How Soon Is Too Soon to Reboot a Series? The Spiderman Edition!
If we had to choose one superhero who dominated the 2000s, I think Spiderman could put forward a good fight. Three Spiderman movies released in 5 years and a smash, U2-scored Broadway musical make a pretty good argument.
In 2002, Tobey Maguire donned the Spidey-suit to much acclaim. A good story and slick filming made for a good movie. The sequel in 2004 proved the adage that the best superhero movie in a series is always the second one. It had its angst -- boy that Peter Parker sure was going through a lot -- but it also had its pathos, and it just all seemed to work.
Then came Spiderman 3. A few liked it, most noted it was a step down from the others. Peter Parker's angstiness took on the annoying dimensions of an entitled teen, and the move tried to cram about four plots into 87 minutes. And that was 2007. Sam Raimi and the cast were supposed to continue on with a 4th and 5th sequel, but Raimi dropped out and the franchise fell apart.
But not to fear! Because coming up from behind is the Amazing Spiderman, to be released this year. Starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, the love interest, this film rewinds us back to the beginning of Peter Parker's journey. We again witness Peter Parker encounter the radio-active spider, learn of his super powers, and probably witness the death of his Uncle Ben--all events covered in the first Tobey Maguire film not all that long ago.
It's only been ten years since the first Spiderman movie appeared on screens, and only four since the last franchise wrapped up. Is it too soon for a re-boot or is it never too soon as long as the movie's good?