Sony's upcoming reboot of the "Spider-Man" franchise may call for 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 watched Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" back in 2002. While there are many puzzling reasons why Sony decided to reboot the franchise, rather than milking it with a brand new sequel (which is five years overdue), this could be seen as a blessing in disguise since it presents an opportunity to correct the 'mistakes' that the previous movie continuity had established for the neighbourhood friendly masked vigilante away from its comic book roots.
Here we present five reasons why we would like to see this reboot, or why "Spider-Man" deserves an 'Amazing' reboot.
Fans of the Spider-Man comic books may realise that "The Amazing Spider-Man" was actually the original title of the comic books back when Spidey was first introduced to the Marvel universe in 1963. Although director current director Marc Webb did borrow some elements from "The Ultimate Spider-Man" comics from 2000, like a more relevantly modern Peter Parker into this movie, this reboot is intended to stick closer to the mainstream canon of the comic books (as you will see in the rest of the article), so it's not just some tacky add-on of the word 'Amazing' in front of Webb's movie. This title change is a good start in the direction where the reboot would be going.
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 'power-bestowed' package 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 trailers of "The Amazing Spider-Man" is probably the most obvious but well-deserved change because Peter had to do the same in the comic books. Director Marc Webb also said that the creation of the web shooters were to 'dramatise Peter's intellect' which emphasises that he is a science whiz, other than being a nerdy outcast.
In Sam Raimi's trilogy, Dylan Baker played as Dr. Curtis Connors, the one-armed physics professor of Peter Parker who had a small role as the colleague of Doc Ock in "Spider-Man 2" and later re-appeared in "Spider-Man 3" to analyse the parasitic symbiote that was Venom. In the comic books however, Dr. Connors was better known as the villain Lizard, after he had injected himself with his self-made serum containing altered reptilian DNA in an attempt to regenerate his lost arm. Needless to say that the experiment failed in comic book fashion and transformed him into the reptilian humanoid as the main antagonist that we see in the trailers of "The Amazing Spider-Man". We are certainly looking forward to Rhys Ifan's Dr. Connor and how he would carry one of the most enduring villains of 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 redheaded Mary Jane, there was actually another woman in the life of Peter Parker, in the form of the blonde Gwen Stacy. Stacy briefly appeared in "Spider Man 3" and was 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 had first met and 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 horrific death in "The Amazing Spider-Man", we hope that she would give us a just as memorable kiss in the original 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 the years of Spider-Man's existence, an integral part of his character has always been on how he can be related to the young reader as a mirror of the teenage angst and his reflections had been numerously revised according to the times. But if there's one thing that never changes is his snarky quips against his opponents in the face of danger.
When Tobey Macguire first put on the mask in Sam Raimi's original in 2002, his portrayal of a progressively 'emo' Parker by the third installment was probably the reason why we have glittery vampires today. But 10 years on when we first saw Andrew Garfield's Spidey begging in fear of small knives before spinning web on a carjacker was very close to how we wanted to see a fast-talking Spidey realised on the big screen. We wholeheartedly approve a wittier than charming Spider-Man and that's why we want to see this new Peter Parker in the reboot.