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Peter Parker Meets His Dad In Alternate Amazing Spider-Man 2 Ending

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had its issues, but the sudden, inexplicable reappearance of Peter Parker's dad was not one of them. That's because this alternate ending, in which the elder Parker accosts his son at Gwen Stacy's grave, wasn't used — which was probably for the best.

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I mean, the whole scene just seems weird. From Peter's dad finally showing up in his son's life, to telling Peter it's his "destiny" to fix the problems he made, or even belatedly giving the iconic "with great power comes great responsibility" line — none of it really works. And what happens now? Can't Parker senior go back home now that Norman Osborn is dead? Would he just be living with Aunt May in Amazing Spidey 3? Yeah, I think it's probably good this ended up on the cutting room floor.

[Via Comic Book Movie]

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lightninglouie
lightninglouie

At this point I'm just sick and tired of fucking origin stories. When I started reading the comics as a kid, Spider-Man was already a grown-ass adult, with a college degree and a career and a girlfriend and responsibilities. And you know what? That really appealed to me as a kid trapped in fourth grade. I really couldn't give a shit about Peter Parker being late for class, or giving bullies the slip, or any of that tedious high school bullshit. And now we've had basically five movies of that. Sure, Peter got to graduate from high school in both series, but he never gets to grow up. The best we can hope for in the future is The Amazing Spider-Teaching Assistant.

The thing is, Sony is less interested in Spider-Man as a superhero than as some sort of half-assed YA property. Until the studio or the public gets sick of the character, he will be constantly get rebooted to a high school junior, with the same old struggles, same romantic triangles, same tragedies — it's really kind of depressing. Look, everybody knows at this point that Spidey is sad because he couldn't save poor dead Uncle Ben and he can never have a normal life with a pretty girl. It's time to move on past all that.