Does the Upcoming Reboot Drastically Alter Spider-Man’s Origins? (SPOILERS)


The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Movie PosterOn the heels of the new (third) trailer for Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” comes this latest rumor that Webb and company wasn’t playing around when they were hyping the movie’s “new take” on the superhero. Besides the fact that we’ll be learning a lot more (as in, more than any other film has ever told us) about Peter Parker’s family tree (specifically his parents), there might be even more altering, if you will, of the arachnid superhero’s origins.

This comes courtesy of Devin Feraci over at Badass Digest (who also informed us previously that Sony suits, despite having already hired screenwriters for a sequel to the Webb reboot, are not exactly enamored with the finished product). The going rumor this morning concerns Spidey’s origins. As everyone and their Uncle Bob knows, even if Uncle Bob has never picked up a comic in his life, Spider-Man becomes Spider-Man after he is accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider during a school field trip, giving him spider-like powers.


Or not.

According to Feraci, who cites three sources, Webb and company have drastically altered not only Peter Parker’s past, but in many ways, what makes Spider-Man, well, Spider-Man — a geeky kid who, by some struck of destiny, becomes a superhero:

Three sources have told me this, but I held it. I didn’t see the point in running it now, when the movie has been shot and edited and is ready to go. Nothing can be changed. But then the new trailer hits today and all but spells this out, so what the hell, here we go:

Spider-Man’s origin has been changed in The Amazing Spider-Man. The spider bite no longer gives Peter powers, it rather activates something already in his genetic structure. Something placed there by his father. Peter Parker is no longer super-powered by chance, but rather by design.

Feraci also reveals that there will be no wrestling plot, leading to a different path that will result in Uncle Ben’s inevitable death. Ol Uncle Ben can never seem to catch a break, it seems.

So, how do you feel about these changes, if true?

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  • Dominique Hatcher

    Sounds a lot like what they did in Ang Lee’s HULK. I still don’t think it changes the core of Spider-Man as a character. I mean, Richard Parker (his dad) probably was hiding a gene sequence or something in Peter’s DNA to keep it safe. I don’t think he planned for his son to get bitten by a radioactive/genetically altered spider and become a superhero……

    • Dedpool

      That is a brilliant idea for why he did it. ANd then along comes a genetically engineered spider from Oscorp, where Richard Parker worked, and bites him. Of course the Spider is a result of expoeriments Richard either had a hand in or evolved from his work.

  • Shadymowafie

    I think if this changes are true then it would be amazing,because we all know spider-man story so what if they changed a couple of things i mean now when we watch the movie we will be surprised because if they changed the origin we will be watching a whole new movie

    • Dedpool

      True. All the major points will be there. Orphaned, gets bitten by spider, loses Uncle Ben, learns “Great Power comes Great Responibility”, etc. But the roads we take to get to them have changed I like it.

  • Lexavi80

    I’m completely confortable with the changes.

    Besides, about his parents… I remember that, in a couple of episodes of Amazing Spiderman’s saturday morning cartoon (I think the episode was “The End of the Word Weapon”, or somehting like that), it was revealed that Peter’s parents actually were spies, and I think they used to work for SHIELD.

    I remember it was a great couple of episodes. So, taking that into account, I think they went for a good road.

    • Jose Filion

      Yeah from my understanding his parents did work for shield as spies etc.

    • Juggernaut

      His parents were SHIELD agents but given the current state of the film properties (Marvel owning the SHIELD rights), Spider-Man (owned by Sony) will not have any tie to the government super spy organization.

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  • Bruce Yang02

    That really sucks. Just like Ang Lee’s Hulk, changing the origin changes for how much we care for the character. Like the Hulk it made the dad more the bad guy then anything they had to fight in life. What more of a creep then a father who experiments on their kids. We can only hope the best. The trailer do seem very well done.

    • Online72

      This movie is moving more towards waiting on the DVD release each day….