Marvel Comics Editor Stephen Wacker Shares His Thoughts On THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Stephen Wacker has helped usher in a new era of Spider-Man stories as editor of The Amazing Spider-Man, and talking at the FanExpo Canada, he revealed that like most fans, there was one moment in the Sony Pictures adaptation which just didn't sit right with him.

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By Josh Wilding - 8/27/2012
Since taking over the reigns of Amazing Spider-Man as editor, Stephen Wacker has ushered in a new era of stories featuring the character, taking Peter Parker from "Brand New Day" and all the way to "Big Time". He's also responsible for editing the critically acclaimed relaunches of Captain Marvel, Daredevil, Punisher, Venom and more. Talking at the FanExpo Canada on Friday, Wacker was asked to share his thoughts on Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man, and like many of us, he had one niggle with the big screen adaptation in particular.

"I'll be completely honest -- as I was watching it with my son, I loved it because he liked it but as I got away from it and I thought about the story a little more I was struggling with some bits. Particularly, how he is the same person after Ben dies as he is before? That sort of crux, that sort of change, I thought wasn't part of the film. I had the same problem with the Broadway musical [Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark]. Any time someone retells that story and they don't use that as the hinge of what changes for Peter Parker's life, I kind of flinch at that."


It's hard to argue with this. In the film, the death of Uncle Ben inspired Peter to hunt down his killer, but it certainly didn't inspire him to become a hero. The lack of the, "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" line in the movie was also a great shame. Be sure to share your thoughts on these comments in the usual place, and to read more highlights from the "Pint o' CB" panel, simply click on the link at the bottom of the page.






The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.


STARRING:

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors/The Lizard
Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben
Sally Fields as Aunt May
Denis Leary as George Stacy

RELEASE DATE: Out Now.


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AmazingAvenger3 - 8/27/2012, 4:33 AM
I did like the movie but they took out to many scenes. The costume still looked wierd and so did Lizard. But I am really excited for the sequel.
thunderforce - 8/27/2012, 4:36 AM
it was ok but not great .
P862010 - 8/27/2012, 4:42 AM
raimi did a far superior origin story

suit creation was better
villian was better
climax was better
ben's death was better and more emotional

all TASM did better was the love interest and slightly more quips
Rage2099 - 8/27/2012, 4:54 AM
i loved tasm, my fav film of the summer. yea some bits didnt add up but i went for the colour and tone of the film, and the 3d effects. there was alot of iconic poses and spidermans dialogue with the car thief with a small knife was great. definately one of my best cbms,
1 avengers
2 tdk
3 tasm
4 tdkr
jasonicus - 8/27/2012, 5:05 AM
It was ok. They did really screw that part up. I can't believe they didn't use that iconic line. What a mistake.
ZombieOverEasy - 8/27/2012, 5:10 AM
Could have sworn the "Great Power, Great Responsibility" line was in the flick...
MarvelSpidey - 8/27/2012, 5:14 AM
@ P862010 I agree!!!
The lizard didn't look like the lizard at all... Only a few seconds of labcoat, 100% Porno lizard...
TheAcidSkull - 8/27/2012, 5:19 AM
it was better than anything other than sm2, people forget that things had to be different to not make it look like the older films, great movie but people just too stubborn to admit that
kackbratze - 8/27/2012, 5:21 AM
I wonder if there's anything grif likes... :D
marcvader1 - 8/27/2012, 5:29 AM
Then there just so happens to be helluva lot of stubborn people then.
silverdog - 8/27/2012, 5:34 AM
reboot.. when spidey goes back home. sony did enough damage already.
Super12 - 8/27/2012, 5:45 AM
Bingo. He hit the nail right on the head. Sam Raimi's was SO much better it's not even funny, organic shooters and all. This Spidey looked cooler, had better witty remarks but that was it. Give me the nerdy Peter Parker I knew and the moment of Bens death that changed his life forever. Not this reboot crap.
deanwilkins - 8/27/2012, 5:49 AM
I definitely preferred this Spidey. The movie had some flaws but for me it is all about the guy playing Spidey. Garfield hit a home run.
rebellion - 8/27/2012, 6:06 AM
didn't like the film but i still hope the sequel is great
ATrueHero1987 - 8/27/2012, 6:10 AM
Ready for a sequel.

