Imagine Ducky, but with superhuman reflexes, precognition and the ability to climb walls. And without that stupid hat.
(via Sony Pictures Entertainment)
If you're mostly familiar with the character of Spider-Man via his 37 recent onscreen incarnations, then you might not realize that, at its heart, Peter Parker's story has traditionally been about a dorky kid who has more trouble surviving the travails of his social life than he does battling mass-murdering super-villains. I know it seems like it's about loud noises, computer-generated explosions and disco dancing, but that's Hollywood for you (always with the disco dancing).
Anyway, now that Marvel has its hands on the character once again, it looks like we can expect to see a cinematic interpretation of the story that's a little closer to its comic book origins, thanks to some inspiration from the film world's premier chronicler of nerdy young weirdos: John Hughes. In a recent interview with Birth Movies Death's Devin Faraci, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, gave some pretty intriguing info on the upcoming spider-franchise:
"It's the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting. Just as we hadn't seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven't seen a John Hughes movie in a long time.
"Not that we can make a John Hughes movie - only John Hughes could - but we're inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven't done before excites us."
Whether we like it or not, we are entering the superhero phase of cinema, so anything you're hoping to see in your local multiplex is going to have to be filtered through a superhero aesthetic. If you want a John Hughes-esque teen comedy, you're gonna have to get some Spider-Man in there. If you want some workplace romance, it's going to have to be between Scarlett Johansson and a huge green rage-mutant. If you want a Gone with the Wind-esque historical epic, then... Well, that's probably what the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequel is about.