Change is inevitable. It’s a part of life. Without change, what do we have to look forward to? The truth is, that in films, nobody likes change. Fans can be sceptical and protective of characters and plot lines, especially when the movie is based on any kind of pre-existing book or series.
When Spider-Man was first introduced in the early 1960s, teenagers in superhero comic books were usually relegated to the role of sidekick to the protagonist. The Spider-Man series was ground breaking in this sense, and Peter Parker’s mission to find his role in a world much bigger than himself was relatable for young readers. When the 2002 Spider-Man film starring Tobey Maguire hit the cinemas it was a commercial success and became the first film to pass the $100 million mark in a single weekend and the highest-grossing superhero film of all time (and has stayed in the top six for nearly thirteen years).
It’s safe to say that when Marvel’s plans for The Amazing Spider-Man were brought into the public eye fans responded sceptically. However, the reboot was well received by critics, praising mostly Andrew Garfield's performance and the visual style.
Tobey Maguire: Andrew Garfield Is "F**king Perfect" as Spider-Man.
The film was a box office success, becoming the highest-grossing reboot of all time. The Amazing Spider-Man is now considered by some to be not merely a remake, but a rejuvenation of the classic superhero films, attracting a whole new set of fans to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Garfield has been complimented by many for his strong and heart-warming performance, as well as for his obvious chemistry with the rest of the cast.
Even some unsatisfied critics praised what Garfield brought to the table, with Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times calling the film "memorable in pieces but not as a whole" and stating that its best element is the relationship between Peter and Gwen.
So why is Garfield’s future in the Spidey-Suit suddenly being questioned? Sure, if the makers of the film feel like a change of blood would be beneficial to the film’s integrity then they have a right to make changes. But there are many fans out there that feel that Garfield’s Peter Parker has brought a whole new level of emotion, relativity and truthfulness to the role. So why replace him? Why fix what isn’t broken? Spider-Man has already been reinvented once. He's not the Doctor. How many more regenerations can Peter Parker survive?
Peter Travers, The Rolling Stone, Jun 29, 2012. Webb never loses touch with the film's emotional through line. And he allows time and space for Garfield and Stone, both stellar, to turn a high-flying adventure into something impassioned and moving. A Spider-Man that touches the heart. Now that really is amazing.