It turns out Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise is actually a closer adaptation of the Ultimate universe than the public previously thought. A brand new alternate ending for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" has popped up with the upcoming DVD release and fans have been shocked to find a mind-blowing plot removed from the closing minutes of the sequel.
With this revelation actually filmed before its eventual removal from the film, could there be a chance that we see Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy return in "The Amazing Spider-Man 3?"
From here on out, beware of spoilers from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and Vol. 1 of "Ultimate Spider-Man."
Here is a detailed description of the scene transcribed by the folks at Slash films:
The scene takes place toward the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with Peter mourning at Gwen Stacy’s grave. Suddenly, Richard Parker appears behind him, looking grizzled with a short white beard. Yes, that Richard Parker. The one who was supposed to have died in the plane crash shown at the start of the movie.
Initially, Peter seems upset, but he thaws as the two start talking. Richard apologizes profusely and explains that he had to disappear to avoid Oscorp and protect Peter. But naturally, all of the mysteries surrounding the dad’s supposed death and miraculous not-death are left open-ended because then there’d be no subplot to pick up on in the sequel.
Peter and his father hug, sit down on a bench, and talk some more. The dad gives a speech about how he thought he was going to save the world, but he now realizes that Peter’s the one destined to save the world. The conversation culminates in Peter’s dad delivering the “with great power comes great responsibility” line traditionally given by Uncle Ben.
Surely this is shocking for people reading this not acquainted with Brian Michael Bendis' "Ultimate Spider-Man." While the inclusion of Gwen Stacy as Peter Parker's romantic interest was canonically correct in the "Amazing Spider-Man" comic series, a majority of Spider-Man's back story in this film franchise was actually adapted from the comic line in "Ultimate Spider-Man."
In the early 2000's, Marvel launched a new line of comics called the Ultimate universe hoping to modernize their iconic heroes for a younger generation. With modernization came different back stories to match the ever changing technological and scientifically growth of the 21st century.
Once a spy in the 616 universe (the official Marvel stories), Richard Parker took on a new occupation in the Ultimate universe. He was now a bio-chemist working on super soldier suits and supposedly died during a plane crash with Eddie Brock's parents. Well, it turned out he didn't die and he surprisingly re-appears triggering a whole story arc worth of content.
Does this sound similar to what we just saw from the removed scene at the end of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2?"
Here is where Gwen Stacy comes in. While Peter's first love dies in all incarnations of the character, she actually met her demise through a different villain in "Ultimate Spider-Man." Gwen was killed by the symbiote Ultimate Carnage. Gwen would re-appear alive and well later in the series and actually take over as the new Carnage.
While the technicalities and actual plot resolutions become quite complicated, to avoid further spoilers we'll just say that Richard Parker and Gwen Stacy both re-appear alive and well after their original deaths.
On August 4, 2014 news broke that the long rumored Venom spin-off from Sony would now be tentatively called "Venom Carnage." Pretty sure bet that a form of both Venom and Carnage will appear in that film.
Oh and for good measure, Sony's producing a female-starring film that will be released one year before "The Amazing Spider-Man" hits theaters. While the film could star various leading ladies that have attributed to Spidey's life, one in particular could make things very interesting. That character is Spider-Woman. We'll get to her soon.
It is quite clear Sony is trying to build continuity and develop a bigger picture similar to what Marvel Studios has done with their properties. We've seen many short but game changing scenes removed from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" that presumably will be saved for the third film. These include the removal of Shaliene Woodley's Mary Jane and now this new revelation that Richard Parker was indeed alive. Let's not forget about the removal of the credit scene of Norman Osborn's head being preserved.
When you piece together all of this information, a certain story arc from "Ultimate Spider-Man" seems eerily similar.
Ah, screw the spoilers, we're already in this deep.
Yes, the Richard Parker and Gwen Stacy re-appearing after their respective deaths, the Venom and Carnage symbiote situation and of course Spider-Woman. They're all clone related. Bear with me as I explore the story in the film franchise.
The story shapes up as follows:
Gwen Stacy dies during the events of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
Gustav Fiers (man in the shadows) reveals that he had acquired Spider-Man's DNA during the course of the previous movie. He's actually a former associate of Richard Parker who knows all the secrets of Oscorp as well as the fact that Parker's son is the web-slinger. Fiers holds a grudge against Richard Parker and his family. Fiers will then begin calling himself The Jackal.
He forms the Sinister Six in anticipation of defeating Spider-Man.
More of Richard Parker's back story is explored in the following film "Venom Carnage." Eddie Brock's relationship with the Parker family is introduced as his parents and Peter's father were friends and co-workers. Once Richard Parker's scandal broke, he entrusts Eddie Brock's father with a symbiote he created that supposedly would cure cancer before he goes on the run. Eddie's father gets caught but not before he secures and hides the symbiote somewhere safe from the power driven evil Norman Osborn.
Eddie Brock now seeks the thing that cost him his family... the symbiote. Through the "Venom Carnage" film, the idea of clones is introduced which makes sense as Carnage is a spawn of Venom.
The next film is the one that will star a female as the lead character. A mysterious masked web-shooting female appears calling herself Spider-Woman. She has a history with Doctor Octopus and hates him. Super hero stuff happens in the film and she establishes herself as a hero for viewers to support.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 3"
Still coping with Gwen's death, Peter is introduced to Mary Jane Watson by Aunt May. The Sinister Six begins their plan to destroy Spider-Man. Richard Parker suddenly re-appears alive and well. Stuff happens, Spider-Man is getting his butt kicked by the six villains when he gets unexpected help from Spider-Woman who wants to kill Doctor Octopus.
Carnage appears in the film as well. Of course our hero Spider-Man defeats them all eventually. At the end of the film, Gwen Stacy appears at Peter's front door.
As insanely complex and ridiculous as this all seems, there is a plausible chance that this is how "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise will shape up. It would explain the removal of the Richard Parker scene from the second film. Having him return that early would not allow for the introduction of The Jackal and the clones. Oh and the reason Carnage appears in "The Amazing Spider-Man 3?" That's because it's Gwen Stacy.
There is a confirmed fourth "Amazing Spider-Man" film that will be the last for Andrew Garfield. This fourth film could very well wrap up Peter Parker's story and serve as a revelation that Spider-Woman, Richard Parker and Gwen Stacy are all clones made by Fiers. Having the Sinister Six kill Peter Parker will allow Sony to start a new chapter with a brand new actor playing Peter's successor under a brand new set of contracts.
That would bring us to the current Ultimate universe status quo. Gwen Stacy is alive and well. Peter Parker is dead. Spider-Man is now a young black male in Miles Morales and all the main plots from the previous movies are still relevant. There will be no need for another re-boot of the franchise, allowing Sony to continually milk the Spider-Man property for profit.
With all the spin-off films announced factored with the scenes that were removed and saved for later, this really feels similar to the way "Ultimate Spider-Man" played out. Believe it or not, filmmakers and production studios spend a tremendous amount of time mapping out what they call a "Bible" for the story they want to tell. Before filming a single shot, they already have an endpoint in mind. There maybe complications and alterations on the path to reaching that endpoint as we've seen with the plot point removals after filming. Only time will tell what path "The Amazing Spider-Man" will follow in their story arc.
Am I totally insane or do you think this could possibly be how the Sony universe is shaping up to be? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and on Twitter!