*NOTE: Spoilers ahead, if you have not watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 then please, read at your own discretion.*
There has been a post going around Facebook, maybe you've seen it? If not here it is.
In this Image we clearly see the lovely Emma Stone portraying, correct me if I'm wrong, both Gwen and Mary-Jane in mirrored images. The picture plainly is photo-shopped, not a horrible one at that, and is trying to say that Mary-Jane will now be in Spider-Man 3 since Gwen is out of the picture.
Now I, like a few other people I'm sure, have a problem with this. First off, there is no real time differential between Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. They could easily plop in a "2 years later" after recapping the events of The Amazing Spider-man 2, but that cheapens both movies in my opinion. The fact that we have no real story between the two movies is my main reason Mary-Jane should stay out of [The Amazing Spider-Man 3](movie:671279), at least until the end of the movie.
My secondary reason is the following:
They've more or less spend the entire movie setting up the Sinister Six. Now we have no real hard confirmation that this will indeed be what follows in the next Amazing Spider-Man, but it's not unimaginable either. To me this is a perfect break from any love story needed in the movie, take the grieving Peter Parker and have him alienate himself from any semblance of a normal life, have him become Spider-Man in his entirety. No better way to get your mind off the death of your girlfriend then by beating up Six fearsome villains all at the same time!
Now granted at the end of [The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593) he kinda gets over the whole "I killed my girlfriend" and dons the suit once more, this time facing off against Rhino. However, I'd like to imagine that after that ending scene where he does battle against a Russian Paul Giamatti that he then continues on the path of being nothing other then Spider-Man. He leaves any life he had before behind so that he can forget about his pain and grief by bring pain and grief to many a bad guy.
Of course a movie needs and ending however, and I think the resolve at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 should be thus: Peter, after defeating the Sinister Six, realizes he needs to have some type of normal life and decides to go to College. As he opens the door to leave for his first day at New York State, he's blocked by a gorgeous woman. "Face it Tiger, You've just hit the Jackpot!" it's Mary-Jane Watson! The movie is over! Alright, I admit...kind of a cliff-hanger and no lead up to -WHY- she's at the door...but this can be remedied. Aunt May set it all up, through out the movie we can see her talking on the phone. We get our foreshadowing through those conversations.
Anyway! This is just how I imagine it should go, don't bring Mary-Jane in so quick, in fact leave her out all together if you must! Don't cheapen the sacrifice Ms. Stacy gave us at the end of the last movie by replacing her 10 seconds in on the next one. If you agree with me, leave a comment and let me know! If not, do the same! Thanks for reading and remember to be respectful in the comments!