Unused trailer for 1st Spidey shows web-shooters that never were

One of the most controversial changes Sam Raimi made in his original Spider-Man trilogy was the decision to have Peter Parker develop the natural ability to shoot webbing—but apparently that may not always have been the case.

In the comics, Spider-Man builds a small device he wears on his wrists to sling webs, though Raimi changed the origin tale because he thought it wasn't believable enough for a high school student to develop something so complex.

It was more than 10 years ago now, but Raimi's organic web shooters had fanboys up in arms at the time—and it's a tweak that was most recently undone in the new Amazing Spider-Man reboot by director Marc Webb.

Now it seems Raimi may have been more open to the idea of classic comic-style web-shooters early in the film's development, at least according to a long-lost teaser trailer allegedly created to promote 2002's Spider-Man.

A clip has surfaced via Comic Book Movie, and the story goes that it was shown at an expo as a very early promo to generate buzz for the first film in the eventual franchise.

The interesting part? It includes a close-up of former Spidey Tobey Maguire, who is sporting a very interesting device on his wrist that was never seen in the final version of the film.

Check out the footage below:

What do you think? Is the footage legit? Do you like the look of Raimi's version of the web-shooters?

(Via Comic Book Movie)

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