“We bit off more than we could chew. We had a superhero opera, and as great as Shailene is, she didn’t really co-exist with the bigger story we were telling. It felt like a distraction. You can’t have Peter thinking about Gwen every moment and then there’s this girl next door who’s suddenly there. We weren’t ready for it.” The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producer Matt Tolmach explains why Shailene Woodley’s portrayal of Mary Jane Watson, the girl who helps mend Peter Parker’s heart following the death of his girlfriend Gwen Stacy in the film, was cut.