“The Amazing Spider-Man” Spoiler References Guide


The new Spider-Man reboot flick is here and it pretty much just tells a less interesting version of the story done by Tobey Maguire back in 2002. That being said, the latest Spidey flick incorporates more comic book elements and doesn’t try to rush itself like the first one (although it may be one of it’s weaker points, story-wise).

Wanna know what most of the differences are between the 2002 and 2012 flick? Click below for (most) of the details but remember, SPOILERS AHEAD if you didn’t catch the reboot yet! (Just note that it’s been years since I’ve seen the first Tobey Spidey flick, so my memory is a bit rusty and creaky, so bear with me if I make a few errors to the Tobey flick.)

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–THE RADIOACTIVE SPIDER
In the Tobey Spidey version, Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider at the labs at Oscorp. In the reboot, Peter is bitten by a spider but it is never mentioned that the spiders were radioactive.

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–THE SPIDER BITE
In the original version, Parker was bitten on the finger. In the reboot, Parker is bitten in the back of the neck. But unlike the original, Parker actually finds the spider and then keeps it in a souvenir glass (as shown to Gwen Stacy later in the film).

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–SPIDEY SENSE AND POWERS
After the Tobey Spidey was bitten, he passes out and then wakes up the next day to a few enhancements to his body. He notices that is vision is better, his body has gotten more ripped, can climb walls, and develops organic webslingers in his wrists. For the reboot, the transformation is almost instant though Parker shows no sign of physical transformations. He gains super strength and can climb walls but does NOT develop organic webslingers in his body, which he then manually creates with a device using Oscorp technology (though he still wears eyeglasses in some scenes afterwards). He learns about his new powers almost instantly as he defends himself from a few rowdy men inside a subway car.

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–WHERE IS HARRY AND NORMAN OSBORN?
Throughout the first three Spidey films, Harry and Norman are vital to Spidey’s storyline. Harry was Peter’s friend throughout high school and college and was the one that dated Mary Jane at first. Norman Osborn is the owner of Oscorp who then becomes the Green Goblin. For the reboot, Harry is nowhere to be found, making Parker a loner for most of the film (although he does have a love-hate relationship with Flash Thompson). Also, Norman Osborn is mentioned several times in the reboot film but is never seen and is said to be “dying”, although it is never revealed as to what Norman is dying from.

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–GWEN VERSUS MARY JANE
Mary Jane was introduced almost instantly in the Tobey Spidey flick, red hair and all. MJ was written a budding actress that had a day job at some local diner. For the reboot, Gwen Stacy is the chosen love interest (which is true to the comic book canon) and is revealed to be working under an internship at the Oscorp labs under Dr. Curt Connors.

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–DR. CURT CONNORS
The second Tobey Spidey flick introduced Curt Connors (AKA The Lizard) as an American doctor and made a few hints as to his transformation as the Lizard, although nothing came to fruition in those films. For the reboot, Dr. Connors is a one-armed British scientist looking for a cure for regenerating human cells. After Parker gives him the solution for regenerating cells, Connors is adamant about not wanting to try testing the serum on humans but, after getting fired, he injects the serum on himself which succeeds in growing his arm but also turning him into the Lizard.

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–PETER PARKER’S PARENTS
Parker’s parents are never mentioned in the Tobey Spidey flicks, making them pretty much irrelevant to his storyline. For the reboot, Sony has been touting the movie as “The Untold Story”. Parker’s parents are seen briefly at the beginning of the film but nothing gets firmly explained as to what happened to them after they left Peter in the care of Uncle Ben and Aunt May. (Although a newspaper cutout reveals that the two were involved in a plane crash).

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–DEATH OF UNCLE BEN
For the Tobey Spidey flick, Uncle Ben was shot and killed during a carjacking robbery after he drops off Parker to a wrestling match. It isn’t until the third Spidey flick that the truth of Uncle Ben’s death is fully revealed. In the reboot, Uncle Ben and Peter get into an argument and Peter leaves the house, leaving Uncle Ben to search for him. Peter goes to a local grocery store to buy something but is treated like a punk by a jerk store cashier. As Peter walks away, the man behind him secretly steals cash from the register while the same cashier is turned away, all while Peter is looking on. As the robber runs off into the street, the cashier asks for help from Parker but he refuses. The robber then trips on the sidewalk in front of Uncle Ben and dropping a handgun. Uncle Ben then tries to wrestle the gun out of the robber’s hand but is shot and he dies on the sidewalk instantly.

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–QUEST FOR REVENGE
The Tobey Spidey flick never showed Parker trying to get even with Uncle Ben’s murderer because he technically didn’t know who it was. For the reboot, Parker knows who it is and spends the first part of the film looking for the murderer, but the story shifts towards the Lizard and the murderer is never found.

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–THE WRESTLING RING
To try out his newly discovered powers and costume, the Tobey Spidey enters a wrestling match with Bonesaw McGraw. For the reboot, Parker is running away from thugs on rooftop when he falls through a roof and into a large empty room with a lucha libre wrestling ring. As he looks around the ring, he sees a large banner with a lucha libre mask, which inspires the new Spidey mask design.

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–WHERE IS J. JONAH JAMESON?
In the original flick, JJ was introduced into the storyline almost instantly, mustache and cigar withstanding. Although still in high school, Parker already starts working for JJ at the Daily Bugle taking pictures of himself as Spidey. In the reboot, Parker is the school photographer but does not get in contact with the Daily Bugle yet (though he does take pictures of himself fighting the Lizard).

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–AUNT MAY
Throughout the first flick, Aunt May was the focus of Peter’s life after Uncle Ben’s death. The Green Goblin even injures her in an attack, which prompts Parker to fight him. For the reboot, Aunt May only appears in a few scenes but is never the focus of Peter’s agenda.

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–THE VILLAIN DISCOVERS PARKER’S IDENTITY
In the Tobey Spidey flick, Norman Osborn discovers Peter’s identity during a Thanksgiving dinner at Aunt May’s house. In the reboot, the Lizard discovers Peter’s camera in the sewers and sees a sticker that says “Property Of Peter Parker” behind the camera.

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–CONNECTION TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
Unfortunately, I could not find or see any kind of connection to the MCU. No Nick Fury, no mention of SHIELD, no Avengers Initiative, and definitely no Stark Tower in the skyline (which was reported to almost have been included in the film).

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All in all, while I enjoyed all of the comic book aspects (especially the Todd McFarlane homages), I still felt like the script had left too many unresolved subplots, which I’m sure will be brought up in the sequels. But at least it’s nice to see Spidey not be so Emo after the the disastrous third film.

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