ByAaron Hubbard, writer at
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Aaron Hubbard


Sam Raimi's Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire
Sam Raimi's Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire

It's been an emotional roller-coaster being a Spider-Man fan. We started out on a high, back in 2002 when Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man movie was released, a truly big landmark in Hollywood for superhero films. It truly has a lot of nostalgia attached to it from fans who were brought into comics because of the movie.

The Spider-Man 2 came out and is considered one of the best comic book movies, even today because of it's great acting and it's great story-telling.

Then Spider-Man 3 came out, and that was hugely disappointing, everything we fell in love with in the first two movies was gone and that nostalgia that clings to the first two movies does not extend to the third.

At least it was nice that we all agreed that the first two were good and that that the last one sucked and there was no really huge divide between fans...until 2012 came along and Marc Webb began a new franchise, [The Amazing Spider-Man](movie:45497), starring Andrew Garfield. It was a reboot and really split fans down the middle, some didn't want a reboot and said that it should have just been Spider-Man 4 and others said it was a nice refreshing take on the character (I happened to be among the latter).

Spider-Man vs Electro in Amazing Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man vs Electro in Amazing Spider-Man 2

Alas, it was all doomed to fall though it seemed when [The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593) came out this past year of 2014. There was no good story-telling because of the congested ambitions Sony was pumping into it, the characters were not as well-written, and fans were torn even concerning the film between who was worth: Electro? or Green Goblin?, it was just a truly sad day for Spider-Man fans.

Now, Sony had aiming to take part of the "shared universe" pie that Marvel Studios have started since the conception of Iron Man. Now, I get why Marvel Studios' is doing it (cause they started it), I get why WB/DC are doing it (because they'd be stupid not to), but I don't get why FOX (who only has X-Men rights and Fantastic Four rights) are doing it, and I especially don't see why Sony thinks they can do it when all they have is Spider-Man. That doesn't make sense to me.

So, how do we save Spider-Man's persona on television and movies? Well, in short, we give it back to Marvel Studios and let them play with their own characters how they want to. Let's dive a little deeper into what Spider-Man would, could, or should be like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Tobey Maguire's ugly cry-face
Tobey Maguire's ugly cry-face

The one thing that does not need to happen is Peter Parker's aka Spider-Man's origin. We all know how Peter Parker comes to be Spider-Man just about as much as we know how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman. There's no need to retell the same thing a third time.

  • Make it a Netflix on-going television show

Netflix logo
Netflix logo

This will allow Spider-Man to not feel force-fed to the general audience once again. He'd be receiving the same treatment that Daredevil did when his rights reverted back to Marvel Studios. That's not to say that if the show peaks in-between certain seasons, that there couldn't be a movie made. This is the exact same way they are approaching [Daredevil](movie:47230). Or who knows, maybe after a few seasons, they could just finally adopt it to the big screen and continue the story from there in a series of movies.

  • Cast an actual teenager

Ultimate Spider-Man (2000)
Ultimate Spider-Man (2000)

I'm sure I may be the only one who feels this way (or not who knows) but a think that one of things that makes Peter Parker so interesting, so different from the Avengers and other superheroes is the fact that he is a nerdy teenager, actually, that's what sold him to the public even when the editors were unsure of his success whenever Stan Lee pitched the idea. So, yes, cast an actual teenager, get into what real teenagers go through nowadays.

  • One villain at a time please!

Spider-Man vs Villains
Spider-Man vs Villains

We've been force-fed so many Spider-Man villains because Sony has shoe-horned all the big ones just about in every movie (Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom, Sandman, Lizard, Electro, Rhino) and really, Spider-man villains are great but the don't sell well at first like maybe Batman's does. If they take the time to focus on one villain at a time, then maybe they could come up with a great story.

Or here's a better way to put it, pattern it off a graphic novel or use that method of story-telling for the show. For instance, the Ultimate Spider-Man graphic novels are amazing, they're what got me into comics. They really got into touch with what it's like being a teenage superhero and it really brought a lot of moments where you laughed, where you ached for the character, and brought a whole bunch of other emotions in-between.


Well, that's my thoughts on how Spider-Man should be adopted into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

If you didn't want to read the bulk of my text and just wanted to read what I was saying in the short method:

Spider-Man should be a Netflix show starring an actual teenager and focusing on one villain at a time.

Hope you enjoyed my opinion on the matter, feel free to vote and comment.


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