The Amazing Spider-Man gets a new synopsis

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Sony Pictures has released an official synopsis for upcoming Spidey reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. You may now find yourself scratching your head, convinced that you had already seen a Spider-Man synopsis, and wondering why I would bore you with this repetition, when you could be spending your time googling yourself. Well in this new synopsis, some interesting new story elements have come to light:

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field).

Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets.

As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

So it seems that in this new rebooted universe, Peter’s parents are not dead (as has always been the case, historically) but merely missing. By having Dr Curt Conners being involved, it certainly adds a personal slant to Peter’s origin story that we haven’t really seen before. It’s quite a clever way of changing the origin story we’ve all become so familiar with, but still maintaining the fundamentals. I do get the feeling though, that somehow this “finding his parents” arc is going to the be driving force behind the inevitable sequels. Although I do hope that they ditch the supremely cheesy “They were secret agents killed in Russia” angle from the comics.

Last Updated: January 25, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

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