After three non-good Spider-Man movies in a row over seven years, fans are eagerly awaiting the Marvel chieftains’ take on this whole matter. He’s already the highest-earning superhero in box-office history, and that’s just the beginning for this property. We know that Marvel Studios will make better use of the films than Sony did. That said, here are 5 ways that Feige & Co. can truly nail the character.
1) FOCUS ON THE COMEDY
Kevin Feige has stated that the next movie will have a “John Hughes” feel. So it’s shooting for the core of 80’s teen comedy. Awkwardness, social rejection, and girl problems are the order of the era here; all played for laughs of course. Witty heroes with a rebellious streak are what clinch this whole trope: think Ferris Bueller. That’s what Marvel will go with if they are smart. That personality type has been with Spidey since the beginning of the comics; but unfortunately has yet to be faithfully adapted into the film format.
2) MAKE THE ACTION MORE GROUNDED
No more obviously fake CGI swinging or less-than-appetizing green screen work. Make us feel the danger and exhilaration of really dangling above city streets. Give us battles at impossible angles, which even most superheroes would not be able to contend with. Help us feel the power from every punch and kick and give the audience the awesome action they truly crave.
3) LESS CHEESE
Don’t ruin the balls-out action scenes with emo nonsense or sugary screenwriting. We know that the sappy love angle is part of the Spider-Man mythos, but that doesn’t mean that the filmmakers have to constantly dwell on it, or keep bringing it back around to hammer the point home for the zillionth time. We all know that the ladies need their cut of the action too, but don’t forget what made this stuff popular in the first place.
4) INCORPORATE THE MCU
The biggest and most important change from the previous film series of this franchise. Fans want to see all the essential characters, and then some…without it being overstuffed. We know its going to be part of a larger universe now, which is great. It will be hard to fail on this front; Marvel just has to watch out in terms everything being just a big commercial for the next chapter. Don’t hold back on us!
5) STICK TO THE CLASSICS
But also change things around a bit. Give everyone the thing that made them idolize this character in the first place, and then take him to all the uncharted waters that await out there down the line. We know that Feige-run Marvel knows what they are doing at this point, so Disney can make sure to clear the roads and let them barrel onwards. No training wheels necessary.
It is my thesis that by utilizing this combination of techniques and ideas; Marvel can make the most exciting film yet in the most successful franchise of all time. I know that they will listen. Excelsior!