Sony’s reboot might be strange but it gives fans of the comic books enough reasons to rejoice
Sony’s reboot of the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise may call for some head-scratching since most moviegoers will think that it only rehashes an already familiar story that is still fresh in the minds of those who caught Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ in 2002.
Rather than milking the franchise with a brand new sequel (which is five years overdue), this new movie could be seen as a blessing in disguise since it presents an opportunity to correct the ‘mistakes’ that the previous movie had for the friendly neighbourhood masked vigilante.
Here we list down the reasons why this Spider-Man reboot is just so darn good.
Fans of the Spider-Man comic books will realise that ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is actually the original title of the comic books back when Spidey was first introduced to the Marvel Universe in 1963.
Although current director Marc Webb did borrow some elements from ‘The Ultimate Spider-Man’ comics from 2000 -- like a more relevant and modern Peter Parker -- this reboot is intended to stick closer to the comic book canon, so it’s not just some tacky add-on of the word ‘Amazing’ in the title.
This title change is also a good start in the direction where the reboot will be going.
The web slinging
When Peter Parker was bitten by the genetically engineered spider in the comic books, shooting organic webs from his wrists was not part of the ‘super-powers’ that he got as seen in the Sam Raimi movies.
Therefore, the depiction that Parker had to invent a device that would allow him to swing from skyscraper to skyscraper in the ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is probably the most obvious but well-deserved change because Peter did the same in the comic books.
Director Marc Webb also said that the creation of the web shooters were to “dramatize Peter’s intellect” which means that other than being a nerdy outcast, he is also a science whiz.
In Sam Raimi’s trilogy, Dylan Baker played Dr. Curtis Connors, Peter Parker’s one-armed physics professor in ‘Spider-Man 2’ and later in ‘Spider-Man 3’.
In the comic books however, Dr. Connors was better known as the villain Lizard, after he injected himself with a self-made serum containing altered reptilian DNA in an attempt to regenerate his lost arm.
However the experiment failed in comic book fashion and transformed the poor doctor into the reptilian humanoid and the main antagonist in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’.
We all remember Mary Jane Watson and the upside-down kiss she had with Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s first movie.
But before the redhead came into the picture, there was a certain blonde chick called Gwen Stacy in Peter’s life. Stacy briefly appeared in ‘Spider Man 3’ (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) but she had no romantic connections with Parker, who was already knee-deep in love with Kristen Dunst’s Mary Jane.
According to the comic books, Parker first dated Stacy before he was introduced to Mary Jane by Aunt May, and it was only after Stacy’s death that Parker eventually grew to love Mary Jane.
While we are a little anxious to see if Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy would share the same fate as her comic book counterpart, we hope that she would give us a just as memorable kiss as in the original movie and take her rightful place in Peter Parker’s heart.
Side note: Emma Stone is a natural blonde, but had to dye her hair back to its original colour after she dyed it red when she became an actress.
The origin story of Spider-Man had always been a fascinating one because it is about the transition of a teenage Peter Parker to an adult superhero, who must face the responsibilities of his newfound superpowers.
Throughout Spider-Man’s existence, an integral part of his character has always been how he reflects the angst and tribulations of his young readers, and his personalities had been revised according to the times. If there’s one thing that never changes, it’s his snarky quips against his opponents in the face of danger.
When Tobey Macguire first don the mask in Sam Raimi’s original in 2002, his portrayal of a progressively ‘emo’ Parker by the third instalment was probably the reason why we have glittery vampires today.
But a decade later when we first saw Andrew Garfield’s Spidey begging in fear of small knives before spinning his webs on a carjacker, that scene was very close to how we wanted to see a fast-talking Spidey realised on the big screen. We wholeheartedly approve a wittier than a charming Spider-Man.