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Early Amazing Spider-Man 2 script featured character arcs that made sense

Jul. 15, 2014by:

Writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are widely known for setting up plot points that leave a lot of people scratching their heads (STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN) and I wish I could say that THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 was any different, but alas, it came and went delivering a solid 20 minutes of relationship woes between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy along with 2 hours of messy character arcs and set ups for Spidey-verse flicks that we've heard nothing from since. Given that this was the lowest-grossing Spider-Man flick to grace us, I'm sure that's playing a BIG factor. While there were plenty of issues, even in the earliest drafts, perhaps the blame doesn't completely lie on Kurtzman and Orci afterall.

Everyone and their Aunt May knows about the Mary Jane scene that was cut, and I doubt anyone is missing that. However, one of the biggest character motivations made a little more sense in the original script. Electro, in the final film, hungers for attention and Spider-Man turns from best friend to foe simply because . . . Electro is not on camera? Does that make sense to anyone else? Apparently in the original script, he had a wheelchair-bound mother who didn't take too kindly to him. Once he "dies" and comes back with his newly formed powers, he goes home to discover his mother receiving a huge Oscorp payout, and standing. There's something very simple about that aspect that actually works. Is it perfect? No, but given the outcast he was, I'm sure that seeing the person that brought you into this world happier that you're now that you're gone would spark some deep-seeded psychological problems into rage, especially for the corporation who made that happen. This actually leads Electro to attempt to assassinate Harry Osborn, but when he sees that Osborn has been turned into the Goblin/also betrayed by Oscorp, the two decide to team up.

Changes like that aren't rocket science but they make sense. Badass Digest list some other changes that you can check out here, like introducing J. Jonah Jameson's character, and Peter Parker's dad showing up at the end. While THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN had it's problems, I feel it completely nailed the relationship between Parker and Stacey. The potential was there for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, but sadly the ball was dropped in a big, bad way. It's been detailed what can happen when you try to set up franchises before focusing on the story at hand, but I hope they rethink their strategy when it comes to the next Spider-Man flick.

Perhaps it's time to bring in Italian Spider-Man?

Source: Badass Digest

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9:27PM on 07/16/2014

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Honestly, they have all the money in the world so they should just say Fuck You to Sony and Fox and buy back the rights. They would make it back in merch alone. Then we can just blame one studio if they fuck up.
Honestly, they have all the money in the world so they should just say Fuck You to Sony and Fox and buy back the rights. They would make it back in merch alone. Then we can just blame one studio if they fuck up.
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5:33AM on 07/16/2014
"...and Peter Parker's dad showing up at the end."

Oh, good grief! Were they planning on bringing back Uncle Ben in ASM3 as one of the Sinister Six, too? Maybe he could be the Shocker, because his resurrection would be such a shock?
"...and Peter Parker's dad showing up at the end."

Oh, good grief! Were they planning on bringing back Uncle Ben in ASM3 as one of the Sinister Six, too? Maybe he could be the Shocker, because his resurrection would be such a shock?
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1:58AM on 07/16/2014
I just dislike the fact that they rushed the film and put in, what felt like two films in one. Should of just had Electro be the main villain in this and have Harry transform towards the end of the film and have the whole ordeal of Gwen Stacy conclusion saved for the third film.

What pissed me off the most was how this film ruined Peter and Harry's friendship. There was absolutely no build up between the two and it felt way too quick with the events that came after. I mean, Raimi's trilogy
I just dislike the fact that they rushed the film and put in, what felt like two films in one. Should of just had Electro be the main villain in this and have Harry transform towards the end of the film and have the whole ordeal of Gwen Stacy conclusion saved for the third film.

What pissed me off the most was how this film ruined Peter and Harry's friendship. There was absolutely no build up between the two and it felt way too quick with the events that came after. I mean, Raimi's trilogy did a wonderful and excellent job of expanding the storylines throughout each film and making you actually care about Peter and Harry's friendship throughout all three films.
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11:49PM on 07/15/2014
This is why we shouldn't be so quick to blame Orci and Kurtzman. Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just felt like such a rushed job, hurriedly laying the groundwork for a flimsy Spider-Man film "universe" and being way too cheesy for its own good.
This is why we shouldn't be so quick to blame Orci and Kurtzman. Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just felt like such a rushed job, hurriedly laying the groundwork for a flimsy Spider-Man film "universe" and being way too cheesy for its own good.
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7:59PM on 07/15/2014

Huh?

