The Amazing Spider-Man will change Spidey's origin story

Marc Webb reveals new approach

The Amazing Spider-Man has made much of its telling of "the untold story" in its press materials, and director Marc Webb has revealed that a slightly different origin story will play out across his movie and its potential sequels.

"I wanted to give the audience something new, so that started off with getting underneath the parents’ story, which will unfold over probably a few movies,” Webb told MTV. “We don’t totally wrap up that story in this first movie. It’s sort of an ongoing mystery. That was something that was interesting to me.”

The death of Peter Parker's parents was never really dealt with in Sam Raimi's adaptation, but according to Webb, it was one of the key elements that drew him to the film.

"There are elements that we were very conscious of,” he says, “but it all emanated from [the idea of] this kid who got left behind by his parents many, many years before. I thought that was interesting enough for me to explore."

"This is probably a reveal,” he continues, “but there is no wrestling match in this movie. The character is evolving in a different way. It’s about finding a balance between iconic elements of the Spider-Man mythology. Uncle Ben’s death transforms him emotionally, but it happens in a different way."

The Amazing Spider-Man opens in the UK on 4 July 2012.

What do you think of Webb's planned tweaks? Tell us, below.


    • garyu2

      Apr 11th 2012, 9:24

      There is 'probably' a reveal? Shouldn't he know for sure? After all the movie is out in a couple of months!

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    • FBFMcGowan

      Apr 11th 2012, 11:22

      Except what he actually says is essentially "telling you that there is no wrestling match in the origin in the film is probably a reveal" not that "there will probably be a reveal in the film".

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    • Mattsimus

      Apr 11th 2012, 12:36

      So dont care about this reboot! and its not even gonna touch the previous trilogy yes not even 3!!! No wrestling match? Parents not touched on in original movies? Well yeah prob because nearly every single superhero has a disfunctional family, or dead parents, or parents killed and we've seen it for the past 500 years! Dont be a t**t Webb! Please dont pretend this movie isnt going to suck or that you have any other direction to take with this flick and then tell us in a desperate attempt to keep ppl even remotly interested.......TOO EARLY FOR A REBOOOTTT!!! XMX

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 11th 2012, 12:36

      His head looks photo-shopped. Wow thats a big head lol

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    • FBDHolloway

      Apr 11th 2012, 12:45

      It is kind of hard to care, to be honest, but I wish them luck. This is probably going the way of Superman Returns - with the exception that I won't be going to see this one...

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    • Benmorse

      Apr 11th 2012, 12:52

      Right, so it's like I've been saying - he's using the Ultimate Spider-Man canon as his reference point. It would be really good if TF would at least look at the wikipedia entry about this. Marvel updated their books using the "Ultimate" line, re-contemporising the characters. The origin is similar, but there are key differences: Oscorp is a huge conglomerate that employed the Parkers. Their going missing is heavily hinted at as being corporate espionage because Richard Parker won't weaponise the cure for cancer he is working on (this becomes the venom suit - oh hey Josh Trank, how's that tie in looking now? easier? you're welcome) and Curt Connors and Electro are both fellow scientists. So it's not an incomplete origin, it's just an ongoing evolution of the character.

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Apr 11th 2012, 13:16

      Raimi's first 2 films are still amazing and maybe it is too soon but i'm willing to give this one a go. still wish the rights would revert back to Marvel though...

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    • bollibolshevik6

      Apr 11th 2012, 14:01

      I really, really want this to be good because it has the potential to be brilliant. I liked the original trilogy but it wasn't, if you'll excuse the pun, 'amazing'. The direction this one is going down sounds excellent. I just hope the execution of it lives up.

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    • smellyhands

      Apr 11th 2012, 14:05

      They are desperately trying to do what Christopher Nolan has done to the Batman franchise. The key difference is that it was time for Batman to be redirected and not for Spidey. My interest in this film is very low at the moment. Maybe if they delayed it another 10 years I'd be happy to say hello to Spiderman.

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 11th 2012, 16:39

      I would have loved to have seen Nolans take on Killer Croc..

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    • Indianabones

      Apr 11th 2012, 17:15

      I think if you miss this, you will miss something special, Raimi's versions were alright, not great, I still can't watch the first one! due to the lack of Gwen Stacy! Kirsten Dunst was an awful Mary Jane, Tobey Maguire was an awful Peter Parker and awful Spiderman, Missing Spideys TM humour! I for one am glad its being rebooted! maybe to soon, but it was needed, maybe a more serious tone to it, I think it will make us forget the 'original' trilogy and esp that car crash 3rd film!! My only hope is they don't completely follow the Ultimate series and take bits from both and eventually have the goblin kill a certain character....

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    • FBLOzarows36

      Apr 11th 2012, 21:57

      @garyu2 you read the article wrong, he said "THIS is probably a reveal" meaning "im gonna say something that probably is kind of a spoiler" reading it wrong and changing one word totally changes what he meant as in you obviously thought he doesnt know yet what the reveal will be.

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    • FBJRider

      Apr 12th 2012, 23:05

      @Mattsimus, you're right most of them do have dysfunctional/dead families but how many comic book films actually integrate it into the story other than using as a means for why the hero becomes who they are

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