If you’re a fan of the Spider-Man character and movie adaptations, you must have asked yourself this question at least once: why does Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker create organic web rather than his two successors? We take stock in this article.
Spider-Man in Comics and Sam Raimi
Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man in the original Sam Raimi films had organic web launchers built into his body. This decision was made by Sam Raimi for a number of reasons. But let’s get into the story of Spider-Man in the comics first. For most of Spider-Man’s (nearly) 60 years of comic book existence, the iconic superhero has used a pair of devices placed on the wrist or on the forearms that project a synthetic liquid that resembles a web. Peter himself invented the device and the liquid with which he moves and, as a non-lethal weapon, stops criminals.
Sam Raimi’s first film, Spider-Man, was a game changer. The latter does indeed make some notable adjustments, such as the fact that Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man has organic web launchers. Originally, however, Peter had to use mechanical web launchers (as in the comics). Various devices were made and scenes from Tobey Maguire’s Peter training were shot with them. Raimi’s web launchers had a handcrafted DIY page and at some point they were abandoned.
The reasons that led Sam Raimi to abandon the created devices
Sam Raimi had two reasons for ditching the devices they created. First, Peter’s spider bite changed his body, giving him properties that are unique to a spider. This includes increased strength and speed, along with increased reflexes and the ability to generate organic web, he says.
The second reason is that Raimi found it hard to imagine that a high school student (even a very gifted one, like Peter might be) would have the resources to build a device that would produce synthetic networks if no government had arrived before him . And it must also be said that the web launchers created for the film seemed too artisanal and were therefore abandoned for reasons of time (and certainly for budget and technical reasons).
Other organic canvas shooters?
When Peter Parker used comic lore to project webs over a mechanical device, some characters, such as Miguel O’Hara (aka Spider-Man 2099) from the 1992 Amazing Spider-Man comic series, could also be generated Canvas in comics, thanks to channels on the forearms.
However, in the 2004 Spectacular Spider-Man comics, Peter Parker’s traditional version was also given the ability to generate nets. In this comic series, Peter Parker actually went through a mutation that gave him extra arachnid powers, especially glands in his wrists.
James Cameron has also thought about it
The idea of equipping Spider-Man with organic web launchers in the cinema arose from the concept of James Cameron’s Spider-Man film, who wanted to make a very realistic and dark Spider-Man film with metaphors about sexuality. And there too, Peter Parker had to be able to generate the canvas organically … If you can see where James Cameron was going with his metaphors.
Ultimately, the organic canvas supports were designed and (and tastefully) staged by Raimi, who used the concept to support his original idea: to highlight the natural evolution of Peter Parker after the bite of ‘Spider’.
Why didn’t the other two follow Spider-Man in the same direction?
If Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker created an organic web, Andrew Garfield and Tom Hollands Peter Parker had to develop their own devices, homemade “web launchers” and spider web-like liquids to fight crime.
It must be said that the character of Peter Parker is portrayed as a brilliant scientist. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, for example, designed his improved red and black costume himself at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home in order to defeat Mysterio. In conclusion, we can say that the question of the organic canvas or the mechanical canvas depends on the point of view of the director and the scriptwriters, who together decide what seems most coherent to them in relation to their vision of the character of Peter Parker.
As for you, do you find it more consistent for Peter Parker to create organic web, or do you find it makes more sense for him to create it? We’ll let you answer this question through our survey and through our comment section! And if you want to know how Tom Holland approached Martin Scorsese after his comments on No Way Home, you can read our previous post on the subject right here.