— by JON MARTINCIC —
I’m as big a fan as anyone of all three of the “Spider-man” movies. It’s been a treat watching one series spark the biggest movie trend of the previous decade. Tobey Maguire has been phenomenal as Peter Parker, James Franco made Harry Osbourne into as strong a character as anyone could have hoped for, and the villains have been extremely entertaining. The hard work the crew and cast put into the past 10 years have paid off tremendously.
However, there are times when all good things must end and Sony has decided to reboot the series. With that in mind, here are four reasons why it makes sense for Sony to reboot using the “Ultimate Spider-man” comic book series:
1) It’s a new take on the character and deviates completely from the previous villains and storylines. The characters will start off even younger than in Raimi’s first “Spider-man” film, which adds to the distance between the two incarnations.
2) There’s already a long list of previous work to refer to, not to mention the peripheral “Ultimate” aspects being used in Marvel Studios comic book productions. Samuel L. Jackson’s character in “Iron Man” is a good example of this. It was an alternative to the primary Nick Fury character, which the audience loved.
3) The cast will portray these characters in a new light. Peter is actually a nerd, Eddie Brock is very similar to James Franco’s character in the previous series, and M.J. will no longer be the alpha female. The new characters are what will give this series a new feel, which is the point of the revamping.
4) The prospect of Spider-man making his way into Marvel’s “Avengers” series is far-fetched, especially with Sony holding the leash, but it would be a fanboy’s dream. This is the version that fits the most. He’s underpowered and a little immature, you know … like a teenager. Sam Raimi did a great job of portraying a Spider-man that people can relate to, this does the work for the writing team.
Sony is said to be pushing for a 2012 release, which makes this scenario unlikely, but not impossible. I’m not going to introduce any sort of 12-step plan, but I will say that if the current script is completely scrapped, then this has as much of a chance as any.
If there is any doubt, than I invite all to read one just one “Ultimate Spider-man” comic. We may not all be fans of comics, but the villains — as in the backbone of superhero movies — are presented as something to be admired. The big three — Venom, Green Goblin and Dr. Octopus — are all adapted to the new direction. This means a new series doesn’t have to avoid these previously-used characters, giving lots of new and interesting adventures for our hero.
This may not be the most common suggestion, but it makes sense to this “Spider-fan.” There will be change, and I assume most of us are hoping for the best. Sony has the opportunity to double their money with a second franchise, this seems to be their best shot.
(Art by Mark Bagley)
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