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'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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  1. MintBoy

    @Kinetic - I'd ignore everything Avi Arad said here, i think he's just trying to get people interested in it in any way possible, though he's handling it terribly as people obviously want it rebooted and not connected to the original films. It is a reboot, Arad is just an idiot, and none of the characters are the same. It's like the original films are from Earth 342 and these films are from Earth 616. Also, I actually quite like the costume.

    @lane - I had no idea this guy did all that, thanks for the info, i now know who too truly hate about all those films, though i still wasn't happy with the writers and Bryan Singer/whoever directed those.

    3 years agoby @mintboyFlag

  2. Lane

    And this is what gets me. People are so quick to blame everybody else who had a part in the comics films they didn't like or agree with, but seem to forget how Avi Arad has produced every Marvel/Fox/Sony movie since the first original X-Men. Him and that Gale Ann Hurd chick that someone else pointed out (though I thought her name was Laura Ziskin or something, but whatev).

    So you have all the good comics films since X-Men, and then you have all the bad ones or ones a lot of people hated anyway in between.

    X-Men 1 and 2
    Spider-man 1 and 2

    (which were more loved than hated)

    and then you have
    X-Men 3
    Spider-man 3
    Fantastic Four 1 and 2
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    (which were more hated than appreciated)

    And who produced them all? That's right, Avi Arad! Who is the SAME dumbf*ck who demanded Raimi include Venom in Spider-man 3 because he was who "the fans wanted", even after Raimi insisted against it cause he didn't know if he could portray the character (and everything that went with him and his world) right. And whadya know, he was right.

    Yet despite all of this who does everyone blame when it all goes to hell? That's right, the director. Never the greedy studios, never the retarded producers. And who gets to keep their jobs? That's right, the producers. But then who gets fired? Again, the director.

    And don't even get me started on the other chick who supposedly does all the X-Men movies "for the fans", as well. Okay... That seems to have worked out *great*!

    3 years agoby @lane1Flag

  3. Kinetic

    Ok, yeah, I'm so definitely NOT seeing this Piece of Shi7 now...
    Terrible costume, WHICH WON"T FIT in the Original Series!!!!!!!!!!!
    Charatcers who appear before they are introduced..
    IF Lizard IS in this, then what about Connors in #'s 2 & 3?
    this just became a HUGE cluster-frak!!!
    I've said for years that Avi Arad was a giant Jack@ss that doesn't know what he's doing, this just proves it.............

    3 years agoby @KineticFlag

  4. Dan

    And this was an absolutely terrible idea to put that message out there. Not only will it confuse people, but it casts a weird taint over Webb's movie now. Good job, numb nuts.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  5. LuxoIII

    So is it a reboot or not? They're saying two different things!

    3 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  6. skywise

    this is interestin

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. Corey W.

    Perfectly said, Supes.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  8. Dan

    If this is true I couldn't be less interested in the movie. Either start over/fresh, or don't start at all. Don't try to mesh the 2 series together, that has horrid facepalm written all over it.

    Avi Arad= moron of epic proportions.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. Mwheeler1324

    If this is true I'm more interested in this movie even more.......... Sounds good. But...........????

    3 years agoby @mwheeler1324Flag

  10. Lane

    This might've actually been a good thing... if it weren't for the fact that this is a reboot. F*ck you Avi Arad, Sony, and Hollywood! I'm so f*cking tired of reboots. After hearing about the current problems with the Superman reboot, I'm almost happy about it all.

    3 years agoby @lane1Flag

  11. Dan

    @insertusernamehere I hope you're right, man.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. Funkster

    It's embarrassing how Arad is trying to kiss up to all the whiny fanboys.

    3 years agoby @funksterFlag

  13. JonSpidey07

    more BS news about this reboot :/

    3 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  14. T.Clark

    I think this all just got taken out of context. There's really nothing to see here people. As I've said: bullsh*t.

    3 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  15. Dan

    Ummmmm... wow... this'll cause a sh*t storm with the fans :P

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  16. fanboy

    I agree with everyone else, for I call bullsh*t! There's no way the two trilogies can co-exist, and after all this is a REBOOT, not a sequel

    3 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  17. J.P.

    @bane5000 it say a Marvel Studios reboot because the spider-man reboot is secretly a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I figured that out months ago. Marvel has been putting "Marvel Studios" name all over this project for months, we just never noticed it.

    3 years agoby @jptheredskullFlag

  18. Barkx

    Oh... COME on... Seriously?! This is PATHETIC! Why? WHY?!? Why would you come out and say this Arad?!? Have you not been paying attention to all of the negative comments that we have been posting on here about how seriously FOX have wrecked the continuity and shown NO respect to the fans with the latest X-Men movie??

