AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 was GOOD, so please SHUT UP!

I’ve seen too many articles speculating about a supposed reboot, soft or not, via the upcoming Sinister Six flick. It’s annoying! The franchise is not in some death spiral where it leaves executives wondering” how the hell can we save what was once a multi-billion dollar money printing machine?

I’ll be the first to admit that there are problems that need to be addressed but come on Amazing Spider-Man 2 had a bigger opening then it’s predecessor and still racked in over 700 million worldwide. Sure it had the lowest domestic numbers of the franchise but that doesn’t mean we need another cast and crew going forward.

Maybe it’s just me but I left the latest outing grinning. Sure there are logic faults, but be honest what movie doesn’t have those?

Case and point: if the parents had a secret lab underground why didn’t they just hide there instead of flying away on a jet-plane.

Sure there was angst up the wazoo but let’s be real that’s kind of a big part of Peter Parker. He ALWAYS carries guilt about the ones he thinks he failed and Andrew Garfield did a fine job conveying that. Plus he excelled in the revamped costumed while continuing to be my favorite iteration of the famed wall-crawling menace!

Garfield Spidey Rules

I thought what Jamie Foxx did with Electro was passable. The actor carried a gravitas that took a c-list villain and made into a notable threat. I remember reading ASM monthly as a kid and this was just one of those character’s that was largely laughed off the page but in this film he had depth and enough intensity to get me to take him seriously.

Sure they screwed up the Green Goblin and wasted Dane DeHaan on a rushed plot that served to only get us to a pre-ordained event. But there’s hope there, and why do I think that? Because after having the mighty morphin iteration of GG back in 2002 and New Goblin in 2007 it can’t get much worse. Hell Sam Raimi wanted to do Goblettes, thank the Watcher that he never made a 4th movie.

Green Goblin Fail

My big reason for wanting this version of my favorite webhead to go forward is because the creative team behind it has found a way to be more true to the comics then the ones that came before them. In this nifty new package we get the classic quips, mechanical web-shooters, a connected (flawed and over the top) narrative with a sense that we’re actually going somewhere.

It would have been easy to avoid ever doing Gwen‘s death but they didn’t. The studio knew that they had winning chemistry between their two leads so who in their right mind looks at that fact and says: “yep, kill the girl!” It was a risk and a clear bone thrown at dedicated enthusiasts, and you know what? It worked! The whole sequence was heartbreaking, so much so that I wish it would have ended on that dark note instead of with a montage followed by a goofy mechanical iteration of an over the top Rhino.

Goodbye Gwen

I’m going to miss Emma Stone as the living love interest for our young Mr. Parker but I’m downright eager to see what other women get the big screen treatment. And come on I need my Venom movie to come quickly and unimpeded by an unnecessary soft reboot because I’m still getting over the most successful (890 million) and gut wrenching viewing experience I’ve ever had, Spider-Man 3.

Here me out my fellow fanboys and fangirls, because to be honest I think a lot of you want this franchise to fail so you can see Spider-Man onscreen with the Avengers just in time for the big fight with Thanos. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want that too but I’m also very comfortable with them being separate for now. Just like how I dig where X-Men is going with Fox, I’m interested to see what Sony has going on.

For a change: let’s be optimistic for the future.

The ASM Conspiracy

Amazing Spider-Man 2 was imperfect but good. The cast did what they needed to do with a script that was trying to increase the scope of what should be a simple property because we live in a time where we have the Marvel Cinematic Universe and whatever DC is cooking. In that regard the missteps are understandable but, like the first one, I can tell there’s heart there and I want to see more of what this creative team has to offer.

To sum up: you can consider me a supporter of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3, especially if it’s directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield.

’nuff siad.

Spider-Man 2 stare-down

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  • Jay Thomas

    Honestly my problem with the last two movies is that he is hardly Spider-Man at all in these movies. When they Do show him it is great the first scene of Amazing Spider-Man 2 is great and really enjoyed after that it was like a bad CW love story. As far as Marvel Cinematic Universe they just cannot do anything wrong even there lets say bad movies such as Thor (who is hard to adapt to this created universe) and Hulk I enjoyed much more than this movie. It is hard to compete when the whole Phase 2 of MCU has just been nothing short of Amazing. Now we have seen what James Gunn has done to Guardians and has made them some what of the new face of the franchise while Marvel attempts to get back their properties. Imagine how Great a Spider-Man Movie in not the right hands but in the right place. Same with Fox’s Ownership. Not to say that Fox, Sony, and Universal Studios are the Villains. There just victim to Marvel Studios doing something that is so far in the works that others have been trying to compete with and it is obvious and inferior.

  • VirgilHawkins

    Is Andrew Garfield great as Peter Parker? Yes. Did Emma Stone (pardon the pun) absolutely kill it as gwen? Yes. Is Amazing Spiderman 2 any good? No. Not at all. The story is weak, the script is an insult to the talents of the cast, and the designs for all of the villains are incredibly bland.

    Only highlight of the film for me was the new Spiderman design, and the first 10 minutes of the movie. Spiderman swinging through the streets, cracking jokes, and taking out Aleksi felt like a scene straight out of the comics, and was one of my favorite moments of the series.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    I’m sorry, but no. Both movies stank. They had a compelling cast but ruined it with loopholes, villain design and plain old bad and boring story-telling. The fact that it’s a cash-grab by Sony comes through clearly. This franchise needs to go back to Marvel…but we may not see that happening any time soon.

  • yondu

    after the sentence “I’ll be the FIRST to ADMIT that there are problems that need to be addressed but…” i immediately stopped reading. what’s there to admit? just look at it. it’s a mess.

  • DARKDAWNERS- KYLO

    Guest you just said Spider-Man won’t go back to Marvel soon, well sorry to burst your bubble but it happened like 2 months ago (ish). Sony still owns it, but Marvel make the films.