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There were a couple of reasons for this. 1) Sam Raimi (director) and Bruce Campbell are good friends and Bruce normally gets cameo's in his films. 2) There was a rumor before and after Spider-man 3 Bruce Campbell was going to become Mysterio as Mysterio constantly blames Spider-man for his failed acting and stunt gigs.(source)


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One possible reason might be the desired to avoid too much angst. A Gwen Stacy plot has to end with Peter blaming himself for Gwen's death, and being blamed by her father. We already have that plot element in any Spider-man origin story with the death of Uncle Ben. Running the same plot device twice in the same movie seems wrong. Those of us who were ...


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From an interview with Bruce Campbell: When did you first meet the Raimis? I was born in the same hospital as Sam Raimi – the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oaks. I met Sam in junior high – very briefly while I was with a friend of his – and he was dressed as Sherlock Holmes, playing with dolls. I thought he was a creepy weirdo, and I ...


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I'd reason it's because Mary Jane was the more famous/iconic choice for Peter's love interest at the time of the original films and the writers/producers wanted to try their best to appeal to a wider audience. The Mary Jane entry on Wikipedia notes: According to co-creator Stan Lee, Mary Jane was originally intended to be simply a rival for Gwen Stacy ...



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