By ComicBookMatt 6 Comments
Whether you like it or not, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies are no more. He had a good run and for the first set of movies they were great. Sam Raimi did well for the web-slinger’s first cinema outing. Now it’s time to pass the torch onto someone else, namely Marc Webb.
Sam Raimi left Spider-Man 4 over script disputes about what villains should be featured in the film and talks of the movie’s release being pushed back. Raimi also felt that he would not be able to make the film’s release and keep the film’s creative integrity. This led Maguire and the others to follow in Raimi’s footsteps and leave the project as well.
This however isn’t a bad thing, but a good thing. Sure it would’ve been nice to see what Raimi had in store for us in the fourth film, but we have to face the fact: the Sam Raimi films are DONE! This now leads us into the Marc Webb film which is set to debut next summer.
At the time of the announcement of the cancellation of the fourth film it would’ve been eight years since the release of the original film. Let’s round that up to ten years.
That is plenty of time to consider the options of rebooting the series and hashing out the pros and cons that each of the original films present. Sure, it has only been about four years since the release of Spider-Man 3, but the fact of the matter is that the series itself was nearly ten years old. You can’t go by when the last film was released, but by how long the series has been around.
Secondly, bringing fresh new faces to the cast and crew will help revive the image of Spider-Man. Let’s be honest, Toby Maguire did a good job as the titular hero, but in the third film, I got the impression that he, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco were getting tired of the series. With a new cast and crew, new life will be breathed into the characters.
Thirdly the writing was getting considerably weak. Spider-Man 3 is a good example of this. While I did enjoy the film, it felt like the writers were running out of ideas by having Peter turning completely emo and dancing down the streets of New York. Although it did achieve to get a laugh out of me when I first saw the film, looking back on it makes me see that it was bad script writing.
Fourthly, The Amazing Spider-Man seems to be following the direction of the comic books, something of which the Sam Raimi films did not do much of. With the title of the reboot being called, The Amazing Spider-Man, this has lead me and others to believe that the film will be much more closely based off theThe Amazing Spider-Man comic book. Another fact that points to this is the web shooters that have been seen on promotional shots of Spider-Man for the film.
Now that the Raimi films are done, Sony has passed the torch to Marc Webb. With Andrew Garfield being cast as Spider-Man I believe that he will faithfully portray the character the way the comic books present him. It was bound to happen sooner or later, a complete over haul of Spider-Man on the silver screen. I am definitely looking forward to this with much hope and anticipation that this will be a great film.