The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that actress Shailene Woodley will not appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and neither will her character, Mary Jane Watson. Director Marc Webb said “I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship.”
MJ was created by Stan Lee is 1965, with earlier Spider-Man issues featuring a running joke where Peter kept dodging Aunt May’s attempts to set him up with “that nice Watson girl next door, who Peter had not yet met and assumed would not be his type. It is not until The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 1 #42 (November 1966) that her face is actually seen. In that issue, on the last page, Peter finally meets her, and he is stunned by her beauty even as she speaks the now-famous line: “Face it, Tiger… you just hit the jackpot!”
Although she was portrayed as Peter’s childhood sweetheart in the Spider-Man trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, Webb appears to be taking the traditional route with Peter’s love interests. Peter did date her briefly, much to the annoyance of Gwen Stacey (played by Emma Stone in The Amazing Spider-Man) but broke it off quickly and began a relationship with Gwen, his first true love.
Mary Jane’s character will be introduced in the third film, although it is likely the role will be re-cast.