No matter how you feel about the Spider-Man franchise getting a reboot, it's difficult not to love the homage paid to the webslinger's comic-book roots in The Amazing Spider-Man. From creator cameos to memorable scenes from the comics recreated on the screen, Marc Webb's vision for the famous wall-crawler is packed with nods to the character's formative years.
And while you'll certainly pick up on some of these call-outs to Spidey's origin, there's a good chance you might miss a few once the action picks up. With that in mind, we've put together a list of five of our favorite comics-friendly moments in The Amazing Spider-Man that you should keep an eye out for during the film.
It's sort of like your very own Spider Sense, without the need for a bite.
First Love All Over Again
Longtime fans of Spider-Man's comic-book adventures know that Mary Jane Watson wasn't the first girl to win the heart of Peter Parker, and that Gwen Stacy holds that honor. From the very first moment Emma Stone appears on screen as Gwen, it's clear that she's been doing her homework, too – as she manages to pull off a near panel-perfect recreation of Peter's first love, who debuted in a 1965 issue of The Amazing Spider-Man comic.
Compare some of the early scenes of Stone as Gwen with the character's early appearances in print, and it's hard to miss the similarities. From her black headband and blonde hair right down to her knee socks, Stone and Webb have made the film's leading lady a walking, talking call-out to the comics.
Striking a Pose
Marc Webb has mentioned on several occasions that certain iconic images from Spider-Man comics were used as inspiration for scenes in The Amazing Spider-Man, and anyone who knows the webslinger well should notice more than a few moments that seem to be lifted straight from the page (or cover). Among them is the classic shot of Spider-Man in mid-leap, with hand outstretched in front of him and his legs and back flexed into a crouch that would make a contortionist wince. There are also a few scenes during Spidey's battle with The Lizard that are pulled from some modern and early tussles between the webslinger and Curt Connors' reptilian alter ego.
Crusher Was Here
At one point in the film, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) falls through the floor into an abandoned warehouse that was once used for wrestling matches. A massive banner in the background advertises one of the wrestling ring's former stars, “Crusher.” This should ring a bell for anyone familiar with Spider-Man's comic-book origin, as it featured a brawl between a masked Peter Parker (he hadn't created his costume yet) and a massive wrestler named Crusher Hogan.
While this scene isn't recreated in The Amazing Spider-Man (though it made the cut in 2002's Spider-Man with a wrestler named Bonesaw McGraw), this scene is a nice, blink-and-you-miss-it nod to a memorable part of Spider-Man's earliest adventure.
Stan “The Man” Lee
It's gotten to the point where we can expect a cameo from Spider-Man's co-creator in every movie based on one of the many characters he helped bring to life on the page, and The Amazing Spider-Man is no exception. This time around, though, Lee gets a nice, meaty cameo that gives him lots of screen time (but no lines). It's a great scene that manages to be one of the most memorable of the former Marvel head honcho's cameos so far.
Much like the poses echoed on the screen in The Amazing Spider-Man, there's also a particular scene in the film that brings a sequence of panels from Spidey's very first appearance to life. When Peter Parker is testing out the webbing mixture on a workbench, it's hard to miss the similarities between that scene and a set of panels from Amazing Fantasy #15 – the comic that first introduced Spider-Man to the world. In the sequence from the comic, we see Peter Parker testing out his homemade webbing and web-shooters on his family's workbench, exclaiming “Crackers and Milk!” when all goes as planned. (We're actually okay with that line not making it into the film.)
Bonus: Norman Osborn, I Presume?
Make sure to stay after the credits for an extra scene that just might feature (because even we're not 100% sure) the man who will become one of Spider-Man's greatest enemies: Norman Osborn. You'll understand why we're so uncertain about the scene when you see it for yourself, so if you have another idea about who's speaking form the shadows, by all means let us know.