Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Note: This article contains major spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man.
Whether or not you enjoyed Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man, it’s impossible to deny the film has some holes. Jokes seen in numerous TV spots and trailers are not in the final film. Full scenes that were teased hit the cutting room floor and the original marketing line “The Untold Story” disappeared. Remember the promise “Spider-Man’s Greatest Secrets Will Be Revealed”?
Apparently the secret was there were no secrets because Peter Parker gets bit by a spider, his Uncle dies and he becomes Spider-Man, Just like in the comics, just like in Sam Raimi’s movie, just like it has always been. But that’s not what the movie story always was.
A few intrepid online reports have broken down this omission and many more. They discovered that a major storyline involving Peter Parker’s parents was likely axed at the last minute. Plus, what the heck was up with that end credits scene? Check out all that and much more, after the jump.
Just so I don’t have to keep linking them, much of the below information comes from great articles on Vulture, Badass Digest and The LA Times. Of course, major spoilers for the film will fill the rest of this post.
The most incredible omission was the aforementioned “Untold Story” teased in trailers, posters and more. The general consensus was that, in this film, Peter Parker was not simply bitten by a spider. Since his father worked at Oscorp, and the trailers contained lines such as “Do you think what happened to you, Peter, was an accident? Do you have any idea what you really are?” it was assumed Peter’s father did something to him. Something which was then triggered when he was bitten by the spider. The “untold story” would be that Spider-Man’s origin is physically linked to something in his genetic code, possibly created by his father.
Well, that’s not what happens. The line above is not in the film. Neither is the Lizard saying “If you want the truth about your parents, Peter, come and get it!’” As an audience member, we too would like the truth about Peter’s parents. At one point, Peter himself acts like they are simply missing (see the scene where Peter yells at Uncle Ben about responsibility) and later this huge plot point – Peter’s parents “dying” in a plane crash – is covered in a blink-and-you-miss-it montage.
At some point during production Sony probably realized this “untold story” could be a bigger reveal in a sequel, which leads us to the credits sequence. As mentioned, the parent storyline (along with the plotline featuring Peter’s search for revenge for Uncle Ben’s murder) is more or less glossed over in the second half of the film until the final scene. Dr. Connors has been locked away and speaks to a mysterious man about Mr. Parker’s secrets. Is this person Norman Osborne? While Marc Webb wouldn’t confirm or deny this to MTV, Rhys Ifans himself spoke to Ain’t It Cool News and said the following:
RI: …a representative from OsCorp appears miraculously in the room. How he gets in there and how he leaves, we don’t know. Maybe we will find out. But it’s not Norman Osborn.
AICN: It’s not? You can say that?
RI: Yeah. But it is someone who is in the employ of Norman Osborn without question.
AICN: Someone we’re familiar with, who we don’t know is employed by Osborn?
Very interesting. Of course, “The Untold Story” isn’t the only thing missing from the film.
There’s the doorman scene that was released online:
The fate of Mr. Ratha, who we last see on a bridge (never to be mentioned again), also seems to be missing. He was prominently part of a now deleted scene involving both Spider-Man and the Lizard:
The football is “too dangerous” joke from the trailers (at the end of trailer two in the below three trailer montage) is also gone:
In fact, almost everything that was cut is represented in those three spots above, which were released just last month. Why did so much get the axe at the last minute, even after being a big part of the marketing?
Did these omissions throw you for a loop while watching the film? Did you even notice? Why do you think they were cut?