THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Newly Surfaced Image Reveals Fresh Shot Of Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Newly Surfaced Image Reveals Fresh Shot Of Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson

Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson was cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but a new image has revealed an amazing shot of her version of the beloved comic book character. Check it out after the jump...

By JoshWilding - Sep 20, 2021 06:09 AM EST

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 went through a lot of changes, something that was evident from the Venom symbiote being cut from that sinister tease at the end of the movie (as well as deleted scenes featuring the return of Richard Parker and Norman Osborn's severed head in a jar). 

However, one of the biggest alterations saw Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson completely cut from the sequel. She was set to be Peter Parker's neighbour, and quite possibly a new love interest for the wall-crawler, before Sony Pictures decided to streamline the movie and scrapped her role.


This MJ can be seen from behind during a shot inside a café as The Rhino rampages through the city, but that's it. Thanks to a newly surfaced image, though, we do now have a fresh look at Woodley's version of the character. This doesn't reveal much, but it seems we would have met a new girl-next-door take on Mary Jane rather than the actress/supermodel often seen in the comic books.

There were plans for Woodley's MJ to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but as the plug was pulled on that threequel, we never got to see what the actress was going to do with the role. 

Check out this new look at The Amazing Spider-Man 2's version of Mary Jane below:

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of what we loved in The Amazing Spider-Man movies!

10. The Costume


No, we're not talking about the costume in The Amazing Spider-Man (though it certainly wasn't the worst redesign for the wall-crawler's iconic suit in fairness). The one in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, however, is still widely considered to be Peter Parker's best big screen look and is 100% comic accurate.

Not even the Marvel Cinematic Universe can say that - Spider-Man: Far From Home's spectacular red and black effort is still a little busy - and it looks truly amazing in action. 

If the leaked photo from Spider-Man: No Way Home is the real deal, Garfield will don this outfit once again, and that's a smart move on Marvel Studios' part. Sometimes, it doesn't really matter when a costume is changed from what we're used to seeing on the page (Captain America, for example), but with Spider-Man, taking an "if it ain't broke" approach is for the best, and this sequel did that.

9. Spider-Man Protects New York City


In Spider-Man: Homecoming, it was established that the MCU's webbed wonder is a "neighbourhood" superhero. He does a great job protecting Queens, but never really ventures into New York City. Clearly, Marvel Studios was looking to get away from the familiar imagery of Spidey swinging through the Big Apple, but that was still sorely missed. 

In the sequel, we did see a little more of Spider-Man in Manhattan, but with most of his adventure taking place overseas, that didn't really happen until those final few minutes. 

In The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, Peter was very much a hero protecting his city, and that led to some astonishing moments. Whether it was using those cranes to get to Oscorp in the first movie or just the sight of him hanging out atop a skyscraper to keep an eye on Gwen Stacy (still creepy), this Spidey felt like a hero who was needed in New York. 

8. Web-Slinging


Sam Raimi mastered those epic web-slinging scenes in his Spider-Man trilogy, but The Amazing Spider-Man movies deserve some credit as well. Marc Webb definitely made good use of the comic books for inspiration, recreating some iconic poses and doing an impressive job of making us feel what it would be like to actually be Spider-Man. 

We're still not sure why those highly touted POV scenes were ditched, as they would have been incredible in 3D (which was still pretty popular back in 2012).

Despite that, if you didn't get a buzz watching this Spider-Man swinging through New York City in the sequel's opening, well, are you even a fan of Marvel's most iconic superhero? There's a lot that didn't work in these movies, but if you can find a compilation on YouTube, we're sure you'll agree with this point!

7. "The Untold Story"


On the one hand, there's no getting around the fact that Spider-Man never needed an overly complicated origin story involving his parents. Making it so that Peter only gained his powers because his father used his own DNA in those spiders was goofy as hell, but this whole "Untold Story" aspect did add an interesting new element to the mythos in other ways. 

