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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ High School Scenes Boast A Special Guest Writer

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Paul Feig’s credits are pretty damn impressive. Before directing ‘Bridesmaids,’ he helmed episodes of ‘Mad Men,’ ‘The Office’ and ‘Arrested Development.’ He created ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ and acted in ‘Knocked Up’ and ‘Bad Teacher.’ But his most high-profile writing credit is flying under the radar … until now.

While speaking to The Playlist, Feig admitted that he did a little writing on Marc Webb’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ the blockbuster reboot of the Web-slinger’s franchise.

“[Webb]‘s a great guy, he invited me on set, and I did a little bit of writing for that movie, for one of the high school scenes, so I’m excited.”

Man, that’s encouraging news. If there’s one element Sam Raimi botched in his Spider-Man trilogy (well, there’s far more than one element), it was Peter Parker’s trademark sarcasm … or lack thereof. Many of us who grew up reading Spider-Man comics loved his smart-ass attitude, which was nowhere to be seen in Raimi’s Spidey films. If Webb tapped someone like Feig to punch up a high school scene, that’s a great indication that this franchise reset might be heading in the right direction.

It also appears, from various promotional images, that we’ll spend a decent amount of time with Parker (Andrew Garfield) in school, so I think we’re going to see a more vulnerable, unsure, adolescent version of our classic hero. I’m dying to see how Garfield and Webb pull it off.

Right now, the ‘Spider-Man’ writing credits go to Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves. And I’m sure they did the bulk of the lifting. But Feig contributed to a few scenes and maybe he’s not alone. We’ll see when ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ swings into theaters on July 3.

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