My first blog entry and probably my only one. I'm also plan on adding pictures, eventually.
If you can find the patience to read through this you might find yourself agreeing with me.
Every great superhero is composed of four forms of media: comics, movies, television and video games. They're like the four food groups of heroes. Now think back to the early 2000's, if you weren't there, try to imagine it. Spider-Man had it all; good comics, movies and video games. (I didn't really like Spider-Man TNAS, but it's better than Ultimate.)
Fast forward fourteen years and compare;
Pre-2007 (Good Era):
Movies: Spider-Man; Box Office: $821.7 mil, Ratings: RT: 89%
Spider-Man 2; Box Office: 783.8 mil Ratings: RT: 94%
Video games: Spider-Man 2000; Reception (highest average for a console): 87%,
Spider-Man 2 tie-in game; Reception: 83%
Comics: JMS and Paul Jenkin's runs
Television: Spider-Man TNAS
Post-2007 (Bad Era):
Movies: Amazing Spider-Man 2; Box Office: $709 mil, RT: 53%
Video games: Spider-Man Edge of Time; Reception: Extremely negative, Amazing Spider-Man 2 tie-in game; Reception: 55% 55/100, Mediocre.
Comics: Dan Slott's run; responsible for: Alpha and Superior Spider-Man. Just recently ruined Spider-Girl.
Television: Ultimate Spider-Man; Unwatchable.
You can't deny the dramatic decline in quality in such a short time frame.
Why have I used 'Pre' and 'Post' 2007? Because 2007 was the worst year in the history of Spider-Man, the year everything went wrong. Think about it, what came out in 2007? Spider-Man 3 and it's equally terrible tie-in video game. But wait, it's about to get a whole lot worse because we now have the main perpetrator: One More Day. I won't talk about which one is more horrible than the other, they're all a disgrace. What I know is they all contributed negatively towards the character.
I'll admit there have been some exceptions since 2007, with Spectacular Spider-Man the TV series easily being one of the best Spidey adaptions I have ever seen. But what did they do it? They cancelled it of course. Another has been Brian Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man, a series that has been consistently great for almost a decade and a half. Everything else in my eyes since then has been garbage.
You want an example of a company doing justice towards their flagship hero? DC and Batman. In recent years fans received; Chris Nolans' Dark Knight Trilogy and currently Scott Snyder is continuing his incredible run over on Batman Vol.2. Next year will also see the release Batman Arkham Knight, Rocksteady's final installment in the amazing Batman Arkham series. Batman has also faired quite well with television recently, not as well as his comics, movies or games but who can ask for a worthy successor to Batman TAS? All the media I just mentioned have all received critical acclaim and they aren't just the best of their comic book genre they all rival other original works.
Why are all these things so good? Because DC have entrusted their greatest hero in the hands of talented, competent people who know what they're doing, who understand and care for the character.
Spider-Man once had that, but not anymore. The character has no strength in any of its four mediums and is just a brand name now, (even that has deteriorated to an embarrassing degree.) We now live in a world where Captain America makes more at the Box Office than Spider-Man, that simply would not have happened 14-10 years ago.
Do I have a solution to this problem? I do. It's simple; Replace video game developer Beenox, Slott, Produce a better sequel to the Amazing Spider-Man 2 or reboot it, I don't care. As for Ultimate Spider-Man, I already heard that it was getting cancelled, so that means one down three to go.
And that's about all I can think of right now. The title said it all really, and that's whats going to happen soon if it hasn't already.