Major Amazing Spiderman 2 spoilers ahead! If you haven't seen it yet, skip this!
Whilst watching [The Amazing Spider-Man](movie:45497) I realized that Spiderman had changed in a lot of ways from Sam Raimi's trilogy. The original Spiderman film was one of the first superhero movies I ever saw, and I have been obsessed ever since.
The thing I loved about Sam Raimi's movies as a kid was that I never had to take them too seriously. It was all about action and fun. There was drama, but it all felt light to me. I always knew that Spiderman would come out on top, and even when Uncle Ben died in the first movie, or when Harry Osborn died in the third, it never really had a sense of finality.
As I watched Gwen Stacy fall down the clock tower in The Amazing Spiderman 2, I realized that I was watching a different kind of Spiderman, one where the stakes are much higher than in previous iterations. The finality and intensity of Gwen's death left me feeling emotional in a way that other Spiderman movies never have.
I can't decide whether I like that or not. I've always loved Spiderman because it was a break from the dark, brooding nature of other superheroes. He was always the wise-cracking, fun-loving character.
I actually really enjoyed The Amazing Spiderman 2. I just don't know if I enjoyed it as a Spiderman movie.