Mary Jane Watson has been given the heave-ho from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

That makes sense. With something like 54 villains in the next one, there won't be much screen time for girls. Unless they wear tights and know karate.

Actress Shailene Woodley, who was cast in the part, already worked three days and shot three scenes, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Her appearance in the sequel was always intended to be brief

Sources told the Hollywood Reporter that director Marc Webb decided to streamline the story.

"I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter (played by Andrew Garfield) and Gwen (Emma Stone) and their relationship," said Webb. "Shailene is an incredibly talented actress, and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her."

Right. They loved her so much, they told her to hit the road.

Keep in mind Garfield and Stone are a couple in real life.

The plan now is for Watson -- the Peter Parker/Spider-Man love interest who comes after Gwen in the story line -- to be introduced in the third movie.

I hope that means some sort of girl fight involving Woodley and Stone ... .

Whoops ... did I say that out loud?

The Hollywood Reporter said it's likely Woodley will not return and the part will be recast.

"Of course I'm bummed," Woodley told Entertainment Weekly, which first reported the news. "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 studio announced earlier this week they had release dates for the third and fourth Spider-Man films: June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018. So they're feeling pretty good about this one doing well.

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