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David Fincher describes his opening sequence for Spider-Man

Dec. 19, 2011by: Niki Stephens

Before Marc Webb was hired as helmer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, David Fincher was a possibility for the job.

Fincher is an amazing director with a great style that is all his. Throughout the years he has taken on some of my favorite films and even turned a movie about Facebook into something rather enjoyable. I would have more than welcomed Fincher to the Spidey universe.

The job did in fact go to Webb, but Fincher has decided to share what his opening for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN would have been like. Cue the Trent Reznor score.

Here are his thoughts:

"My impression what Spider-Man could be is very different from what Sam [Raimi] did or what Sam wanted to do. I think the reason he directed that movie was because he wanted to do the Marvel comic superhero. I was never interested in the genesis story. I couldn't get past a guy getting bit by a red and blue spider. It was just a problem… It was not something that I felt I could do straight-faced. I wanted to start with Gwen Stacy and the Green Goblin, and I wanted to kill Gwen Stacy."

"The title sequence of the movie that I was going to do was going to be a ten minute — basically a music video, an opera, which was going to be the one shot that took you through the entire Peter Parker [backstory]. Bit by a radio active spider, the death of Uncle Ben, the loss of Mary Jane, and [then the movie] was going to begin with Peter meeting Gwen Stacy. It was a very different thing, it wasn't the teenager story. It was much more of the guy who's settled into being a freak."

Extra Tidbit: If you could do your own Spidey film, what would you want to cover?
Source: io9

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4:57AM on 12/21/2011
I'm glad they past on him, I'm not really a fan of the "vision". Then again I'm not happy about the reboot all together. There are thousands of Marvel Characters and I would have love to seen a new movie like Gambit, Silver Surfer, Thanos; man, I could have even gone for an aquaman movie before another spiderman flick.
I'm glad they past on him, I'm not really a fan of the "vision". Then again I'm not happy about the reboot all together. There are thousands of Marvel Characters and I would have love to seen a new movie like Gambit, Silver Surfer, Thanos; man, I could have even gone for an aquaman movie before another spiderman flick.
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10:28PM on 12/20/2011
I'm a huge Fincher fan but isn't him discussing what he would have done with Spiderman kind of disrespecting the current film?
I'm a huge Fincher fan but isn't him discussing what he would have done with Spiderman kind of disrespecting the current film?
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3:25PM on 12/20/2011
Fincher is one of my favorites. Has been for as long as I can remember. While Spiderman seems appealing and it could be very cool to see what he could do with a trilogy. I like things the way they are.
Fincher is one of my favorites. Has been for as long as I can remember. While Spiderman seems appealing and it could be very cool to see what he could do with a trilogy. I like things the way they are.
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2:58PM on 12/20/2011
While I'm not endorsing a reboot, but if there ends up being one for "The Crow," Fincher would be the man for the job.
While I'm not endorsing a reboot, but if there ends up being one for "The Crow," Fincher would be the man for the job.
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1:25PM on 12/20/2011

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Reading Fincher's opening idea was better than Spider Man 3 and cements the fact that I don't want to see Amazing SM because it is another origin story. Fuck Spiderman, I want a Blue Beetle movie! Schmoes Unite!
Reading Fincher's opening idea was better than Spider Man 3 and cements the fact that I don't want to see Amazing SM because it is another origin story. Fuck Spiderman, I want a Blue Beetle movie! Schmoes Unite!
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2:33PM on 12/20/2011
that's not funny
that's not funny
12:18PM on 12/20/2011

Extra Tidbit

New trilogy beginning with Venom re-told properly, 2nd movie Lizard, 3rd movie taking place roughly a decade after first Venom (out of prison) and Carnage.
New trilogy beginning with Venom re-told properly, 2nd movie Lizard, 3rd movie taking place roughly a decade after first Venom (out of prison) and Carnage.
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3:00PM on 12/20/2011
Venom is, and always will be a B-list character. It's as campy as the Vulture.
Venom is, and always will be a B-list character. It's as campy as the Vulture.
8:44PM on 12/20/2011
disagree man. and LOL at calling a spiderman villain "campy" as a means of distinguishing between interesting and retarded. Save a few, ALL spidey rogues are extremely campy... its part of their charm
disagree man. and LOL at calling a spiderman villain "campy" as a means of distinguishing between interesting and retarded. Save a few, ALL spidey rogues are extremely campy... its part of their charm
12:12PM on 12/20/2011

What would have been ideal..

well we have an origin story executed reasonably well (which Raimi did), so this would have been MUCH better than another origin story from Webb.