You're suspicious because you haven't heard anything from the movies ASM2 set up to be made. This movie came out 2 months ago. Did you expect the rest of the movies to have been rushed, finished and released by now? Did you think they would start advertising these movies years before they were going to be released... In the middle of the summer when everyone's attention is distracted by THIS summer's movies? I don't disagree they need to rethink their strategy for these movies since there just
You're suspicious because you haven't heard anything from the movies ASM2 set up to be made. This movie came out 2 months ago. Did you expect the rest of the movies to have been rushed, finished and released by now? Did you think they would start advertising these movies years before they were going to be released... In the middle of the summer when everyone's attention is distracted by THIS summer's movies? I don't disagree they need to rethink their strategy for these movies since there just doesn't seem to be a calling for them. But judging these forthcoming movies based on not hearing anything about them while ASM2 is still in theaters is crazy.
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7:51PM on 07/15/2014

Total Piece o' Shitake

The first TASM was a bad film with horrible character development. It's one saving grace was the relationship between Gwen and Peter that felt real enough. TASM2 even blew that. This film was the worst thing I have seen since After Earth. And there will be a TASM3. Could be the worst film ever.
The first TASM was a bad film with horrible character development. It's one saving grace was the relationship between Gwen and Peter that felt real enough. TASM2 even blew that. This film was the worst thing I have seen since After Earth. And there will be a TASM3. Could be the worst film ever.
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6:30PM on 07/15/2014

Forget Italian Spider-Man , bring on the Dominican Spider-Man

[link] and then see pt.2
[link] and then see pt.2
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4:49PM on 07/15/2014
I'm not recommending it and don't shoot me, but I just thought it was a dumb, fun movie. Sure, none of made sense but I somehow enjoyed it. Regardless, too many of these movies are locking the release dates whether or not the actual script is ready and not the other way around. Hopefully, because of the lack of revenue (or not reaching the numbers they wanted to), someone will have enough intelligence to put the script first and not the release date....doubtful though....
I'm not recommending it and don't shoot me, but I just thought it was a dumb, fun movie. Sure, none of made sense but I somehow enjoyed it. Regardless, too many of these movies are locking the release dates whether or not the actual script is ready and not the other way around. Hopefully, because of the lack of revenue (or not reaching the numbers they wanted to), someone will have enough intelligence to put the script first and not the release date....doubtful though....
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3:57PM on 07/15/2014

The movie sucked and nothing could have saved it.

This was easily the worst superhero movie to come out in a long time. The villains were tacky, the acting was bad, the setting was atrocious (it was a romcom with super powers...) and the whole thing was just lazy.
This was easily the worst superhero movie to come out in a long time. The villains were tacky, the acting was bad, the setting was atrocious (it was a romcom with super powers...) and the whole thing was just lazy.
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2:52PM on 07/15/2014
I still have not seen the second film, let alone the first, but i had a feeling this one wasn't going to be good. Rhino as a robot looks horrible. I would pay money to see Paul Giamatti in the rubber rhino suit. Can you imagine the performance he would've gave in that?
As for the script, yeah, i can't comment on that. you get what you get with the transformers 2 scribe
I still have not seen the second film, let alone the first, but i had a feeling this one wasn't going to be good. Rhino as a robot looks horrible. I would pay money to see Paul Giamatti in the rubber rhino suit. Can you imagine the performance he would've gave in that?
As for the script, yeah, i can't comment on that. you get what you get with the transformers 2 scribe
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1:09PM on 07/15/2014
Actually, I'm pretty sure the BadassDigest article said PETER'S dad would somehow show up at the end (not Gwen Stacy's), and deliver the famous "Great power comes with great responsibility" line. Which just goes to show how bad this movie would've been, either way.
Actually, I'm pretty sure the BadassDigest article said PETER'S dad would somehow show up at the end (not Gwen Stacy's), and deliver the famous "Great power comes with great responsibility" line. Which just goes to show how bad this movie would've been, either way.
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2:23PM on 07/15/2014
Fixed! ;)
Fixed! ;)
4:06PM on 07/15/2014
I hold you to higher standards than that, Shameless Sean =P
I hold you to higher standards than that, Shameless Sean =P
1:05PM on 07/15/2014
Glad to hear it's the lowest grossing entry. It relieves me that at least some people came to their senses before paying out.
Glad to hear it's the lowest grossing entry. It relieves me that at least some people came to their senses before paying out.
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12:26PM on 07/15/2014

On an unrelated side note...

When are these Strikebacks gonna be fixed??
When are these Strikebacks gonna be fixed??
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12:53PM on 07/15/2014
They seem to be fixed now.
They seem to be fixed now.
1:31PM on 07/15/2014
Lol, that they are. Sweet. :-)
Lol, that they are. Sweet. :-)
12:15PM on 07/15/2014
TASM2 was trying to make a sequel before making a sequel to ASM, which is why it was a bad movie. They forgot to focus on the movie they were making by banking on a movie they CAN make later on. It had huge potential but ultimately they messed it all up.
TASM2 was trying to make a sequel before making a sequel to ASM, which is why it was a bad movie. They forgot to focus on the movie they were making by banking on a movie they CAN make later on. It had huge potential but ultimately they messed it all up.
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