STAN LEE reacts to big-screen Spider-Man's new look
When Stan Lee is willing to spin a little Spidey history -- especially when offering his thoughts on the red-and-blue costume -- well, color us intrigued.
As Columbia Pictures on Monday announced the title of the fourth Peter Parker film -- director Marc Webb's reboot will answer to "The Amazing Spider-Man" -- the studio also released the first vivid image [above] of how Andrew Garfield's teched-out Spidey suit looks.
As geek reaction around the Webosphere appeared to run from mixed to positive, one never-ebbing webbing kerfuffle reared its head and wrist: Is Marc Webb right to go with the mechanized web-shooters?
In Sam Raimi's three Spider-Man movies starring Tobey Maguire, the film franchise decided to tinker with comic-book history and grant Peter Parker the biological powers to spin string -- as a result of that irradiated arachnid bite. That of course ran counter to the mythology dreamed up by writer-editor Lee and artist-writer Steve Ditko: When Peter Parker debuted in August of '62 -- in "Amazing Fantasy #15" -- the teen superhero armed himself with mechanical web-shooters that could run dry.
Speaking to Comic Riffs on Wednesday, Lee recalls the logic behind his mythology:
"The one thing I liked about Peter's web-shooters was the fact that they made him more vulnerable," Lee says. "At any crucial moment he could run out of web fluid and be forced to rely on his wits."
Not that Lee, who now heads up POW! Entertainment, had any issues with Raimi's physical decision:
"The organic webs which Sam Raimi gave him -- and which Jim Cameron also would have given him had he directed the first Spidey film -- certainly worked beautifully in the movie, and perhaps allowed for better special effects than my idea of limited webbing might have done."
Concludes Lee: "Actually, I'm happy with either interpretation."
| February 16, 2011; 1:25 PM ET
Categories: Interviews With Cartoonists, Superheroes | Tags: Andrew Garfield, Marc Webb, Sam Raimi, Spider-Man, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, The Amazing Spider-Man
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