Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ Writer David Koepp Reveals Trilogy Plans

Writer David Koepp reveals he wanted to use the "Empire Strikes Back" method for writing the sequels in Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' trilogy.

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One of the writers behind Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, David Koepp, revealed his original plans for the trilogy.

While many fans have conflicting feelings over Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man when looking back on the trilogy, the series nearly had a much different story arc according to writer David Koepp. It seems Gwen Stacy would have been introduced a lot earlier in his original plans before being killed off in the second film, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to return to help see his story come to life. Koepp explained to Collider that he intended to use “Empire Strikes Back” as a narrative base when it came to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.

“Basically [my trilogy idea] was the telling of the Gwen Stacey/Harry Osborn story but I spaced everything out differently. I wanted Gwen to be killed in the middle of the second movie, because that follows sort of the Empire Strikes Back model, and I had different villains I wanted to use. Just a different way to tell that story.”

Although David Koepp didn’t reveal who the other villains were that he wanted to use in the sequels, he did reveal that at one time he had the opportunity to revive his story from the Sam Raimi trilogy for Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as well as the planned third film. However he explained that the moment had already passed and it didn’t feel right to bring the story back. Although coincidentally the Garfield series did kill Gwen in the second film and even explored Harry Osborn’s character before he became the Green Goblin.

“There was a time maybe seven or eight years ago when I was gonna come back for a couple Spider-Man movies, after they’d done their first Amazing Spider-Man. On the very first Spider-Man I sort of planned out what I thought the first three movies should be, and then all the assorted personalities it didn’t work for me to keep writing the Spider-Man movies… So I was excited to come back and try to finish the story I started telling in the first one, and as we were about to agree that I was going to do that, I pulled out all the old stuff and I started outlining those two movies and I thought, ‘Boy, you can’t go home again. That moment has passed. The time when I was really feeling it was 10 years ago, and there’s no point in trying to recreate it.’ So I bailed.”

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Here is the official synopsis for Spider-Man: Far From Home:

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks is quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks. Spider-Man and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) join forces to fight the havoc unleashed across the continent but all is not as it seems.

Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, Numan Acar, J.B. Smoove, Oli Hill, Remy Hii, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

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Source: Collider

Eammon Jacobs

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