Okay, Spidey fans, this article is going to deal with some potential plot spoilers and a heap of speculation for Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so proceed with caution from here on in.
Still with me? Great, let's continue.
We ran a story a couple of weeks ago that Emma Stone had been spotted on set of the web-slinging sequel standing on a bridge and decked out in clothing that could have massive implications for the fate of her character, Gwen Stacey. The outfit of green coat, purple skirt, black top and knee-high boots should be well known to any fan of the comics, especially the story arc "The Night Gwen Stacey Died." It's probably the most spoilery title around, and unsurprisingly enough dealt with Stacey's death, when she was hurled off a bridge by Green Goblin only to have her neck broken by Spider-Man when he attempted to break her fall.
It's pretty dark stuff I'm sure you'll agree and it got me thinking about whether the film would be brave enough to follow this story arc. It's one thing to show the hero's love interest die at the hands of his nemesis, but quite another if it's the hero himself who's responsible.
Then I remembered this quote from a couple of months ago of Stone talking about Stacey's story-line:
[Fans ask] about whether or not the films are going to stay true to her story… Which I’m hoping they are… Essentially the argument is that Spider-Man kills her by accident. So the person she loves is the person who kills her, which is the most horrifying thing.
This is not breaking news but rather a gathering of evidence that suggests The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going to tread down a very dark path indeed. If I were a betting man (and ever since I lost an eye to Peruvian bookmaker during a game of killer Jenga I'm certainly not), I would put money on this Spidey sequel following "The Night Gwen Stacey Died" story arc, which surely can only be a good thing.