In the past 13 years, audiences have gotten five Spider-Man movies that took place in two different continuities. The first three the Sam Raimi films starring Tobey Maguire, and the last two the Marc Webb films starring Andrew Garfield. Both series have different tones (though perhaps not as different as some fans may want), so there’s a lot of room for comparing how they handled certain events, made certain villains, represented the protagonist, etc. Of course, it’s also fun to speculate on what might have been, and had things gone when either of the two series were being planned, we might have seen a much different Spider-Man swinging across the silver screen.
Back in 2011, Gone Girl director David Fincher, then promoting The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, talked with io9 about what his vision for a Spider-Man film would have been like. Fincher passed on directing the original 2002 Spider-Man movie, and his name was mentioned as a candidate for The Amazing Spider-Man reboot before Marc Webb took the job. This interview has been making the rounds on Reddit recently, and with all the trouble that the Spider-Man film series has been facing in recent months, let’s take a look at the interesting facets of Fincher’s idea for the Wall-Crawler, both good and bad.
The Origin Story Would Have Been Skipped
"I was never interested in the genesis story. I couldn't get past a guy getting bit by a red and blue spider."
Some superheroes have had their origin stories told so many times that they’re not even worth going over any more. We know Batman’s parents are going to be killed by a mugger, we know Superman’s going to be launched off the dying Krypton, and in the case of the infamous Web-Slinger, we know Peter Parker gains his powers after being bitten by a radioactive/genetically altered spider.
Unlike Marc Webb, who decided to show us a new version of Peter’s spider bite, Fincher decided that he wasn’t interested in covering this aspect of the mythology, saying it wasn’t something he could have "straight faced." While Spider-Man’s origin may not be considered comical by some, it’s getting to the point that we don’t need to hear it again, so a more "adult" Peter would have been refreshing.