I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love the modernization of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man.
I thought Toby Maguire was a perfect early era Peter Parker. He fit the mold. His Peter Parker was mostly Black and White. Where as Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker seems to reside in the grey — where most teenagers with sad pasts find themselves prior to adulthood.
I like the new Peter Parker. I like the hoodie and the skateboard. I like the earphones and the removal of the eye glasses. Maybe it’s just me, but I always felt like nothing would end up wrong for Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man. His good karma and straight laced attitude seemed to preordained a happy ending. Consequently, I never felt like he was in much danger. Maguire’s Spider-Man wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect — you know what I mean? He was the all American boy in the middle of big bad New York City.
Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man seems to have layers. He’s not happy he lost his immediate family and he wears that unhappiness on his sleeve. It makes for a more dynamic Spider-Man.
I remember when this film was first announced, I went right over to IMDB to feel out the online reaction. Someone hastily wrote “Travesty” on The Amazing Spider-Man board. It was a reaction I knew I would see. The Original Poster asked, “Why reboot so soon after the success of Maguire’s Spider-Man?” It was the same question I’d pondered. However like many on the board, I wasn’t an expert of the actual comic series. And those who were, were extremely excited about the reboot and 9 or 10 of them spent three days pushing back the skeptics who felt like the reboot was more of a money grab than a needed re-imagining.
It turns out Gwen Stacy was a far better romance than Mary Jane and many of the diehards felt Peter Parker wasn’t conflicted enough. They felt like James Franco’s Harry Osborn stole a lot of Peter Parker’s shadowy outlook on life and the past. Mind you, this was months before we saw a single picture from production.
It’s obvious to me now that Stan Lee and the other owners and writers of Spider-Man understood those sentiments were shared throughout the comic world. feeling the need, not to course correct, but to provide another interpretation of the man in spandex.
With all that said, it won’t be easy for Marc Webb to duplicate the success of the Sam Raimi’s version. From a technical point of view Spider-Man was a marvel and Spider-Man two was a master piece. The blending of green screen, actual locations and Dr. Otto Octavius’ man and machine was in 2004 a huge leap forward for the industry. If Spider-Man 2 was reissued in IMAX, I’d be one of the first to line up and buy a ticket.
So the jury is still out on The Amazing Spider-Man. But I like what I see. Check out this new “Super Trailer” of the film.
The Amazing Spider-Man Super Trailer
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