Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My Two-Cents on Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy

I know that this is old news, but I'm still trying to process Sony/Columbia's decision to go with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy instead of having her play the more obvious Mary Jane Watson. To a casual fan like myself, it just doesn't click.

I'm not against Emma Stone's involvement in the Spider-Man reboot, but she just seemed like the perfect MJ, and I was already having fanboy fantasies about seeing her and Dianna Agron in the same movie. Maybe it's my Glee bias talking, but Agron would have been a better choice for the Gwen Stacy role because she's what I picture when I think of the character, and it's not just because of the hair. To me, Gwen's supposed to be the All-American girl, and Agron fills that archetype well. Then again, I've never read the comics, so I might be off with that assumption.

On the flip side, when I think of Mary Jane, I picture an edgier character with a little bit of attitude. Emma Stone's pretty much built a career playing these kinds of roles, which is why she seemed like the perfect choice. I just can't get over how perfect she would have been as MJ.

From what I've read, Stone as Gwen had a lot to do with the fact that she had good chemistry with Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) who is the new Peter Parker. I guess you have to respect the move since they wanted to have two leads that are believable as a couple rather than casting based on physical attributes. It's just going to take some time to get used to.

As for the movie itself, I have to admit that I'm more intrigued by it now that Emma Stone is going to be involved, and I've heard nothing but good things about Garfield's performance in Network, which is a good sign. I still think this reboot is unnecessary, but it may not be a total bomb.

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