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Origin story

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at 9:36 AM

I understand why they're rebooting the Spider-Man franchise; the old star and director weren't available, at least not for whatever price the studio was offering, and Spider-Man is too valuable a property to be left on the shelf for long. So a new director and star are taking a new approach (for example, emphasizing Gwen Stacy rather than Mary Jane Watson as Peter Parker's love interest). I'm more than willing to give Andrew Garfield a chance as the angst-filled web-slinger.

But what I don't understand is this: why do they always, in a case like this, feel they have to go back and do the origin story all over again? It's only been 10 years since Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider. Look, we know how Peter Parker became Spider-Man, just as we know about Bruce Wayne's parents being shot and little Kal-El being rocketed away from the planet Krypton just before its destruction. Spider-Man is probably the third best-known comic book superhero behind Superman and Batman. You don't have to be a comic book fanatic to know the story. Why not just start in medias res, to use an academic term, and tell a new Spider-Man story, and give the audience a little credit?

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But no more Green Lanterns movies ever. He can just go move in with his boyfriend.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 5:40 PM

yeah gets kinda boring..

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 8:01 PM

I agree as well. Don't forget they must do a dark side to every one of them now too.

-- Posted by eglnation on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 3:06 AM

I don't understand why the movie/tv companies think that they have to keep redoing movies/shows. We have Spider-Man and Total Recall. They are also redoing the Munsters (which is one of my all-time favorite oldie show). But instead of a comedy show, they are changing it into a drama.

And I agree, it would have been better if they made another Spider-Man movie with a different adventure. Not a complete remake of the same movie with a different actor.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Wed, Jun 20, 2012, at 5:18 PM

in medias res? Thanks for a new term. I see your point about going over the re-birth again, It would be nice to have a creative adventure.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 20, 2012, at 4:26 PM

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