'The Amazing Spider-Man' Tied to Sam Raimi's Original Trilogy

Marvel's Avi Arad says that Marc Webb's upcoming reboot will not erase the story elements that have come before it.
The Amazing Spider-Man will be tied to Sam Raimi's original trilogy
The Amazing Spider-Man will be tied to Sam Raimi's original trilogy
The Amazing Spider-Man, a new Marvel Studios reboot of the popular superhero, has been considered in the press to be a straight-up reestablishing of the Peter Parker character and his particular comic book mythos. Marvel Executive producer Avi Arad has come forward to say that isn't entirely true.

While director Marc Webb has a new Peter Parker in Andrew Garfield, the upcoming first installment of this new reboot will still have ties to Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man trilogy.

Here is what Avi Arad had to say.

"It's not a comeback. You have to look at it this way: Do you want to know more about The Amazing Spider-Man? This movie is going to tell stories that you didn't see in movies 1, 2, and 3."

Avi Arad went onto say that The Amazing Spider-Man doesn't erase the Sam Raimi films, but instead has a storyline that could have taken place in the context of the original Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man was released July 3rd, 2012 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Campbell Scott. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

Sources: Entertainment Weekly

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Comments (160)

  1. Masta_Chiefed

    @insertusernamehere I love your fire and passion. It's the only reason we're internet friends on this site.

    The entire 60 year collection of Spidey media combined never focused on Peter Parker in High School as much as this film will.

    3 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  2. Ezio

    @Insert:I'm not here to agrue about anything.Espeacially about a movie.There are people that liked Spider-man 2 and people that didnt.I for one,didnt.I respect your choice to like it and will not argue about it.
    All I simply wanted to do was state my...dislike for this reboot.And leave it at that.

    3 years agoby @EzioFlag

  3. Dan

    @Ezio It's cool, man. If you have legitimate reasons for not liking it (I can understand the whining bit lol), I can respect that. Better then making personal insults as your reasoning.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  4. Masta_Chiefed

    @insertusernamehere LoL. Notice how Arad jumps around the word prequel? He is a slimy producer. He will say anything to get you into the theater. You've done your homework on just how shameless, uninformed, and coked out most hollywood producers are, right? You'll still take their words at face value?
    Yes, actually, Im quite confident if Raimi would have been able to do his SM4 he would have totally redeemed himself. The vulture (Malkovich) and the Lizard? Even baby boomers would have come out in droves to see those two iconic, old school villains. I believe all of this.

    Ok, comparing the story/direction of films, IMO, is comparing the director's ability to make the script work. If you really think the back story of Peter Parker in high school is comparable to Bruce Wayne being trained by some badass assassin monks then I cant help you.

    3 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  5. T.Clark

    Spider-Man 2 is one of the best super hero movies of all time.

    Just saying.

    3 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  6. Ezio

    @dan1:Sorry dude,but I respectfully disagree.There was so much more that couldve been done with that movie but was not done.And it seemed like all Peter did was whine throughout half of it.

    3 years agoby @EzioFlag

  7. T.Clark

    Also, if the only reason your comparing this movie to Twilight is because it takes place in high school, then you're ignorant and clueless. Spider-Man got his powers in high school, remember?

    3 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  8. T.Clark

    @masta-chiefed 1) Arad never states anything about a prequel. Read the f*cking quote. 2) Supes doesn't know the inner workings of Raimi's brain, but you don't know if he was going to redeem himself, either. Spidey 4 could have been sh*t for all we know. 3) Supes wasn't comparing Webb to Nolan, he was comparing the premise of the movies to each other.

    So you can kindly take your comments and shove them up your ass.

    Have a nice day.

    3 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  9. Masta_Chiefed

    Seriously, Twi-Spidey should not get our money. I wouldn't even Redbox this sh*t. Might catch a few minutes when it comes to TV, but that's it.

    3 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  10. Masta_Chiefed

    No not a Raimi fan. The Evil Dead's were cute, but not so fun after an hour or so... I just realize a good thing when I see it.

    I'm a mid 80's to late 90's comic book fan who cannot stand studio interference. Just so you know.

    Your avatar pic looks like Zod and his V-neck attire just left the gay bar, and is now telling me to kneel.

    3 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  11. Dan

    @Ezio Dude, Spider-Man 2 was the best of Raimi's...

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. Masta_Chiefed

    Josh Tec*minmymouth or Ezio. You are the only person who has ever truly believed Spidey 2 was bad. THE ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD.

    3 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  13. Dan

    Those comparisons I made were said in the context of my opinions and guesses, not facts. I was going over what I felt was similar between the 2 franchises and how things have occurred over time. I don't know for certainty that Webb's Spider-Man will play out as well as Nolan's Begins did, but I'm not gonna rule out the possibility that it could, because I've liked pretty much everything I've seen thus far.

    Your only goal here is to elicit a negative reaction from me because you hate this reboot with a passion, and are part of that group of Raimi fans who haven't gotten over themselves yet. I'm not going to fall into that trap, so please, continue with your vitriol, I know you'll have those who will agree with you, and you all can commiserate together how much life sucks because Spider-Man is being rebooted.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  14. Masta_Chiefed

    Ok, Go away Joshua Tec*mseh's mult.

    3 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  15. Ezio

    I dont really see why it should matter to anyone.Out of the first three only the first one was good.The second,in my own opinoion,lacked alot and seemed to be drawn out in places.The third...well I'll leave that alone.

    I'm in no way crossing my fingers for this franchise to get a second breath.I'm sticking with the comics.At least they never disappoint.

    3 years agoby @EzioFlag

  16. Masta_Chiefed

    My God man, you tried to compare Marc Webb to C.Nolan. Really? The guy who directed 500 Days of Summer and a few rock band docs is in any way comparable to the man who directed memento, the prestige, batman begins, tdk, and inception?