    You have a real opportunity to relaunch an AMAZING character, and reinvigorate a franchise. Key to this is telling NEW stories! Why would you TRY to slide this into Raimi's trilogy?! I loved the first two, LOVED them... but the third was such a disappointment...

    One of the greatest things the new movie had going for it was the introduction of Gwen Stacy as the lead love interest. This had fans going crazy as (SPOILER ALERT...!) we are all looking forward to seeing her eventful, memorable, and tragic death. The way she dies in the comics has a profound impact on the life of Peter Parker, and has to be one of the, if not THE most memorable, longstanding deaths in comics.

    (I say longstanding, as we all know that deaths in comics never really last that long... There used to be only one guideline in the Marvel U about characters' deaths in the comics... "Nobody stays dead for long... except Bucky." Well, recently he was revived, so maybe it should now be "Nobody stays dead for long... except Gwen Stacy.")

    To hear that this movie is now being "slotted" into Raimi's films... Slap in the face man. If that is the case, then I think they need to change the title. There was another series of Spider-Man comics that were released a few years ago, that told stories that tied into the continuity of the comics from Peters formative years, that would be more appropriate to fit in with what Arad is telling us, and that series was titled "Untold Tales of Spider-Man". Hmmm....?!

    Upon reflection, Singer left X-Men 3, Favreau left Iron Man 3, and Raimi's Spider-Man 3 was a disaster... Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't all cite creative differences with the producers? Complain about interferences from the producers? Venom was only in S-M3 due to the insistence FROM the producers... And WHOSE name is top of the producers credits? Avi Arad. Could there be a common denominator here???

    3 years agoby @barkxFlag

  19. moviegeek

    That makes no sense. How can this tell what went on between with a completely different cast and direction with characters. They told us Mary Jane wouldn't be a prime part (or even in it), so how can she disappear "between" the lines... Fail.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  20. Avian

    I call bullsh*t. There's no way this article is true.

    3 years agoby @avian005Flag

  21. Bane5000

    Ok what he said doesnt make sense at all, how does this still have ties to the first movies if elements have changed and characters are being introduced early on that were introduced later in Raimi's trilogy

    " This movie is going to tell stories that you didn't see in movies 1, 2, and 3."...U dont say, maybe because this is a whole new trilogy starting from scratch

    Why does it say a Marvel Studios reboot?

    3 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  22. Emmytt

    this is the stupidest f*ckin news i have heard yet this movie will fail!

    3 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  23. GreatStorys

    whats the f*cking point of that, or am i reading this wrong, what does he mean "everything you didn't see" this movie is getting stranger every f*cking time, i don't give a dam if they replaced the actors or even the costume change, i want this movie to work, but with its own take on spiderman, no references to the last three, either some one has wriiten this comment out of contex, or what he means is this movies stories are what the last three movies should have done instead of the road Sam chose to take. still have fingers crossed, if your gonna be a reboot then be one, just don't be a remake. take a different road, which i guess they're sort of doing. high hopes still.

    3 years agoby @GreatStorysFlag

  24. T.Clark

    But the cast is considerably younger than the original one, so I get what you're saying in that way.

    3 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  25. T.Clark

    @ignitedspade New actors really doesn't matter. A series can get away with different actors in the role. Hell, a new director and cast could have come onto Spider-Man 4, and it would have still been Spider-Man 4 if it continued Raimi's films and remained in that universe. This however, is a total reboot and should not be considered "in context" with anything relating to Raimi's trilogy. It's more about the story characteristics than actors; web-shooters, the Lizard, Gwen Stacy...again, Avi Arad needs to stop trying to appeal to haters and just admit what this movie is so that we can all hopefully enjoy what that is.

    3 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  26. Alejandro MartĂ­nez

    What about the sintetic spider web??.. LOL ..attach these!..I dont think so

    3 years agoby @Alejandro-MartnezFlag

  27. ignitedspade

    Ive said this once, and Ill say it again. Avi Arad needs to get out of Marvel. He ruins everything hes associated with, and cares about no one but himself and his wallet. Same goes for that Gale Anne Hurd character. This movie cant possibly have ties to the old trilogy, because 1) New actors. and B) Webshooters. The only way I see this happening is if the whole first trilogy ended up being some sort of a foreshadowing dream sequence. Like a spider-sense on crack seeing years into the future. And if thats even the case, then thats retarded on many levels.

    If Arad is even slightly right about this, I want to see how. Because I simply have no clue how that will work.

    3 years agoby @ignitedspadeFlag

  28. Chappy422

    @SpaceCowboy if you're going to get the director's last name entirely wrong you might as well say his first name is Mark.

    3 years agoby @chappy422Flag

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