Remember when Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4 was a go, and then Raimi, after the epic clusterf**k that was Spider-Man 3, threw up his hands and said, "Forget this; I'm out," and then we learned that it was all Avi Arad's fault, basically?
Well, if you'd hoped that he (and other producers) had learned his lesson with the franchise reboot, you'd be wrong. In an interview that originally appeared on fan site James Horner Film Music, the legendary Hollywood composer revealed that Arad was up to his old tricks during the production of [The Amazing Spider-Man](movie:45497), which is why Horner decided to bow out of composing the sequel.
Explaining why he opted to join the first film, his words quickly turn, well...fairly damning. See for yourself:
He [Webb] was very inexperienced and he and I had a very good relationship, and the producers had their own opinion. And they didn't want his input. And then Sony had their own, they just wanted action.
To me, the whole thing about doing the movie was I liked the director and there was a chance to write something for the two lead characters, and then she dies in the next movie. But the next movie ended up being so terrible, I didn't want to do it. It was just dreadful.
Oh, wow. He went there.
It's fairly telling that Horner used the phrase "they just wanted action," a criticism that seems to confirm the feeling many fans have had about the sequel. The chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy has been some of the best parts of the films. But the sequel rushed through it to get the "NOOOOOO" moment into the franchise as fast as possible to start work on the [Sinister Six](movie:1274281) spinoff, a move that was ill-advised from a story-building standpoint.
Understandably, fans have been pretty unhappy with the direction in which Sony has taken their beloved Spidey ever since Spider-Man 3, and while I didn't hate [The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593) quite as much as the rest of the world seemed to, I can absolutely understand why fans would. I firmly believe that Avi Arad needs to step back and let his directors actually, you know, direct, or the rights to Spider-Man need to go back to Marvel. If I were Andrew Garfield, I'd be secretly begging Marvel to work out a deal with Sony so my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play an iconic character would not be completely ruined.
But that's just me. What are your thoughts?