#2) Two Words: Gwen Stacy
For comics fans especially… we all know what’s coming. Stacy was basically crammed into the third movie, so the vast sea of people who have just seen the movies have no idea what we know is happening, but it sets a bit of a melancholy tone for “Amazing” simply because the clock is ticking.
Adding Captain Stacy, whose death wasn’t really any better, to the mix just makes it worse.
#1) This is a Different Spider-Man
Spidey in the Raimi movies had one big flaw: he lacked a smart mouth. Part of what defines Spidey is the fact that he spends about half his time in fights insulting his opponents. Tobey Maguire did a good job in the movies, but he also was never asked, and never had a chance, to create a sense of Peter being a smart-ass kid. “Amazing” seems to be going out of its way to do just that.
It also left out a fairly important part of the origin, which is that before Uncle Ben dies, Peter’s on his way to being as big a bully and a douchebag as anybody who ever called him “Puny Parker”. “Amazing”, just from the trailers, seems to have left that part in.
Yeah, it seems a bit weird to see a franchise we saw in our lifetimes get rebooted, but the reboot looks like a completely different movie, and it deserves a clean slate and a fair shot. We’ll know for sure how much tomorrow.
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