Yesterday we got word that Marc Webb would be taking over the new Spider-Man franchise that Sony plans on rebooting for 2012, and now more details have emerged on the direction the story will take. When news first broke that the studio was going out with the old and in with the new, they stated that the new film would have a darker tone and center on a high school version of Peter Parker. According to THR, they’ll be taking a cue from the more recent Spider-Man comics as opposed to the 1960′s version.
The budget for Webb’s Spider-Man has been set at 80 million dollars, and will be a lot different than Raimi’s take which was based on the comics he was raised on. The cast will feature relative unknowns so all the rumors you’ve heard about Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson can cease and desist. The premise will “center on a high school kid who is dealing with the knowledge that his uncle died even though the teen had the power to stop it.”
I’m not sure how that take is much different than Raimi’s version, aside from the fact that Peter inadvertently let the killer get away. The major source material for this Spider-Man will be the “Ultimate Spider-Man” comics by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley where the villain-fighting took a back seat to the high school angst. This shouldn’t be a surprise to a lot of people because most of the recent Marvel movies have taken cues from the Ultimate Marvel Universe instead of the traditional. All you have to do is look at Nick Fury’s appearance in Iron Man to see that.
I don’t hate the Ultimate comics as much as some other people, but do we really have to take Spider-Man down this angsty road? It sounds like a bad plot to a CW show about pretty teens and their ugly problems.
What do you think about the new direction of Spider-Man?