Greetings from your friendly neighborhood Scarlet Sp1der!
Yes, you all know just a little bit of how big of a Spiderman fan I am! I mean, I named my site after one of the main characters in the Spiderman clone saga! In life, people tend to remember where they were when certain milestone events happened.
i.e., do you remember where you were: when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon? when JFK was assassinated? when Michael Phelps won his 8th Olympic medal in 1 set of games? when Michael Jackson died? etc.
Well, I remember where I was when I first found out that a Spiderman movie was coming out in 2002. In June 2001 I went to the movies to watch Jurassic Park 3 and the trailers that played before it were so-so, until…the amazing trailer that surprised me so much! (It got pulled after the horrific events of 9-11, since there is a pivotal scene using the World Trade Center towers in it.)
Here’s the original trailer with the greatest superhero reveal in trailer history!! Watch at your own discretion since it does include the twin towers. (I mean no offense by posting it, but I really am a fan of this trailer and wish it hadn’t have been pulled…Don’t hate me for saying that, it’s just my honest opinion.)
Well, Spiderman was followed up with 2 sequels. Spiderman 2 was amazing, and arguably better than the first. Spiderman 3…let’s just say I wish that I could forget about most of it ever being made. So, when they announced that Spiderman 4 was in the works I had my doubts. THEN, it was announced that director Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, and Kirsten Dunst had all left the project in order to bring out a new reboot of the franchise with a different direction. Doubtful, I waited to see who would be doing what before delivering judgment…and the rest is, as they say, history.
Today, I present to you 4 main reasons why The Amazing Spiderman is an amazing idea and a much needed reboot worthy of attention and laud!
The directing staff: (an impressive resume and span of different genres)
- Director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer)
- Writer: Alvin Sargent (Spiderman 2), Steve Kloves (Harry Potter 1-7.2), and James Vanderbilt (The Losers)
- Producer: Michael Grillo (Silverado), Stan Lee, Avi Arad, and Laura Ziskin (who also worked on Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy and passed away last month after fighting cancer)
The cast: (a great amount of experience and varied talent)
- Andrew Garfield: Peter Parker/Spiderman (The Social Network, Never Let Me Go)
- Emma Stone: Gwen Stacy (Easy A, Zombieland)
- Rhys Ifans: Dr. Curt Conners/The Lizard (Hannibal Rising, Notting Hill)
- Martin Sheen: Ben Parker (Apocalypse Now, The Departed)
- Sally Field: May Parker (Forrest Gump, Mrs. Doubtfire)
- Denis Leary: Captain Stacy (Rescue Me, Ice Age)
- Irrfan Khan: Nels Van Adder (Slumdog Millionaire, The Darjeeling Limited)
- Stan Lee: Cameo Appearance (Click HERE for a “spoiler” interview of Stan the Man sharing his cameo for The Amazing Spiderman)
The changes from Raimi’s trilogy: (Raimi had some good things going on, but Webb focuses on bringing more accurate details to light)
- Inclusion of actual webshooters: running out of webfluid, or changing it’s composition for different uses/villains, or mechanical failures all added to the believability of Peter Parker overcoming issues and problems. Plus, if the web was truly generated by his body…the webbing would shoot from his butt and not his wrists. Sorry Raimi, but Marc Webb’s got a better handle on this one.
- No Mary Jane: as much as I love the redheaded tigress of Parker’s love life, Raimi messed up by introducing her first and then opting for Gwen Stacy in the 3rd film. Gwen Stacy was Parker’s first girlfriend in all actuality. Plus Raimi didn’t do anything with Parker’s interest in Betty Brant or Felicia Hardy. The MJ usage was almost as bad as Alicia Silverstone being Alfred’s niece/Batgirl in Batman & Robin (Batgirl is actually Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon’s daughter).
- No Harry Osborn: Parker’s best friend actually came into the picture once Parker went to Empire State University. It’s okay to bring him in early, but as long as the focus doesn’t go to his father, Norman Osborn/Green Goblin.
- No Green Goblin: I’m glad that The Lizard will be the first villain. In The Amazing Spiderman comics, The Lizard and Doctor Octopus both preceeded the Green Goblin. (Chameleon was actually first).
- Inclusion of Peter’s parents and their backstory. Always pivotal in the story and development of Peter. and opens doors to tie ins with other Marvel storylines and movies in the future.
- 3D: There’s got to be no better way to experience webslinging through New York City than in 3D!
- Not overcrowding the film with too much going on like Spiderman 3. There should’ve been a Spiderman movie that only had Venom as the villain.
Once certain foundational aspects are set in a movie series like Raimi’s Spiderman it is hard to reverse them. It’d be pretty difficult for them to pick up where Spiderman 3 left off and make it believable for Spiderman fans to enjoy, along with movie fans in general. So, the need for the reboot was born. A Spiderman 4 from Raimi would’ve included too many pills to have to swallow. Pills labeled “Why are we just NOW really hearing about Parker’s parents?” “Are you really expecting us to believe the Green Goblin is still alive?” (he’d have to be for certain storylines to be told.) “Does Gwen Stacy not die now since Green Goblin is dead?” etc.
Like I said, don’t get me wrong, I liked the Spiderman series as a whole, but certain elemental parts of the webslinger’s story wer left out or changed from the beginning which shifted the overall story in the wrong direction. I am glad that Webb is going back to the roots of the webhead in The Amazing Spiderman.
The passion of the Andrew Garfield: Watch the panel for The Amazing Spiderman at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con.
The Amazing Spiderman releases July 3, 2012! and years from now I will be able to tell you exactly where I was when I saw it for the first time! I cannot wait! How about you? Enjoy the trailer!
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
up next: “Trailer Time Thursday!”