The great 'Amazing Spider-Man' web-shooter debate
January 19th, 2012
05:57 PM ET

The great 'Amazing Spider-Man' web-shooter debate

With fan anticipation high for another glance at "The Amazing Spider-Man"  (though the stars didn't have much to say at a recent press conference, director Marc Webb hinted that another trailer for this summer's reboot of the "Spider-Man" movie franchise is on its way soon), there's a chance we may get a closer look at Spidey's mechanical web-shooters in action.

In the original comics, Peter Parker's interest in science and mechanics led to him to create his own web-shooters to go along with his spider-powers (climbing up walls, spider agility and the like). In 2002's Sam Raimi-directed "Spider-Man," Parker's web shooting ability was part of the package. This organic web-shooting power was also briefly given to Parker a few years ago in the comics.

Mechanical versus organic web-shooters has been a hot topic of debate for comic book readers for the past decade. When the new movie's co-star Emma Stone first confirmed that there would be mechanical web-shooters in this movie, many fans rejoiced. (At one point, a fan site called existed.)

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Thank you, Mr. Lucas
George Lucas presented Darth Vader with Spike TV's award for ultimate villain at the "Scream 2011" ceremony.
January 19th, 2012
03:53 PM ET

Thank you, Mr. Lucas

Dear Mr. Lucas:

After reading about your decision to retire from making blockbuster films - your last being the new movie, “Red Tails” - I wanted to reach out and say thank you.

Thank you for many things, but most of all, for creating one of the greatest sci-fi/fantasy universes, ever, in “Star Wars.” Your universe allowed an 8-year-old boy to believe that heroes still win, and being the good guy is not only OK, but cool.

The original three "Star Wars" movies are three of the, in my mind, greatest movies ever made. No matter what changes were eventually made to them, the films provided me with years of entertainment. They continue to do so. To this day, “The Empire Strikes Back” is still my go-to movie when I am sick, or just need a good pick-me-up.

It is true that your fans have not always been kind to you for the way you manage the "Star Wars" universe. I, for one, have been very vocal in my thoughts on the changes and tweaks you made to your movies.

You said in this week's New York Times interview, “Why would I make any more (‘Star Wars’ movies) when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?” I can understand how much it hurts to hear people tell you that you are screwing something up that you put so much time and soul into.

But I ask you to look at it this way: If we, the fans of “Star Wars,” did not love the movies you created so much - the ones that we loved when they came out and still watch today - if we the fanboys did not love what you created, then why would we get mad that it was changed?

I am sure you won’t take it this way, and I wouldn’t either in your shoes, but please take it as a compliment that we do get mad. These movies had such a big impact on our lives. We don’t want to see them ever change, even though we are all smart enough to know that everything in this world must change on some level.

Again, Mr. Lucas, I want to say thank you. You and your vision are truly a gift to fans like me. Without my parents and the likes of you, Tolkien, Gygax and Miller to name a few, I would not have grown up to be the person I am today. And I believe that person is a better person because of what you all created.

Thank you, sir.

Your fan and your critic,

Topher Kohan

P.S. I see you left the door open to come out of retirement and make an "Indiana Jones 5". Thank you for thinking of us that way, but it is OK if you don’t do that. Really, it’s OK.

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