Director Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” won’t just be amazing, it’ll do something no “Spider-Man” movie has ever done before: tell the untold origin of Peter Parker.
Indeed, the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Peter’s parents will have a big role to play in Webb’s “Amazing” reboot, though don’t expect that entire story to be told in the upcoming summer blockbuster—the filmmaker has plans to keep mining that well in future movies to come.
“I wanted to give the audience something new, so that started off with getting underneath the parents’ story, which will unfold over probably a few movies,” Webb told MTV News during a recent interview. “We don’t totally wrap up that story in this first movie. It’s sort of an ongoing mystery. That was something that was interesting to me.”
The story of Peter’s parents isn’t the only curveball being thrown at Spider-fans, either. Webb acknowledged that there are “obligations to the canon, in terms of Uncle Ben and the spider-bite, but the conditions under which those things happen are very different” in his movie.
“This is probably a reveal,” he said, “but there is no wrestling match in this movie. The character is evolving in a different way. It’s about finding a balance between iconic elements of the ’Spider-Man’ mythology—like how Uncle Ben’s death transforms him emotionally—but it happens in a different way.”
As for the radioactive spider that gave Peter his powers? “He’s bitten by a spider,” Webb confirmed, “but maybe it’s not a radioactive spider. Or maybe it is! You’ll have to see.”
“There are elements that we were very conscious of,” the director continued, “but it all emanated from [the idea of] this kid who got left behind by his parents many, many years before. I thought that was interesting enough for me to explore.”
Check back with MTV News next week during Summer Movie Preview week for more from our interview with Webb, and tell us what you think of Webb’s ideas in the comments section or on Twitter.