June 20th, 2013
01:00 PM ET
It looks like Peter Parker will have to find another redhead to playfully call him "tiger."
Shailene Woodley's role as one of Spider-Man's greatest love interests, Mary Jane Watson, has been cut from the upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel, according to a statement from the film's director, Marc Webb.
"I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship," Webb said. "Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her."
Woodley - who is well known from her acclaimed performance in 2011's "The Descendants" and from the lead role in "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" - is considerably "bummed" about not being able to sling webs with everyone's favorite neighborhood wall crawler, but ultimately understands Webb's decision.
"Of course I'm bummed," Woodley told Entertainment Weekly. "But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. MJ only appeared in a few scenes and I wouldn't trade the experience of working with Andrew [Garfield] and Emma [Stone] for three days on set for the world."
The exclusion of Mary Jane is telling, however. Comic book fans will remember that Peter and Gwen's relationship (spoiler at the link) doesn't exactly end well, which could open up a return for MJ (and possibly Woodley) in the just announced third and fourth films.
"Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing MJ until the next film," Woodley said.
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