I hate Spider-Man. Some might blame director Sam Raimi, and after “Drag Me To Hell”, who wouldn’t? But I blame Tobey Maguire. There’s something about his demeanor that makes me want to smash porcelain plates over my head.
Let me back up and explain. Ever since I learned that Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”) was going to play the new Peter Parker in the “Spider-Man” franchise’s reboot, I was a wee bit skeptical. At this point, I had not yet seen the award-winning film, so I wasn’t familiar with Garfield.
That changed about a week ago, and I can now say that I am head over heels for him. I am putting all my hopes in this young stud to bring me back the love I had for America’s favorite webbed hero before Maguire ruined him. Hollywood won’t be escaping blame, though. It chose Maguire.
Now, critics might say I’m being overly harsh and that the first “Spider-Man” was a blockbuster success, making a cool $403 million domestically since 2002, according to boxoffice.com. It’s also received an 89 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Although I did like the first movie when it came out, the sequels were dull, sloppily put together and all-around failures in my book.
The anticipation is steadily rising for the new “Spider-Man” films and I am one of those dorky fans that has followed every super hero movie ever made in the last 12 years.
I was in disbelief at first when I heard that Raimi had been booted off the project and the studio was going for a younger, refreshed cast. My spirits were lifted when I heard Emma Stone (“Easy A”) was going to play Parker’s first love, Gwen Stacy.
Although some die-hard Spider-Man fans might be appalled at me saying this next statement, I stick by it: I am tired of Mary Jane. I am certainly tired of Kirsten Dunst’s portrayal her. I think this reboot will be good for the snarky, sarcastic and genetically altered hero. I think it’ll bring back the seriousness that was lost in the last two films. There should always be a balance of humor and thought-provoking themes in superhero films.
Director of the new film, Marc Webb, who also directed “500 Days of Summer,” should bring a fresh spin on the old superhero and not let the past films hold him back.
The new movie will show Peter Parker in his high school years again, which I always thought was the best part of his history. Although this does mean seeing Ben Parker die again and, spoiler alert, the eventual death of Gwen Stacy at the hands of the Green Goblin, if the director chooses to stick by the comic book.
A fair trade for, what I believe, will be a better, more cohesive and youthful “Spider-Man.”