‘Amazing Spider-Man’ director: Why the web-shooters are back

Aug. 01, 2011 | 9:09 a.m.
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Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man" (Columbia Pictures)

Moviegoers have seen Spider-Man swing across Manhattan in three hit films already, but when the hero returns next July, there will be a big change in the webs he uses. The franchise’s aptly named new director, Marc Webb, is going back to the traditional comic-book portrayal in which the super strands are a product of web-shooter devices built by the young and inventive Peter Parker.

When Sam Raimi took Spider-Man to the screen in 2002, he made a major departure from the classic mythology of the character by portraying the webbing as a organic substance created by Parker’s mutated biology. The move seemed to smartly streamline the origin but some purists complained that it tampered too much with tradition.  Webb says that when he took on the reboot project he wanted to go his own path, which meant breaking from the Raimi movies in places where it made sense — and when it came to the webbing he sought out some very specialized counsel.

“I had a meeting with Stan Lee and we talked about the web-shooters,” Webb said. “I was curious about the incarnation of them [because] of course in the previous films [they went away from them] and we wanted to reestablish ourselves. That was one thing but the other thing was the fact that the web-shooters were able to dramatize Peter’s intellect and I thought that was really cool. … It was in the comics and we have a different design but it’s a cool element to have. It’s not something we over-use or over-exploit. To me, it’s something I remember from when I was a kid and thinking ‘It would be cool if I could build those.'”

Webb said the webbing issue was bundled in his mind with the Spider-Man costume.

“We paid attention to the question of ‘How would a kid make it?’ And obviously we took some license with it. We also wanted a design that would make the body longer and more lithe, more of an acrobat, someone incredibly agile, and the legs of the spider [symbol on the chest] were something we used to emphasize that. We made a bunch of different suits for different lighting conditions. I wanted something that worked in the night a little better. We paid attention to that and also made the webbing [on the costume] a little bit darker.  With the costume and the web-shooters we wanted to emphasize that these are things that Peter Parker made and that he is special himself even if he feels like he’s an outsider.”

For more on Webb’s thoughts on Peter Parker, read the extensive Hero Complex Q&A with Marc Webb.

— Geoff Boucher


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53 Responses to ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ director: Why the web-shooters are back

  1. DCA says:

    What was wrong with the other Spiderman movies?
    Spiderman 2 is right up there with The Dark Knight as one of the best superhero movies ever made.

  2. Sporteric11 says:

    I was looking to Spiderman 4 with Ethan Embrey as Electro and John Malkovick as the Vulture. I didn't think it needed a reboot… the cast was excellent as is with MaGuire as Spiderman.

  3. jess says:

    aside from the fact that the original spiderman movies are just fine, it's simply far too soon to be remaking it.

  4. joup says:

    can i have my money back?

  5. Unless this leads to the end of a Brand New Day, I'm not interested. As a long time Marvel collector; until that BS is done with, make mine Jonah Hex… lose man boobs huh?

  6. Mike says:

    It's too soon for another Spider-Man movie franchise. Marvel has a huge stable of characters to choose from so this rendition smacks of a money grab before the public gets tired of super-hero movies and, ironically, this is the sort of nonsense that will make the public sick of super hero movies.

  7. John MIchael says:

    Ok —- I predict this "Reboot" to be a multi million dollar FLOP!—-

  8. Selena says:

    Jeez guys, give the movie its time have it's day in the spot light. They brought the web shooters in, which I think is great! I hated how the "Originals" took them out. If you don't give the movie its deserving chance to breathe, of course it will die. Wait 'til next July to bash the crap out of it, at least watch it first.

  9. Cory says:

    Organic web shooters make sense as a power gained from being bitten by a radioactive spider. It's like being bitten by a radioactive cobra and getting everything BUT venom as a power.

  10. Tony says:

    Organic web shooters make sense as a power gained from being bitten by a radioactive spider.-replica Piaget Emperador

  11. Spidey Fan says:

    As much as I'm curious about how this movie will turn out, I am going to wait until it's on video simply to make a point to the studios. It's too soon for a reboot, and the other Spidey films were good- the francise isn't dead!

  12. nevergo4less says:

    As a Spidey comic reader, I hated Maguire and the previous 3 movies. Nothing make sense. Gwen was supposed to be Peter's first love.. web don't just shoot out from your skin.. of all the places in the world, the alien syndrome (venom's custome), it landed on spiderman.. Sandman killed Spidey's uncle?? W…T…F….!!! Toby Maguire was a horrible choice for spiderman! I don't usually like remakes but if it's going back to the original story..somethings that although, science fiction, makes some sense.. I'd go for it. This new kid is perfect for playing young spidey.. the comeback of web-shooting device.. and Gwen as the first gf.. I like!!!

