Shailene Woodley Talks Being Fired as Mary Jane in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

The actress praises ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ script, confirming that neither she nor her scenes will return in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’.
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Shailene Woodley Talks Being Fired as Mary Jane in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

Divergent is making its big Comic-Con 2013 debut today in Hall H, with star Shailene Woodley at the forefront of this new potential franchise. She is going to be doing press all day, and of course people are going to be most curious about her 'firing' from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

In the first of what is sure to be a hundred sound bites from the actress, Shailene Woodley explains why she was cut out of the sequel, how she feels about it, and confirms that neither she nor her scenes will be back for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which already has a June 2016 release date.

Here is video from the interview, where she praises The Amazing Spider-Man 2 screenplay, calling it one of the best she's ever read. She's excited for fans to see the film, and applauds Sony's (not director Marc Webb's) decision to axe her out of a film that has far too many characters. Clearly the intelligent actress is a team player, offering no hard feelings as to hopefully work for the studio again sometime in the future.

About being dropped from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the franchise all together, Shailene Woodley made these comments.

"Mary Jane was only in four scenes. And they were introducing so many characters, it didn't really make sense. Because she is such a vital character to the comic books. So they are holding off for future films. But, that being said, it is one of the best scripts that I have ever read. That's not a lie. For it to be a Spider-Man film, and for it have had the script that it had, I am so excited for people to see it. I'm excited to see it. I'm excited to see it."

When asked why she wouldn't return for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, or if her scenes would be repurposed, she had this to say, confirming that she won't return to the franchise.

"That wouldn't make sense. There isn't even a screenplay for a third one. Because of the time they shot it, it will be so many years from now. None of us will look the same. Those scenes are gone. Its not a bad thing. People project on it to be a really negative situation. But it wasn't. And I think it was a smart decision on Sony's part."

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released May 2nd, 2014.

Spider-Man comes to theaters July 28th, 2017.

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  • aamiros • 2 years ago

    @josh Not based on age mate, based on looks cuz seriously either her make up artist is bad or she looks matured. Though im surprised she's just 21. Nice!!


    • Agent-Cooper • 2 years ago

      @Brizzy Feel the same way...


      • ejk1 • 2 years ago

        @narrator Yes. I felt she was wrong for THIS part, but that doesn't mean I think she's a bad actress and/or person.


        • shuabert • 2 years ago

          @aamiros Huh? She's 21, which is a lot younger than anyone else playing high school characters in these movies.


          • narrator • 2 years ago

            Just because I didn't support her in the role of Mary Jane - and I am thankful the studio is doing the right thing by not cramming her character down our throats as well as recasting her down the line - that doesn't mean I find her to be offensive as a person. She seems fairly grounder if a little airy in her above statement, and seems to grasp the reasoning behind Sony's actions. At the very least, she's remained amicable with the film and the people involved in it despite a potentially embarrassing parting of ways, and for that I wish her the best of luck in her future career.

            There's absolutely no need for salt being rubbed in any possible wounds the actress or studio might have *looks below*


            • aamiros • 2 years ago

              She even looks a bit old for playing MJW...thank God she's fired


              • newtron • 2 years ago

                @Brizzy : I'm with you.


                • agentblue • 2 years ago

                  So shes basically admitting that she did a piss poor job as MJ???


                  • Brizzy • 2 years ago

                    And ofcourse, im the only one on this forum that's not a pessimistic paranoiac so im gonna take her word for it.


                    • Anguslovesducks • 2 years ago



                      • bryanyentz • 2 years ago

                        "... One of the best scripts I've ever read..."

                        The part of her comment they took out...

                        "And like, I've totally read at least two."


                        • LordFolken • 2 years ago

                          Translation: "Many fans around the world didn't want me to be M.J., so, they fired me"


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