The Amazing Spider-Man: Why I Am Excited About The Changes To The Origin

The Amazing Spider-Man: Why I Am Excited About The Changes To The Origin

In this article, I will go over why change is a good thing. I will also go through some theories I have and my general thoughts on the new origin concept.

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By Ashes2Phoenix - 5/4/2012
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Well, the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man has been released and to be quite honest, it was fantastic. Visually the film is looking stunning but that is not the only thing the trailer offered. We now know that the origin story is going to be different. in this article I will go through different theories as to what the origin changes could be:



Richard Parker Betrays Oscorp:

My theory based on the new origin goes something like this: I believe Richard will be working at Oscorp designing the OZ formula for Norman Osborne. Whilst working on it, he discovers that Norman has other intentions regarding the formula. Possibly to use it for soldiers in combat or something along those lines. After discovering this Richard decides to abandon the project and destroys all of his work in the progress. At least that is what Norman is led to believe.

Before Richard runs for it, he gives his son Peter a dose of the formula, so that it remains intact just hidden within Peter. 10 Years later Peter goes searching for his parents and is lead to Oscorp. He is bitten by one of the genetically modified spider's there which at first looks like it is going to kill him. What happens instead though is the formula combats the infection and merges to it creating a mutation with the formula. This is when he starts to develop his abilities.

As we have seen from multiple trailers, Richard's work bag is left behind, which Peter finds. I believe he will find part of the equation that is missing from Dr.Connor's formula. Peter being the science whizz has run tests on himself and discovers the mutation in his blood, that has a connection with the formula. He then decides to help Dr.Connors by finishing his equation, which then leads him to become The Lizard.

That is the end of my theory regarding the origin tale. Now I will go through another theory, which was posted in the comments by a user called BlackWarrior.




Peter Is Not Well As A Child:

I think it will be something to the affect that Peter had some genetic disease and his father and mother worked for osborn who they knew were bad but wanted to help their son. Don't think they expected it to give him spider powers... they probably used spider DNA to do it so that peter's origin basically parallels Dr. Conners. So peter finishes his fathers work to help Conners which makes him the Lizard.

I like the theory above actually more than my own. I think this could be a possibility. Peter is an unwell child and his Dad develops a formula to try and save him. Possibly save his life. This idea seems plausible to me and I wouldn't mind if it was part of Peter's origins. The formula keeps him alive and then when he is bitten by the spider at oscorp, it modifies it causing a mutation to his cells.

Again, BlackWarrior takes full credit for this theory because it is not mine. Great thinking !



In this final part of the article, I will go through why change if done correctly is not necessarily a bad thing.

There have been many people that have been unimpressed with the idea that the origin story has been changed. Many have compared this to Ang Lee's Hulk but let me make something clear. It wasn't the origin story the made The Hulk a bad film it was everything else. I mean mutated poodles ? Really ?

The thing is Raimi did not follow the exact origin either. The spider that bites Peter is genetically modified, not radioactive. This is an understandable change because if this were to occur in real life it would kill you. The thing is, it still would not mutate Peter. There would have to be something already dormant inside him for something like that to occur. I like the way this new take could go because it would bring more of the science-fiction elements into the film.

There are other people who are angry because that means Peter is no longer your average Joe, who coincidentally gains super powers. While I can understand their point, I think it is rather irrelevant and petty. The thing that makes this character in the first place, is his real life issues. That is what grounds him and makes the person behind the mask believable to the audience.

I personally am one for change. As long as it is handled well, I personally don't see an issue with it. If you want the original Spider-Man, go and read the comics, that's what they are there for. Just like different comic writers, directors will give their interpretation on the character. It makes things fresh and exciting because going down this route means things won't be predictable. Personally it excites me more and makes me very intrigued about this film. I think fresh and new is exciting but I can also appreciate that it is something not everyone is looking for. Maybe that's why the majority of my relationships only last a couple of months because I am always looking for something new !

I personally would have been pretty disappointed if they had just gone with the same old origin. It's the easy way out, in my opinion. It is the safe option. I give them thumbs up with this because they are actually trying something new as opposed to something we have already seen before. It certainly looks like this will indeed be "The Untold Story". Whether it will be a good untold story remains to be seen but for now I am optimistic and have faith in it.

This new trailer for me, has re-established my enthusiasm for this project and I wish Webb and Co. the very best. Hopefully it turns out to be great and we can all enjoy a new Spider-Man film together.

Anyway that was my point of view on the matter. What do you think ? Are they taking too many liberties with this new film or do you think this is the right direction to go ?
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bamboo06 - 5/4/2012, 7:46 AM
OHHHH YEES finally a bit of flexibility
babyrhinos - 5/4/2012, 11:50 AM
Oh, really? I'd say I disagree with these theories. It seems pretty obvious to me that when Peter was young, he saw the formula written on the board, and when his dad erased it, he remembered it, so then later when he was with Dr. Connors, he was able to pull it out of his hat and write the formula on the board for him.

THUS, why he created the Lizard, and it also shows off his intellect.

This seemed pretty easy to pick-up to me. O.o Maybe I'm wrong though.
djKiDDvIcIOUs - 5/4/2012, 11:57 AM
Ya this will be the sleeper hit of the summer. I'm all for a new take on an old tale
kingshnake - 5/4/2012, 12:21 PM
I thought the same as babyrhinos it was one of the last times he saw his dad so he had a photographic memory and remembers the missing piece of the puzzle later for conners.

