With well over a decade under the belt of the world's favorite wall crawler in cinema, what direction does Marvel take him next? With the casting of Tom Holland and confirmed rumors by Marvel, we do know they will be following a young high school Peter Parker through his struggles and his transition into one of the worlds greatest heroes.
But, before you can assume where you are going, you should look back at where you came from. Let's take a look back at how Spider-Man set the table for comic book movies in cinema.
Spider-Man was released May 3rd 2002. It Starred Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and Willem Dafoe. This movie was one that set the table for modern day hero movies. Directed by Sam Raimi and coupled with an amazing score by Danny Elfman, Spider-Man soared into theaters. It followed closely to the comics and the story of Peter Parker as an awkward nerdy teenager bitten by a genetically altered super spider, while dealing with his insecurities and balancing great power with great responsibility. With an $821 million world wide gross, Spider-Man proved that this was the new path of cinema.
Spider-Man 2 was released June 30th 2004. It pitted Peter Parker against his idol and Spidey against one of his deadliest foes, Doctor Octopus. Following close to the same formula as its predecessor, we followed a slightly more confident Spider-Man trying to balance his life as one of the worlds greatest heroes and his fear of what being that hero may cost him as Peter Parker.
Though critics bashed Spider-Man 3, it has a worldwide gross over $890 million. I believe most of its criticism came via the lack of back story for one of the worlds most beloved spidey villains, Venom. Fans also believed Topher Grace was a poor choice for the role. Spider-Man 3 was released May 4th 2007 and explored the dark side of having great power and vengeance in your heart.
The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2
The Amazing Spider-Man was released July 3rd 2012. It was an attempt to re-boot the Spidey franchise without straying too far from the source content. Director Marc Webb decided that he would skimp on some details, assuming the audience wouldn't want to revisit Peter's brief stint in wresting or showing in detail how Spidey sense looked through the eyes of Parker.
In his second attempt, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Director Marc Webb attempted to improve upon where he fell short in his 2012 Spidey debut, by bringing in a A list cast that included Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan. He also decided to take the movie over the top with bigger explosions and more over the top action, while having Spider-Man realize his true strength. Webb seemed to abandoned his idea of the darker more down to earth Spider-Man and venture back closer to source material. Even going as far as to make his suite lighter and more like the original.
Tom Holland's New Ultimate Spider-Man Haircut
Which brings us to the present. Of course we know very little about the exact direction Jon Watts will be taking our new Spider-Man. But let's talk about what we do know. We know we will get our first glimpse of Spidey in Captain America Civil War, we know that Tom Holland will be playing a young high school aged Peter Parker. He will be as conflicted as ever and learning to deal with his new found powers. His costume will we be closer to the origins of Spider-Man.
What we don't know about this incarnation is how he will fit into the already well established Avengers universe on screen. It's the only variable that could make this Spidey significantly different from previous versions on screen.