I honestly would rather watch Fincher skip to the good parts than another reboot. I think it worked pretty well for Leterrier's Hulk.
well we have an origin story executed reasonably well (which Raimi did), so this would have been MUCH better than another origin story from Webb.

I honestly would rather watch Fincher skip to the good parts than another reboot. I think it worked pretty well for Leterrier's Hulk.
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12:12PM on 12/20/2011
David Fincher should direct an Aquaman movie.

That is all.
David Fincher should direct an Aquaman movie.

That is all.
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10:57AM on 12/20/2011
This would have the ideal movie for me with Spiderman. Killing off Mary Jane like that and what not. this would have been cool.
This would have the ideal movie for me with Spiderman. Killing off Mary Jane like that and what not. this would have been cool.
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10:11AM on 12/20/2011
Actually, this is not the first time Fincher's name has been involved with Spider-Man, I remember his name being in the final short list for the 1st movie, along with Raimi, Chris Columbus (bleh) and a few others I can't recall.
Actually, this is not the first time Fincher's name has been involved with Spider-Man, I remember his name being in the final short list for the 1st movie, along with Raimi, Chris Columbus (bleh) and a few others I can't recall.
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10:06AM on 12/20/2011
I like the boldness of Fincher, he doesn't want to just re-tell the story Stan Lee wrote in the 1960s, he wants to take the characters into a new story. This is admirable. People are tired of the same story, everybody knows Peter Parker gets bit by a radioactive spider and becomes Spider-man.
I like the boldness of Fincher, he doesn't want to just re-tell the story Stan Lee wrote in the 1960s, he wants to take the characters into a new story. This is admirable. People are tired of the same story, everybody knows Peter Parker gets bit by a radioactive spider and becomes Spider-man.
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9:41AM on 12/20/2011
If I was making a spidey file I would should about 120 minutes of when Mary Jane met Gwen Stacy and they shared that shower and sauna together.
If I was making a spidey file I would should about 120 minutes of when Mary Jane met Gwen Stacy and they shared that shower and sauna together.
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9:00AM on 12/20/2011

Oh Hell Naw!

I guess I'm the only one that thinks this is a horrible ass idea. I don't want to see some dark spider man movie where Gwen dies, just for the sake of being edgy and different. The only time I'll accept a spider man movie that's dark, is the day he's in a movie with carnage.
I guess I'm the only one that thinks this is a horrible ass idea. I don't want to see some dark spider man movie where Gwen dies, just for the sake of being edgy and different. The only time I'll accept a spider man movie that's dark, is the day he's in a movie with carnage.
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10:26AM on 12/20/2011
It's not like Fincher made that story up. It is an actual story line from the comic where Goblin kills Stacy.
It's not like Fincher made that story up. It is an actual story line from the comic where Goblin kills Stacy.
10:29AM on 12/20/2011
(I don't want to live on this planet anymore...)
(I don't want to live on this planet anymore...)
2:40PM on 12/20/2011
@Nippoint ..I don't read comics, but that's exactly why some don't translate well to the big screen. Do you honestly believe, people will enjoy a spider man movie where spidey's love interest dies?
@Nippoint ..I don't read comics, but that's exactly why some don't translate well to the big screen. Do you honestly believe, people will enjoy a spider man movie where spidey's love interest dies?
3:46PM on 12/20/2011
To put it in your language: "Oh hell yaw!"

Drama isn't about everything being wonderful and perfect all wrapped up in a sugar-candy bow. Spider-Man - the whole essence of the STORY - is how super powers do not make life better but COMPLICATE IT.
To put it in your language: "Oh hell yaw!"

Drama isn't about everything being wonderful and perfect all wrapped up in a sugar-candy bow. Spider-Man - the whole essence of the STORY - is how super powers do not make life better but COMPLICATE IT.
9:32AM on 12/21/2011
Yeah, that's very true for dramas and even for a lot of comic books, but not so much for a big budget spider man movie.

