SPOILERS BELOW FOR ANYONE WHO HASN’T SEEN “ASM”
Advertised as “The Untold Story” of Spider-Man, many people were disappointed that the story they got with The Amazing Spider-Man was, well, somewhat told. The newest element, the mystery of Peter’s parents, wasn’t resolved by the end of the movie, although it was teased to have some importance in upcoming sequels. Now word is surfacing that this may not have always been the case.
One scene in specific does not appear in the movie and it may have made for a very different movie. The scene in question has made several snippet appearances in the marketing material before-hand, so much so that its absence draws a lot of attention. The general idea of the scene looks to involve Peter confronting Dr. Connors in his sewer laboratory after the fight in the high school when Rajit Ratha, Connors’ superior and Norman Osborn underling, also confronts him, which ends in more reptilian results.
It is 99% certain that the two lines we’ve already heard in the trailers, first by Dr. Ratha where he asks Peter “Do you think what happened to you, Peter, was an accident? Do you have any idea what you really are?” and the line where Dr. Connors says “If you want the truth Peter, come and get it.” (both of which are not in the movie) are contained in this scene.
Judging just by those two lines, it seems incredibly likely that if this scene didn’t flat out reveal the mystery of Peter’s parents, then it would have led on to the idea that there is something special about Peter that allowed him to survive his genetic enhancement where all other specimens died. It seems probable considering Richard Parker’s genetic work with spiders that he played a role in Peter’s genetic luck with the spider bite.
There is also some evidence that the end of this scene would have led into The Lizard transforming the SWAT team into lizards, which is rumored to have originally played a larger role in the story than it did. The editing of the movie seems pretty telltale of re-shoots.
Whether they cut this scene because they wanted to save their answers for next time, test audiences didn’t like it, or it made the movie too long, the inclusion of this scene, I think, would have made it a better movie. Not only would it have been that one extra Lizard scene the movie needed, it also closes the Ratha plot-hole (things don’t seem to end well for him, judging by one of those photos and how whispery he delivers that cut line). In fact, one could say all story related issues stem from the consequences of removing of this scene.
Now, I still really like the movie. I think it works great as a character piece with some terrific performances, humor and action/special effects. But after learning about this, it’s hard not to find more fault with the story. And as much as I would love for this scene to be included in the deleted scenes on the Blu-Ray, or even better, be part of an extended cut, something tells me Sony doesn’t want this to see daylight (which is weird seeing how they released so much evidence of it).
Oh well. Just another behind the scenes tale about the magic of movie making.