The movie Spider-Man 4 was set to release sometime in 2011. However, creative differences between director Sam Raimi and Sony Pictures caused Raimi and his stars – Tobey Maguire, James Franco and Kirsten Dunst – to say goodbye to the record-breaking franchise after 2007’s Spider-Man 3. Spider-Man 4 almost happened, and with John Malkovich confirmed to play the role of the villainous Vulture.
Raimi’s departure allowed Marvel and Sony Pictures to reboot the franchise, and honestly, it probably was for the best. With Spider-Man 3, the franchise had become bloated and cartoonish. Hardcore fans that once supported Raimi had turned against him, primarily for his treatment of the key villain Venom, who was relegated to a supporting role.
The New Spider-Man
“Spider-Man will always be an important franchise for Sony Pictures and a fresh start like this is a responsibility that we all take very seriously,” Michael Lynton is the Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures, and Lynton seems to be a man of his word.
In the footage Sony showed at Comic-Con, Garfield’s Peter Parker is seen using his mechanical webshooters (just like the original comic book) and getting used to his newly acquired superpowers. A first-person sequence (which copies the videogame Mirror’s Edge) puts moviegoers in Spider-Man’s shoes as he jumps from rooftop to rooftop. The sequence is truly “amazing.” Add to that the fact the movie will be in 3D!
The film also stars Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, Sally Field as Aunt May, Emma Stone as love-interest Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as D. Kurt Connors/The Lizard. Sony unveiled the new Spider-Man at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego and the trailer not only wowed attendees, it re-instilled faith in hardcore fans:
The Amazing Spider-Man will release July 3, 2012, and stars The Social Network’s Andrew Garfield. Garfield was originally discounted by fans. Those sentiments have started to change though, as Garfield’s underwhelming physical appearance harkens back to Spider-Man’s roots and it looks as if the new film will more closely follow the early comic books drawn by legend Steve Ditko.
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Comic fans still have some doubt about casting Garfield as the hero, but what fans don’t take into account is that Garfield is a BAFTA (the British equivalent of the Oscars) award winner – and he looks just like Mark Bagley’s Peter Parker. Garfield was born in the United States but grew up in England, and has been named by many industry publications as a rising star.
Creating comic book characters isn’t easy. Neither is digital filmmaking, but Marc Webb, the director of The Amazing Spider-Man is (who also a huge fan of the comic-book character, in particular, The Spectacular Spider-Man) seems to have firmly stood up to the challenge. What do you think? Are you looking forward to the reboot of Spider-Man?
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