A lot of people have come to expect a certain amount of amusement when going to see a spider man film. That's why so many people bring their family's to these films. However, at the same time, you need some kind of balance and like you said, everything can't be wonderful. But the killing of MJ (and Gwen.. which I hope is a typo) is extreme and tips the balance. For
Yeah, that's very true for dramas and even for a lot of comic books, but not so much for a big budget spider man movie.

A lot of people have come to expect a certain amount of amusement when going to see a spider man film. That's why so many people bring their family's to these films. However, at the same time, you need some kind of balance and like you said, everything can't be wonderful. But the killing of MJ (and Gwen.. which I hope is a typo) is extreme and tips the balance. For example, Harry Potter is a much darker film, but it had to take for Stephen King to get involve to stop Rowling from killing off Potter. Stuff like this might work in comics and such, but not for a spidey movie.
5:20AM on 12/20/2011

Caption for the pic in the article

"And THIS is how he would shoot them webs!" *PSSSHHH* *PSSSHHH*
"And THIS is how he would shoot them webs!" *PSSSHHH* *PSSSHHH*
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6:30AM on 12/20/2011
Actually it's: *THWIPP**THWIPP* lol
Actually it's: *THWIPP**THWIPP* lol
8:32AM on 12/20/2011
Hahaha. Nice.
Hahaha. Nice.
2:49AM on 12/20/2011
I'm pretty sure Fincher's opening would be totally cool. Extra tidbit: I'd do a Sinister Six story - let Spider-Man versus all his super villains in 120 minutes movie.
I'm pretty sure Fincher's opening would be totally cool. Extra tidbit: I'd do a Sinister Six story - let Spider-Man versus all his super villains in 120 minutes movie.
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1:28AM on 12/20/2011

Not bad...

...sounds like he watched the opening credit sequence in Leterrier's Incredible Hulk.
...sounds like he watched the opening credit sequence in Leterrier's Incredible Hulk.
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1:16AM on 12/20/2011
...which is why Fincher is an awesome filmmaker, his thought process on storytelling is so refreshing these days. I'd be there midnight showing to see his version, not because I'm "all over Fincher's nutsack" but because his storytelling is captivating and fresh. Too bad they always go the origin story, the back to square one way. These are getting old already.
...which is why Fincher is an awesome filmmaker, his thought process on storytelling is so refreshing these days. I'd be there midnight showing to see his version, not because I'm "all over Fincher's nutsack" but because his storytelling is captivating and fresh. Too bad they always go the origin story, the back to square one way. These are getting old already.
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12:46AM on 12/20/2011
If anything The Incredible Hulk had the best opening sequence in reminding the audience members who are unfamiliar with Bruce Banner/Hulk's origins in about 2 to 3 minutes. This new Spidey reboot could have easily done the same thing.

Having Fincher helm a Spider Man movie would definitely be something to see. I would like to see him direct a Bond movie.
If anything The Incredible Hulk had the best opening sequence in reminding the audience members who are unfamiliar with Bruce Banner/Hulk's origins in about 2 to 3 minutes. This new Spidey reboot could have easily done the same thing.

Having Fincher helm a Spider Man movie would definitely be something to see. I would like to see him direct a Bond movie.
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3:29AM on 12/20/2011
He already turned down Bond & it may have been as a joke but he claims its beneath him.
He already turned down Bond & it may have been as a joke but he claims its beneath him.
11:41PM on 12/19/2011
I'd forgo the origin at the start, get into the action, then about two thirds of the way into the film, Spidy would explain his origin to a little girl with terminal cancer.

First movie, Gwen Stacy and Mysterio. Second movie, Green Goblin, and Gwen Stacy dies. Third movie, Venom done right.
I'd forgo the origin at the start, get into the action, then about two thirds of the way into the film, Spidy would explain his origin to a little girl with terminal cancer.

First movie, Gwen Stacy and Mysterio. Second movie, Green Goblin, and Gwen Stacy dies. Third movie, Venom done right.
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7:12AM on 12/20/2011
"Sucks you have cancer, when I got exposed to radiation all I got was all these awesome powers"
"Sucks you have cancer, when I got exposed to radiation all I got was all these awesome powers"
11:20PM on 12/19/2011

Easy ...

