“Since the [Raimi] and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst aren’t confirmed beyond a fourth film, the fifth and sixth installments are being plotted as a franchise reboot (if necessary).”
Is it time for a reboot already?
It is never time for a reboot. Especially if they are abandoning Raimi, arguably the best part of the franchise.
Spider Man 3 sucked. They should wait a decade before attempting to reboot.
If they do reboot it, I hope they’d do it a la Hulk — I love superheroes and other manchild bullshit but I’ve gotten really sick of superhero origin stories.
More comic book movies – yeah, that’s the ticket. Mayve five in the entire history of film have been good, but, hey.
I agree with Sensational, less comic book origin movies. They are all getting extremely cliche and unoriginal. I think with how connected everyone is to pop culture because of the internet a comic movie can be made with little backstory. I talked with someone with an interesting idea of doing a Batman (or similar hero) movie that is just a bunch of episodic plots stuck together. Like the Animatrix almost, but live action. Basically, we don’t need anymore overly complex, cliche, villain-fests.
And I do think that the Spider-man can be rebooted already. I personally never got into Sam Raimi’s Spiderman movies. The first one was the best, only because the other ones were so bad. Raimi’s changes never made any sense to me. Peter Parker never was portrayed as the genius he is, and only looked like a good hearted buffoon most of the time. Mary Jane’s character was very wishy-washy and not that appealing as a love interest. And don’t get me started on Venom (my second favorite comic book villain ruined utterly). Christopher Nolan and Louis Leterrier showed us that reboots can not only be possible, but very successful as well.
Because the debasing of culture is a bottomless endeavor. And it pays well.
The only origin story I can recall loving lately was the eight-word, four-image retelling of Superman’s:
What more do you need (for characters who inhabit the upper echelon of pop-culture dissemination as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, etc. do, anyway)?
ah, the beauty of simplicity.
They should just leave it alone. The second Spider-Man film was fantastic and arguably one of the best superhero films of all time and one of the better films of this decade. If Raimi isn’t attached, then just don’t do another continuation of Spider-Man franchise. This isn’t like the Alien franchise where you can just keep using different directors. If they want a reboot, i say wait the same amount of time the superman franchise did.
Note to studio: please just re-release 90 minutes of Bakshi’s best and most psychedelic Spidey cartoons remastered for theatrical distribution to promote brain-meltingly repetitive Brakhagesque, hand-painted-background, large-screen freak-out sessions.
“brain-meltingly repetitive Brakhagesque, hand-painted-background, large-screen freak-out sessions.”
Best movie idea I have heard in years,,,
I JUST heard about this (I know I’m not up on all the new stuff, heh) and while I’m disappointed that Raimi won’t be directing (and the guy that did 500 Days of Summer will be instead … wtf?) I think it’s wonderful that Raimi is freed up to do more important projects. I heard he’s supposed to direct the Warcraft film adaptation which may or may not be good (the script isn’t finished yet from what I hear), but hopefully he explores some more horror films before he gets tied up in that franchise.
But yeah, what’s the deal with the canning of Raimi? While the Spider-Man films aren’t the best comic book adaptations around, there were some memorable moments and I’m just so skeptical that Webb, out of all people, was chosen to replace Raimi. Anyone have any details about the cancellation?
I’m fine with a reboot. It’s true to the spirit of comic books where they reboot constantly.
Huh, I thought I responded to this thread but it must not have gone through.
I actually like the genesis stories so much more than the rest of the superhero narratives. The hero discovering his powers and coming into his own is much more interesting to me than once the powers are founded and familiar. Usually the second movie is interesting because it is when the superhero learns that his powers aren’t enough, and has to learn how to think beyond them. Beyond that point, superhero movies are repetitive exercises in general serialization, which means that you basically just stick with the heroes you like and that’s that.
I also love the genesis stories because of the inevitable, “Now that the world has a power for good, reset the equilibrium and bring out the power for evil.” Batman does that the absolute best . How many times does the Joker ask Batman, in movies, shows, comics, and everything else, “Why do so many crazy people appear now that you’re around?”
I grew up with Marvel and comics in general. I loved the Classic Stories, they bailed me out on more than one occacion. And that superman piece you put up Sensational is awesome. i gotta get that comic. Personally I wouldn’t want to see another origin of Spidey they should grow with the character. Petey and MJ and little spidies.
a reboot is not a bad idea, having the 500 days of summer director helming might be tho.
I would pick Stuart Gordon, a more than compotent director who has done good effects in the past on a small budget. Plus with him there would be a sense of fun, some of these superhero movies are so dully noble.
It’s a superhero, no reboot for me please.
“Petey and MJ”
Perfect example of revisionism . . . the Pete/MJ marriage now never happened.