    I hope you realize that was by far the dumbest statement Ive read on here in a long, long time. This is not Batman Begins.

    I want to know what your real motivation is for seeing this film. Anyone who compares Marc Webb and Nolan needs to explain themselves fully before people just begin to browse over your comments due to a lack of insight.

    3 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  17. Dan

    You think what you want, dude. I'm not the one spewing bitterness over something that is happening whether you like it or not. I'm sorry you're taking it so personally, but that sh*t ain't healthy.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  18. Masta_Chiefed

    Because Sam Raimi has to work is the reason he's moved on. I find it laughable you would think you're clairvoyant enough to know the inner workings of Raimi's brain. His big budget baby is about to be sodomized by a bunch of bandwagon jumping producers. I guess he wouldn't care at all.

    This is Twi-Spidey. I started the nickname. Remember that when you're in line for the film looking at all the teeny boppers joining you in you're candy coated ignorance. Maybe you enjoy being engulfed in adolescent delirium. That's your maladaption, not mine.

    3 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  19. Dan

    Lmao... a bit overly dramatic, dude. It's a movie/comic book, most things can heal with time; arguments, disagreements, hatreds can fade. Once the Raimi fans calm down over the reboot (and they will in due time, some already have), it won't be as big a deal as some are making it out to be. Hell, Raimi's moved on, working on his Oz movie, so should his fans.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  20. Masta_Chiefed

    This film could seriously damage the spider man brand forever.

    3 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  21. Masta_Chiefed

    Sony/Marvel is just panicking over all the negative buzz surrounding this movie. Stating that somehow this is a prequel to Sam Raimi is just a tactic of promotion.

    Honestly, this could just be a straight up lie, cus if it was a true prequel PP would have no clue about his costume or powers.

    Sony completely misunderstood the backlash to their template for this movie, Twilight. I hate studios. Raimi was about to redeem himself in grand fashion.

    3 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  22. Dan

    @brew1701 lol... we've covered this bit of history like a zillion times over what happened between Raimi and Sony/Marvel. Read the previous comments in this article and pretty much any other Spider-Man related article where the same things have been said, over and over.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  23. Dan

    I just got back from Burger King, and guess what? I had it my way :P

    To further extrapolate on my thoughts.... Webb's Spider-Man is like Nolan's Batman Begins, in that it goes farther back in the storyline, deals with an earlier love interest, and seems to be taking a more faithful route. Not only that, but also featuring a villain we haven't seen before in live action (Lizard), like BB's Ra's Al Ghul. So the comparisons continue, and explain my excitement for this particular reboot.

    And I say particular, because I'm generally not in support of reboots/remakes.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  24. brew1701

    This just makes no sense what so ever! So there were untold stories where he changed his costume
    And no longer had organic webbing but synthetic, but then went back to real web, it's just a way to
    Make previous movie spidey fans excited and accept this reboot, why can't they just admit it, marvel
    Prolly didn't like they way Sam raimi did spider man. His trilogy was like the godfather the first 2 were
    Amazing, and the 3rd, was just good, and only some parts. Anyway DC rules!!

    3 years agoby @brew1701Flag

  25. Dan

    And on that ham and cheese note, I'm going to Burger King for some breakfast. Ciao!

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  26. Dan

    And really, if you think about it, the parallels are uncanny. Like Burton's Batman with the cheesy and hammy Nicholson Joker, Raimi's Spider-Man had a cheesy and hammy Goblin. Then, like Burton's Returns, Raimi's Spider-Man 2 improved in almost all ways, villains, action sets, etc. Then the same with the Burton produced Batman Forever, Raimi's Spider-Man 3 felt forced with the villains, had a weak script, and was overall a failure, critically, compared to its predecessor. It's almost like the same scenario played out, just different decades/series.

    I know that isn't exactly how things played out, but close, minus the politics.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  27. Dan

    @rexspinas It's like @diaigma said. Raimi's could be the Burton Spidermans, Webb's the Nolan Spidermans. Both good in their own ways. About as fair as I think you can be.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  28. The King of Thorns

    @lane1, in regards to the statement released, again, it's all just a matter of perspective. As for whether or not you were defensive, I guess I can't judge from a comment online, true. Doesn't matter, I guess. What does matter is that, judging from your comments both on this thread and the other recent Spidey thread, you seem to be biased towards this project, which isn't necessarily fair.

    I get that you're against this reboot, and while I don't agree with it, I can understand your reasons. However, I don't think it's fair to be against the reboot, just because it's unnecessary. Some people I know (close friends, really) have argued with me hours on end about how "unnecessary" the Hobbit films are. But ya know what? They're still being made and I still look forward to them because, necessary or not, they'll probably be great films. I think this reboot is one of those cases, where it' necessary, albeit a little early. IF this franchise is substantial, profitable, and well received all around, it'll stick around for a while and avoid any chance of another reboot, which was the same gamble that Nolan took with Batman Begins. I think it's worth a shot, don't you? If it really improves things the previous trilogy failed at?

    And I'm not trying to call you out or anything (in the slight chance that you do feel threatened by my comment), but I think all parties associated in the reboot want to make the film a better, and reasonably more truthful adaption of the source material than the previous trilogy gave us. Perhaps a trailer will change your mind, perhaps it'll change mine (I hope not, lol). Either way, I think no one can necessarily hate or love the project without firm concrete behind their opinions, such as a plot synopsis, trailer, and interviews, etc. All we have are a few photos and a few statements; hardly anything to hate, IMO.

    3 years agoby @rexspinasFlag

  29. CBF

    @lane1 Yeah, and I said that.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  30. Dan

    It sure was.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag