It's becoming very difficult to be a Spider-Man fan these days.
As fans of the webslinger continue to cope with the fact that Sam Raimi's vision is a thing of the past, they must deal with naysayers slamming Julie Taymor's "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" on Broadway while debating the recent slew of casting choices for Marc Webb's 2012 reboot.
It's been nothing but a constant struggle for the most devoted Spidey fans out there, the latest being the recent rumor that Peter Parker's parents would be featured in the new film sending shockwaves through the fan community.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Campbell Scott and Julianne Nicholson are both in the process of signing on to the project to play Parker's parents Richard and Mary.
In addition, Irrfan Khan ("Slumdog Millionaire") and Annie Parisse (AMC’s "Rubicon") are in various stages of discussions to join the production as a villain named "Van Atter" and his wife.
Despite your reaction to this latest bit of casting news, one thing is clear -- Sony is not just rehashing the same old origin story audiences fell in love with in back in 2002. Richard and Mary Parker have never played a major role in any of the Spider-Man adaptations, so it'll be interesting to see how screenwriter James Vanderbilt has modified Parker's backstory and how well it will go over with fans.
As for the new villain character, nothing specific is known and the name "Van Atter" is not one familiar to fans. However, Cinema Blend reminds us there was a character in one 1997 issue of the comic book named "Van Adder," a disgruntled employee of the Osborn Corporation who turned into a red, demonic character called "Proto-Goblin."
The "Spider-Man" reboot is directed by Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Denis Leary as George Stacy and Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Ben and May Parker. Production begins this month in Los Angeles for a July 3, 2012, release.