As per the original storyline of Spider-Man Gwen Stacy is the first serious love of Peter Parker (Betty Brant is the first relationship of him which never worked). Then why did Marvel/Columbia Pictures choose Mary Jane over her for the 2002 Spider-Man.
Is there any specific reason for it or just a random decision? I know about the death of Gwen Stacy but none of them forced them to eliminate her role.
Now in the 2012 reboot, they are using Gwen in the lead role and replacing Mary Jane by Gwen.
But my question is that why they used Mary Jane in Sam Rami's Spider-Man Trilogy?