Sony’s Spider-Man reboot will feature a young Peter Parker, age 6-9 (not 4-6), in the movie. And it’s with the possible explanation for this age adjustment that things get interesting.

Word is that pre-pubescent Peter will be appearing alongside his actual biological parents in certain sequences in the film, not just his kindly Aunt May (Sally Field) and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen).

What’s Playing is the source of this rumor, which indicates that moviegoers will get to see exactly how Peter came to be in the care of his aunt and uncle in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot. The canon explanation in the original Marvel comics is that Peter’s parents died when he was just an infant and therefore May and Ben are the only paternal figures he’s ever known – hence why Uncle Ben’s eventual death has such a big impact on Peter and his decision to fully embrace a life of fighting crime.

The webslinger’s origins will presumably be explored (again) in the reboot, which begs the question(s): Will Peter’s parents be murdered by a criminal, which in turns affects the young man’s decision to fight crime and become the figure that is Spider-Man? Does that mean Ben’s chances of surviving the reboot will have improved? And does all this sound a bit too familiar to Batman Begins?

Webb’s Spider-Man is expected to be grittier in tone than Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man movie and there’s little doubt that the design and atmosphere of the reboot will be in part influenced by Chris Nolan’s Batman movies. If this rumor about Peter’s parents turns out to be true, then there’s reason to be concerned that the Spider-Man reboot is not so much attempting to replicate Batman Begin‘s formula for success – it’s pretty much ripping it off.

That might be too harsh of a statement, since we have no idea yet how Peter’s parents will be killed off in the reboot. Their demise will surely impact him, though perhaps not in the way that it did Bruce Wayne. It’s all speculation at this point, since this this remains an unconfirmed rumor for the time being, but still – what do you think of all this?

Spider-Man will arrive in 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on July 3rd, 2012.

Source: What’s Playing