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With the deal that Marvel and Sony have struck to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe the Amazing Spider-Man films have quietly died in a dark corner somewhere. This is even better news than you thought. Turns out, one of the plot ideas for The Amazing Spider Man 3 was absolutely nuts.
IGN was speaking with Denis Leary at San Diego Comic-Con and they asked him if he was disappointed there would not be an an end to the story he helped start. It turns out he was quite disappointed there would not be a third film, because he was going to come back from the dead to be in it:
Possibly in 3, there was this idea at one point that Spider-Man would be able to take this formula and regenerate the people in his life that had died. So, there was this discussion that Captain Stacy would come back even bigger in episode 3..
So, yeah, that just happened. Peter Parker was going to resurrect the dead. "The people in his life" implies that it would have been more than just Captain Stacy coming back as well. Peter Parker had a lot of loved ones die in those movies. Uncle Ben, Gwen, his parents. Was he going to bring them all back? How? Why? Was it all just a device so Peter’s dad could come back to life to explain everything in the movies that didn’t make sense. That’s some serious Deus Ex Machina shit there. Somebody call CinemaSins. We have to assume that somewhere there’s an e-mail we missed in the Sony hack that simply says, "if you think this is a good idea we should just give this back to Marvel." This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the movie potentially bringing back dead characters, so we have to assume the idea was legit.
Leary, for his part, is honest that he was along for whatever ride they sent him on, as long as he had a good role. It’s not about the critical failure of the Amazing films. His criteria appear to be pretty simple. Does he have fun making the movies? Does he get some good screen time? At the end of the day he’s a professional actor so you can’t fault him for that. The big budget blockbusters pay well and he does appear to be genuine in his comments about the movies being a fun place to work. According to Leary, director Marc Webb even let the actors improvise in some scenes, which is an insane thing to do for a film like that, everything about films of that size are calculated down to the micron and you usually can’t change anything, but as an actor it was likely very appreciated.
While we’re happy to see Denis Leary in pretty much anything, and would have enjoyed seeing him again in Amazing 3 even if the premise was stupid, we’re mostly really glad that this film will never see the light of day.