The Amazing Spider-Man doesn’t come out for a few more weeks, but the deleted scenes have found their way online. All 17 minutes of them! And unlike other movies where “deleted scene” means it’s just a variation on an existing scene with one thing changed, these are actual parts that were cut from the movie.
Well, except for the first few minutes, which is another version of Uncle Ben’s (Martin Sheen) death. Because that shit was traumatizing. Of course, the version that made it to theaters was so much more heartbreaking, because we watched Ben’s terror right before he got shot. This deleted scene gives us more of Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) point of view, but I’m glad they went with the one they did.
The other scenes with Peter are stronger, because they center on his mentor-mentee relationship with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father figure. The scene where he’s waiting for Peter at home with his newly-healed rat is fascinating because of how manipulative he is: He plays on Peter’s grief over his uncle to con this kid genius into solving more genetic formulas so he can have what he wants. The moment where he says, “We must be greater than what we suffer”? He has Peter eating out of the palm of his hand.
There’s also a scene, later on, that better explains Connors’ schizophrenic state once he starts to become the Lizard. One of my complaints with the movie was that he reverted to crazy-mode without any transition to make us sympathize with his transformation. And of course, we get more of the original backstory that the previews hinted at—all of that “Don’t you want to know exactly what you are?” But still, no answers as to what about Peter made his DNA match up so well with the spiders.
The one bummer is that we don’t get any real deleted scenes with Peter and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), because they’re too damn adorable. But then again, maybe that means that all of the footage that Andrew and Emma — who are now dating in real life — shot made it into the movie! Well, there’s the last twenty seconds of the video.