The Amazing Spider-Man Commentary

Posted by Mister Mets 03 July 2012

I wrote a few pieces about Marc Webb's film adaptation of The Amazing Spider-Man.

I split the main review into two parts.

The first part is about the decisions Mark Webb and James Vanderbilt made when adapting the source material, looking at what they kept, what they changed and why. This is the stuff that is mainly of interest to fellow comic book geeks and Spider-Man fans.

The second part of the review was about the execution, and why I though the result was a good film.

I also wrote a few things for my blog, as I didn't want the front page of this site to be cluttered with five different posts about my thoughts regarding the film. If anyone's interested, here are the links, as well as excerpts.

I looked at the comic books that were adapted into the new film. I'd give the list for those too lazy to click on the link, but it's going to include a lot of spoilers.

I considered the benefits for both Sony and Marvel Studios of having Spider-Man appear in The Avengers 2.

Both movies are hits, so it’s probable that these series will continue for years to come. Therefore the status quo of the film production is unlikely to change. The films were also well-received, so it’s not as if cross-promotion would hurt one of the brands. 
It was revealed last month that Marvel Studios and Sony were in discussions to allow some overlap between the films. The plan was to have a building from The Amazing Spider-Man in the background of The Avengers. It was scrapped due to timing. The eternal optimist in me hopes that it was some sort of trial balloon, an acknowledgement of the possibility of a more elaborate crossover. 
Both sides would benefit. When Avengers 2 comes out, Marvel is going to be under a lot of pressure to live up to the hype of the original. One way to do that would be to include Marvel’s most popular superhero in the line-up. Sony would also get to hitch Spider-Man’s wagon to the biggest superhero franchise in film. 
It makes sense from a narrative perspective. Joss Whedon has confirmed that his favorite Avengers story was their battle with Thanos at the conclusion of Jim Starlin’s Warlock saga. His love of the story is the reason he chose to include Thanos at the end of The Avengers, so it seems as if it’s meant to serve as the basis for the sequel. 
The second part of that story featured Spider-Man, so he should be a natural fit for the film adaptation. Spidey’s story in the annual would be a good arc for him in an Avengers film, as the wall-crawler realized that he was hopelessly out of his element, forced to rescue the world’s premiere superhero team from a cosmic monster with the power of a god.
With the revelation that the film was the first part of the trilogy, I looked at what the audience can expect to happen in the next two movies.

I looked at how the film was an example of a "Word of Mouth" cliffhanger, something it shared with The Avengers.

I also came to the realization that the first Venom arc from Ultimate Spider-Man is a logical storyline to serve as the basis for the inevitable sequel.
The current assumption seems to be that the proposed Venom films would start out separate from the Spider-Man films, with potential crossovers later. It seemed like a cash grab, as Venom is a completely different character if it’s not a guy who hates Peter Parker wearing a costume that tried to control Spider-Man. I could see a wisdom in the approach from a purely financial perspective, as it means that Sony can get to the spinoff without waiting for the character to show up again in the Spider-Man movies. The Alien Costume saga was also done on film pretty recently, so introducing a new Venom in his own film would allow Sony to avoid retreading it in the new Spider-Man series. 
But it’s highly unlikely for any Venom film to come out before May 2 2014, which is when Amazing Spider-Man 2 is expected. And there was a storyline in the comics which introduced Venom, featured Gwen Stacy in a major role as she was dealing with the death of her father, a post-Lizard Curt Connors in a minor role and tied into the story of Peter Parker’s parents. It’s also appeared in a few recent “Best Of” lists. So it makes a lot of sense for Sony to use that comic as the foundation for the next Spider-Man movie.
This entry will be updated, in the event I write more commentary.

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