Biological attack on new york? Maybe Conners is turning everyone into animal hybrids so they will be freaks likes him? Ihope so anyway but i dont see how that would happen o_O
PeterParker1991 - 5/4/2012, 1:12 PM
I like that theory and I am also open to change. It basically goes along with the whole Untold Story thing advertised in the trailers. And unlike Raimi, this won't be a lame soap opera with costumes and no character development. Marc Webb and Garfield, among others involved in this new film clearly understand the character and by the articles I've read with their respective comments, I'm impressed. I mean, Raimi said that he didn't understand how a teenager could develop web shooters, which was why he went for the organic crap. So, how does a teen get webs by getting bit by a genetically altered spider? He doesn't. In the comics or rather in the 90's cartoon, Peter mentioned once that he believed that when he was bitten, knowledge on how to make webs was passed onto him. THAT makes sense. Well, if you don't understand how smart Peter really is, then you don't understand the character at all. Plain and simple. Clearly he didn't get it, which is why his movies sucked. I hope Raimi catches The Amazing Spiderman in theatres or on DVD, so he can see where he screwed up.
Mystery - 5/4/2012, 1:19 PM
Brilliant article, I like both ideas, the second one seems really plausible to me. If they don't use that now, they should use it in another spidy re-boot when the time comes. I enjoyed the easy read on this article. Ten thumbs up, now it can be featured on main for everybody to see.
mayo23 - 5/4/2012, 1:22 PM
Consider Richard's line in the trailer as well: "Peter, one day you'll understand". What could that refer to?
Ashes2Phoenix - 5/4/2012, 1:32 PM
@Mayo23: I think he is referring to: One day he will understand why his father did this to him and abandoned him.
PeterParker1991 - 5/4/2012, 1:34 PM
That trailer is amazing by the way. Looking forward to the fight sequences between Spidey and Lizard, the whole high school thing, etc. I'm also curious to find out how Gwen finds out Peter is Spiderman. Chances are he tells her, which I think is interesting and also separates this series from the same old cliche of the love interest finding out the hero's identity in the sequel. That's been overdone too much. And realistically, he would need someone to turn to with the hero thing, considering how he can't possibly tell Aunt May the truth. I'm very curious to see how this unfolds.
WesleyGibson - 5/4/2012, 1:37 PM
Ashes2Phoenix

I have to agree with you...at first I was very skeptical about the change to the origin, because my first favorite superhero was Spider-Man. Even though he isn't know I still have a huge amount of respect for the character. But you are right, change can be a good thing, and hopefully for this film, the change will be one of its strongpoints. Nice article man!

I think the trailer has gotten me very excited for the movie. I'll give it one thing, the visuals behind the movie are stunning.
soda9 - 5/4/2012, 2:14 PM
@Ashes2Phoenix
I completely agree with you on this, man! Your first theory is the same as mine so your not the only one with this idea. In the next hours, I'm going to make an article explaining why this change is good. People need to quit b******* about all this. The new origin will actually make a lot of sense. It goes in depth than just getting bitten by a radioactive spider. Not dissing the original origing. It's more faithful and cooler. I'll explain more in my article.
Ashes2Phoenix - 5/4/2012, 2:18 PM
@Soda9: It's refreshing to hear someone with the same point of view. Looking forward to your article on this ! Let's get it front page to show the haters why this is not a bad thing necessarily !
mayo23 - 5/4/2012, 2:58 PM
I have no doubt that ASM will get torn to shreds when it's released in July. Other factors aside from the fact that it actually looks good are going to make it fail.
Ashes2Phoenix - 5/4/2012, 3:00 PM
@Mayo23: What factors would you be referring to out of curiosity ?
mayo23 - 5/4/2012, 3:58 PM
Just my opinion, but
1) it's a reboot, people aren't willing to give it a chance, still think it looks bad after the new trailer
2) general audiences don't seem to care about this movie
3) it possibly won't make back enough money
4) if it gets bad reviews from bias reviewers, that will automatically turn off people already on the fence
4) changes to the origin/story

Yeah in hindsight my reasons aren't that well thought out. But I'm keeping my expectations as low as possible. That way if the movie completely fails I won't be surprised. After the watching the trailer, something does seem off about it..but I'm sure everything will mesh well in the actual film.
nowtheresaBATman - 5/4/2012, 5:24 PM

"And unlike Raimi, this won't be a lame soap opera with costumes and no character devlopment"

@PeterParker1991 lol isn't that the truth!
Ashes2Phoenix - 5/4/2012, 5:29 PM
@Mayo23: To a certain extent I agree with some of your points. It seems as though people have already made up their minds a long time ago. My biggest concern is The Dark Knight Rises is released in the same month.

In regards, to making enough money I personally don't think that will be the films problem. At the end of the day it has "Spider-Man" plastered on the front of it. That name sells.

I agree about the biased reviewers. I think that is going to be this films biggest battle. I have the feeling critics are going to pan it because it is a reboot of a film that was released not too long ago. I can already see the headlines, " A film that wasn't needed". Etc.

I really hope though it can overcome these obstacles because I personally think it deserves to.

nowtheresaBATman - 5/4/2012, 6:53 PM
WOW! trailer #3 FTW!

looks 1000 times better than those Raimi movies ever were.

CaptainAmerica31 - 5/5/2012, 5:17 AM
Could be, or maybe Pete's dad made the spider? It could be that simple
Ashes2Phoenix - 5/5/2012, 7:06 AM
@Spidey31: To be honest that was my original theory. His father was the one responsible for creating the spider that bites Peter.
KidDynamo0 - 5/7/2012, 1:23 PM
Its hilarious that you guys think general audiences think like fan boys...they don't. When the marketing ramps up for Spider-Man people will get excited.

I read the same comments about how the reboot wouldn't work for X-Men: First Class, and everybody was proven wrong. You guys need to stop thinking that every person is as invested in comic book movies as we all are.

Just because a couple of fanboys online are crazy excited for Spider-Man doesn't mean the same for the average Joe.

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