When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicked off the summer movie season back in May, it was derided by fans and critics alike, despite making over $200 million at the domestic box office and just over $700 million worldwide. Last week, we reported that screenwriter Roberto Orci has pulled out of The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and that Sony isn't quite sure how to move this franchise forward at this time.
Badass Digest received an early draft of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 script by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, which reveal a number of changes made from this draft to the final product, including a rather surprising alternate ending. Of course, if you haven't seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet, there will be spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
In the movie, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) retires as a superhero, following the death of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), only to come back after finding a tape of Gwen's commencement speech. The ending in Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's draft has the same events unfold, but with a surprising twist that provides Peter with the motivation to continue as Spider-Man.
"The finished film has a terrible bit at the end where Peter quits Spider-Man for a bunch of months, and this time passes by in a montage. The same thing happens here! But instead of finding a tape of Gwen's super on-the-nose graduation speech, Peter is approached by... his dad! Yes, Richard Parker shows back up at the end of the script, and he tells Peter he's been watching him for years. He's seen him become Spider-Man and everything. It's Richard who convinces Peter to become Spider-Man again, and in his last scene in the movie he tells Pete 'With great power comes great responsibility,' FINALLY working the famous phrase into this new series."
We also get details about the scenes featuring Mary-Jane Watson, who was played by Shailene Woodley before being cut from the sequel entirely.
"As we all know Shailene Woodley was cast as Mary Jane Watson, shot some days and then was cut from the movie. The original script includes all of the MJ scenes, and she's introduced as the Parker's new next door neighbor. Her dad is an abusive drunk and she's a waitress who builds motorcycles in her spare time. She has a Spider-Man tattoo on her wrist, and she's clearly interested in Peter, who is totally hung up on Gwen. At one point Spider-Man confronts MJ's dad, telling him to lay off the girl. At the end of the script Gwen comes to Peter's house before heading to London; he's gone but she meets the new neighbor. They have a friendly exchange and MJ says that she always attracts dickheads and asks Gwen what her advice is to get a guy like Peter. 'Date a nerd,' Gwen says before heading off to die, basically giving MJ the okay to get with Peter."
The Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson, played by J.K. Simmons in the original Spider-Man trilogy, was also featured in the early script, along with Robbie Robertson.
"JJJ's in the original script, as is Robbie Robertson. We see Peter, who is a student at Empire State University, bring his first Spider-Man pictures to JJJ, who gives him a tour of the Daily Bugle. JJJ complains that the internet is killing the newspaper business; later, Spidey and Electro's first fight send them crashing through the Daily Bugle offices and the printing presses."
Another major difference involves Peter giving his blood to Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), instead of Harry injecting the spider venom, and the Green Goblin suit is given a better explanation.
"In the original script Peter actually gives his blood to Harry Osborn. This is a huge improvement over the finished film, where Harry just injects himself with spider venom. In the original script the Goblin suit is better explained - it isn't for military use but was specifically built in secret for Norman Osborn. When Richard Parker wouldn't give his blood to Osborn (the Parker DNA still being the key to it all), the suit went into Norman's boathouse where Harry finds it."
The death of Gwen Stacy unfolds the same in this draft, although there is one final line delivered by Gwen that wasn't seen in the movie.
"It plays out mostly the same in the original script... but Gwen, back broken, hangs on to life long enough to demand that Peter never give up. Because this is the same character who promptly broke his promise to Captain Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter quits being Spider-Man in the next scene."
This report also reveals that Rhino (Paul Giamatti) was relegated to a cameo appearance towards the end, and wasn't involved with the truck heist at the beginning of the movie. The young boy in the film, who is seen wearing a Spider-Man costume, standing up to Rhino, wasn't in this draft as well. There is also a one-year gap between Peter and Gwen's high school graduation and the rest of the movie, which better establishes that they are both college students now.
The script also gives more details about Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), who lives at home with his handicapped mother. After he "dies" in the incident that turned him into Electro, Max sees his mother actually standing up while getting a big payout from OsCorp, which is what sets off his Times Square confrontation with Spider-Man. Dr. Ratha was also supposed to appear in this script, despite being killed in deleted scenes from The Amazing Spider-Man.
What do you think about these new details from The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Would you have liked the movie even better if these details were included? Chime in with your thoughts below.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released May 2nd, 2014 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb.