Marc Webb and Sony rebooted the “Amazing Spider-Man” franchise with a brand new cast and a fresh origin, bringing the character into the present day world. Andrew Garfield was spectacular as Peter Parker and the movies finally gave Spider-Man the snappy personality that he had in the comics. While a lot of people complained about “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” that movie actually did a lot of things right. However, the box office has not been amazing and the third movie in the series has now been delayed.
With problems in the land of Spider-Man, here is a look at where the franchise has been and where it might head in the future.
Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man”
“Spider-Man” finally made it to the big screen thanks to cult favorite filmmaker Sam Raimi. The man who broke into film thanks to his low budget “Evil Dead” movies made his first superhero movie a decade before in “Darkman” and then finally got a chance at a big budget franchise. He didn’t disappoint. Raimi cast Tobey Maguire as the geeky Peter Parker and sent him on his way to becoming a hero. The second movie, where Spider-Man took on Doctor Octopus, remains one of the best superhero movies ever made but the third movie was a critical bomb that ended the franchise.
“The Amazing Spider-Man”
It was only a few years later that Sony rebooted the Spider-Man franchise with a new director in Marc Webb. The first thing that Webb did was update the Peter Parker story, changing him from a science geek into a more modern day outsider with Andrew Garfield perfect in the role. He then added some mystery with Peter’s missing parents and used Gwen Stacey instead of Mary Jane Watson as the love interest. The results were a revitalized movie series that actually works better than Raimi’s original trilogy.
The Future of Spider-Man
But with some people unwilling to give the new Spider-Man movies a chance, what is next? Don’t expect Sony to pull out now, as they have too much tied up in the franchise. A third movie is coming that will wrap up the story set up in the first two films. There will also be spin-off movies, with one based on the antihero Venom and the second based on the super villain group The Sinister Six. There are already writers and directors attached so they are coming. Expect the delays to be a way for Sony to figure out how to turn fans around because this version of Spider-Man isn’t going away anytime soon.