Rebooting a popular franchise is hard, especially when you're dealing with an iconic story to begin with. Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb had some tough decisions to make when adapting Peter Parker's origin to the big screen just ten year's after Sam Raimi's blockbuster interpretation. In a recent interview with MTV, he announced some elements that he's cut from the film, and others that he's adding back into – or just plain adding to – the mythology. (Some minor SPOILERS lie ahead, folks.) For example, the wrestling subplot, in which Spider-Man gets his name and showboats for the crowd? Don't expect that in The Amazing Spider-Man.
"This is probably a reveal," says Webb, "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."
But Webb's biggest contribution to the motion picture Spider-Man mythos is the inclusion of Peter Parker's parents, at least as an ongoing plot point. Played by Embeth Davitz and Campbell Scott, the mystery behind Mary and Richard Parker won't just propel The Amazing Spider-Man's story forward, it will be an ongoing presence throughout the sequels as well.
"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 informed 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."
Webb also hinted at other minor changes to the superhero's canon. The radioactive spider? Maybe it's not radioactive this time. "Or maybe it is! You'll have to see."
Click on over to MTV for more of the details on The Amazing Spider-Man, coming to theaters July 3, 2012.
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