The ads for the Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, are billing the film as “The Untold Story”. The wall-crawler’s origin story is being changed up, and director Marc Webb has taken on a slightly darker tone with his film adaptation of the popular superhero. Webb has now revealed that the new origin story won’t be contained to one movie.
Hit the jump for more details. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man opens in 3D on July 3rd.
Here’s what Webb had to say to MTV about spreading Spider-Man’s origin over multiple films:
“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 News during a recent interview. “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.”
In the comics, Peter’s parents died when he was young, which is why he lived with his Aunt May (played by Field) and Uncle Ben (Sheen). Except for a few gimmicky arcs, Mr. and Mrs. Parker never played much of a role in their son’s life, but The Amazing Spider-Man is going to make them important characters, particularly Peter’s father, Richard Parker (Campbell Scott).
Webb says the death of Peter’s parents is what drew him to the picture:
“There are elements that we were very conscious of,” the director continued, “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.”
Webb goes on to say how extending the importance of Peter’s parents won’t be the only new approach to the web-slinger’s tale [minor spoilers ahead]:
“This is probably a reveal,” he said, “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—like how Uncle Ben’s death transforms him emotionally—but it happens in a different way.”
I’ve become increasingly curious about what fans consider to be sacrosanct aspects of a favorite character’s story. If Uncle Ben isn’t gunned down by a criminal while Peter is trying to use his powers for personal gain, does that diminish the superhero’s maxim, “With great power, comes great responsibility,”? So web-heads: What would have to change for Spider-Man to stop being Spider-Man in your eyes?