July 3rd 2012. Calling all spidey fans, mark your calendars because that is the day that The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters. As the publicity and awareness of this film grows, many of my friends have asked me what the difference is between this new spidey remake and the one starring Toby Maguire. Well, for one this latest version would definitely be a much more familiar affair with comic book fans.
I felt that the previous 3 Spider-man movies followed a more movie adapted script that deviated quite a bit from the comic book story lines, as such it didn’t really quite establish the desired deep-rooted connection with fans like me who found it lacking in nostalgia. But in this upcoming movie starring Andrew Garfield as our friendly neighbourhood web-slinger, one can find more accurate depictions of Spider-man’s universe reflected in the film. Spiderman’s love interest is Gwen Stacy – she was spidey’s first love contrary to what was depicted in the previous movies; the Mary Jane love affair only came after Gwen – and the stringed webbing which Spidey web-slings on is created by Parker himself and is not a natural result of the genetically modified spider’s bite.
The new film also tackles the history of Peter Parker’s parents. As seen in the trailer, there is more material covering Peter’s parents who were CIA agents in the comics; in the Tobey Maguire version this aspect of Peter’s parents’ lives was left totally unexplored. But alas in the comic world, there are so many versions of the spiderman storyline created over the years that it’s quite impossible to keep up with them all unless one is a religious comic book fan. So taking into account the many different story lines out there, I believe that in this latest movie adaptation, the plot follows a mixture from both THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN series (in the Ulitmate version, Peter’s parents were scientists).
Overall, knowing that this time the movie will be incorporating and paying heed to many intricate details from the comic book universe really excites me, and I just cannot wait to see what Columbia Pictures has in store for us Spidey fans in July!!!
Extra stuff from the Spider-man comic and cartoon universe
Link: The Story of Gwen Stacy
Video clips of episodes from Spider-Man The Animated Series (1994), a cartoon I followed religiously in my primary school days.