If you haven't watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2, you should avoid this post. It contains major spoilers. You've been warned!
They did it! Gwen Stacy is dead. Of course, if you're familiar with the 41-year-old story arc, you knew this was in the books since 1973. Quite frankly, I wasn't sure it would happen in this movie. I thought they might try to stretch it out into the next sequel. Even though it's a bitter pill to swallow (I always want more Emma Stone), it's also a testament to how Sony is treating its slice of the Marvel pie. If Captain America 2 proved anything, it's that Nick Fury probably won't meet his maker anytime soon, which is precisely what makes this moment in [The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593) so important. I recently had the chance to sit down with Gwen Stacy herself, lip syncing enthusiast Emma Stone, to talk about how she feels about how this all went down. Some of her answers might surprise you.
How do you feel now that this movie's done? Are you upset? Are you happy?
Emma Stone: I feel pretty good about it. I knew from the very beginning what the intention was with the arc. I'm happy. I think it was... executed well.
Did you know it was going to be in this movie though?
From the beginning, the intention was this movie. For a while there, I thought we could stretch it out. We had made a couple of jokes about stretching it out, but that's all it ended up amounting to because it did happen in this movie.
What was your take on Gwen's role compared to the first movie?
I think she was just a bit more willful in this one because Peter is trying so hard to keep her at arm's length. I mean, they do break up. They are pretty distant, but once they're back together she really puts herself in the eye of the... Tiger? Storm? Fire?! She throws herself into the whole sticky situation, so I think there's a sort of willfulness and confidence that comes from knowing she can help him.
What's your favorite moment with this character?
In general? I like the rooftop scene from the first movie where Peter tells her he's Spider-Man. I like that scene a lot. That's sort of definitive Gwen and Peter in that moment.
Denis Leary made a cameo as Gwen's father. Is that something you'd be interested in doing as the series progresses?
Definitely. I've been trying to remember what the word is when you put someone's - like in All Of Me with Lily Tomlin. Remember that? When you put someone's personality into, like, a computer or another person. What's that called? Like transcendence. Demonic possession! Yeah, it would be great if... I've been trying to think of ways that would make sense for her to be back. But yes, absolutely. I would be up to doing anything Spider-Man related.
Was your death scene tough to watch?
Yeah, my eyes were closed. So, his (Andrew Garfield) reaction was not something I saw. I think he's so heartbreaking in that scene. Watching him is devastating in that moment. Also, I just don't like watching myself. No one should see their face as the size of a football field. It's not a cool life moment. So, there's that added bonus. But yeah, it was strange to see. I've never had that happen in a movie before.
It's a pretty courageous thing - removing the leading lady in a movie when your chemistry is what makes the whole thing work.
(Laughs) Removing me courageous? That's so brave, right! What are they gonna do now?! That's very nice of you to say. From the very beginning they told me they wanted to follow that storyline. I thought that was courageous because it was so upsetting when it happened in the comic book for so many of the readers. There were people who cancelled their subscriptions and people were up in arms. It was like when The Beatles came out with their records and they were burning everything. I thought that alone was courageous. I don't know where they go from here. I'm sure they've got it all figured out and they're going to be absolutely fine. But yeah, it was brave from the very beginning which was a huge reason why I wanted to be a part of it. I think it's a very cool - not cool - very iconic moment in comic book history. It's nice to bring that to the screen in a way you wouldn't expect one of these movies to do.
What would you like to see happen in ASM3?
I think, again, one of the most inspiring stories to me is experiencing such great loss and such pain and overcoming. I'm so much more interested in stories about people overcoming rather than people who are just alright in life or have a charmed life.