Once upon a time, I was 7 years old and I had just seen Spiderman for the first time on the big screen. My heart was pumped up to no end, and I was jumping from place to place in the parking lot walking to the car. Even though the Green Goblin scared me a little, I wanted to see it again, and again, and again. Flash forward 10 years, and I felt just as excited and pumped after seeing TASM. Probably not enough to see to again and again like the first time, and probably not in theaters, but still pumped to see what happens next. Now here we are in 2015 and we're gearing up for another, totally different Spiderman. So is this a good thing, or a bad thing?
Spiderman is one of those heroes that everyone can relate to. He's not a god like superhero like Superman who's invincible and always saves the day; or a man who needs to prove himself by becoming a loner and completely dedicates his life to fighting crimes. He's the underdog, the everyman, or kid, in this case, who has to deal with saving one of the most populated cities in the world and still make in time to homeroom. When he grows up, he has bills to pay, a job to maintain, and still prevent Doc Ock's plan to ruin his life. He's the geek in all of us who rises up and becomes the hero the rest of us wishes we could be. I know I did. Then in 2002, we got to see that hero grace our big screens in live action for the first time, and it was magical. It was magical, to the ones who grew up with Spiderman, or those who were just getting started. We didn't think it could get any better, and then 2004 brought us Spiderman 2, which to many, has to be the best superhero film to date. Or at least on par with The Avengers. Unfortunately, Sony couldn't capitalize on it and Spiderman 3 happened where it all went down hill. So after disputes, Sam, Tobey, and Kirsten walked off leaving the rest of the world confused.
Enter Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield, and Emma Stone in The Amazing Spiderman! This movie was a mixed bag for most, but one of the things we can all agree on, is the cast. Andrew was the epitome of Spiderman, and in The Amazing Spiderman 2, this was further proven to be the case. Emma brought life into Gwen Stacey, who was briefly glossed over in Spiderman 3, and became the girl we all wanted to take home to mom and dad. The supporting cast for these movies were pretty awesome as well and with certain exceptions, I was looking forward to TASM 3. Unfortunately, now we'll never know what was to become of The Amazing Spiderman.
When The Amazing Spiderman was announced, keyboard warriors were outraged! "No one can replace Tobey Maguire!" "He's the one true Spiderman!" In my opinion, he was a great Peter Parker, but as Spiderman, he was ok at best. Don't get me wrong, He wasn't bad or anything, and he will always be the first. He just, lacked, the charisma and the wit. When TASM finally came out, everyone was sold on Garfield's portrayal of Spiderman, but not really as Peter. It's like Sony can only pick one or the other. One thing that was in agreement between all of the fans though, is that Sony was dragging the franchise down. He wasn't the hero we all desired to be, or wanted him to be. I mean, I know for a fact I don't burst into tears at any moment for silly things. I also know that the good looking skater guys always get the girl. You know what I'm talking about if you've been to high school. Where's the portrayal of Spidey for the guy in the back of the class? That random guy you sit next too on the train that you're too busy to notice because you're sipping your pumpkin spice latte and tweeting about it. The one where their like me who can come up with wit at a moments notice, and could sweep a girl off of her feet, but is overlooked for some jerk who just benched 200 at the gym. He's in the comics, that's why he's one of Marvel's best, and until 2008, probably THE best character they own. Why can't we see him on the big screen, where we can see him come to life ,and make us forget that we aren't him? And why does the story have to suffer for universe building? Why can't it be done naturally and slowly where we can grow to love the characters you're sharing with us. Sony screwed up with TASM with trying to copy Marvel, and try to build a universe for Spidey by adding unnecessary elements to both movies, cutting scenes, adding characters and "bloatware" into each so it builds off of each other. It would be amazing to see all his elements in his stories come together and build up to some giant showdown between him and the Sinister Six, or something to that vain, but do so without ruining what could've been the amazing stories that Marc Webb tried to tell.
After TASM 2 failed the hype that Sony built up for it, they decided to go off the deep end and not release another Spidey movie until 2018. A Sinister Six movie, that makes no logical sense, and the Venom movie that the world has been waiting for, but keeps getting shafted. There were other rumors as well, but those were just that. Rumors. Even still, it all looked bleak, as Sony was running around with their head cut off, and refusal to give it back to Marvel, who could've easily entered him into the MCU somehow. That's what fans wanted, Marvel to take back the fallen hero and bring out the light in him that they have done to every hero that they have introduced since Iron Man graced the screen in 2008. If they can breathe life into a talking raccoon and a tree, they can definitely save our lovable web-head.
Little did we know, that that's what Marvel was trying to do behind closed doors. Soon, Sony and Marvel struck a deal to bring Spidey home to the MCU while Sony still has final say and gets the money. Now we'll have Spidey appear in Captain America: Civil War (allegedly, it would make perfect sense) and his own film in 2017. Of course that means, Webb, Garfield, and Stone are out and unknowns are in. Right now it's reported that they have a list narrowed down, so we shall see who we get, and if they're up to the job. Of course fellow keyboard warriors are battling right now on who should be Spidey. Some want Tobey back, others want Garfield, and some want some random soul for the gig. Me? I would rather some local joe shmoe off the street, that looks the part, and can make people laugh do it. I know Spidey isn't real, but Peter Parker is. That's the whole point of Marvel. What do I know though, I'm just some guy behind a computer screen. As to answer my original question, is this reboot a good thing or a bad thing?
I know a lot of people are just tired of Spiderman in general at this point and he should be shelved for a few years. There's also more than just Peter Parker at this point and now, Spiderman can be black, or a woman, and maybe even gay. I doubt that will happen in the movies anytime soon, but with this ever changing world, so you never know. I believe this is a good thing, only because we get a fresh start, no origin story (again), and role up for grabs that the actor can grow into gradually. There has been a dispute between Marvel and Sony though, about who they want to play Spidey. They each know who they want, but they are not the same person. It sounds like a bad moon rising. I still want to hold out hope though. Marvel knows what they're doing, and if anyone can get people excited for Spidey again, it's them. So please Marvel and Sony, solve your differences, and let's make this the best interpretation of Spidey yet, Let's make this the Spidey we all want to be, so I can have that same feeling that 7 year old me had the very first time I saw my hero on the big screen. So no matter who you are, you can go in and say, "that's who I want be." Until then, we're still waiting for Spiderman.