THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2012): Comicbook Connections
"This Is A Know Your Comicbook Character Guide" Here I will try to list all the characters from The Amazing Spider-Man film with comicbook counterparts. This gives "non-comicbook" fans a tidbit of info on the background of the characters.
The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. It is a reboot of the Spider-Man film series, portraying the character's origin story and his development into a superhero while a high school student.
Comics: Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider in high school, and the spider bite caused him to develop abilities powers similar to that of a spider. He was soon able to crawl up walls and sense imminent danger, and eventually even developed his own method of creating webs to swing from. Upon the death of his Uncle Ben, Peter decided that 'With Great Power comes Great Responsibility, and thus became Spider-Man.
Created by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko. First appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (August, 1962)Live Adaptation: Peter Benjamin Parker is the true identity of the hero known as Spider-Man. He was an ordinary high school student until an investigation at Oscorp led to him being bitten by a genetically modified spider.
Portrayed by: Andrew Garfield
Comics: Peter Parker met Gwen while they were undergraduates at Empire State University. Initially, Peter's problems as Spider-Man made him ignore her advances, and in return, she felt insulted by his aloofness. Gradually, however, a romance developed. Gwen, a science major, seemed to appreciate Peter's intellectual personality, different from that of jocks like Flash Thompson and preppies like Harry Osborn. She was Peter Parker's first true love.
Created by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko. First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #31 (December, 1965)Live Adaptation: Smart, charismatic and rebellious, Gwen is the chief intern at Oscorp, a position she takes very seriously. But her life takes a complicated turn as she watches both her boyfriend, Peter, and her mentor, Dr. Connors, undergo radical transformations.
Portrayed by: Emma Stone
Comics: After losing his arm in an explosion, Dr. Curtis Connors devoted his life to creating a serum to regenerate lost limbs. Using DNA from reptiles, who naturally regrew lost limbs, Connors created a serum he was sure would work.Using himself as the first test subject, Connors injected himself with a dose of the formula, and was ecstatic when his arm began to regenerate. However, the reptilian DNA his serum was based on mixed with, and altered, his own DNA, and turned him into a vicious creature known as The Lizard.
Created by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko. First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #6 (November, 1963)Live Adaptation: Dr. Curtis "Curt" Connors is the science teacher of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. He attempts to grow his lost arm back with a regeneration serum, but instead turns into The Lizard. He works at Oscorp.
Portrayed by: Rhys Ifans
Comics: Captain George Stacy was once a prominent member of the New York Police Department, who had retired and lived in Queens with his teenage daughter Gwendolyn Stacy. Even in retirement, Captain Stacy kept in contact with the department as he had taken an interest in the activities of the crime fighter Spider-Man. Captain Stacy - unlike the rest of the police department and the city - was a strong supporter of Spider-Man.
Created by Stan Lee, John Romita Sr. First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #56 (January, 1968)Live Adaptation: An esteemed police officer for over twenty years, Captain Stacy was the public face of the NYPD who leads the department's investigation into Spider-Man's vigilantism. The only thing Captain Stacy vows to protect more than the city is his family, and particularly his only daughter, Gwen, assistant to Curt Connors in Oscorp and girlfriend of Peter Parker.
Portrayed by: Denis Leary
Comics: Ben Parker was the uncle and surrogate father of Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s alter ego. His death at the hands of a burglar that Spider-Man declined to pursue earlier forever propelled Peter into the role of a superhero.
Created by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko. First appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (August, 1962)Live Adaptation: When Richard Parker vanished mysteriously, Ben and his wife May agreed to look after Peter. He was told by Peter that he was "a great dad," even though he sometimes doubts his parenting skills. He later tries to talk to Peter, after a heated argument, but instead finds an armed robber who gets into a scuffle with him, ending in Ben being shot and killed instantly.
Portrayed by: Martin Sheen
Comics: Aunt May is aunt-by-marriage and surrogate mother of Peter Parker, who leads a secret life as Spider-Man. She is nurturing and supportive of Peter although, throughout most of Spider-Man's history, she has not known of his secret life and considers Spider-Man frightening.
Created by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko. First appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (August, 1962)Live Adaptation: May Parker or Aunt May is Peter Parker's aunt and Ben Parker's wife.
Portrayed by: Sally Field
Comics: Ben Parker's considerably younger brother, Richard, became an intelligence agent. Richard married another agent, Mary Fitzpatrick, and the two of them had a son, Peter. While Peter was still an infant, Richard and Mary were assigned to infiltrate the Algerian based spy ring controlled by the Communist agent, the Red Skull. The moment the Red Skull learned that Richard and Mary Parker were double agents, he had them killed.
Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber. First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5 (November, 1968)Live Adaptation: Richard Parker was the father of Peter Parker. He and his wife Mary left when Peter was young, for unknown reasons.
Portrayed by: Campbell Scott
Comics: Mary Fitzpatrick-Parker was the wife of Richard Parker, and like him, was a CIA agent. The two of them had a son, Peter. While Peter was still an infant, Richard and Mary were assigned to infiltrate the Algerian based spy ring controlled by Communist agent the Red Skull, but the Skull discovered they were double agents and had them killed by his agent the Finisher.
Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber. First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5 (November, 1968)Live Adaptation: Richard and Mary say goodbye to their 4-year old son Peter, after finding Richard's office broken into and trashed. They drop Peter off at Richard's brother's house. When Peter asked why they were leaving, Richard answers that it was something they had to do. They then leave, with Peter watching.
Portrayed by: Embeth Davidtz
Comics: Flash Thompson was a former classmate of Peter Parker at Midtown High School. Friction between the two was a common occurrence. Ironically, Flash became an ardent supporter of Spider-Man, despite popular opinion against him. He later on became a soldier, and during the Iraq War lost his legs. He would then volunteer for operation rebirth 2, which finds himself bonded with a government tampered Venom Symbiote.Live Adaptation: Flash is the most popular athlete in school and enjoys bullying nerds like Peter Parker. He's quite strong and enjoys fighting, but he's a coward too, vengeful and angry. However, upon hearing the death of Peter's uncle, he begins to show sympathy towards Parker. By the end of the film, there is some sign that he is beginning to become somewhat friendly with Parker while at the same time, he has become one of the many of Spider-Man's loyalists.
Portrayed by: Chris Zylka
Gadgets & Vehicles
Comics: The Web-Shooters were first seen in Amazing Fantasy vol 1 #15. After being bitten by a radioactive Spider, Peter Parker decided that a Spider-Man was nothing without a web, and so invented the web-shooters.Live Adaptation: While developing his "Spider-Man" vigilante persona, Peter Parker develops these wrist-mounted Web Shooters as a means of travel and capture. Their concept is based on a material developed and produced by Oscorp, an extremely strong material that can be compressed and stored in tiny cartridges. Though Oscorp did not yet find a use for the substance, Parker ordered a large quantity of it use as his webs.
Source/s:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Spider-Man_(2012_film) | http://marvel.wikia.com/Amazing_Spider-Man | http://marvel-movies.wikia.com/wiki/The_Amazing_Spider-Man_(2012) | http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0948470/ | http://www.comicvine.com/the-amazing-spider-man/223-1213/ |
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