Emma Stone, who plays Spider-Man’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy in the upcoming film The Amazing Spider-Man, thinks her character should die onscreen in this or a future movie, according to a new interview with IGN.
Spoilers ahead, for those of you who haven’t read Spider-Man in the last forty-five years or so.
“I think that’s a hugely important part of her story and of this incarnation of Spider-Man,” the actress said in the interview. “I think that was very important to everybody. I think there’s a certain expectation and then there’s a certain awareness of mortality that Gwen has already, so I think that it was important to…just because her father was in the face of death everyday and so is Peter, so I think death always surrounds her. I think it’s a really important element to her character. I mean, she, as fans know, is kind of most famous for how she departs. So that’s a weird thing to play, knowing about such an iconic part of her existence.”
As seen at right, the character was killed in the comic books decades ago; while that was a key moment in Spider-Man’s evolution and not likely to happen in this first film, where she’s just being introduced and Stone is reportedly a high point of the film, it’s worth considering this: shortly before Gwen herself died at the hands of the Green Goblin (on the Brooklyn Bridge, a scene re-enacted with a twist in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man), her father was killed during a construction accident in which Doctor Octopus played a role.