When I first heard the announcement that Spider-Man 4 was set to be filmed, I didn’t exactly jump for joy. Although the first Spider-Man film with Tobey Maguire was okay, the sequels were simply long and boring. There were more villains to fight and there were more action sequences to keep audiences interested, but there was no humanity or soul to them anymore.
Considering the script issues surrounding the fourth Spider-Man, it’s no wonder that Sony ended up deciding to cancel the film and essentially reboot the franchise. Now that this has been put in place you’d think that after a few films of essentially following the same stories from the comic-book that Sony would go somewhere new. Of course from what it looks like, the story is a “prequel” and will deal with Peter Parker’s high school years.
Of course that has already been done with the Superman franchise with Smallville. I suppose they figured since that show is ending, why not make an exact copy-cat?
I for one do not want to go back to the beginning, not unless there is somewhere else the people behind the scenes can go with the origin story. A nice little twist to the story, and one that Entertainment Weekly even seemed to suggest, was casting a black woman in the role of a female version of Peter Parker. Comic-book fanboys can argue with me all day long about how Spider-Man has been white and should always be white, but this is at least something different and a nice hook for the “reboot”.
The Superman franchise, went it was at a low point in the 1990’s, did the same thing by killing off The Man Of Steel having a set of copy-cat Supermen take his place. One of the wanna-be’s was a character named John Henry Irons, a weapons engineer who was once saved by Superman previously who decides to become his own version of Superman by wearing a steel suit. The uniqueness of the character wasn’t the fact that he had no superpowers and just a mere highly powered steel suit, but it was that he was a black man.
I’m not one for pushing for political correctness in a fantasy land. This country, the entertainment industry in general has a problem with casting black leads in comic book franchises (not the one third from the left, the actual LEAD). To generate interest in a new Spider-Man, that would be a nice little hook and could open an entirely different set of consumers to purchasing the Spider-Man comics and films.
I’m not in control of the franchise, so I doubt that this will ever happen.
At the end of the day, rebooting a franchise does nothing if they go for the same old, same old. There has to be something different, something new and exciting that will draw interest. That happened between the George Reeves/Superman television show and the first Christopher Reeve/Superman film and it should happen with the new reboot of Spider-Man.
Seeing as how it’s all about the money, I doubt they will take that chance.