Call Gwen Stacy a Damsel In Distress Around Emma Stone At Your Peril
That's What She Said
Hot tip for if any of you end up interviewing Emma Stone at some point during the Amazing Spider-Man 2 press junket (hey, you never know): Don’t ask her how many times her character Gwen Stacy gets rescued. Or do, if you’re OK with her going off on how Gwen’s the one who’s rescuing that reckless Spidey all the time, thank you very much.
I don’t remember all that much about The Amazing Spider-Man—it didn’t do anything to make me seethe, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to expose myself to it, either. Like lima beans. But I have a vague memory of Gwen Stacy being rescued a few times. At the school? And later at the tower? My brain took leave of that movie five minutes after I saw it. But anyway, in the sequel, now that Gwen knows Peter Parker’s secret identity, she’s going to involve herself much more with saving him than being rescued by him:
When we asked her how many times Spider-Man saves her in the upcoming sequel, Stone replied: “Not many. I can think of one important instance.
“She saves him more than he saves her. She’s incredibly helpful to Spider-Man… He’s the muscle, she’s the brains.”
Stone adds: “I don’t get to do too many crazy stunts. She gets herself in the middle of stuff, that’s for sure! I do get webbed to a car. There’s shit like that.”
You know, New York stuff. Getting stuck to a car by spider webbing.
The way Stone makes it sound is that Gwen saves Spidey with her smarts and Spidey saves Gwen with his physical prowess, which ugggggh. I have seen that, particularly in superhero movies, approximately TWELVE. GAZILLION. TIMES. Look, I love that Gwen’s a genius. A science genius: Even better. On an individual level women saving men with the power of their brains is cool—Jane Foster taking Selvig’s super science staff and figuring out how to weaponize it on the spot in Thor: The Dark World was pretty wonderful—and the message that physical strength is not the only way to save the day is absolutely a vital one to send.
I just want more ladies storming into the fray to rescue their men, that’s all. The MCU gets props for having Sif and Pepper throw down for Thor and Iron Man. And then there’s Black Widow, who threw down for the entire world. But what can I say? Katniss and Tauriel have spoiled me.