Tuesday, October 8, 2013

See What Green Goblin and Web-Shooters Almost Looked Like in SPIDER-MAN Concept Art by James Carson

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - by Maurice Mitchell 10

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Spider-Man concept art by James Carson
 Check out Spider-Man concept art by James Carson!

The most controversial change in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films is the use of organic web-shooters instead of Parker's homemade mechanical shooters. But the concept made it all the way to the prop design phase first trailer before it was dropped in favor of organic web-shooters.

Marc Webb in The Amazing Spider-Man restored the comic book's mechanical web-shooters and many fans were relieved. The other controversial change was using a static "Green Goblin" mask instead of a face. I already showed concept art of a prosthetic Green Goblin mask by Miles Teves and now I'm sharing unused designs by James Carson.

Concept art by Carson shows some other ideas for the Green Goblin costume and designs for the mechanical web-shooter and the web-shooter that grows from Peter Parker's body.

James Carson is a professional concept and storyboard artist who's worked on Hollywood blockbuster movies like X-Men: First Class (2011), Tim Burton's Superman and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

Check out the rest of the images after the jump (click to enlarge).
Green Goblin

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Organic Web-Shooter
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Mechanical Web-Shooter
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Web-Shooter Prop tests
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See more of James Carson's portfolio at http://jamescarsondesign.com

Click on the links if you want to see more of James Carson's work and Spider-Man on my blog.

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Spider-Man what did you think?

Official Spider-Man Summary
Average teenager Peter Parker is transformed into an extraordinary super hero after he is accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider. When his beloved uncle is savagely murdered during a robbery, young Peter vows to use his powers to avenge his death. Deeming himself "Spider-Man ," he sets about ridding the streets of crime, bringing him into conflict with malevolent super-villain "Green Goblin."
Directed by Sam Raimi
Cinematography by Don Burgess
Production Design by Neil Spisak
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, Cliff Robertson
Release date: May 3, 2002 (USA)
Official Site: http://spiderman.sonypictures.com/
© Copyright 2002 Marvel Enterprises, Laura Ziskin Productions, Columbia Pictures. All rights reserved

About the Author

Maurice Mitchell
Lover of science fiction and art.

10 comments:

  1. Interesting.... I never even thought about how he shot the webs! He's part spider, so I guess I figured it was an organic part of him.

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  2. Now that would've been one wicked looking Green Goblin.

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  3. It's a thin line between being a spider and a spider man Kate.

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  4. The mechanical shooters were actually filmed. In the first trailer that showed footage from the film (as opposed to the WTC teaser that was pulled after 9/11), the shots of Peter in his room testing his aim originally had the mechanical shooters on his wrists. Somewhere along the way, things changed to organics and the shooters were digitally erased from those shots.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KW8stZ2jSQ



    0:54 seconds - hard to see because it's a very fast shot. Look at the wrist he's web-shooting with.

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  5. When I told my then girlfriend about the "no organic web shooter" controversy, she fell down laughing at the coincidence that the kid bit by a radioactive spider also had the knowhow to INVENT from scratch mechanical webshooters, AND formulate the "liquid nylon" it shoots.

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  6. Actually any of those Green Goblins would have looked way better than what they settled on.

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  7. Really? woowww! I not only didn't know it, but I didn't even imagine / suspect that originally they had plans to put in the movie the classic shoot webs. I knew just that the thing of the organic shoot webs was a remnant of the screenplay by James Cameron, but that's all. Damn! would have been much better (in my opinion) with the spear cobwebs mechanical .....

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  8. Wow, those first Goblin looked pretty normal. The one with the human face and the machinery around it would have been creepy

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