1. A Different Fate (3.49)
The Amazing Spider-Man’s first deleted scene starts in the same way its movie equivalent does, with a post-barney Peter Parker storming off into the night to, erm, buy some chocolate milk in a bad part of town.
Here he bickers with the shop clerk T-Bone (Michael Barra) over two cents as the ‘Milk Chug’ Peter’s after costs $2.07 and he’s only got $2.05. Mr. Bone refuses to let him off the excess, and despite looking like a cross between two well-known on-screen nice guys – Hurley from Lost and Seth Rogen – tells him to “Just step aside, kid!”
It’ll get more exciting than this, promise.
Here Cash Register Thief (Leif Gantvoort) makes his best impression of Jason-Statham crossed with Drive Angry-era Nic Cage as he intimidatingly knocks over something on the counter and nicks some money from the till. Again, same as officially released feature, but still – free chocolate milk! Get in!
This is now new material. Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) is wandering around looking for Peter when he spots an extravagantly bequiffed silhouette walking towards him. The quiff stops, seems to recognise him, then turns into a dark alley.
What’s important here is that everyone’s favourite cinematic stepfather actually found Peter, but Peter turned away from him, making the inevitable tears before bedtime all the sadder.
More guilt is ladled onto Peter now that you see Uncle Ben has called him five whole times since he’s gone a-wandering, and what’s more,
Jed Bartlet our man Ben looks adorable on his phone profile photo.
Guilt-a-geddon arrives in the final shot of the deleted scene, which shows Peter walking down the same alleyway his shadow was seen skulking into earlier to find his stepfather dead on the tarmac. It’s interesting to note that the audience don’t actually see Cash Register Thief shooting Uncle Ben, leaving Peter to discover the killer was Drive Angry-era Nic Cage-cum-Jason Statham-man only when the cop who comes round his house with a facial composite later.
Also, remember the speech Ben delivered to Peter that set off this almighty sulk: “Your aunt, my wife, had to walk 12 blocks alone in the middle of the night and then wait in a deserted subway station because you got distracted.” Ironic ain’t the half of it.
To compare and contrast two deaths of Uncle Ben – a grim sentence, apologies – here’s how it look in the final, official product. What’s key is the location, with the scene unfolding on the street that Peter happens to be walking on, in a public area.
Where you could perhaps forgive Spidey for not saving the day when the incident took place in a secluded alleyway, the fact that it happened practically in front of him makes it worse, especially when you consider the rest of Ben’s monologue earlier: “Your father lived by a philosophy – a principle, really. He believed that if you could do good things for other people, you had a moral obligation to do those things.” With great power…