Were Major Scenes Cut From 'The Amazing Spider-Man' to Make a Trilogy Easier?

Were Major Scenes Cut From 'The Amazing Spider-Man' to Make a Trilogy Easier?

Jul 05, 2012

Did you think we were going to just stop talking about The Amazing Spider-Man now that it's in theaters? Of course not. There's plenty about the franchise-reboot to still pick apart, and today's Spidey roundup focuses on a few things we didn't actually see in the film that opened two days ago, and why they might have been cut out. 

First up, a piece called Seven Secrets of the Amazing Spider-Man over at Time Magazine reveals what Stan Lee's cameo - one of the best in the entire Marvel films library - would have been like had the comic icon gotten his way. According to the film's director:

“The first thing when we sat down, he was like, ‘so let’s talk about my cameo,’” Webb said. “He kept trying to add lines.”

And what was the line he wanted to say? “Oh, Dostoevsky. He’s like the Russian Stan Lee.”

That's an appropriately smug line, so we can see why Lee would have loved to say it, but we're glad Webb stood his ground and kept it silent. It just wouldn't have gotten the same laughs otherwise.

From Lee's failed line coup, we go to both Vulture and Badass Digest for detailed breakdowns of scenes that weren't in the movie that we know existed. How do we know? Sony showed them to us in the marketing materials, of course. While how the scenes would have played out is a bit of fan conjecture, there's no doubting that at some point they made it far enough into a cut of the movie that Sony's advertising team was using them in trailers and official still releases. 

Both Vulture and BAD point out pretty much the same absences from the final film, but the latter does a great job of trying to understand why these scenes were cut. Whether you loved the movie or not, you should give that analysis a read for some interesting, even if hypothetical, insight as to why the film has some of the narrative problems it does:

"The first major hint is still in the movie. Curt Connors is talking about how every other subject upon whom cross-species DNA merging was attempted died. He does not know that he is speaking to the one success story. But how did Peter survive? The movie leaves this sort of dangling there, but the clues are in front of your face. Peter was bitten by a spider... a spider that Peter’s father bred. A spider like the one under glass in the film’s prologue. A spider like the one on the chalk board in his father’s office."

And from speculation we go to something slightly more concrete. The official ASM Facebook page, which has been updated with this line:

"It's finally here! The Amazing Spider-Man is the first installment in a movie trilogy that will explore how our fave hero's journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents."

Of course, that's not entirely a shocker. We already knew a second Amazing Spider-Man had been slated for a May 2, 2014 release, but this is the first time anything officially tied to the movie has referred to a third movie as a sure thing. Also worth noting is the franchise's focus on Peter Parker's parents and the currently unseen hand they had in turning him into Spider-Man. Conveniently enough, this overall arc of the trilogy would play into some of the above theories as to why certain sequences were cut from the film, making some of that theorizing all the more credible.

And finally, a lot has been debated about who is in Dr. Connor's cell at the end of the film, and while many assumed it was Norman Osborne (AKA the Green Goblin), AICN's Capone asked actor Rhys Ifans about it, and he flat out said it wasn't:

Capone: We were debating whether it was a prison or a mental institute.

RI: It's not a zoo. [laughs] I kept seeing it as maybe a mixture of both. Then a representative from OsCorp appears miraculously in the room. How he gets in there and how he leaves, we don’t know. Maybe we will find out. But it’s not Norman Osborn.

Capone: It’s not? You can say that?

RI: Yeah. But it is someone who is in the employ of Norman Osborn without question.

Ifans goes on to hint that whoever this employee of OsCorp is, maybe he'll be the next bad guy. And since OsCorp has plenty of employees who are villain fuel - Dr. Otto Octavius being just one - it seems like Sony certainly kept things vague so they can bide their time while figuring out the ultimate arc of the trilogy.

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