If you’ve never read it or know much about it…’The Night Gwen Stacy Died’ is one of the most important stories in Spider-man history. The death of Gwen Stacy shocked the American comic book community. Previously, it had been unthinkable to kill off such an important character – the girlfriend of the main character and a character with a large fanbase. This story arc is considered one of the markers of the end of the Silver Age of Comic Books, and the beginning of the darker, grittier Bronze Age. There has been numerous debates over the years on what really killed Gwen. Many thinking it was the shock of the fall due to The Green Goblin stating “Romantic idiot! She was dead before your webbing reached her! A fall from that height would kill anyone — before they struck the ground!”
But Marvel comics editor Roy Thomas has confirmed it was not that and actually being grabbed by Spider-mans webs. “It saddens us to have to say that the whiplash effect she underwent when Spidey’s webbing stopped her so suddenly was, in fact, what killed her. In short, it was impossible for Peter to save her. He couldn’t have swung down in time; the action he did take resulted in her death; if he had done nothing, she still would certainly have perished. There was no way out.”
Marc Webb has already expressed interest in doing this story and “doing it right”.
IGN recently sat down with Emma Stone and asked how she would feel about Gwen being allowed to live in this planned series of films.
“I hope not. I think that’s a hugely important part of her story and of this incarnation of Spider-Man. I think that was very important to everybody. I think there’s a certain expectation and then there’s a certain awareness of mortality that Gwen has already, so I think that it was important to…just because her father was in the face of death everyday and so is Peter, so I think death always surrounds her. I think it’s a really important element to her character. I mean, she, as fans know, is kind of most famous for how she departs. So that’s a weird thing to play, knowing about such an iconic part of her existence.”
I really think if done right this could be a really great comic book movie. I have faith in Webb and the reviews that are coming in for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ so far have been thumbs up almost across the board. Seeing this story brought to the big screen would be awesome.
Share your thoughts in the box below.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ swings into theaters July 3rd.