Several sources are reporting the above pictures are images of Mary Jane Watson from the set of Amazing Spider-Man 2, including Just Jared, I09, and Bleeding Cool . Mary Jane is being played by Shailene Woodley.
I have read numerous comments on those sites and others about these images. Many people are criticizing the casting of Shailene Woodley. In reference to these pictures, Woodley is being called everything from plain to down right ugly.
I do understand the overall concerns. These pictures sure don’t shout out, “Face it tiger you just hit jackpot”. They do not bear a resemblance to the classic images of Mary Jane in the comics. The Amazing Spider-Man movie contained great details and costumes so Emma Stone could look like the perfect Gwen Stacy.
These images are not typical pictures of Woodley. Shailene is an attractive young lady. We do not have confirmation that this shots are even from the movie and not from something else or her showing up to the set. (See below images to see other images of Woodley)
What if the above images are actual shots from the new movie. Does it ruin Amazing 2 if Mary Jane is more “plain” ? What if this is part of the character development? As geeks, we have a bad habit of jumping to assumptions and conclusions based off very limited information. Nerveless, we become judgmental about others and their looks. Many of us were judged, bullied, and ridiculed in our earlier lives yet we don’t’ think twice about doing this to this young lady. Shame on us as a geek community.
I, for one, am looking forward to seeing how Woodley portrays Mary Jane.