It is obvious that one of the most successful superhero comic franchises of all time is Spider-Man. With five standalone movies (only being surpassed by Batman, Superman, and the X-Men franchise if you count the Wolverine standalone movies), the amount of comics, and another standalone movie on the way, Spider-Man has been the overall leader for Marvel Comics, along with the X-Men franchise. So why is it that there can’t seem to be a more permanent Spider-Man? There are actually some pretty sound reasons as to why there is constant turnover at the Web-Slinger position. However, as a lifelong Spider-Man fan I am growing tired of the constant reboot of the Spider-Man franchise.
Let’s take a short history lesson on the ways of Sony. First, there were the three movies starring Tobey Maguire as the Web-Head. In my opinion he did a great job portraying what was a less amusing or sarcastic, Spider-Man… in the first two movies. Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 had great story lines with some awesome actors, I’m talking to you Willem Defoe (Green Goblin) and Alfred Molina (Doc Ock). Tobey Maguire was also able to play a more, how should I say it, traditional Peter Parker, by being rather quiet and shy before he took on the role of being Spider-Man.
I understand a reboot of the Spider-Man series, because of the third movie alone. This was not Sony’s best work even though it did very well in the box office, most likely riding the coattails of the first two successful movies. It featured Peter Parker as a complete tool and someone you really didn’t feel very comfortable watching as he thinks he is impressing people (the picture below). Also, the real Marvel Comics superhero rejuvenation did not occur until 2008 with the release of the first Iron Man movie. The new superhero movies started to become darker, grittier, and put a much higher emphasis on technology. Thus leading to a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise.
This leads us to the two newer installments of Spider-Man, with Andrew Garfield at the helm. These two movies were not as popular in the box office as the Tobey Maguire films were. However, Garfield was able to bring to the table a wittier Spider-Man, which is much truer to the comics, than that of Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man portrayal. The Amazing Spider-Man movies would be the last of the solely Sony movie adaptations of Spider-Man, as Sony and Marvel finally paired together to bring the Web-Slinger into the Marvel Universe on the big screen.
I do not agree with, but understand that this is why Sony/Marvel believes there should be a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. The Spider-Man reboot would then flow better with the existing Marvel movies. I think Andrew Garfield was able to pull off a more comedic and sarcastic Spider-Man and a non-wussified Peter Parker, enter Tobey Maguire’s terrible crying scenes (I don’t think that wussified is a word, but I don’t regret it for a second).
So I get it. I understand why there has been a reboot and why another reboot is on its way. But that does not mean that Sony/Marvel can continue to reboot this franchise time and time again. I am not getting sick of, but am growing tiresome of seeing the origin story of Spider-Man go to the big screen. Sony/Marvel should really do their homework and select the actor best suited to play Spider-Man for the long haul.
After the 2017 reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, I do not want to hear a couple of years later that this just is not the right choice for Spider-Man, or something along those lines. It should also be acknowledged that Spider-Man is rumored to make a cameo appearance in the Captain America: Civil War movie in 2016. I do not know who will play the role of Spider-Man in the new standalone movie and I almost do not even care… for the most part. But what I do care about is consistency for my favorite superhero The Amazing Spider-Man.
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