Expected to be this summer’s biggest blockbuster, The Amazing Spider-Man promises new–and not just new actors. It’s promising a new world for Spidey fans to play in, a darker one where Peter Parker will be spending his time investigating the truth about his father and inventing artificial webs, all while barely casting a shadow of the geeky and goofy Parker of Spider-Man's past.
There are a number of reasons why a Spider-Man reboot is coming out so soon after the series, and they all lead back to Sony, the owner of the movie franchise, not being a fan of the webby mess that Spider-Man director Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness) left behind with Spider-Man 3. Instead of having Raimi work on the fourth installment of the series, the studio instead opted for a reboot.
Raimi’s adaptation of the series rendered some major characters useless for future films. In addition to most of the noteworthy villains having been used already, Parker’s new love interest, Gwen Stacey, was a supporting character and love interest for Eddie Brock (Venom) in Spider-Man 3. Raimi also toyed with Spidey’s original mythology, cornering important story lines.
But do we really need to start over? Normally, I’d agree that when your intention is to reboot an entire series, it’s important to start at the beginning. But we’re dealing with a superhero whose origins are as familiar as Santa Claus. In my opinion, we already know what we need to know, or at least enough to suspend our disbelief for another two hours (and another couple of movies.)
Personally, I’d rather see the time and energy spent on more Spider-Man saving the world, working with different women all bearing characteristics of his first love, and introducing a plethora of new enemies for us to play with. We know it works–and it opens up oodles of opportunities for different stories, angles, and films for studios to make loads of money on (ahem, Batman). And Todd McFarlane wouldn’t mind making a few new toy models for people like me to buy and never take out of their boxes, right?
That’s Marvel geek talk for “I’d rather we move on,” but I’ll still welcome the fresh perspective on an old friend with an open mind.
The Amazing Spider-Man opens in theaters nationwide on Tuesday, July 3rd. Check local listings for show times.
Stacy is California born and raised, and happily living in Boston. By day, she’s a seasoned digital marketer, social media enthusiast and pop culture consumer. After studying special effects makeup and film for over 20 years, she is also full-time film buff and by night, produces content for horror publications, focusing on classic and contemporary horror films.
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