2014 will be a big year for Shailene Woodley, Hollywood’s new go-to lady for YA adaptations between the dystopian Divergent and the melancholy romance The Fault in Our Stars. But Woodley originally had a third major role this year, playing ginger galpal Mary Jane Watson in this summer’s Amazing Spider-Man rebootquel. Photos of Woodley on the set showed the young actress rocking some denim jackets and some unconvincing red hair — because no redhaired superhero girlfriend will ever have convincing red hair, and we can all just accept that and move on. But the filmmakers pulled a Paquin before it was cool, cutting Woodley out of the movie, presumably because they needed more time to service current love interest Gwen Stacy, not to mention all the villains from all the spinoffs.
Speaking to MTV’s Josh Horowitz at Sundance, Woodley admitted that she didn’t really know what her future was with the Amazing franchise, but she seemed ambivalent about the possibility of returning. “I don’t know anything,” she said. “But seeing as how they picked up the next two Divergent films, I don’t know how I would keep my sanity doing two big action films in one year. But anything can happen.” True, anything can happen — and if Divergent explodes, it’s possible that Sony would rejigger their ambitious Spidey schedule to make room for an ascendant superstar.
But let’s assume that doesn’t happen. And let’s also assume that that thing we all think is going to happen in Amazing Spider-Man 2 happens, and Mary Jane as a character becomes hugely important for Amazings 3 and 4. Who should take on the role of Peter Parker’s eventual one true love? Here are a few possibilities, ranked on the Dunst scale; post your own in the comments!
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