Why are the ‘Spider-Man’ Movies ‘Starting Over’?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 14th, 2012 at 7:49 am,

Retcons for Reboots

amazing spider man wallpaper peter parker 570x320 Why are the Spider Man Movies Starting Over?

There’s been some popular misconception that The Amazing Spider-Man is just going to be the same Spider-Man origin story we saw in the original films. This is both true and untrue.

As stated, a lot of what ASM‘s story covers is being borrowed from the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book launched in 2000. Part of the purpose of the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book was not only to modernize the life and attitude of Peter Parker for the new Millennium (which this movie has done – for better or worse), but also to give shallow elements of the story more depth (like Peter’s missing parents) or make connections that the early comic creators didn’t have the larger perspective to see (like Norman Osborn’s company doing the research that would create both Spider-Man and the Green Goblin formula).

Amazing Spider Man trailer Peter and Gwen Why are the Spider Man Movies Starting Over?

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

Though it will pick and choose those elements of the Ultimate Spider-Man comic that it wants to incorporate, Amazing Spider-Man will follow the lead of re-approaching the origin story from a new perspective, with different story details, confident that people are already familiar enough with the basic premise of the Spider-Man mythos and how it looks onscreen. The hope is that basic familiarity with the character will allow the film to explore deeper or more modern ideas of who this superhero is as a person, and what his life, beliefs and world are all about.

Will this second-look at Spider-Man be worthwhile? Only those who have seen the finished film know for sure. Will audiences appreciate the new interpratation – or simply see it as a shallow re-hash? Only God and your wallet know that one for sure.


The Amazing Spider-Man will be in theaters on July 3, 2012.

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  1. I Liked The Both Movies But they Still Makes no sense and suck
    but good news this is true im a movie director so im gonna start filming a third reboot raimi’s and webb’s Should Stop im going to make The Incredible SPIDER-MAN!

    The Incredible
    Spider-man: Rise Of The Green Goblin

    Villains: Green Goblin

    Suit: Vigilante

    Color Theme: Red

    The Incredible
    Spider-man 2: Rise Of Electro

    Villains: Electro

    Suit: Normal

    Color Theme: Blue

    The Incredible
    Spider-man 3: Animal Attack

    Villains: The Lizard, The Rhino, The Scorpion, The Vulture, Doctor Octupus

    Suit: Ultimate Comics Spider-man & Normal

    Color Theme: Green

    The Incredible
    Spider-man 4: The Theater

    Villains: Hammerhead, Chameleon, Mysterio

    Suit: Normal

    Color Theme: Purple

    The Incredible
    Spider-man: 5: Rise Of The Sandman

    Villains: Sandman, Shocker, New Goblin

    Suit: Normal

    Color Theme: Yellow

    The Incredible
    Spider-man 6: Oscorp

    Villains: Kingpin, Black Cat, Kraven The Hunter

    Suit: Big Time Spider

    Color Theme: White

    The Incredible
    Spider-man 7: Symbiote

    Villains: Carnage, Venom, Morbius

    Suit: Black Suit

    Color Theme: Black

    The Incredible
    Spider-man 8: Green Goblin’s Revenge

    Villains: Hobgoblin

    Suit: Big Time Spider

    Color Theme: Orange

  2. “For example, since 1940 four different boys have taken on the mantle of Batman’s sidekick, Robin”: That’s not retconned. Four Robins have existed in the same continuity. First got promoted and the second died. While Tim Drake’s role as Robin was retconned, his identity was never changed and so on.

  3. Marvel should have kept Andrew Garfield as Spiderman many people and there children are familiar with him as Spiderman. I don’t think the next Spiderman movie will do good. I believe Andrew Garfield should be in the marvel universe.