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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

because the origins of Spider-Man are lost in the mists of cinematic history

Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, and Kirsten Dunst will not be returning for the next Spider-Man movie, and Columbia Pictures will be rebooting the franchise, starting all over and sending Peter Parker back to high school, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Or perhaps because someone thinks Spidey Goes to High School Musical is a good idea. (Oh, wait, that’s actually already happening…)

This has been your WTF Thought for the Day.



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  • JoshDM

    In the original comics, Peter Parker spent an inordinate amount of time in High School. In the first movie, they pretty much ignored any history there after the second half, and moved onward and outward going forward.

    In both the “Ultimate” line of Marvel Comics and the recent Spectacular Spider-Man series, both somewhat successful vs. the established Spider-Man line where he’s married to MJ (DEAR FANBOYS – I’m not going to go into the whole One More Day thing), it’s a given that it is more interesting to watch him in his formative years, where Spider-Man (rather presumptuous name if you think about it) belongs.

    A reboot is for the best for that franchise, though it should be taken out of Sony’s hands.

  • Patrick

    It’s kind of disturbing the way Hollywood thinks they can reboot a franchise like so much software. And even more disturbing how financially successful they are at doing it.

    So much for verisimilitude in genre film series.

  • Jurgan

    So what’s the problem? If they want to reboot it, reboot it- that’s fine. I see no point in trying to continue the same franchise and the same story with a different cast- that would be painful and confusing. Keep in mind, Spider-Man originally was set in high school. The animated Spectacular Spider-Man, after two seasons, has become the best Spider-Man adaptation ever, including the movies. So they call an end to Raimi’s Spider-Man series and start fresh with a new cast, and you object… why?

  • JoshDM

    Also, DC Comics provides all the proof needed.

    ARGUMENT FOR REBOOT:
    Batman (Keaton) thru Batman and Robin (Clooney)
    vs
    Batman Begins (Bale)

    ARGUMENT FOR DIRECT IN-CONTINUITY SEQUEL:
    Superman through Superman IV : The Quest for Peace (Reeve) + Supergirl
    vs.
    Superman Returns (Routh).

    I think my case speaks for itself.

  • e

    I think the problem, and what gives people pause, is that until the 3rd one, this franchise, which is 8 whole years old, was/is considered one of the best.

    This isn’t the hulk where the first one was so thoroughly panned (I get reamed by friends for enjoying it) that a reboot makes sense.

  • The problem at hand is that they’re rebooting a franchise that’s relatively fresh. Other reboots – for Star Trek, Batman, and James Bond – it did make some sense to start over (especially Bond). But Spider-Man movies are essentially a part of the recent decade we’ve closed (2000-2009), and with the actors and director/creators still relatively available to continue their own series.

    This problem with Hollywood is their constant need to market to the audience with the most disposable income: since the 50s that’s been teenagers. Hence the need to pander to younger audiences with similar-aged characters such as sending Peter Parker back to school. But the audience in this nation has been shifting, I would say, due to the fact that the last true generation they’ve marketed to – the Gen’Xers – haven’t fully grown up, have remained fully geeked out, and are competing with the Millennial generation for seats.

  • mortadella

    Oh crap, really? Hmm. I think I felt the same way when I heard Seth Rogan was tapped to play the Green Hornet.

  • Barb

    Sorry but this is not a good idea. At least with the Batman reboot, they really didn’t de-age the characters. Here, that is exactly what they are doing. This looks like they are going for a younger audience rather than the built-in audience with the current franchise. Sure, the 3rd movie was not done correctly but that has to go back with the people behind the movie. They should have learned that concentrating on one villain makes for a more even movie. Oh well, at least there’s still Ironman.

  • Knightgee

    I’m against the idea of a remake purely because of how soon it is. But if they managed to make something closer to the Spectacular Spider-Man series that aired, I’d consider it better than the Raimi flicks. What they really need to do is hand the reins back to Marvel Studios. Their recent films show that when it comes to handling their characters, they clearly know what they’re doing.

  • Kenny

    God… I loved Spiderman and Spiderman 2… even the third one didn’t put me off enough to imagine they might contemplate a reboot.

  • If you really, really hate the idea of a reboot, the most obvious way to protest is at the box office. Don’t go see the movie on opening weekend, don’t go see it or encourage people to go see it while it’s in the theatres and don’t buy the bloody DVD.

    The only reason the studios do this is because they think it will be successful. Prove them wrong enough times and they’ll stop doing it. Either that or they’ll go bankrupt…

  • Lisa

    I do think it’s stupid to be rebooting the franchise so soon esp since Maguire, Dunst and Raimi were doing such a good job. I hate seeing origin stories over and over again. It’s just a blatant grab for money they should just pay Sam Raimi what he wants and let him do what he wants – it was them who made him put Venom in the third one and this is how they repay him.

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