Neither of The Amazing Spider-Man movies are looked back at with fondness. While the original trilogywas so Sam Raimi, visually and otherwise, and is remembered mostly as a classic at this point (mostly…), and Tom Holland’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War was welcomed with open arms as we await Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Amazing Spider-Man films will go down as a forgettable misadventure and a cautionary tale of how not to build a movie universe.
The first Amazing Spider-Man was decent, but suffered from being very repetitive with its drawn out origin and villains far less interesting than Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin or Alfred Molina as Doc Ock from the original trilogy. The second film was a Spider-Man 3 level disaster, leaving us with cliffhangers that will likely never be explored. The movie was not 100% rotten however; it had some very great moments, but as a whole it felt over-stuffed, with a lack of focus, and a choppy narrative.
Talking to director Mark Webb about his new film Gifted, Collider got him to open up about his thoughts on The Amazing Spider-Man films:
Itâ€™s hard for me to think about it, in terms of regrets. There are so many things that Iâ€™m proud of. There was an ambition with the second movie, in particular. The idea that itâ€™s a superhero that canâ€™t save everybody is something that Iâ€™m really proud of. Iâ€™m really proud of the ambition of that because itâ€™s an important message, and I believe in that. I believe in what we were after. Theyâ€™re really, really difficult movies to make. Theyâ€™re complex in ways that people donâ€™t fully understand. They werenâ€™t disasters. But in terms of regrets, I donâ€™t think of it in those terms. I felt really, really fortunate to have that opportunity. Thatâ€™s a whole other long, in-depth conversation that I probably shouldnâ€™t have publicly. I loved everybody involved. I really did. I didnâ€™t have an adversarial relationship with the studio, at all. There were a lot of very smart people. These are just incredibly complicated movies to make. I am proud of them, in many ways, and I stand by them. Iâ€™m certainly not a victim, in that situation.
I don’t buy it. I’d prefer an apology from either Webb or Sony, whoever was really in charge (so… Sony then). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t exactly drive home the point that you can’t save everybody more than the other Spider-Man films, and definitely not more than some other superhero franchises. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had great scenes, including one major one that was meant to drive home this theme, but I will say again that it was a disaster. Sorry, Mr. Webb. A disaster!
Do you agree with Marc Webb? Is there more to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 than I give it credit for? Let us know in the comments below!
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