POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BELOW
Three sources have told me this, but I held it. I didn't see the point in running it now, when the movie has been shot and edited and is ready to go. Nothing can be changed. But then the new trailer hits today and all but spells this out, so what the hell, here we go:
Spider-Man's origin has been changed in The Amazing Spider-Man. The spider bite no longer gives Peter powers, it rather activates something already in his genetic structure. Something placed there by his father. Peter Parker is no longer super-powered by chance, but rather by design.
That is, thematically, a large change (if it's true. These sources are trusted, and the trailer pretty much spells it all out anyway). Spider-Man's appeal has always been his regular guy qualities; Peter got his powers through sheer dumb luck. What's more, he misused them at first, something many of us might do in the same situation. Peter Parker never asked for these powers, and you or I could have just as easily have gotten the same powers had we been in the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time. Stuck with this, Peter must learn to be a hero.
How do you feel about it? Honestly, I'm so worn down by the entire reboot that I can't muster a lot of energy to care either way. I hope for the best, but I'm looking to be happy with a movie that creates a platform for future Spider-Man adventures... ones which might or might not reference this element of his origin,
Other aspects of the origin have been changed as well, by the way. Peter no longer goes into wrestling, for one, and that change creates a small ripple effect of other changes - leading up to changes in Uncle Ben's death. Good news: Uncle Ben's death is well done in the new movie. I won't spoil it any further, but Peter is still involved in the circumstances leading up to his death, and it's a nicely streamlined, semi-modernized way of doing it.
There you have it. And the trailer as well. What do you think? Does the change in the origin bug you, or do you think it's an interesting addition to the mythology?