The recent announcement that actress Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) was cast as Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has left a few fans of the series scratching their heads. Historically, Mary Jane Watson is a smoking hot babe , well at least in Marvel canon. I know what your thinking, wait a minute the Spider-Man trilogy had Kirsten (snaggletooth) Dunst in the role of Mary Jane Watson and she has rarely been accused of being sultry, well at least in my eyes anyway.
I will be honest I was never a huge fan of Dunst or Maguire in the first three spider-man films. Similarly, while I thought it was way too soon to reboot the series, Garfield did an excellent job with his portrayal of the web slinger. I assume most people are most familiar with Woodley from her performance in the Descendants (2011) where she starred as George Clooney’s wayward daughter. Not having previously seen her in another role I was impressed with her acting abilities. She certainly brought an air of believability and humanism to the role.
While I am not sure that any casting decision is going to satisfy all the fans of the comic. I at least think Woodley showed enough acting chops, to expect her to possibly pull off this new role. What is your take on the casting of Shailene Woodley in the role of Mary Jane Watson, in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which is due to hit theater on May 2nd 2014? Does she have what it takes to assume the role of Spider-Man’s main squeeze or is she miscast?
Almost forgot to mention, sorry this post was a bit late today. I had to chaperone my kids preschool field trip to the Noll surfboard factory. A really nice family and company by the way if you are looking to have a custom board shaped.