Ever since Sony released the official Amazing Spider-Man teaser poster, the film’s promotional campaign has become increasingly centered around the idea that there is some pivotal “untold” aspect of young Peter Parker’s coming-of-age story – which was ignored in previous live-action Spidey flicks, but will be explored in director Marc Webb’s reboot of the webslinger franchise.
A previously-released plot synopsis indicates that the “untold story” in question involves Pete’s attempts to discover just why his biological parents vanished, so many years before. Amazing Spider-Man producer Avi Arad confirmed as much during a recent press tour, while also teasing the connection between Richard Parker (Campbell Scott) and the film’s central antagonist, The Lizard, a.k.a. Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans).
Times of India has gotten its hands on what the publication indicates is a new studio-backed synopsis for Amazing Spider-Man. As you’ll note, this plot description fits with everything that’s been revealed about the film to date, while also offering some additional insight into the matter concerning the link between the teenager Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his soon-to-be nemesis, Dr. Connors.
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The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets.
As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
At the 2011 Comi-Con, Webb confirmed what many people had long observed – that Amazing Spider-Man is being heavily influenced by the “Ultimate Spider-Man” comic series, more so than the 616 Steve Ditko and Stan Lee iteration of the character and his world. The new revelations concerning Pete Parker’s father – as presented in ASM – lend further credence to that idea, seeing how Richard Parker was also a biologist in the “Ultimate” continuity.
“Ultimate” universe R. Parker was also responsible for developing a biological suit, which was meant to repair the cells of its host and (potentially) cure cancer. The project eventually led to the rise of Venom in the comics, but it’s easy to see how that idea could be adjusted to instead involve Dr. Connors and his obsession with limb regeneration in Webb’s film.
Furthermore, it sounds as though Amazing Spider-Man also sets the stage for (eventually) the introduction of Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in a later installment. The inclusion of said familiar villain from director Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie would also fit with Arad’s previous statement about how ASM attempts to “weave a narrative that could take place within the framework of the earlier films” – but, of course, that’s pure speculation, at this point.
Amazing Spider-Man is still in a tricky spot for the time being, seeing how the fanbase remains divisively split down the middle with regards to whether this particular retelling of Spidey’s origins is going to fly high or fall flat on its face. All the same, there is enough in the way of promising narrative material to justify NOT writing it off entirely.
The Amazing Spider-Man swings into 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters in the U.S. on July 3rd, 2012.
Source: The Times of India