[Warning: This post contains some spoilers about “The Amazing Spider-Man.”]
If you turned out to see “The Amazing Spider-Man” when it opened earlier this week, you probably were expecting a number of moments in which Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) learns about what happened to his long-missing parents, exploring a relationship with his father’s former partner, Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), that holds the key to this mystery.
After all, when Sony Pictures unveiled the most recent trailer for the film, it emphasized just this quest.
But although Garfield’s character in the film does seek out Connors to learn more, the finished movie lacks a number of moments from the trailer that suggest the film is primarily about this quest. Nor does the film include a resolution of that quest.
The trailer (you can check it out below) starts with a Garfield voiceover in which he says his character’s goal is finding out the truth about his parents. But that voiceover is absent in the film.
Meanwhile, at the 1:30 mark of the trailer, Connors says, “If you want to know the truth about your parents Peter, come and get it.” That’s not in the film, either.
Finally, at the 1:55 mark, Connors goads Parker with the line, “Do you think what happened to you, Peter, was an accident?” That line -- and any explanation for it -- is missing in the movie too.
The film has a lot of ground to cover in its 136 minutes -- from Parker’s Spidey beginnings to his battle with Connors’ Lizard to his romance with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy -- and also must accommodate the crowd-pleasing special effects and action scenes. It’s easy to imagine that moments detailing Parker’s quest and the Parker-Connors relationship were lost in the edit room.
Still, you’d be forgiven for wondering how a previous cut of the movie might have looked. Ifans himself suggested the possibility of a slightly alternate movie. In an interview, the actor said, “There are a lot of scenes that have gone missing in the edit, just for the reason of storytelling and the economy of that story.” He added, “But that’s how it goes in big Hollywood movies -- you shoot a lot so you have the luxury of picking and choosing in the edit.”