We have the freedom to pull from anything, but I really like what [Brian Michael] Bendis did. A lot. That felt like… that was Peter Parker back in high school. And, spending as much time with his high school problems as it did with his superhero problems, which I think is really a lot of fun.
There’s also some really funny comics stuff, like, the Archies. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the Spider-Man Loves Mary-Jane series, but they have this really great anime-style illustration, and it’s all just about Peter Parker’s relationships. It’s like the soap opera of Peter Parker in high school.
I can’t say enough good things about Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, it’s one of the most under-appreciated Spider-Man-related books in recent memory, though it’s actually Mary Jane’s story.
I read the entire first and second volumes of the series back when they were released in 2005–2006 and always enjoyed the lighter take on Spider-Man, his villains, and his relationships with Mary Jane, Flash, and the rest of the gang. The art by Takeshi Miyazawa, previously of Runaways, as Watts mentions in the interview, is a fun change of pace. If Watts is planning on using any of the material as a basis for his Spider-Man film, it’s off to a good start.