I recently went and watched the popular, new Spider-man movie.
Like most of the new Spider-man games and cartoons, the movie focuses on a part of Peter Parker’s life that was skimmed over in the Sam Raimi movies and shows us the Peter Parker who is still in high school. Also in keeping with the comics we get to see Peter’s first love interest, Gwen Stacy, and how he makes his web formula as opposed to Mary Jane and gaining the ability to biologically create web.
Unfortunately, that is where the comic book similarities end. It wasn’t a bad movie, if you don’t mind some changes then you can thoroughly enjoy it, in fact. The decision to make the Lizard completely evil and that they *MAJOR COMIC SPOILER AHEAD, HIGHLIGHT TO READ* didn’t kill Gwen Stacy*END OF SPOILER* didn’t go over well with me for several reasons.
For the sake of those who haven’t seen it yet, let’s talk about Dr. Connors first, the Lizard, who in the movie is evil. However, in the comics, Dr. Connors is the respected scientist and friend of Peter Parker who just so happens to have a bad case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In the new movie however, the Lizard is 100% super villain.
*Next paragraph is almost complete SPOILER of both the movie and comics* As for the living Gwen Stacy, I think it was interesting the way the movie dealt with it, but also has problems. The death of Gwen was there to show Parker the dangers of being Spider-man and how important it is to keep his identity secret. Instead of having her accidentally die in an incident with the Green Goblin, they kill George Stacy, Gwen’s father. While it does teach Parker that it is dangerous to be Spider-man, but does nothing to acknowledge the dangers of keeping his identity secret. In fact, he practically does the EXACT OPPOSITE OF KEEPING HIS IDENTITY SECRET!
But enough about The Amazing Spider-man, let’s talk ’bout plain old Tobey Maguire’s Spider-man. While Maguire’s Spider-man practically skips over his high school years it does go into his wrestling history and introduces Spider-man’s arguably best villain, the Green Goblin.
So if we ignore Spider-man 2 and 3 which web crawler do I think is best?
Why? Because after watch both of those movies and seeing the things that I don’t like I wash the bad taste from my mouth with some good ol’ fashioned 90s Spider-man. (I love this Spidey, even if he doesn’t shut up)
-Your friendly neighborhood Karinacus, who was mad that they didn’t say “With great power, comes great responsibility” in the new movie.
P.S. I was going to go with 60s Spidey…