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Note, if you haven't seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet, then there are just so many SPOILERS below...

A lot of Spider-fans came away from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a little...less than enthusiastic. It's not that the film wasn't great and all - it just wasn't quite...enough. There was something missing, though just what wasn't entirely clear.

Thanks to BadAssDigest, though, who have apparently gotten their hands on a copy of an early draft of the movie's script, that particular fog may be about to lift somewhat. They've revealed a bunch of fairly substantial changes made between the script being written and the final movie, but there are four in particular that stand out - One of which would have made for a seriously memorable twist ending. We thought we'd take a closer look.

First up:

Mary Jane Watson

As BadAssDigest put it:

"As we all know Shailene Woodley was cast as Mary Jane Watson, shot some days and then was cut from the movie. The original script includes all of the MJ scenes, and she's introduced as the Parker's new next door neighbor. Her dad is an abusive drunk and she's a waitress who builds motorcycles in her spare time. She has a Spider-Man tattoo on her wrist, and she's clearly interested in Peter, who is totally hung up on Gwen. At one point Spider-Man confronts MJ's dad, telling him to lay off the girl. At the end of the script Gwen comes to Peter's house before heading to London; he's gone but she meets the new neighbor. They have a friendly exchange and MJ says that she always attracts dickheads and asks Gwen what her advice is to get a guy like Peter. "Date a nerd," Gwen says before heading off to die, basically giving MJ the okay to get with Peter."

Which would have made a whole lot of sense when it came to a sequel - and taken the edge off Peter moving on by the end of the next movie. The sheer number of scenes that are implied there might just suggest the ultimate reason the character was cut, though...

J. Jonah Jameson

"JJJ's in the original script, as is Robbie Robertson. We see Peter, who is a student at Empire State University, bring his first Spider-Man pictures to JJJ, who gives him a tour of the Daily Bugle. JJJ complains that the internet is killing the newspaper business; later, Spidey and Electro's first fight send them crashing through the Daily Bugle offices and the printing presses."


We nearly had J. Jonah Jameson back! makes me even sadder that we didn't end up getting him.

But, on the plus side - he could be back in the next installment of the Spider-franchise (if we ever get one), and he could even be played by the legendary J.K. Simmons (above)!

The Death of Gwen Stacy

"It plays out mostly the same in the original script... but Gwen, back broken, hangs on to life long enough to demand that Peter never give up. Because this is the same character who promptly broke his promise to Captain Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter quits being Spider-Man in the next scene."

Which would have been...annoying, I guess?

Plus, in fairness, it would have probably distracted from all of the emotions.

Biggest of all, though?

You Won't Believe Who Comes Back From the Dead

"The finished film has a terrible bit at the end where Peter quits Spider-Man for a bunch of months, and this time passes by in a montage. The same thing happens here! But instead of finding a tape of Gwen's super on-the-nose graduation speech, Peter is approached by... his dad! Yes, Richard Parker shows back up at the end of the script, and he tells Peter he's been watching him for years. He's seen him become Spider-Man and everything. It's Richard who convinces Peter to become Spider-Man again, and in his last scene in the movie he tells Pete "With great power comes great responsibility," FINALLY working the famous phrase into this new series."

Yup, we almost saw Richard Parker come back from the dead, finally confirming what pretty much everybody already suspected - that Peter's parents aren't dead after all.

Which, from the sounds of it, we could well still be set to see sometime in the future...

[The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593) came out ages ago - but will be available on Digital HD August 5, and DVD and Blu Ray August 19.


What do you guys think? Who do you most wish we'd seen?

via BadAssDigest


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