  13. Scott Adolph says:

    From the trailer I'm really looking forward to the movie. It looks amazing. Darker and grittier like the dark night. The characters look more developed in this one. I liked Maguire but this was the third one was just whatever for me.I actually didn't even watch it through I got so board with it.

  14. angel says:

    The problem with the web shooters is that if someone could invent a device which launches hundreds of 50 foot strands of fiber from a little pressurized canister (that are strong enough to support over 200 pounds and can stick to anything), then why didn't he do it before becoming Spidey and make millions of dollars on the patent rights!…And if he can make such a thing, then he can make a bunch of ingenious gadgets that would garner all kinds of rewards.

  15. angel says:

    Also, running out of web fluid at the most inopportune times seems to be a tired plot device. I hope we won't see this sort of thing in the movie. Because why wouldn't he just add an audible alarm to the cannister letting him know when the thing was almost empty…

  16. Eric says:

    The webbing is Huge for Spiderman. He had to make special batches for different villains. That should have been in the originals. I liked the 1st 2 Spiderman films but Topher Grace as Eddie Brock? Come on. Brock was a huge body builder. And don't get me started with "New Goblin". That should have been the Hobgoblin. Plus symbiote on Parker was supposed to really make him mean and instead they made it funny. After the last movie they really needed something better. Maybe not a reboot, but something.

  17. peter parker says:

    dude im peter spiderman you know never mind

  18. James says:

    @ Angel… first off to answer your statement on how is it he can create the shooter to be like real webs and all… and not create other things… he can if he really wanted too being a science wiz and all, but thats not the whole point to having his web shooter… and another thing he was able to know how to create the web shooters not only cause of him being a scientist but cause being bit by the spider gave him the knowledge of how the webbing is and how it is he is suppose to create it… if you follow the comics it even explains that in it.

  19. James says:

    @ Angel… Also if you think about it… every hero needs a weakness or else if you give them so much an advantage then it wouldn't be an interesting story so in all reality it actually makes things more excitting to see how it all in folds if he doesn't have enough web fluids on him… come on would it be interesting at all if Super Man didn't have criptanite to infact him at all!?… No… he would be to impossible to stop.

  20. loganblue says:

    Web Shooters. Thank you for bringing them back! Garfield seems to have a great grasp on the Spider Man character too, humor and all. Can't wait.

  21. Krissty says:

    I'm okay with the artificial self-made web-shooters,

    as long as in the future we ahve soemthing got look forward to, where eventually Peter's powers mutuate further / or he further unlocks the inner spider, and he discovers his own organic web-shooters! pow!

  22. Osiris Martinez says:

    This movie is gonna suck! A new spiderman, really, keep it normal okay! The webshooters is the worst idea anyon e could possibly come up with! The original 3 movies were amazing a reboot right now would be the worst idea movie makers could have! Oh and spiderman did have a weakness his emotions!

  23. Spider-Fan says:

    Yeah… According to the storybooks and novelizations of "Amazing Spider-Man" the movie, Peter Parker doesn't invent the web fluid in this film— He FINDS it at OsCorp.

    FINDS it.

    That right there just ruined the whole thing for me. Pete's a genius. He INVENTED the web fluid formula. He didn't just stumble on it like a goon.

    I really wish Sony would sell the film rights to Spider-Man back to Marvel Studios, where he belongs. Sony just keeps screwing him up.

  24. Upset Spidey fan says:

    Seriously I am not watching this at all I am a huge fan of the old spiderman movies and was looking forward to spiderman 4 with Tobey as spiderman. I had tears in my eyes when I saw this. It's bullcrap!!!!!!!

  25. Javier says:

    Stupid fanboys, it was an EPIC movie. FAR superior to the “original” (its not even original in SO many ways) the amazing spiderman IS the ORIGINAL spiderman you fools

  26. chelly says:

    no is not the amazing spider man sucked ass what would happen is his web shooters ran out of web huh explain that sherlock he'll be in big trouble ill bet you there will be no more amazing spiderman movies cause tobey will always be spiderman

  27. zxcv says:

    In the history of time has a movie ever been good when it comes to theaters one week after the game is released?

  28. Guestly says:

    Actually the comic book explanation by Stan Lee, the original writer of Spidey was as follows: Peter was already one of those brainy genius kids to begin with. He was in accelerated classes and already learning at the college level while in High School. After being bitten and gaining his powers, he also gained an "Innate" knowledge of how spiders create their web. As such, he combined his new knowledge with his previous interest in science and polymers and came up with an intuitive formula which he put to work. Hence, the reason he did not create said web-shooters before becoming the hero we know and love.

  29. Steven says:

    It was the greatest movie ever! C'mon that was pretty awesome,even the web shooters

  30. Uzair Ahmad says:

    spider man web shoter is real or not fromc computer

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