Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy fell to her death at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, essentially killing off the character for good. Right? Not so fast. These are comic book movies we are talking about and if we’ve learned nothing, it’s that ideas around permanence (in this case death) can be bent and shifted to include any new reality. Anything is fair game, including bringing dead characters back to life without much in the way of mental gymnastics. And that could be the case with Emma Stone who looks set to return in Spider-Man 3.
Rumors around Emma Stone returning to the Spider-Man franchise started swirling last week when the actress bowed out of Damien Chazelle’s Babylon. At the time she cited scheduling issues with that film leading many to speculate the conflict in question was that of Spider-Man 3. But there were also rumors out there that the actress was pregnant which would also explain Stone leaving the film. These recent rumors confirm both to be true and Stone will return as Stacy “pregnancy permitting”. Considering babies are the ultimate schedule conflict, there’s still no true confirmation Stone will be back here, but it looks to be the plan.
Spider-Man 3 could end up being one of the biggest crossover, franchise-bending movies of all-time which is really saying something considering what we were recently treated to in the Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame films. Because of a recent deal between Marvel and Sony Pictures, the film can include previous characters from the first two versions of the franchise. And it looks like they are going to pull out all of the stops here, by adding people like Emma Stone.
There are plenty of confirmed casting roles in the bag already and rumors abounding about other moves on the way. In addition to Emma Stone those would include but aren’t limited to Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield both returning as their respective Peter Parker/ Spider-Mans. Kirsten Dunst is back as MJ. And on the villain front, Alfred Molina is reprising his role as Doctor Octopus and Jamie Foxx is back as Electro. The cast is just completely packed in such a way that it’s almost hard to imagine how they handle all of the storylines, arcs, and faces on screen.
Of course, it isn’t just the studio’s proprietary contracts that make this kind of thing possible. Casting like this, bringing Emma Stone back from the dead for instance, is thanks to the multiverse. We got a glimpse of it in Into the Spider-verse and have had plenty of nods to time restructuring in the MCU as well. This latest Spider-Man movie looks like it leans all the way in. At this point, it would be weird if an actor or actress from the other two parts of the franchise turned down the chance to be in the latest. There’s just too much juju going with what could be an all-out movie event.
Again, Emma Stone’s involvement does come down to more than movie contracts and production scheduling. She’s got a family to think about. But if all goes right, this movie will be the ultimate example of getting the band back together.