Denis Leary’s Captain George Stacy died in The Amazing Spider-Man, but that didn’t stop him from having a minor cameo as Disapproving Ghost Dad in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We’ll never know what would have happened with The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and while I’m grateful that film has been stricken from existence thanks to Sony realizing that they should partner with Marvel if they want to stop the franchise from becoming a constant embarrassment, I’m always curious about “What If?”
Speaking to IGN at Comic-Con for his new series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Leary revealed that the plot of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 might have involved Peter raising the dead:
“Part of the discussion was that possible in ‘3’ there was this idea that at one point Spider-Man would be able to take this formula and regenerate the people in his life that had died. So there was this discussion that Captain Stacy would have come back even bigger in episode three.”
My initial reaction to this was, “That’s dumb. I’m sure that was part of a brainstorming sessions and was never going to evolve into a real story.” But then I remembered that the first two movies are pretty moronic, and they both rely on silly formulas. Perhaps the plot involved Peter not really being over Gwen’s death so he tries to concoct a resurrection formula, and ends up accidentally bringing her dad back to life instead? That sounds completely idiotic, and I in no way put it past the Amazing Spider-Man franchise.
But thankfully that’s over and done with. The webslinger will return with an all-new actor (Tom Holland), character arc, and universe when he pops up in Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, followed by his own, currently untitled film directed by Jon Watts, which opens July 28, 2017.
Here’s the video of Leary talking about how Stacy might have factored into The Amazing Spider-Man 3: