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WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS LURKING WITHIN.
Oh no ... is Gwen Stacy doomed?
Things don't look so good for Peter Parker's ladylove, as a recent set pic from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" reveals Emma Stone in an outfit that looks a lot like the one her comic book counterpart was wearing when she fell (and we mean really fell) victim to the dastardly deeds of the Green Goblin.
Purple skirt: Check. Sea foam green overcoat: Check. Black boots: Check! Yes, Stone's frock is suspiciously similar to her comic book counterpart's... and at her most inopportune time.
Gwendolyn Maxine Stacy made her debut in "The Amazing Spider-Man" #31 (December 1965), created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. She was Peter Parker's original love interest before he started developing feelings for her somewhat more popular rival, Mary Jane Watson.
Gwen met her fate in "The Amazing Spider-Man" #121 (June 1973), in which the Green Goblin discovers Spider-Man's true identity and kidnaps Gwen. When the Goblin throws her off the George Washington Bridge, Spidey catches her leg with a string of web but later discovers that she's dead.
Furious, Spidey swears revenge against the Goblin, vowing to kill him ("I will destroy you slowly!" he exclaims rather disturbingly); the Goblin later met his demise (apparently) not by Spider-Man's hands but by being impaled with his own glider. Norman Osborn would not return to the pages of "The Amazing Spider-Man" for 300 issues and Peter never found out whether Gwen was dead before her fall or if his catching her with the web caused her death by snapping her neck.
The rather brutal death of Gwen Stacy was controversial amongst fans and marked a turning point in both the arc of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and in comic books in general. So far, Hollywood has avoided this dark chapter in comics history, as the previous big-screen incarnation of Gwen in Sam Raimi's original "Spider-Man" trilogy (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) managed to make it to the closing credits of "Spider-Man 3." This new "Spider-Man" series, however, might indeed be "going there," if the new set pic is any indication.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" certainly has all of the elements in place to make this happen. Chris Cooper has been cast as Norman Osborn, and Shailene Woodley has been cast as Mary Jane, ready to take Emma Stone's place as Spidey's leading lady. And true to comics canon, Gwen's father George (Denis Leary) was killed off in the last movie.
Will Gwen's big-screen fate match that of the comics? Stay tuned, web-heads.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens May 2, 2014.
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