Surprisingly, the buzz around the new The Amazing Spider-Man movie out this summer pales in comparison to the adrenaline provided by other superhero tentpoles such as The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers. The Amazing Spider-Man is a reboot of the Sam Raimi franchise of only a decade ago that is the last of the superhero movies to get a summer release out in early July.
Our guess is that audiences are just not ready for a reboot when the original has yet to start gathering dust on our DVD shelves. Or maybe audiences just don’t want to see another origin story based on an origin story we saw in Raimi’s 2002 entry.
Director Marc Webb might have something to say about the latter. During an interview with MTV, Webb revealed that The Amazing Spider-Man will have a slightly different origin story than the original.
"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. “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.”
"There are elements that we were very conscious of,” he says, “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."
True – Peter Parker’s parents death was not explored by Raimi, but in a big budget action film, we also hope that this particular element of the story doesn’t bog down the development. I guess we will have to wait and see.
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