While it was disappointing to see the wall-crawler seemingly abandon his mission to find Uncle Ben's killer by the time The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rolled around, that subplot with him learning more about his father's relationship with Oscorp made for an entertaining, albeit unnecessary, subplot.

Moving forward, there are some interesting places this could have gone, but as bad as the sequel was, it did make up for the lack of answers about Richard and Mary Parker in that first instalment. Norman Osborn eventually returning to target Peter because of the power inside him feels very Ultimate Spider-Man-esque, and, in some respects, it's shame that didn't pan out.

6. Peter's Dynamic With Aunt May


The Amazing Spider-Man movies didn't exactly put the freshest of spins of Peter Parker's dynamic with his Aunt May, with those hints that she knows he's secretly Spider-Man as hit-and-miss as they were throughout the course of Raimi's trilogy. Some fans appreciated that, though, and Peter's relationship with his aunt was otherwise a solid part of these movies. 

Garfield and Sally Field had a tonne of chemistry, and that emotional scene in the sequel where she talks about him being her boy...well, in a mostly bad movie, that's a moment we can't really fault.

There was also a lot of humour to this relationship; in the first movie, May mostly spent her time fretting over how badly beaten her nephew was. However, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, their squabble over the washing machine felt like a pitch-perfect take on how they should interact on screen.

5. Gwen Stacy


We're still not thrilled with how Gwen Stacy's story ended because it was a very underwhelming take on "The Night Gwen Stacy Died." Simply put, the character deserved better, and this iconic comic book moment simply didn't resonate the same way in a clock tower that felt entirely out of place. 

The emotion in the scene was superb, though, so we're not going to fault Garfield's performance. Stone was also brilliant as the character, growing increasingly frustrated with the way Peter seemingly couldn't make his mind up about whether being with her was the right thing to do (tragically, Captain George Stacy's warning proved to be completely accurate). 

By no means a damsel in distress, this fierce, intelligent Gwen was a pleasure to spend time with, and up there as one of Spider-Man's best big screen love interests. Sony dropped the ball by the time all was said and done, unfortunately, but this part of the franchise should be appreciated. 

4. Amazing Action (Even When The Villains Weren't)


The Amazing Spider-Man movies had a real issue with its bad guys, with overly complicated or downright dreadful origin stories for characters like the Green Goblin, Electro, and The Lizard. 

Despite that, one thing we can't fault is the action scenes. That battle with The Lizard in the library was nothing short of epic, while the fight in the school hallway was also expertly choreographed. Electro sucked, but we loved seeing him clash with the webbed warrior as well, and Webb proved himself a dab hand at action over the course of these two hit-and-miss movies. 

In the first instalment, Sony tried to up the level of non-CGI web-slinging, which was only partially succesful. The fight scenes, however, were primarily CG in both, and never disappointed. We're definitely excited to see at least a couple of this franchise's baddies redeemed in the MCU, though! 

3. Battle-Damaged Spider-Man


One of the coolest things about Spider-Man is that, when he gets beaten up, his costume usually winds up in tatters. That made the final battle between Spidey and the Green Goblin in 2002's Spider-Man all the more enjoyable, while both of these movies had fun putting the iconic hero through the wringer.

Maybe it's just me, but seeing Spider-Man bloodied, battered, and with a torn-up costume is always fun, and Webb did an effective job of showing what would happen to this teenager when the odds are stacked against him. 

Ultimately, this is a minor part of the franchise, but like the MCU, it showed that this superhero is different to the likes of Thor and Iron Man and doesn't emerge from his fights mostly unscathed. Those scratches from The Lizard ended up being a cool part of The Amazing Spider-Man's marketing campaign, too.

2. A Wise-Cracking Spider-Man


Raimi's Spider-Man movies were superb (well, the first two were, anyway), but Maguire's Peter Parker never really became a wise-cracking superhero when he suited up. That added confidence has always been a big part of the comic book character's personality, and The Amazing Spider-Man franchise was the first to embrace that. 

