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 :)
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.
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.
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