I want to know what other Marvel writers and editors think about TASM.
StrangerX - 8/27/2012, 6:14 AM
It was ok!
RamonSuarez - 8/27/2012, 6:15 AM
I agree about the role of the Uncle Ben death scene in TASM's narrative. It was handled very awkwardly and I believe the reason for this was that Webb and company didn't want to cover the same territory as Raimi. They should have just skipped the origin story and used a flashback like Marvel did in the Incredible Hulk.
osideous - 8/27/2012, 6:22 AM
@ZombieOverEasy

then you'd be wrong my friend.

nowhere in the movie was the line said.

it was danced around
VIRILEMAN - 8/27/2012, 6:23 AM
You all are bat crazy. The Amazing Spider-Man was perfect. The villain was much better than the Green Goblin. No stupid power ranger suit. The Raimi movies were over loaded with cheese. Andrew Garfield is a MUCH better actor than Tobey. Spider-Man was actually FUNNY! The love story was MUCH MUCH better. Uncle Ben's character was done much better. He was actually fleshed out. The end swing scene even beat the Raimi one. The movie was chock full of heart. I loved it.

The Amazing Spider-man
The Avengers
Spider-Man 2.1
Iron Man
Blade 2
VIRILEMAN - 8/27/2012, 6:28 AM
Peter's relationship with Aunt May and Uncle Ben was much better. We see alot more of them together just being a family. We get the scene with Ben knowing Peter was actually punched showing that he is in tune with Peter. We never got that kind of thing from Raimi. I loved the "don't forget the eggs" scenes they did. That captured the heart of the character perfectly. Even though he's out saving the city, he is still worried about getting something for his aunt May. Perfect. I loved how they explained why he wears a mask. Dr. Connors was done fantastically as well. Let's face it, Norman, and Otto were made "role models" by Raimi in Spidey 1 and 2 because he wanted them to be as fleshed out as Doc Connors is. The Lizard was savage and great on screen. I do wish we had more lab coat though. I almost never saw Spidey in the original trilogy. SPIDER-MAN WAS QUIPING LEFT AND RIGHT IN TASM! THAT'S THE SPIDEY I GREW UP WITH!
VIRILEMAN - 8/27/2012, 6:32 AM
@ToDandy

Totally agree. It seems almost forced when he's like BAM! Now I'm gonna be a superhero. It felt much more natual. That's why Bendis took Stan's original work and made it 10x longer in Ultimate. The major change in Peter came from Captain Stacy at the dinner table when he said Spidey was operating on some sort of personal quest for revenge. You see the look on Peter's face, he was totally right. That's when Peter Parker became a hero. Right after he saves that kid (AMAZING SCENE!) and then goes home and is sitting in his room thinking about why he is doing what he is doing. It just isn't realistic to say "ok now I'm gonna be a hero!" This movie made the progress much more believeable.
lntrn8 - 8/27/2012, 6:39 AM
@ZombieOverEasy "Could have sworn the "Great Power, Great Responsibility" line was in the flick..."


it's not explicitly, but possibly could have been left on the voicemail Uncle Ben left Pete. Peter starts listening to the final voicemail Uncle Ben left, then he hangs up. I infer that there was more said.

Perhaps a sequel we may listen to "with great power comes great responsibility" via vm
venomvsspidey11 - 8/27/2012, 6:42 AM
This is the exact reason I disliked the movie.
Everything that happened in the comics that made peter parker spider-man was changed or removed.
Asterisk - 8/27/2012, 6:49 AM
I liked it, but there were many problems, including a threat that Spider-Man doesn't even really take to much effort into defeating.
breakUbatman - 8/27/2012, 6:52 AM
Ben's death was weird because they didn't let it sink, Captain Stacy's death seemed more important even Gwen said it "There was a funeral". Add to that the fact that the Spider-sense went off when Lizard was far away on the bridge, but nothing for Ben and the mugger meters away - poor. Just imagine if that had been the first moment Peter realized what that tingle meant and turned just in time to see it all happen.

@RamonSuarez
It's strange that Webb and co seemed to not want to cover the same territory as Raimi but then acted as if Raimi's version was the definitive Spidey template. They should have been braver seeing as they changed the costume just because

-Peter could have been friends with the girl before they struck up a relationship,

-if they didn't want to use the Great Power line they could of had it embroidered into his dad's bag or even be a line that Connor's remembered from his father

- Connors shouldn't have been pressured by corporate or sought to attack them like Green Goblin.

