlag

  6. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @mr-k Agreed. I liked her as MJ, I hope she still keeps the role

    2 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  7. Mr.K

    Wow. Talk about fanboy butthurt to the max. I think these fanboys should shut the f*ck up and give Woodley a f*cking chance rather than just see a pic a bitch on the comic forums. I though that she was casted well for the role and could be a major improvement over Kristen Dunst's Mary jane (which was the biggest weakness of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies). This complaint is worst than the stupid nitpicks that critics have with Man Of Steel.

    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

  8. ejk1

    @Kill-Bill The Future Foundation didn't exist in 1962. I'm talking about the original series.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  9. Pjwolsker

    I wonder what Emma Watson would look like as a red head

    2 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  10. Christocoop

    YES!!! best news I heard all day. She is so ugly... that picture is soo bad it makes me want to throw up, by the way. But anyways JANE LEVY for MARY JANE!

    2 years agoby @christocoopFlag

  11. Monkeyiron 2.0

    I like this chick that they choose, she can act and she looks like MJ

    2 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  12. Newtron

    We don't seriously expect Mary Jane to look like the comic book photo at the bottom of the article, do we?...that's just stupid. I personally think this crap about Shailene Woodley is ridiculous.

    2 years agoby @newtronFlag

  13. kingbrady

    who cares that actress is ugly....look at the comic photo of MJ....busty, tight body, gorgeous, ripped up jeans that is hot sh*t....then u look at the photo of the actress who is/was Mary Jane....not getting the same affect

    2 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  14. Kill-Bill

    @ejk1 Yes, I know. But not as a villain. He was a member of the Future Foundation at the time. He isn't a enemy of the Fantastic Four anymore. I think that's because of his good relationship with Valeria Richards. I'm still waiting for the moment he will really come back as a villain

    2 years agoby @Kill-BillFlag

  15. Brizzy

    F*cking morrons, these damn jerking bitches are starting to annoy me.

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  16. Pjwolsker

    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson HAve you seen that stupid show she used to be on? That Secret Life of the American Teenager or some sh*t like that? That was the dumbest thing I'd ever seen. When I first found out she got casted in the role I thought it was a horrible choice. I dont think she's a good actress and I think she's terrible for the role, and I wouldnt be able to take her seriously cause of that show she was on. The only reason I know about it is cause I watch The Soup with Joel Mchale where he makes fun of all the dumb sh*t on tv. And yes, I think she is not very attractive, especially for the role of Mary Jane. If you dont like it.. tough

    2 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  17. ejk1

    @Kill-Bill Check your research, dude. Doom appeared in FF in issue #5, and was a constant mainstay. The others are valid, though, so on them I stand corrected.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  18. Replicant

    wow that's f*cked up. "Hey Shailene, sorry but we have to fire you, internet fanboys say you're too unattractive".

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  19. Agent-Cooper

    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson I really hope that is the case..

    2 years agoby @Agent-CooperFlag

  20. Zak Lee Ferguson

    No recasting, shes got the looks, shes got the talent, i think Marc Webb is thinking about it story wise, well that is me with my wishful thinking, but hey this is Sony! AND WHEN HAS A STUDIO LISTENED TO THE FANS, honestly?

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  21. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @pjwolsker hopefully, what is beauty, what is attractive, these are on set photos, i am bored of ape sh*t comments thats both rude and unnecessary

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  22. artkid04

    if she's recast I'd vote for Jennifer Lawrence

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  23. TheObserver

    Please pick a black actress to play MJ, fanboys would go apesh*t loll and btw using this picture of her in this article is kinda..."mesquin"

    2 years agoby @TheObserverFlag

  24. justatadmatt

    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson@CoreyB i completely agree with you.

    @jasonkat she's too busy ruining another childhood franchise.

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  25. Pjwolsker

    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson I'll do my best

    2 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  26. joelseph

    As with anyone in hollywood, they are only as pretty or as ugly as their makeup. Look at Charlize Theron in Monster (uglier in movie than in real life) or Selma Hayek in Ugly Betty (ugly on TV but no real life). Now look at the beautiful women of hollywood in any tabloid and you will see that most stars are benefited by makeup artists, proper lighting and favorable camera angles. Google image Shailene and you will see that she is a very pretty girl. Any call of "ugly" about her is crazy and chauvinistic.

    2 years agoby @joelsephFlag

  27. Agent-Cooper

    I really hope this isn't due to fans complaining, since fans have basically complained about every single casting choice made for any superhero movie.

    2 years agoby @Agent-CooperFlag

  28. Zak Lee Ferguson

    This is just pathetic and cruel

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  29. CoreyB

    This whole article is just sad lol

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

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