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Comic Legends: How Close Did We Come to a Spider-Man Sex Scene?

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Comic Legends: How Close Did We Come to a Spider-Man Sex Scene?

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and fifth week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

Just like last week, one legend today, one tomorrow and one Sunday.

Let’s begin!

COMIC LEGEND:

There was going to be a sex scene in James Cameron’s “Spider-Man” film.

STATUS:

True

With the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” trailers blowing up the internet, I thought it would be nice to take a look at one of the earliest attempts to adapt Spider-Man into a film (but not the earliest), James Cameron’s 1992 attempt, which came very close to coming to fruition.

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Cameron wrote a script for the film, but the script was really not a full script and more like a more developed version of a treatment. Essentially, scenes he wanted to highlight would be written in full script format and other scenes would be more generalized. Plus, there were storyboards (detailed ones early on but less and less detailed and less of them period as the treatment goes on). You can check out the entire thing here.

In any event, an interesting aspect of the film was just how sexually charged the whole thing was.

Cameron clearly plays towards the whole going through puberty angle when Peter Parker wakes up (after he’s bitten by the spider) and his organic webbing has sprayed all over his bed…

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THE NEXT DAY. Tight on Peter as he wakes up. He opens

his eyes cautiously. Not knowing what to expect. PULL

BACK to reveal that he is still in bed. All is normal.

He breaths a sigh of relief. In fact… he feels pretty

good. Lots of energy. He pulls back the covers and…

Something is causing the sheet to stick to him. He lifts

it, revealing a sticky, white mass completely covering

him, gluing him to his bedding. It is some silky

substance webbing him into the covers. He cries out in

dismay… struggling to free himself from the gluey

strands. Where did it come from? He notices his

wrists…

They are oozing a pearlescent white fluid from almost

invisible slits about a quarter of an inch long. He

pushes on the skin next to one of the slits and… a dark

shape, the size and color of a rose-thorn… emerges from

beneath the skin. It shoots a jet of liquid silk into his

face.

And, of course, once he has powers, he goes to Mary Jane Watson’s house to peep in on her through her bedroom window…

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He goes to Mary Jane’s house. Drop down from the roof and

looks in her window. She turns off the light, and

thinking she is unobserved, strips off her clothes. She

slips into bed in just her panties and a T-shirt. But

even this forbidden glimpse is too much for Peter. He

loses his concentration and with it his palm grip on the

wall. He crashes into the rose bushes. He is bounding

into the darkness as lights come on in the house behind

him.

But the main scene we’re talking about here comes later in the film, when Mary Jane has become interested romantically in both Peter and Spider-Man (she thinks that they’re two different people) after Peter beats the hell out of Mary Jane’s boyfriend, Flash Thompson, after Flash strikes Mary Jane and she’s interested in Spider-Man because, well, come on, dude’s a superhero.

So anyhow, Spider-Man takes her to the Brooklyn Bridge, and he has a better memory there than most of his trips to bridges…

In a dizzying down-angle we see how the suspension cables

all meet radially at the top of the tower… like the

treads of some vast spider web. Peter and MJ seem to sit

at the very center of the web, surrounded by the lights of

the city. It is a warm spring night. And the moment is

pure magic.

She stands with her back against a girder, needing to feel

something solid. Spider Man stands before her, a

perfectly formed male silhouette with a soothing low

voice.

SPIDER MAN

Courtship among the spiders is highly

ritualized. It varies from species to

species. The male spider may circle the

female, or wave his front legs… to

signal that he is not prey.

Spider Man moves in a hypnotic arc around her. He raises

his hands in a dance-like movement. Lowers them.

SPIDER MAN

The female usually signals her

willingness by an uncharacteristic

passivity.

MJ takes a deep breath. Her lip trembles. Her knees are

weak. Her eyes, though, are steady, gazing at the

silhouette before her. She doesn’t move of speak. He

moves closer.

SPIDER MAN

In certain crab spiders, such as Xysticus,

the male will attach strands of silk to

the female… tying her limbs…

Spider Man moves his hand gracefully across her, and she

sees the sheerest silk webbing glinting in the moonlight.

First one wrist. Then the other. Hypnotic movement in

the moonlight. Her arms are bound to the wall. Her

breathing gets more rapid.

SPIDER MAN

Since the female can break free at any

time, the bonds have only symbolic

significance.

MARY JANE

The male must be very bold… to take

such liberties with the predatory female.

SPIDER MAN

Yes. He is very bold. But he must also

trust her.

(he moves very close)

Close your eyes.

He removes his mask and kisses her. Their mouths very

slowly and very sensuously devour each other.

Peter and MJ are locked together. He is mesmerizing,

gentle, powerful. He pushes up her skirt. They make

love, high above the world.

She doesn’t look.

Yeee-ikes.

That’s pretty painful.

I mean, this was pretty darn early in the process, so I wouldn’t have been surprised if Cameron had backed down from including the sex scene in the final product, but it’s still fascinating that he wanted to have it in there in the first place.

Sadly (?), there were so many competing interests in the rights for the film that it got held up and Cameron moved on and it would take a decade until the rights issues were settled and we got our first “Spider-Man” film, which settled for just a cool kissing scene…

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And yeah, I get that it is kind of weird that I had a legend about superhero sex last week, as well, but hey, “Spider-Man” trailer is out, what are ya gonna do?


Check out some Spider-Man film legends and superhero film love interest legends from Legends Revealed:

Was There Nearly a Love Triangle Between Spider-Man, Mary Jane and DOCTOR OCTOPUS in Spider-Man 2?

Was the Jean-Claude Van Damme film Cyborg Originally Meant to Be Two Films, Including a He-Man Film and a Spider-Man One?

Was Supergirl Originally Going to Be Superman’s Love Interest in Superman III?

Was Vicki Vale Going to Die Originally at the End of Tim Burton’ Batman?


Check back tomorrow for part 2 of this week’s legends! It involves “up, up and away!”

And remember, if you have a legend that you’re curious about, drop me a line at either brianc@cbr.com or cronb01@aol.com!

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