Garfield's Peter was perhaps a little too confident and sure of himself, but in the suit, he had a swagger, arrogance, and level of humour that felt wholly appropriate for this version of the masked menace.

Whether it was him hitting that guy in the nuts with his webbing in the first movie or mocking Aleksei Sytsevich in the follow-up, this side of the character just worked. Hopefully, this attitude carries over into this Spider-Man's return because it made spending time with him a lot of fun. 

1. A True Hero


This feature isn't about comparing The Amazing Spider-Man movies to the wall-crawler's MCU adventures because, ultimately, the latter would win hands down every time. However, there are times when it feels like Holland's Peter only heads into action when something happens; in other words, he's more reactive than proactive.

Over the course of these movies, Garfield's Spider-Man proved himself a true hero, which was most evident during his interactions with children.

In the first movie, Spidey unmasks in front of a child about to plummet into the water below in order to reassure him. The follow-up, meanwhile, sees the hero fend off some bullies and walk a kid home after fixing his science project; this just feels right for Spider-Man, and showed a different side of the character we hadn't seen before, and arguably haven't since. 

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KWilly - 9/20/2021, 6:50 AM
The fact that this movie was already 2 hours and 20 something minutes, but STILL had a bunch of deleted scenes is crazy.

Still love it tho.

MyCoolYoung - 9/20/2021, 6:52 AM
@KWilly - I don’t love it but I think it’s a lovable mess if that makes sense. It’s disjointed as hell but it’s enjoyable
mastakilla39 - 9/20/2021, 7:16 AM
@KWilly - If Zack Snyder gets 4hrs for Justice League
nmasterofnaught - 9/20/2021, 7:32 AM
@KWilly -

KWilly - 9/20/2021, 7:40 AM
@MyCoolYoung - Yup that's a great way to summarize it
Nerdman3000 - 9/20/2021, 6:51 AM
Part of me is kind of curious to see the MJ deleted scenes, not going to lie.
DannRamm113 - 9/20/2021, 6:52 AM
The toxicity that led her to bring cut was disgusting.
DannRamm113 - 9/20/2021, 6:53 AM
@DannRamm113 - being*
MyCoolYoung - 9/20/2021, 6:53 AM
@DannRamm113 - wait.. what. What happened?
Drace24 - 9/20/2021, 7:00 AM
@MyCoolYoung - I'm gonna guess she was not enough of am unachievable model-esque masturbation fantasy for some.
CurlyBill - 9/20/2021, 6:53 AM
I remeber how much sh#t she got when those first photos of her on set got released. I still feel bad for her and think she would have made a good MJ.
DR3D - 9/20/2021, 9:44 AM
@CurlyBill - ngl we dodged a bullet
Dredd97 - 9/20/2021, 6:53 AM
I always felt so bad for her. The moment her set photos popped up she got TRASHED. So juvenile
MyCoolYoung - 9/20/2021, 6:55 AM
I really thought shailene was going to be Hollywood’s next it girl like Jennifer Lawrence during hunger games but it never really happened
GhostDog - 9/20/2021, 7:02 AM
Never liked how people trashed her as soon as photos dropped
Blergh - 9/20/2021, 7:22 AM
@BlackBeltJones - I also remember some shipper drama from back in the day. Because Garfield/Stone were dating in real life some crazed fans saw the inclusion of Mary-Jane as a legit reason to send Shailane death threats via twitter.
GhostDog - 9/20/2021, 7:48 AM
@Blergh - some people are WHACKED. It's sad. Its just movies.
MrDandy - 9/20/2021, 7:06 AM
Amazing Spider-Man 2 was such a mess and had no idea what it wanted to focus on. The countless deleted scenes are just more proof of thay
bkmeijer2 - 9/20/2021, 7:06 AM

Just kidding, but I would've like to see her as MJ. Think she could've had good chemistry with Andrew
Superspecialawesomeguy - 9/20/2021, 7:11 AM
While I wasn't a big fan of her as MJ at the time, the way she was treated after those set pics came out was absolutely disgraceful smh.

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