One of the ComicBookMovie guys claims to have found this early Sony promotional video for Spider-Man in which Tobey Maguire appears to be wearing homemade webshooters — and not the organic webshooters that he actually sported in the film. This change tore the nerd world apart in 2001, with many claiming it was completely absurd that a radioactive spider could give a teen the ability to shoot webs out of his wrists, although the ability to climb walls, increased strength and basic precognition was imminently reasonable. Anyways, I don’t think this video is real — I can’t really imagine a point where Sam Raimi would have shot a bunch of Tobey Maguire close-ups and had a bunch of the webslinging special effects ready, but not any shots of the other actors, fight scenes, or anything else — but just in case, here it is. For my money, I never gave a shit. Organic, hand-made, whatever. I’m infinitely more perturbed about Peter Parker Sk8er Boi. (Via Blastr)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.