Emma Stone was last seen as Gwen Stacy in the Spider-Man Universe at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, when she fell from the clock tower in the fight between Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man and Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin. Spider-Man caught her in the fall but ultimately couldn’t save her, a stunning end for the character that, presumably, looked like the end of Stone’s involvement in the franchise. But comic book movies are nothing if not indifferent to the ideas of permanence or reality, as there are now rumors that Emma Stone could be reprising the role in the upcoming Spider-Man 3.
Rumors around Emma Stone returning as Gwen Stacey come from the recent news that she is leaving Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, being replaced possibly by Margot Robbie. Stone cited scheduling conflicts with that film and speculation is that the specific movie in question is, in fact, Spider-Man 3. Stone has precious few movies in the pre-production phase right now, so leaving Babylon with the director she teamed up with for La-La Land does feel like it would have to be for something substantial.
This rumor would follow along with a number of different tidbits we’ve heard about the third in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man franchise, Some of which revolve around previous iterations of characters. There’s a growing sense that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man 3 involves a multiverse plotline, especially considering Benedict Cumberbatch’s involvement in the film as Doctor Strange. That would be one way to bring Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey into the mix and explain why her death didn’t have to exactly fit into the future of the character. The Stone rumors followed other casting nuggets that included even Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield each getting back into the game.
What we’ve learned from Marvel movies, and comic book movies in general, is that the fracturing idea about reality and the continued use of multiverses in story arcs means literally everything is on the table. When it comes to casting and previously-dead characters in franchises, you need to be open to just about any scenario. Heck, the Avengers time-traveled just to accomplish their final missions in Avengers: Endgame, and the upcoming Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has it’s insanity right there in the title. Finally, who can forget Into the Spider-Verse, in which we saw all different versions of Spidey on display, fighting alongside each other? This kind of thing is becoming standard practice in the Marvel world, meaning Emma Stone could easily return to this universe.
When Sony and Marvel worked out a deal to bring Spider-Man under the Disney umbrella, there apparently was also an agreement to work out how the two universes could in some way overlap in new movies. This would be unprecedented, but also what lends credence to these Emma Stone / Gwen Stacey rumors. The studios have already begun laying a path for characters to return in some respect or another, leading to some potentially interesting combinations of characters in the future.
Would Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy be a version in which she actually dons the suit like in Into the Spider-Verse or do we just possibly revisit Peter Parker’s different relationships in various timelines? That much is unclear. The new movie is shrouded in secrecy. But getting the whole Spider-Man gang back together does have infinite possibilities.