Spider-Man Origin Might Lose The Radioactive Spider

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Uh-oh! Wasn’t Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb paying attention when Michael Bay set off an Internet firestorm by announcing that he would be altering the origin of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. No, Spider-Man’s not becoming an alien, but comic book fans can be just a little sensitive when people start messing with their icon’s history.

In an interview with MTV, Webb revealed that there are significant changes in play for his Spider-Man’s origin story in this summer’s Spider-Man reboot. First, Peter’s parents will play a big role in what is being billed as the untold origin of Peter Parker. Most Spider-Man fans had already heard this news, but it’s the other changes that are likely to create the biggest controversy.

While Uncle Ben and a spider-bite will still be part of Spider-Man’s origin, Webb hinted things might not happen the way that most fans might expect. Webb is quoted as saying, "There is no wrestling match in this movie. The character is evolving in a different way. It's about finding a balance between iconic elements of the 'Spider-Man' mythology—like how Uncle Ben's death transforms him emotionally—but it happens in a different way."

However, the real shocker isn’t the loss of wrestling, but the possible loss of the radioactive spider. Webb also added, "He's bitten by a spider,but maybe it's not a radioactive spider. Or maybe it is! You'll have to see." Not quite sure what to think about this one. I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen of the Amazing Spider-Man reboot so far, but Spider-Man without the radioactive spider is kind of like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles without the radioactive ooze.