It just felt like they swopped Gwen for MJ, Lizard for Goblin, removed Harry and remade Spider-Man with better acting and told us something happened to his parents

I seriously hope there's a damned good commentary on the Blu Ray to explain some of the decisions made
LaputaHeir - 8/27/2012, 6:57 AM
Amazing Spider-Man totally sucked ass!
CPBuff22 - 8/27/2012, 6:57 AM
I thought Uncle Bens death was way more tragic in Amazing Spider-man than it was in the previous series. The fact that Peter doesn't seem to change is because he focuses all that mourning into what he does as Spidey. That is why he is out looking for the man who did it acting more as a vigilante than as a hero, as is later pointed out by Captain Stacy.
breakUbatman - 8/27/2012, 7:11 AM
@drax94

But how did his foe 'save' him, catching a guy who can cling to surfaces honestly made me laugh :)
Harris1 - 8/27/2012, 7:12 AM
@starspangledman- Couldn't agree more, Raimi wasted uncle Ben in his movie. There was no relationship between him and Peter. They argued most of the little screen time they had and when he died I felt meh. Raimi's first Spidey was ok, but boring, cheesy and uninspired. At least this new version gave Ben a personality. He seems like an Uncle you could love.
TheHitchhikingGhost - 8/27/2012, 7:19 AM
Frustrating movie because it had moments of greatness, but was outweighed by a lot of head-scratching decisions on behalf of the storytellers (mostly mentioned in other comments).

I do hope they make some big improvements on the sequel and find a way to make all of the ingredients work. Garfield is good for the most part, Stone is fantastic, and the effects are spot-on. Now give me a great story and a worthy villain with some unforgettable set-pieces.
TheHitchhikingGhost - 8/27/2012, 7:20 AM
...I still think it has the best Stan Lee cameo.
Ceejay - 8/27/2012, 7:28 AM
Raimi's versions were ten billion times more entertaining. His suit was ten billion times more accurate. His plots were far more economical managing to get the whole Daily in there purposefully. His version had a PROPER musical score worthy of the character and it had Bruce Campbell.. nuff said!

The Amazing Spider-man had a better actor playing Peter Parker and a superior Uncle Ben, but that's about it. The whole experience felt overly emo and ultimately pointless.
PapaII - 8/27/2012, 8:13 AM
TASM was a letdown IMO. Messy script, weak side plot, an "intelligent" Lizard with terrible design. Good action scenes, but not enough to save it.
PapaII - 8/27/2012, 8:17 AM
Raimi's SM 1 and 2 are still fresh in my mind. I think they're great!
GoILL - 8/27/2012, 8:19 AM
I enjoyed the movie but there were no standout or memorable moments to me.
angus666 - 8/27/2012, 8:55 AM
I enjoyed the movie, but I agree that some scenes/sections of the story didn't make any sense. Good movie overall.
BmanHall - 8/27/2012, 9:05 AM
Very sub-par movie. I facepalmed at way too many scenes. Spiderman needs another reboot.
Jollem - 8/27/2012, 9:05 AM
what do you mean peter didn't change wacky wacker? how is he the same person? didn't seem that way to me at all.

the responsibility line? that is cemented as gospel in raimi's film and is not the same from the comics. peter definitely learns the lesson of responsibility.

i thought tasm was fantastic. i saw it six times, same with avengers. i saw tdkr four times. i liked tasm more every time i saw it. for the avengers, after the second time i was really only interested in the fighting scenes. i don't think there's a whole lot more going on besides that. tdkr was a roller coaster. didn't excite me as much as spidey tho.

bring on the sequel.(or as some might say, the twoquel:)
thewolfx - 8/27/2012, 9:07 AM
@VIRILEMAN

i can almost hear your tears splashin on your keyboard


this movie by far wasnt perfect at all

anyone who thinks the same damn story beats from raimis movies with a unpleasing to the eyse reboot is perfect is clearly a fanboy


there were great momments in this movie as most have said but it fell short to oddball decisions from the makers of this film.

but i guess givng spiderman soso quips and a disrespectful attitude is all you need for the tweens these days
Ranger14 - 8/27/2012, 9:17 AM
Uncle Ben's death was handled very poorly and had no emotional connection. Peter was on the other side of the street when he noticed and next shot he is bawling his eyes out kneeling over Uncle Ben. No build up of emotion showing the reaction that he realizes he is actually dead. It was awful the way they edited that scene.

I still cringe when I think about the "C" horror flick piano chords hitting when Gwen was being chased by the Lizard in the lab.
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