Gwen Stacy
Stone Gwen Stacy
Name: Gwendolyn Maxine Stacy
Affiliation: Oscorp Industries
Rank: Intern
Father: George Stacy
Mother: Helen Stacy
Sibling(s): Phillip Stacy
Simon Stacy
Howard Stacy
Portrayed by: Emma Stone
First appeared: The Amazing Spider-Man
Last appeared: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Appears in: 2 Films
"What makes life valuable is that it doesn't last forever. What makes it precious is that it ends."
―Gwen Stacy[src]

Gwendolyn Maxine Stacy was the classmate and deceased girlfriend of Peter Parker and the daughter of chief police officer, George Stacy. She is also the deuteragonist of The Amazing Spider-Man films. Gwen was also a senior research officer at Oscorp industries.

Her character was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1965. Her character was portrayed by Emma Stone in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man and in its sequel.


The Amazing Spider-Man

Gwen Stacy is a resident of New York where her father, George Stacy, is a captain in the NYPD. She works at Oscorp as a laboratory assistant to Dr. Curt Connors' where Peter Parker gets bitten by the spider that mutates him.

She subsequently develops a romantic interest in him and he soon reveals to her that he's in fact Spider-Man. She also plays a crucial part in The Lizard's defeat; having helped Peter develop an antidote for Connor's serum for turning people into reptilian hybrids using her own scientific knowledge.

Unfortunately, her father was killed by The Lizard before Peter can defeat the villain. George made the superhero promise to keep Gwen out of his dangerous life.

Peter honours that vow without immediately telling Gwen which offends her until she realizes what her father did and forgave Peter. However, when Peter later hints that he's reconsidering keeping that vow, she quietly smiles at this development.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

While Spider-Man is in pursuit of criminals through the city, Gwen Stacy calls Peter on the phone who tells him that he's late.

Gwen then makes a speech to her fellow class-mates and their families. Afterwards, Peter meets Gwen at their high school graduation ceremony where the two share a kiss.

Gwen and Peter talk where she invites him to dinner before she was called by her mother for a family photo. Later in the evening, Peter tells Gwen about the visions he's been having and insists that he needs to keep his promise which as a result, Gwen breaks up with Peter.

Gwen is seen then working at Oscorp and meets Max Dillion in an elevator which she finds out is his birthday and is obsessed with Spider-Man.

Peter later meets Gwen in attempt to maintain a friendship which they establish some 'ground rules'. Gwen tells Peter that an opportunity to Oxford means she has to move to England. Before the two can discuss it, Max accidentally shuts off the power to Times Square whilst looking for electricity to power himself.

As Electro reveals himself as Max, Gwen recognizes him and later tries to find his file at Oscorp, but the file has been erased. Gwen is then chased by security for trying to find his file and runs into Peter who says he was with Harry.

As Gwen goes to the elevator, Peter distracts the security guards and Gwen meets Harry who tells her that Peter is always complicated, but that is why he needs her. 

Peter then receives a voicemail message from Gwen, telling him that she got into Oxford University and was heading to the airport to fly there earlier than expected because of an earlier class. Peter manages to catch her and professes his love for her and the two agree to go to England together.

They are interrupted by a blackout caused by Electro. Peter takes Gwen down where the police are and Gwen helps him with his web-shooters to go against Electro. Peter heads off to fight with Electro having the upper-hand. As Electro has Spider-Man in the air and is electrocuting him, Gwen comes in a police car and hits Electro, against Peter's demands. The two plan to defeat Electro by overloading his electricity supply.

Just after they do so, Harry Osborn arrives, now as the Green Goblin, figures out Spider-Man’s identity and that he wants revenge for being refused the life saving blood transfusion. Goblin takes Gwen and drops her where Spider-Man catches her.

The two fight at the top of a clock tower, and Spider-Man manages to subdue the Goblin. However, during the fight, Gwen falls and is supported by a web connected to one of the gears.

The gears turns which caused to cut the web, and Gwen again falls. Goblin is then defeated and Peter tries to save Gwen by diving after her and using his web. Before Gwen hits the ground, Peter's web reaches her and stops the fall.

Unfortunately, the web stretches which caused Gwen to hit her head on the floor which it causes her to die instantly.

Five months pass and Spider-Man is nowhere to be seen in New York, Peter spends every day at Gwen's grave. Peter was inspired by a recording of Gwen's graduation speech and makes his return as Spider-Man to fight Rhino to keep her memory and beliefs including her love for him, alive.


""Oh, I'm in trouble""
―Gwen Stacy, after finding out Peter Parker is Spider-Man[src]
""Okay, I'm sorry I didn't take us to the Bahamas of hiding places!""
―Gwen Stacy to Peter Parker[src]
""Well, guess what? Nobody makes my choices for me!""
―Gwen insisting she help Spider-Man[src]


  • Although dying in the actual film, in the non-canon video game Gwen isn't killed by Green Goblin, or is present during Peter's confrontation with him therefore is still alive in that continuity.
  • Ashley Greene, Mia Wasikowska, Scout Taylor-Compton, Teresa Palmer, Amber Heard, Dianna Agron, Brooklyn Decker, Imogen Poots, Lindsay Lohan, Emma Roberts, Emily Browning, Lily Collins, Anna Kendrick, Ophelia Lovibond, Sara Paxton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Georgina Haig, Hilary Duff and Dominique McElligott were considered for the role of Gwen Stacy, but were beaten out by Emma Stone. It is interesting to note that one of the other names--Mary Elizabeth Winstead--had played Gwen Grayson (named for Gwen Stacy) in the superhero spoof Sky High (2005).
  • Gwen Stacy had blue eyes in the comics but in this movie, she appears with green eyes

See Also

Webb Film Series
Films: The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Characters: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Gwen Stacy | Harry Osborn | Mary Jane Watson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Flash Thompson | Norman Osborn | Ashley Kafka | Rajit Ratha | Donald Menken | Felica Hardy | Alistair Smythe | Richard Parker | Mary Parker | Kari
Enemies: The Lizard | Electro | The Green Goblin | Rhino | The Black Cat | Ultimate Goblin | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief
Locations: The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Industries | Oscorp Tower | Midtown Science High School | Beloit Psychiatric Hospital | Ravencroft Institute
Video Games: The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2