**SPOILERS BELOW FROM The Amazing Spider-Man 2**
Before it hit theaters this past May, movie trailers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hinted at further exploration into the mystery of protagonist Peter Parker’s parents and how their relationship with the malicious organization OsCorp forced them to disappear from Peter’s life. However, as the final movie showed, their parents perished in a plane crash after a confrontation with an OsCorp employee. We don’t hear much else about the Parkers afterwards.
It turns out the original story for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had the Parkers much more involved with Peter’s life.
This week it was revealed that the early draft of the script had a surprise twist ending that surely would have thrown Spidey fans out of their seats. According to sources, Peter’s father, Richard Parker, was going to show up at the end of the movie shortly after Gwen Stacy’s death which caused Peter to quit being Spider-Man. That’s right, Richard Parker (who apparently has been watching over his son this whole time) appears out of nowhere to tell Peter that he needs to be Spider-Man, even going as far as to tell him, “with great power, comes great responsibility”.
This surprising revelation would have made good on expectations surrounding the story of Peter’s parents in Sony’s Spider-Man reboot, as well as setting up an interesting foundation for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. The early draft also had other story lines that were scrapped, including more depth on Electro’s backstory, the introduction of Mary Jane Watson, and Peter working at the Daily Bugle with J. Jonah Jameson. You can read more about this early draft here.
Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released to theaters on May 2nd, 2014. It was directed by Marc Webb and has grossed over $700 million worldwide.