It seems that the previous rumors about Sony's pursuit of buzz-laden actress Emma Stone have been proven true. According to Deadline, the coveted role of Spidey's most famous significant other Mary Jane Watson*(See updated info below,) played in the last series of films by Kirsten Dunst, will be "imminently" offered to Stone. Known from acclaimed projects like Superbad, Zombieland, and the current low-key hit Easy A, the landing of this part, in addition to a rumored lead in the 21 Jump Street reboot film, will seemingly set her stock to rise dramatically. However, unlike her predecessor MJ, reports indicate that she won't have the amorous affections of the new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield all to herself, as the casting process is still in motion to fill the role of other iconic Spidey love interest Gwen Stacy. So, what kind of Spidey movie is this anyway?
With Stone a virtual lock for the role of MJ, the search for the new Gwen Stacy (played by Bryce Dallas Howard in Spider-Man 3) may prove itself the more critical task for the film. By including the character early, the signs seem to indicate that director Marc Webb is looking to finally bring to life one of the most important story-lines in the history of comics in her death. (This is NOT a spoiler, her character is best known for her death.) Not too many single storylines have been credited with ushering in an entire new age of comics, but this moment is generally considered the end of the Silver Age of comics and the end of comics' innocence. So, what is likely, is that Gwen will be the primary love interest in this film, with Stone's Mary Jane being set up to be the eventual love of Peter Parker's life in the sequels. (Which, is pretty much how it happened in the comics.) Also, since her famous death in the comics came at the hands of the Green Goblin, it may also be an indicator that, much like Sam Raimi's first Spidey film, Webb may end up going with him as the villain. (Hopefully donning something more impressive than the green fetish suit.)
As of now, besides the initial six candidates who were recently brought-up for unnamed love interests, there is also the front-runner in Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska, along with names like Georgina Haig (Wasted on the Young), Dominique McElligot (Moon), and Dianna Argon (Glee) who have also been put into the mix for Spidey's blonde miniskirt wearing martyr.
The addition of the lovely Emma Stone has undoubtedly tempered the opinions of lots of fans angered over the very existence of this reboot. Has it changed your opinion (for better or worse?)
*UPDATE: Emma Stone will actually be playing Gwen Stacy, not MJ. Wow, right?