Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility"

I keep thinking about this whole Spider-Man movie reboot thing, and you know...

It took the James Bond films 40 years, 20 official (and 2 unofficial) 007 movies, 5 Bonds, a handful of Blofelds, a few Ms, a couple of Moneypennys and 1 Q before the 60's superspy needed a reboot.

Sam Raimi's Spider-Man did it in 8 years, 2 films & one symbiote / Sandman / "See Sad Spidey Samba!" mashup of a movie.

What is that? Progress? The new "Marvel Method"? It hasn't even been a decade and they're going to feed us another creation story - - the one story NO ONE needs to see because even if you've never picked up a comic book in your life, you know Spidey's creation story.

Can't the powers that be work out their creative differences so that we get NEW Spider-Man stories. And by that, I mean one story per movie, not 4 stories covered in Vaseline and shoved down our holes (a.k.a. "Spider-Man 3"). Oy...

Stories shoved in holes aside, speaking of the Bond and Spidey films, how about Dame Judi Dench as Aunt May?

And I'm thinking Daniel Craig as... I don't know... Any Spidey villain who wears just a Speedo and a wicked smile. I'm not much of a Marvel fan, so I'm not sure what villain that might be, but if there isn't a villain like that in the Marvel Universe, I'll friggin' create it!

Excuse me, I need to watch a little bit of "Casino Royale" for about 15 minutes. I'll be back...

4 comments:

Michael Rivers said...

Daniel Craig. Yumm. I would be his Boy Wonder ANY day!

Stephen Rader said...

Michael - When it comes to being Daniel Craig's Boy Wonder, I am Dick Grayson. You can definitely be his Jason Todd or Tim Drake, but I get him first. And for a LONG TIME. :)

Mike said...

Yeah, I agree. At first I thought it was a good idea -- that Spider-man 3 had fucked it up so much that they needed to re-do it (a la Batman and Robin and Batman Begins) but now it seems wasteful.

That said, if this reboot somehow allows them to tie this Spidey universe into the Avengers master plan they are creating all will be forgiven.

(My theory is that they are re-booting it so that they can set-up Gwen Stacey as the love interest and kill her off. I think that's what they mean by making it "gritty.")

Stephen Rader said...

Mike - You're probably right about the Gwen Stacey thing. But you know, as much as "gritty" worked for Batman, I don't really see it working for a character who refers to himself as "Your Friendly, Neighborhood Spider-Man."

P.S. If this DOES allow Marvel to tie Spidey into the Avengers movie, I'll forgive them for SPIDER-MAN 3. And possibly those Fantastic Four movies. But they'll have to blow me if they want me to forgive and forget the ass-raping they gave to Daredevil on film. Oy...