One of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Universe must be Spider-Man. Spider-Man has had a variety of entertainment avenues such as live action and animation. Spider-Man hit theaters in 2002 starring Toby McGuire and was an instant sensation. The series went on to develop two additional installments but ended there. The fans still seemed to want more and nearly a decade after the first series Spider-Man got a restart.
The Amazing Spider-Man reboot staring Andrew Garfield came on the scene in 2012 with a different slant on the typical Spider-Man story. Some key characters were excluded like Mary Jane Watson and some new characters were added to the story line. One of the most notable additions is Gwen Stacy played by Emma Stone. Spider-Man fans should have been aware from the first scene with Gwen Stacy that she was there for one purpose, to die.
Movie goers were shocked to see the events unfold in the latest release of the Amazing Spider-Man because Gwen Stacey died. Spider-Man comic book fans would have immediately understood that the future of young Gwen would be short lived. The original comic book story of Spider-Man reveals a depth of sadness revolving around Gwen Stacy. Gwen would be the first real love of Peter Parker’s life and would hold a pivotal role in character development.
Gwen Stacy is the ongoing love interest for years in the comic book version of Spider-Man. Amazing Spider-Man #121 marked the demise of Gwen Stacy. The title of the issue is The Night Gwen Stacy Died. Just as in the comics, Gwen Stacy dies because Peter is unable to save her. These coming events were hinted at during filming. Pictures were released showing the costume design for Emma Stone and it looked ominously similar to the outfit Gwen Stacy was wearing on the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #121.
While the obvious love interest was evident, there was something more behind the scenes in the character development. Before Captain Stacy died, he made Peter promise that he would no longer see Gwen due to the danger of being Spider-Man. At the end of Amazing Spider-Man, Peter seems to rekindle that relationship at the end of the movie. The signs of the coming demise are in the works before the first movie ends.
While many fans saw the reality of Gwen Stacy’s death coming, the actual event left many shocked. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ends in an almost depressing manor. The death of Gwen Stacy concludes the movie in a cloud of sheer sadness. Just as the comics felt a radical change with Gwen’s death, the Amazing Spider-Man film franchise may be feeling the impact of the loss for years to come.