If you were pleased to see mechanical webshooters in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man, you may have Brian Michael Bendis to thank.
Speaking with Yahoo! Movies about his experiences in Hollywood, some of which were recounted in his 1999 comic Fortune and Glory, the Ultimate Spider-Man writer reveals Sony Pictures sought his advice early in development of the franchise reboot.
"Yeah, I’ve gone in before. They’ve asked me in to be the deciding vote on some stuff, which is an odd experience as well," Bendis said. "[Before Amazing Spider-Man], they sat me down in Amy Pascal’s office with this big roomful of producers and writers and directors, and she looked at me and said 'Organic webshooters or mechanical webshooters?' I said 'mechanical,' and half the table said, 'Goddamn it!' They were mad because I was clearly the deciding vote, even though I didn’t know that. So when I see the mechanical webshooters, I feel a little happiness. I feel like I did something good in the world."
The organic webshooters introduced by director Sam Raimi in 2002's Spider-Man have long been a sticking point with fans. Although the filmmaker's logic may have been sound -- he felt having young Peter Parker invent mechanical web-shooters would test the audience’s ability to suspend disbelief -- it didn't fly with Marvel devotees. Of course, some would argue now, after the generally poor response to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, that the mechanical webshooters are one of the few positive elements about Marc Webb's reboot. In that case, thank Bendis anyway.