Admittedly, when I saw this movie in the theater last summer I wasn’t that thrilled. Maybe I was still bummed that I wouldn’t get to see John Malkovich as The Vulture (come on, you know that would have been, for lack of a better word, “amazing”) or maybe I was bummed that I was seeing what ended up feeling like a date movie without my then girlfriend and instead was watching it with a couple of dudes.
Either way, when I left the theater, all I wanted to do was watch Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 (let’s not talk about Spider-Man 3 please) because to me, this movie felt more like a Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy love story directed by a man (Marc Webb) whose only other movie was a love story (“500 Days of Summer“) instead of a summer blockbuster superhero flick, so I was probably just too skeptical/critical when I first saw it.
All of that said, after watching it at least a dozen times since, I really, really, really like this movie, but…
GWEN STACY MUST DIE!
By now most of us should know the Spider-Man origin story, but here’s a quick recap.
- Peter goes on a class trip and gets bitten by a radioactive spider
- He wakes up as Spider-Man and uses his powers in a selfish way to wrestle for money because he wants a car
- He’s cheated by the wrestling promoter and is directly responsible for the death of Uncle Ben because he physically moves out of the thief’s way who then goes on to murder Uncle Ben.
Other than the whole Mary Jane thing, Sam Raimi‘s version of the origin story is pretty spot on, so I would have rather seen an opening montage of the origin reminiscent of the way “The Incredible Hulk” did it with respect to its predecessor “Hulk”, that way we don’t have to wait nearly 60 minutes into a two hour movie before we even see the spidey suit.
Now I don’t have a problem with any of the re-imagining of the origin story because I feel it is in the same spirit and I really dig that Peter Parker is a skateboarder in this version of Spider-Man. It adds a layer of athleticism to the Peter Parker character that never existed before and as a former skateboarder and the father of a very talented one, it was a welcome change for me; unfortunately however, that was not the only change to the Peter Parker character.