With Sony Pictures pushing out a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise with such haste, fans wonder how director Marc Webb's take on the web-slinging hero will differentiate itself from Sam Raimi's successful trilogy. Aside from a new lead star in Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) and the dropping of franchise female lead Mary Jane in favor of the blonde Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), what details will be new for moviegoers familiar with the character?
The first official still of Andrew Garfield in the new Spider-Man costume was released a few days ago and to the observant, you could see what appeared to be mechanical web shooters on the costume wrists. Now comes confirmation from star Emma Stone that Garfield's Peter Parker will in fact, use artificial web shooters just as he did in the original Marvel Comics.
In the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, when the radioactive spider bit Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker, it gave him a natural ability to fire webs from his wrist, eliminating the drama surrounding situations when the character would run out of web fluid.
MTV had a quick chat with Emma Stone on the red carpet during last night's Golden Globes Awards where she confirmed that Peter Parker's web-slinging powers come from a "device," confirming that Webb's take on Spider-Man will follow the original comics in this respect, having Parker develop the wrist-mounted tech himself.
Here's a closer look at the web shooter design, just in case you want to construct your own:
With a great cast lead by growing star Andrew Garfield, a costume that pays respect to the early original designs and a more accurate take on Spidey's earliest powers, there's a lot to look forward to the 3D Spider-Man reboot which began shooting a month ago. Now we can look forward to learning more about the look of Rhys Ifans's Dr. Curt Connors when he becomes The Lizard.
Does it matter to you if Peter Parker creates web shooters himself or whether it's a natural ability granted from the infamous spider bite?
The Spider-Man reboot swings into 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on July 3rd, 2012.