Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man could have been different?
The Spider-Man film may seem quaint nowadays, but when they were released, they were ahead of their time. They lovingly embraced a lot of what made the comic so beloved, and were all the better for it. Sure, we may have our issues with the movie now, but it did well where it counted. It’s left such a mark on fans and the industry as a whole, it’s hard to imagine it any differently.
But, like any movie, Spider-Man and its sequels didn’t sprout from the head of Sam Raimi fully-formed. In fact, we can’t forget David Koepp penned the screenplay for the thing. But even his ideas went through different iterations.
“Basically [my trilogy idea] was the telling of the Gwen Stacy/Harry Osbourne story but I spaced everything out differently,” Koepp told Collider. “I wanted Gwen to be killed in the middle of the second movie, because that follows sort of the Empire Strikes Back model, and I had different villains I wanted to use. Just a different way to tell that story.”
Of course, that didn’t happen. Gwen Stacy wasn’t even introduced until Spider-Man 3, and in that film, she was merely introduced, not really delved into much. But Koepp did finally have an opportunity to execute this vision for The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, but it was clear his enthusiasm had run its course.
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“There was a time maybe seven or eight years ago when I was gonna come back for a couple Spider-Man movies, after they’d done their first Amazing Spider-Man. On the very first Spider-Man I sort of planned out what I thought the first three movies should be, and then all the assorted personalities it didn’t work for me to keep writing the Spider-Man movies… So I was excited to come back and try to finish the story I started telling in the first one, and as we were about to agree that I was going to do that, I pulled out all the old stuff and I started outlining those two movies and I thought, ‘Boy, you can’t go home again. That moment has passed. The time when I was really feeling it was 10 years ago, and there’s no point in trying to recreate it.’ So I bailed.”
It was probably for the best. As they did with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, Sony forced too much content The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The result? A muddled mess. Sure, they did a decent job with Gwen Stacy’s death, but there was so much else lost along the way.
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