Ultimate Spider-Man Reboot?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:38 am,

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Ever since Sony announced that Spider-Man is getting a reboot, fans have been wondering just what that means in terms of the storyline for the next film. We knew from the get-go of this reboot that Peter Parker would be transported back to high school and that this new take on Spidey would be more “gritty,” “real” and of course, shot in 3D.

That vague bit of info led many fans to start asking whether or not the next Spider-Man films would be based on the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series, which basically retold (rebooted) the Spider-Man mythology with a more edgy modern spin. Well, this week we got the first bit of evidence that Ultimate Spider-Man may indeed be the basis for the Spider-Man reboot.

You can once again thank Twitter for starting this Ultimate Spider-Man speculation. It happened like this:

Marvel scribe Brian Michael Bendis – who has written Ultimate Spider-Man since 2000 – has been tweeting about this whole Spidey reboot business since it started. Our good friends over at Latino Review have been keeping track, and noted some distinct differences in what Bendis was tweeting back in early January, and what Bendis is tweeting now. See for yourselves:

In early January Bendis tweeted the following, regarding the Spider-Man reboot:

i work as a consultant on the marvel movies. this is a sony movie. i have no involvement. but maybe if you all scream loud enough icon smile Ultimate Spider Man Reboot?

However, yesterday Bendis tweeted this:

Just spent a very interesting morning at Sony with the entire spidey movie team!! Very very cool stuff!!

The question this raises, naturally, is “Why would Sony be consulting Brian Michael Bendis?” The logical answer? To pick his brain about the Ultimate Spider-Man universe he helped create.

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In Ultimate Spider-Man, Peter Parker is still a smart high school geek who gets bitten by a genetically altered spider. In this version, that spider is imbued with drug called “OZ,” which was developed by Norman Osborn, who later takes the drug and becomes the Green Goblin.

The ultimate version of Spider-Man is strong, but not as strong as “classic Spidey,” he uses web-shooters (no from-the-wrist webs) and his spider-sense is not as accurate. Peter Parker is also portrayed as more of a punk kid than his “classic Spidey” counterpart, an attitude which leads to reckless use of his powers, and ultimately his Uncle Ben’s death, which transforms Peter into a guilt-ridden hero.

Ultimate Spider-Man eventually started outselling the classic Spidey books, in large part because Bendis’ take on the character was so modern and fresh (and unburdened by several decades of increasingly ridiculous storylines – clone wars anyone?). The fresh start really exposed the core elements of Spidey that fans had come to love – the constant adversity, the smart-ass humor, the geek who gets the girl(s) fantasy – while streamlining years of wild storytelling into a tight and succinct youthful dramatic adventure.

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Basically, everything Sony wants from this reboot.

Personally, I’m thinking that if they’re going to reboot the franchise, they might as well do it the Marvel way and use Ultimate Spider-Man as their foundation. It was a great book, so there’s no reason to doubt that it could be a great film. It would also be the ONLY excuse I can think of for telling us Spider-Man’s origin all over again.

Would you like the Spider-Man reboot to be molded off of Ultimate Spider-Man? Let us know.

Source: Twitter via Latino Review

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  1. Yep, fair weather fans is exactly right. Hate or love the idea now and then they change their minds later on. I guess that's normal these days.

  2. I'm in agreement. The second Hulk was excellent. Reason being? Because it followed the original source…the comics.

  3. Except Nolan already went beyond. His Batman movies are as beyond as it gets. Let's leave it at that. Regular Batman is where it's at!

  4. Yeah because Raimis first two followed the comics so well….. Could you expand on the “awfulness” that is the U-SM? Could you further explain what (besides names) he took from the Silver Age and watered it down?

    I have room for both. Then again after OMD they more or less rebooted him again…. taking him back…. pre marriage etc.. Go figure.

  5. personally i wasn't a big fan of nolan's batman films. i appreciated the production value and the directing. but i thought that the story line and characters lacked continuity.

  6. personally i wasn't a big fan of nolan's batman films. i appreciated the production value and the directing. but i thought that the story line and characters lacked continuity.

  7. And why do we need to start “rebooting” movies that are less than ten years old? Next we'll be talking about a reboot of the rebooted Star Trek…..

  8. How about a Star Wars reboot……Megan Fox as Leia, Leanardo Di Caprio or Chris Pine as Han Solo, Zac Efron as Luke Skywalker, Michael Clarke Ducan as Chewbacca, Denzel Washington as the voice of Darth Vader, Lil' Bow Wow as Lando, Hugo Weaving as C3PO, Ewan Macgregor as (who else) Obi Wan, Verne Troyer as Yoda, and JJ Abrahms directing……..

  9. Where do you get the “ten year rule” from? LOL. If a franchise is going down the toilet then a reboot is absolutely neccessary.

    I'm still not convinced the “Ultimate Spider-man” route is the way to go.

  10. It is not absolutely necessary to reboot or remake every movie……..Seriously, would you want to see a reboot of the Karate Ki…..wait that's already happenning…Oh well nevermind

  11. I didn't say it was absolutely necessary to reboot or remake every movie, only in reference to the Spider-man trilogy.

    Having said that though, I loved “The Incredible Hulk”, “Batman Begins” & “TDK” all of which imho were neccessary reboots.

    I like your take on the hypothetical “Star Wars” reboot. Very funny. I can almost visualize it. :-)

    Karate Kid?…….really?……Oh no!