I'd fix the abomination that Raimi made of Venom. This is no surprise I guess if you just look at my avatar.

I'd say Carnage as well but there is no way to do all of that in one film. The whole Venom/Carnage/Spidey saga could probably be its own trilogy.

Black suit Spider in film one ended with the suit moving to Brock.

Spidey vs. Venom in film 2 with Venom being captured and a piece of the symbiote escaping him in prison and finding our psychopathic murderer, forming Carnage.
I'd fix the abomination that Raimi made of Venom. This is no surprise I guess if you just look at my avatar.

I'd say Carnage as well but there is no way to do all of that in one film. The whole Venom/Carnage/Spidey saga could probably be its own trilogy.

Black suit Spider in film one ended with the suit moving to Brock.

Spidey vs. Venom in film 2 with Venom being captured and a piece of the symbiote escaping him in prison and finding our psychopathic murderer, forming Carnage.

And third film ... all kinds of symbiote induced war.
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10:33AM on 12/20/2011
What pisses me off about the film is the whole 'I have a Black suit and now I'm more powerful!' storyline. The alien suit had it's unique abilities but never made Peter more powerful...
What pisses me off about the film is the whole 'I have a Black suit and now I'm more powerful!' storyline. The alien suit had it's unique abilities but never made Peter more powerful...
10:16PM on 12/19/2011
In my Spider-Man movie, the opening scene shows Peter Parker as a high school student in a science lab getting bitten by a radioactive spider. When the radioactive spider venom enters his bloodstream, he dies. The End.
In my Spider-Man movie, the opening scene shows Peter Parker as a high school student in a science lab getting bitten by a radioactive spider. When the radioactive spider venom enters his bloodstream, he dies. The End.
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5:22AM on 12/20/2011
Sounds like a winner
Sounds like a winner
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10:13PM on 12/19/2011
Interesting ideas, but the loss of Mary Jane?
Interesting ideas, but the loss of Mary Jane?
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9:30PM on 12/19/2011
I would love to see Fincher tackle a comic book movie, not many directors today have his vision for filmaking, also would have loved to see what his version of Mission:Impossible.
I would love to see Fincher tackle a comic book movie, not many directors today have his vision for filmaking, also would have loved to see what his version of Mission:Impossible.
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9:27PM on 12/19/2011
Would have LOVED to see that one happen, seeing as how just about everybody knows the origin story or could quickly ask the guy next to them.

If I did my own, I would want to do Doctor Octopus, but have him know Peter is Spider-Man through some means. In the Ultimate Spider-Man universe, I found Doc Ock to be much more menacing having that knowledge which gave him so much power. Even more menacing when he chose not to use it right away, but keep it up his sleeve.
Would have LOVED to see that one happen, seeing as how just about everybody knows the origin story or could quickly ask the guy next to them.

If I did my own, I would want to do Doctor Octopus, but have him know Peter is Spider-Man through some means. In the Ultimate Spider-Man universe, I found Doc Ock to be much more menacing having that knowledge which gave him so much power. Even more menacing when he chose not to use it right away, but keep it up his sleeve.
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9:27PM on 12/19/2011
If I were making the new Spider-Man movie, I would spend about an hour and a half showing Peter Parker making his spider suit out of rubber and other materials.
If I were making the new Spider-Man movie, I would spend about an hour and a half showing Peter Parker making his spider suit out of rubber and other materials.
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9:21PM on 12/19/2011
What shouldve been and shall never be...sigh
What shouldve been and shall never be...sigh
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9:13PM on 12/19/2011
If I were doing a Spider-Man movie, the origin would be mere exposition reduced to a couple of lines or a scene and would focus on Peter's relationship with the two women in his life Aunt May and Gwen Stacy while battling the Lizard and only the Lizard. It would be a battle against one of his few male role models. It would be the best movie in the existence of mankind and beyond.
If I were doing a Spider-Man movie, the origin would be mere exposition reduced to a couple of lines or a scene and would focus on Peter's relationship with the two women in his life Aunt May and Gwen Stacy while battling the Lizard and only the Lizard. It would be a battle against one of his few male role models. It would be the best movie in the existence of mankind and beyond.
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9:50PM on 12/19/2011
Dude, people are dicks... that last line was funny as f*ck.
Dude, people are dicks... that last line was funny as f*ck.