The Amazing Spider-Man 2 took inspiration from a legendary Marvel Comics storyline, but now the author of that storyline is having to fight for an invite to the film's premiere.
We've suspected for a while now that the second film in Spider-Man's rebooted continuity would draw inspiration from the 1973 Amazing Spider-Man storyline "The Night Gwen Stacy Died," which featured the demise of the titular character, Peter Parker's girlfriend, as he tried to save her after the Green Goblin dropped her off a bridge. The story is one of the most famous Marvel Comics of all time, and changed Spider-Man forever. It's unclear whether the film version of Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone) will actually meet a similar fate, but because she's been seen in trailers wearing virtually the same outfit her comic-book self had on at the time of her death, and because we've seen Spider-Man fighting to rescue her during a disastrous fall, all signs point to at least a partial adaptation of "The Night Gwen Stacy Died."
Today, legendary comic-book writer Gerry Conway, who penned the iconic storyline, read in Entertainment Weekly that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is "based partly" on his work, and took to Twitter to make a demand. He's not demanding money, or some kind of backend share of the box-office haul. All he wants is a seat at the film's premiere, and he's taking to Twitter to ask director Marc Webb and the film's studio, Sony Pictures, to make it happen.
@MarcW - Entertainment a Weekly says you partly adapted my story for Spider-Man 2; any chance I can come see it? Purty please?— Gerry Conway (@gerryconway) April 1, 2014
Conway's feed reveals that he's being at least somewhat tongue-in-cheek about his demand for an invite to the premiere. He's not lashing out at anyone or hurling insults, and he even calls his "beef" with Webb and Sony Pictures "fake." It would still be nice to see Conway get honored, though, in part because he's not the only creator this has happened to. Writer Sean Howe, who wrote the excellent history Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, shared Conway's campaign on his Tumblr and told the story of how longtime X-Men writer Chris Claremont suffered similar circumstances when The Wolverine -- based on comics Claremont wrote -- was released by Fox last year.
"Last year I went to a press screening of Fox Entertainment’s THE WOLVERINE with Chris Claremont, the writer of the movie’s source material. Claremont was my plus one—he hadn’t been invited to a premiere or a screening," Howe wrote. "We watched the closing credits together, searching in vain for his name. (Marvel Entertainment and its parent corporation, The Walt Disney Company, have their own checkered history with treatment of talent, but neither THE WOLVERINE nor AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 were produced by them.)"
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will begin hitting international markets in a little more than two weeks, and will hit theaters in the U.S. on May 2. If you think Conway deserves a seat at the flick's premiere (and it's really not too much to ask, considering how much money the movie's bound to make), head over to his Twitter feed and join his campaign by tweeting with #inviteGerryConway.