When Horrible Bosses and Vacation writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein got the opportunity to pitch a Spider-Man film to Marvel Studios, they were only given three days to prepare. Spoiler alert, they got the job, and despite the fact that they had so little time, most of what the writers came up with actually ended up in the final film.
While speaking to Yahoo! Movies, Daley described the process of pitching Marvel on their vision for Spidey’s MCU debut:
“We had our first general meeting with the Marvel guys on a Thursday, and that following Monday we were supposed to go in and pitch not only as writers but directors. So we were putting together two different pitches in a very short amount of time. And what is pleasantly surprising is that so much of what we pitched on that Monday is still in the movie.”
However, while most of the writers’ ideas made it into the final film, there were a few things that eventually faded away. For instance, while the Daily Bugle didn’t appear in the film, Goldstein revealed that Peter himself almost served a similar role, sharing the feats of Spider-Man with the world:
“Peter has sort of a new version of his Daily Bugle, anonymously [posting] these YouTube videos of him doing various stunts as Spider-Man and also saving the day. And filming it with a GoPro camera and just racking up the money that he gets off the number of views that these videos get.”
Daley explained how that story idea evolved:
“But it was also a priority to incorporate the events of Civil War in the beginning in the movie, so we thought to combine those two ideas.”
Speaking of Civil War, that’s not the only idea that was dropped from the film as Peter almost came even closer to going down the same path the character did in the Civil War storyline in the comics, revealing his true identity to the world. Goldstein described how the scene at Avengers HQ at the end of the film originally played out:
“That scene with the press behind the door, that started off as a more clear opportunity for Peter to say to the world, “I, Peter Parker, am Spider-Man,’ and he decides not to do it and walks away. It’s still that, but it had been set up that if he could just tell the world who he is, he would get all his problems solved and be loved by everyone.”
Even in that version of the scene he still wouldn’t have actually done it, but Daley went on to explain why Peter made the decision not to out himself in the original version:
“What he realizes is that there is a virtue in being a secret identity and how he kind of has the advantage in many ways over his other superhero buddies.”
Goldstein also revealed that Spider-Man’s famous motto was almost referenced in the film:
“At the end when Happy (Jon Favreau) is in the boy’s room in school we had him say, ‘Oh yeah, Tony wanted me to tell you, “With great power comes… something, I forgot.”’ It was a little too meta.”
Directed by Jon Watts, the film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Donald Glover, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Chernus, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Michael Barbieri, Angourie Rice, Abraham Attah, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is in theaters now.
Source: Yahoo! Movies