Despite Shailene Woodley filming a few scenes last summer, director Marc Webb cut her role as Mary Jane Watson from May’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 to "streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship.”
“Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her,” Webb explained at the time.
"Of course I'm bummed," Woodley said at the time. "But I'm a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason... based on the proposed plot, I completely understand holding off on introducing (Mary Jane) until the next film."
The assumption has been Woodley would return as Mary Jane for 2016’s Amazing Spider-Man 3, but now the actress – who headlines March 21’s Divergent based on Veronica Roth's popular YA series and will also star in its two sequels – isn’t so certain of that.
"I don't know anything, but seeing as how they picked up the next two Divergent films, I don't know how I'd keep my sanity with two big action films in one year," Woodley told MTV at the Sundance Film Festival, referring to the fact Summit Entertainment’s Divergent sequels are being released in consecutive years. Insurgent is scheduled for March 20, 2015, and then the third, Allegiant, is slated for release on March 18, 2016.
"But, anything can happen, so ... " Woodley concluded, leaving her participation in Amazing 3 an open question.
MARK RUFFALO Calls AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON “Darker … Awesomer”
Also talking to MTV from Sundance, Mark Ruffalo, there to promote Infinitely Polar Bear alongside Zoe (Gamora) Saldana, said, "I would say that it's better, it's cooler, it's more awesomer,” when asked about buzz that Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron script is dark. "It's a little bit darker, but also really has Joss Whedon's incredibly, witty and sly sense of humor."
The MTV journalist was referring to Scarlett Johansson’s recent comments to Parade magazine.
"It’s got this amazing one-liner, glass-cutting sense of humor, the actress continued. “Obviously the script is very cerebral. It doesn’t lose that exciting comic book aspect that people enjoyed in the first film, but it’s smart and it feels like the next installment. It doesn’t feel like a rehashing, it feels like these characters are moving forward, plotlines are moving forward. It’s deep and I think that’s why people really respond to the Marvel universe, because the films are fun and exciting and have all that flashy stuff, but there’s a gravity to them. People can expect that gravity this time around.”
Back to Ruffalo, he told MTV Bruce Banner “gets to do such great stuff," asked if the script contains good things for the Hulk's alter ego to do.
New (Third) 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Trailer
Here's the latest and third trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, the Noam Murro-directed sequel to the suprise hit and visually-influential 2006 film. This one focuses on Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
The film is scheduled for a March 7, 2014 release.
MALEFICENT Second Trailer
And while we're looking at new, follow-up trailers this Martin Luthor King Jr. Day, here's the second trailer to Disney's Sleeping Beauty redo Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie.