Everyone knows the story already. High school kid gets bitten by a radioactive spider and gains superpowers. He’s driven to be a hero when his uncle dies because of the actions of a crook that he could have stopped. Yadda yadda yadda. “With great power comes great responsibility.” This story has been told over and over again ad nauseam, which is why we don’t need the latest Spider-Man reboot to include the origin of the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler when he returns to theaters for the third attempt at a successful film franchise. Luckily, we won’t be seeing it again when Sony Pictures finally brings in Marvel Studios to work with the web-slinger on the big screen.
After Marvel and Sony announced that their upcoming Spidey film scheduled for 2017 will feature Tom Holland as the star and Jon Watts as the director, screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (who recently made their directorial debut with ‘Vacation’) joined the project to pen the script for Peter Parker’s first full foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The duo previously spoke about the comedic tone of their story, but while appearing on The Andy Greenwald Podcast, Daley and Goldstein talked at length about their plans for the younger version of the iconic character that they plan to bring to life on the silver screen. However, the most important thing that they mentioned is that we won’t be seeing yet another Spider-Man origin story in Phase Three. Goldstein confirmed it like so:
“I think that everybody feels like you know he got bit by a spider and you know Uncle Ben died, and we probably don’t need to revisit that.”
Rest easy, True Believers. Thankfully we won’t have to go through all of that yet again. So what will we see instead? Goldstein continued by basically saying that young Peter will be a regular kid… except, you know, with spider powers:
“We want to explore the fact that just because you get superpowers doesn’t make you into a really sophisticated, successful adult. He’s still a kid and he’s clumsy and he’s a geek and he’s a bit of an outcast, and in many ways the superpowers amplify that and exacerbate his trying to fit in.”
Daley also weighed in by sharing that the two of them have plenty of experience with being young and awkward:
“He has one more secret that he has to sort of keep from the world, one more burden that he’s dealing with above all the other crap that he’s dealing with at school. So it’s gonna be fun, and we can relate to that Peter Parker character—we’re geeky guys that weren’t popular in school ourselves.”
Of course, it’s still extremely early on in the pre-production process, so things could evolve from here. Although, I don’t see it straying too far from this idea, which actually sounds like a pretty good approach that we haven’t seen before in live action. And on top of that, both Daley and Goldstein sound very enthusiastic to be working on Spidey. You can see for yourself by taking a look at the entire podcast right here, but the Spider-Man talk starts around 19:40:
What do you think about John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s approach to the currently untitled Spider-Man reboot scheduled for July 28, 2017? Are you glad to hear that they won’t be presenting an origin story once again? Let us know in the comments below.