|Emma Stone Confirmed as Gwen Stacy|
|Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man|
Many who have never read the comics but enjoy the Spider-Man films may not know who Gwen Stacy is, or her role in the history of Spider-Man. There are currently two canons of Spider-Man lore that we can reference, The Amazing Spider-Man and Ultimate Spider-Man.
The Amazing Spider-Man, the original comic, portrays Gwen as Peter Parker's college love before Mary Jane Watson. They meet in graduate school at Empire State University, but their relationship is quite rocky due to several unfortunate encounters with Gwen's father.
|Rhys Ifans Cast as Villian?|
In my opinion, reusing past villains so early in the reboot would be redundant, and I believe audiences are thirsty for something new in the way of on screen super villains. We can expect Gwen to die at the end of the film either way. The circumstances of her death in this canon would add much to the character development of Garfield's Spider-Man, but fans of Emma Stone may be upset if she only makes a one film appearance.
The other option the studio has, if they plan to follow the comics at all, would be to develop the film with the Ultimate Spider-Man canon in mind. In this iteration, we would most likely start with Peter and Gwen in High School, and I believe both Garfield and Stone look young enough to pull this off. Gwen is a fellow classmate of Peter's and a love triangle would form between Mary Jane, Gwen, and Peter. We would most likely see a large amount of romantic drama coupled with an origin story and most likely a minor, yet new, villain. Some of the larger rumours afoot over the past few months have been pointing toward the Vulture or Electro, and it is possible Rhys Ifans can populate these roles as well. What excites me most about the ‘Ultimate’ canon and the path the film may follow is the role of Gwen Stacey. In ‘Ultimate‘, Gwen does eventually die, however she later transforms into the symbiotic serial killer Carnage. If the films take this route, it is quite possible to keep Stone for future films in what would be a surprising role as the arch villain. Not to mention the fact that Carnage is one of my favourite comic book villains, and I believe the character is deserving of some screen time.
Of course it is possible that the film will not follow any of these story arcs. Even if they do, it will surely be raped and diluted into a mess that resembles nothing of the comics, but at least we have hope. If you had your choice, what fate would you choose for Gwen? What villains would you like to see in the Spider-Man reboot?
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