Spiders are creepy and gross. There’s no two ways about it. If a radioactive or genetically enhanced spider crawled onto my hand, I would probably squish it before it could bite me and imbue me with spider powers, which is funny because having the powers of Spider-Man would be awesome, despite my absolute disgust at the creatures. Suffice it to say I don’t like spiders, but Spider-Man is my favorite superhero. Is that weird?
I’ve never read the comics, but the recent Spider-Man trilogy has been pretty much the best source of superhero entertainment around, aside from The Dark Knight, of course. All three movies were fun, (including the underrated Spider-Man 3) and the second is one of the best superhero movies of all time. After seeing these movies, I was ready for more of the webhead.
Which is why I’m both suspicious and optimistic about the reboot, otherwise known as The Amazing Spider-Man.
Is it really necessary? The obvious answer would be, “It’s Spider-Man, of course it’s necessary!” But then I’d have to ask why they don’t just continue with the current storyline? Why start over? If you ask me that would be like rebooting Iron Man. You get a great superhero movie, followed by a fun, if not quite as good sequel, and then what? Somehow, even after Iron Man 2, I doubt that franchise will get rebooted any time soon, so why Spider-Man?
Granted, Iron Man was the starting point for the Avengers movie, so there’s more at stake, but really. We don’t need to reboot Spider-Man. We already have a great Spider-Man storyline. In some cases I can understand a reboot. After two horrible Batman films it was time for Batman Begins. Spider-Man, on the other hand, had one movie that, while not as good as its predecessors, was still a fun movie. Even if you have a different opinion, it was still just one movie out of a three, so the franchise at least had a chance to redeem itself and end on a high note, a chance that is no longer possible thanks to the reboot.
That being said the new movie is about Spider-Man so there’s an appeal right there. Movies like The Dark Knight have a philosophical touch with a realism that’s unprecedented in most superhero movies, and Iron Man is a fun story that’s more about the man behind the mask than a man in a mask, but Spider-Man has always been the most fun in my opinion. He’s a superhero, but he’s also the underdog who can’t get his life together, which makes him more relatable than two millionares with fancy gadgets, and I mean a lot more relatable.
Toby Maguire played that underdog really well, and the rest of the team along with director Sam Raimi really brought his struggle to life, so I’m sad to see them go. However, with them gone perhaps it’s best if we reboot. Maybe a new director could pick up the story, but without the cast it wouldn’t really be the same characters would it? Might as well make them completely new characters anyway, especially without the director who must have helped to create them.
The point is, though I’m a little peeved that Spider-Man is getting rebooted so soon, the character has always been something to look forward to for me, so I’m hoping the new movie isn’t any different. Only time will tell though, so for now I’ll have to be mad and happy at the same time, which I’ll admit is kind of weird. Still, maybe the movie will turn from a spider bite, (Angry at the reboot) to superpowers, (This is fantastic!) but we’ll have to wait and see. Until then, I’m so conflicted!