Within seconds of the release last week of the first photo of star Andrew Garfield in his Spider-Man costume, eagle-eyed fans pointed out metal discs on the underside of each wrist, suggesting the use of mechanical web-shooters in the Sony Pictures reboot.
Now, however, that's more than a mere suggestion, as Emma Stone confirmed Sunday to MTV News that "it's a device." She wouldn't elaborate on that or whether her character Gwen Stacy will see any action in the Marc Webb-directed movie. "You're just going to have to wait and see," she said in a quick interview from the red carpet of the Golden Globe Awards.
That may seem like a minor, and somewhat obsessive, detail. But the "organic web-shooters" introduced in Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man film remained a sticking point -- if you'll pardon the expression -- for many comics devotees throughout the trilogy. Raimi felt having young Peter Parker invent mechanical web-shooters, as he did in the Marvel comics, would test the audience's ability to suspend disbelief. (Quibbles about deviation from the source material aside, the idea of "organic web-shooters" is pretty gross.) Presumably Webb views things differently.
Of course, there's a still chance that the movie's shooters won't resemble anything from comic-book continuity. Fans will just have to cross that web when they get to it.
In addition to Garfield and Stone, Spider-Man stars Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Denis Leary, Chris Zylka, Campbell Scott, C. Thomas Howell, Julianne Nicholson and Annie Parisse. The film, which began production last month, will be released on July 3, 2012.