The rumors kicked up a few days ago regarding Emma Stone being cast in the “Spider-Man” and everyone, quite naturally assumed it would be for the role of Mary Jane Watson. This makes perfect sense as Mary Jane is a cute, sassy redhead and Emma Stone fits that bill swimmingly. We can set aside all rumor as Columbia made it official and announced that Emma Stone will be joining the cast of director Marc Webb’s reboot and she’ll be playing…Gwen Stacy.
Yes, you read that correctly. The redheaded Emma Stone will be playing the very blond and very destined for bad news Gwen Stacy. If you are familiar at all with the classic storyline of the “Spider-Man” comics, you know exactly what I’m talking about. While I am excited to see Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and see what the very clever director Webb is going to do here, this piece of news is a huge head scratcher. It makes about as much sense as casting a blond to play the redheaded Mary Jane. Hm? Oh, they did that already? Right.
So I’m speechless. It’s a great get for the movie since Emma Stone is a very talented, up and coming actress, but it just stinks of horrible casting. It just goes to show you that the studios (cough Fox cough) making the movies about Marvel Comics characters are completely oblivious to fan reaction, whereas the actual Marvel Studio movies seem to knock it out of the park every time.