On the web-line: Characters, power changes and plot reveal for Spider-man 4

The aptly named Marc Webb (director of 500 Days of Summer) has confirmed that the new film featuring Andrew Garfield as everyone’s favourite web slinger is to be the Amazing Spider-man, after the original series. This compounds his insistence that the storyline of the movie will follow the continuity of the original series with Parker firmly fixed at school for the duration of the movies and presumably for any following film for the foreseeable.

But also, and most notably is the evidence the new image offers of the new Spider-man. While Raimi’s version gained the ability to fire web lines from his wrists biologically Webb’s incarnation has taken things into his own hands (kinda literally), returning the web line fluid to artificially created web slingers on his wrists. James Cameron got rid of the Web Shooter idea while developing the first films and Sam Raimi upheld the decision even after extensive alterations to the rest of the film.

This is all part of Webb’s plan to stick firmly to the Stan Lee Spider-man vision. Fans had been in uproar that the web shooters had been removed as it didn’t ‘reflect Peter Parker’s scientific ability’ so presumably by the end of ‘Spectacular Spider-man’ as the next one should be called based on the name of this one, Parker will have ditched the tights and been offered a lucrative contract with Americas Industrial-military complex as a physicist and chemical engineer and that’ll be the end of that. Only that ain’t how Stan Lee wrote it. And the story hinges on a kid absorbing the powers of a radioactive spider so probably best not to look too closely. Next step – Hellboy can’t walk because his right hand drags on the ground, Catwoman wears joggers and Cyclops blows his own face off while shaving. It doesn’t bear thinking about…

Another heads up that the Stan Lee storyline’s are being stringently stuck to is the lack of an MJ Watson, instead starting, as the original comic books did with Gwen Stacey. Whether Webb’ll take the plot line to its logical conclusion (certainly unlikely in this first installment) and actually send her off the same way as the comic book equivilent is obviously unconfirmed. But Webb wants Parker in the class room and struggling with the dual problems of being a science-geek nobody and a globally notorious superhero at the same time.

As yet no word on the Villain but you’ll hear it here when they tell us.

Shot, like everything should be, in glorious 3D, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ will be released next summer.

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