Badass Digest apparently got a hold of the original draft for the The Amazing Spider-Man 2 script (take this with a grain of salt) and this is what they had included for MJ:
As we all know Shailene Woodley was cast as Mary Jane Watson, shot some days and then was cut from the movie. The original script includes all of the MJ scenes, and she’s introduced as the Parker’s new next door neighbor. Her dad is an abusive drunk and she’s a waitress who builds motorcycles in her spare time. She has a Spider-Man tattoo on her wrist, and she’s clearly interested in Peter, who is totally hung up on Gwen. At one point Spider-Man confronts MJ’s dad, telling him to lay off the girl. At the end of the script Gwen comes to Peter’s house before heading to London; he’s gone but she meets the new neighbor. They have a friendly exchange and MJ says that she always attracts dickheads and asks Gwen what her advice is to get a guy like Peter. “Date a nerd,” Gwen says before heading off to die, basically giving MJ the okay to get with Peter.
Now, we know that Spider-Man giving MJ’s dad a good talking to really was written in the script, since concept artist Gregory Hill revealed an image of what that would look like, but I don’t see any other source for this alleged draft, and I don’t know if I completely trust a publication that starts its article with “There is so much wrong with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that it’s hard to find one place to begin criticizing the film,” since it just sounds like butthurt fanboys nitpicking things, and especially since TASM2 is eons better than its predecessor, which I could maybe understand that sentence being used towards. But, nonetheless, MJ was in fact in the movie, and some things from the article do fit what we already know.
I do have a problem with her having a Spider-Man tattoo since 1) it seems way too out there (but it does sound like it’s true, since Shailene had a tattoo on her wrist while filming the scenes, and she doesn’t have one in real life) 2) it reinforces the idea that Sony is apparently obsessed with that MJ fell in love with Spider-Man as opposed to Peter. But I do love that she would not only ride motorcycles, but also built them, and just for fun! It would be such a nice way to show a different type of intellect that doesn’t involve the science that, again, these filmmakers are so keen on being the be-all-end-all of the ways to measure intelligence. And a friendly interaction between Gwen and MJ (that we, again, already knew to be true), and MJ trusting Gwen enough to ask for advice on love? Be still my heart.
What’s too bad about all of this is that it’s not likely we’ll see any of these things in next movies, since it seems the TASM franchise is having quite a few problems that remind me of Spider-Man 4, and we all know how that movie turned out (or didn’t turn out…).
Another bad year for MJ fans.