Spider-Man prequel details confirmed
I don't know what Sam Raimi's version of Spider-Man 4 would have brought us, but I have a sneaky suspicion that for once the ideas in the studio's minds were better, however I don't believe that for a second the ideas in the new prequel are strong enough to stand up to either of them.
Marc Webb, the director of the popular (500) Days of Summer has been confirmed as the director of the new film that aims to be a prequel, a reboot, heading back to the teenage years of Spider-Man and delivering something more angst, less light heartedness and less Spider-Man.
Since the rumours first came out about the array of directors vying for Spider-Man I thought it was pretty clear that Marc Webb was the only one that vaguely sounded like a rumour with some reality. Then it happened, he was announced for the job, but even back then I was starting to become concerned about this younger plot idea.
Today, through a confirmation at Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision, comes a little more about the story that's planned for this new, younger, Spider-Man story.
...the story will be pared down to center on a high school kid who is dealing with the knowledge that his uncle died even though the teen had the power to stop it...and feature a cast of relative unknowns...
There we hear it again, it's about the teenager going through high school, not the story about Spider-Man, it's more about that than it is the costumed superhero, and that's something they hammer home when they tell us the inspiration for the story.
The touchstone for the new movie will not be the 1960s comics, which were the inspiration behind the movies by Raimi, who grew on up on them, but rather this past decade's "Ultimate Spider-Man" comics by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley where the villain-fighting took a back seat to the high school angst.
Wow. So it really is going to focus more on teenagers at school and this one will have a little something different about them, probably keeping off the Spider-Man being Spider-Man for a quite some time, perhaps even until the latter stages of the first film setting itself up for a second.
What would Sam Raimi's version have been? Well we know that he wanted the Vulture, and perhaps not a lot more. We know that the previous film he was pushed into showing more villains, and that didn't help the film at all, so I think we'd have seen less.
There's also a big rumour that his plan was to have Spider-Man leave the end of the film dead, not physically, but mentally as Peter Parker walked away leaving the suit in the bin (again) after struggling with having to fight Vulture, who just happened to be the father of his new love (he got over MJ and moved on). During their final battle he killed the Vulture and his new love, soon to be fiancée, was distraught. She just wouldn't forgive him and dumped him. So Parker, fed up with this double life that gave him nothing and took everything, dumped the suit. Cue credits.
There's something there that appeals to me, and would have been fitting for Raimi's last Spider-Man film. However the studio weren't and apparently their first set of plans was to keep it focused on some stronger, more known villains, and not seeing the Spider-Man suit dumped.
I don't know, a mix of those two films sounds rather good, another inward battle for Parker that Spider-Man loses once again is perhaps the real way to play it.
Now though, we're going to have a teenage angst film with some costume hero stuff, and from the sounds of it, not a lot of villain fighting. To me that's not Spider-Man, that's Peter Parker at school. It's not the right choice.