Welcome to the five hundred and twenty-fourth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, what comic book writer is responsible for Spider-Man having mechanical web shooters in the most recent Spider-Man films? Did Man of Steel #1 originally have a damaged space shuttle in it soon after the Challenger explosion? Finally, how did Spider-Man REALLY stop the unstoppable Juggernaut?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: Brian Michael Bendis is responsible for Spider-Man having mechanical webshooters in the recent Spider-Man films.
STATUS: I’m Going With True
One of Brian Michael Bendis’ most acclaimed early works was Fortune and Glory, the fascinating tale of him trying to get his earlier work, Goldfish (which is a really great comic, if you ever get a chance to read it. Its sorta-sequel, Jinx, is even better), made into a movie. Marvel recently put out a color edition and it really does a wonderful job skewering the whole Hollywood process…
Recently, Bendis finally saw one of his works adapted with the Powers TV series…
Anyhow, I bring up Bendis’ forays into the world of Hollywood because reader Dennis L. wrote in to ask if it was true that Bendis was responsible for Spider-Man’s webshooters being mechanical in the recent Amazing Spider-Man film series.
The answer appears to be true.
As I’m sure you are all aware by now, when Sam Raimi adapted Spider-Man into a series of films early in the 21st Century, he decided to have Spider-Man’s webs in the film be part of Spider-Man’s powers…
Well, in the recent Marc Webb Amazing Spider-Man series, the webs were back to mechanical web shooters…
So how does this tie in to Brian Michael Bendis?
Alter: With Turn off the Dark and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spidey has had a rough time of late in other mediums outside of comics. Have you been solicited for advice about the character’s big-screen future?
Bendis: 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. [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.
I’m willing to trust Bendis on this, so I’m going with a true here.
Thanks for the question, Dennis! And thanks to Bendis and Ethan Alter for the really interesting piece of information!
Check out some entertainment and sports legends from this week at Legends Revealed:
Was Dumbledore originally going to be straight in the Harry Potter films?
On the next page, did Man of Steel #1 originally have a damaged space shuttle in it right after the Challenger explosion?
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