  12. LOLOL. I agree with you.

  13. After the fiasco that Brokeback Hulk was, I totally agree….reboot….I know you saw Batman and Robin….It took me back to the days of Adam West, which was not where I wanted to see Batman go. I had more corn than I could handle in the bucket and on the screen!! I think the 3rd Spiderman is what tanked the franchise. (like Superman 3) The first Spidey was tight, the 2nd too depressing but still good, the 3rd way off. Or poorly adapted to the screen. A dance scene to get back at Mary Jane…..Kill off Venom. I really want to meet the folks behind the film and ask, “Are you stupid?!?”

    Yes, I am sorry to report there is another Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan and Will Smith's kid……And the 'kicker' is he is learning Kung Fu, and he is supposed to be the 'Karate Kid'

  14. Nor am I. Personally, I'm not too interested in a teenaged spiderman, especially since mcquire's spiderman has been out of highschool since the second spiderman flick. I prefer the movie be based on the original Spiderman. Sony must have been estactic about a teenage spidey from the ultimate's line, because i think they are trying to attract the teenage crowd and trying to get a following of the same. Shame on them for still thinking that the teenage crowd is the way to make big bucks in the superhero movie genre of film. We can thank the 90s for that. It's boring.

  15. The Dark Knight wasn't a reboot….Batman Begins was awesome….So when I heard Chris Nolan is going to be associated with a real Superman reboot, I was glad…Please no more origin of Kal-El…Most people who are familiar with Superman already know. How about starting from the middle? I say go with the Death of Superman (after fighting Doomsday)…

  16. Yeah I know TDK wasn't a reboot. I meant in terms Nolan's treatment as a whole. I should've stated that clearly. :-)

    I agree Chris Nolan's association on the Superman film is going to be tremendous. Can't wait.

  17. Well with Jackie Chan and Will Smith's kid. Sounds like it could work.

  18. Yeah, I would prefer to see a proper mature treatment of Spider-man according to the original”Amazing Spider-man” titles. I still read a number of MARVEL titles and “Amazing Spider-man” is one of them. In fact I've almost acquired the entire run.

    Anyway it irks me when film-makers choose to ignore the original source material, refuse to respect the original writers & artists by putting their own convoluted interpretation on the characters.

    Sony & Fox are unaminous in following trends and chasing imaginary profits from the teen market.

  19. HORRIBLE, I'm a HUGE Spiderman fan. I agree Spiderman 3 stunk a little because Rami did not have full creative control. This also shows you that SONY is in it for the money and will KILL the franchise all together.

  20. You also CANNOT reboot spiderman! BIG mistake. I'm not seeing spidey 4 or even renting it.

  21. Honestly, probably the biggest culprit is Marvel. They are the ones who sold Sony and Fox the rights to their own characters. Probably because they were a little too eager to get their characters on the big screen so they could beat out DC on the big screen. I'm hoping they buy back all of their characters.

    I'm thinking Disney will push hard to get back the rights to Marvel characters since Disney, being owner of ABC, is a competitor of FOX TV.

  22. I have to agree with that. Marvel had good intentions but didn't think the Big Studios would do what they did. Disney is pretty shrewd so I'm sure they'll find a loop hole to get the rights back.

  23. Serious……… lame lame lame lame lame. Doesn't even deserve an explanation.

  24. Are you at all familiar with the “Ultimate Spider-man” comic books? It seems that Marc Webb is taking this route, so I will reserve judgement until its' release.

    Are you familiar with the original “Amazing Spider-man” comic books? I'm looking forward to the day a proper mature treatment of Spider-man hits the silver screen according to the original source material.

    Raimi's version was anything but perfect. It looked good. The support cast was way better than the two lead roles. And that's as good as it got.

    Sam Raimi may be a solid director but he never fully captured the true essence of the Spider-man character let alone the comic books. It was a rather general approach.

    Tobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst were proportionately miscast in the lead roles. Tobey had never even read a Spider-man comic book and was never interested in them as a kid. And it really showed in his acting. He was merely acting to the script having no knowledge of the character at all.

    The BIGGEST MISTAKE is 'so called' Spider-man fans who think Sam Raimi's version of the web-slinger is the definitive one.

  25. What's going on with the X-men? Any news about upcoming flicks? Does anyone know anything?

  26. im alone when i say i hate! the ultimate series. i just despise reboots there annoying and stupid. especially ultimate spider man, i mean what the hell did they do to green goblin!!!? horns, fire, a cape!!!? in all honesty if they were to do an ultimate spider man movie, one dont call it ultimate spider man, two, leave him in high school, three, put the REAL green goblin in it (not that retarted power ranger one from the first movie) and four, do not let sam raimi or chris nolans near it, sam raimi had his turn he churned out one good one and chris nolan would only try to make it a dark and creep movie

  27. im alone when i say i hate! the ultimate series. i just despise reboots there annoying and stupid. especially ultimate spider man, i mean what the hell did they do to green goblin!!!? horns, fire, a cape!!!? in all honesty if they were to do an ultimate spider man movie, one dont call it ultimate spider man, two, leave him in high school, three, put the REAL green goblin in it (not that retarted power ranger one from the first movie) and four, do not let sam raimi or chris nolans near it, sam raimi had his turn he churned out one good one and chris nolan would only try to make it a dark and creep movie

  28. As much as I love Spider Man, this whole deal is dead in my eyes.

  29. well here is an Idea if ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ writer Brian Michael Bendis is going to write the Spider-Man reboot, the cast could be Joseph Gordon Levitt [hopefully] as Peter Parker,Jake Gyllenhaal as Harry Osborn [as this is a Reboot],Jason Issacs as Norman [ as a reboot is a reboot],Sara Paxton from Superhero Movie as Mary Jane, John Hurt from

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