Posts Tagged ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

Image“But why does there need to be a new Spider-Man movie? The last one just came out five years ago! Whyyyyyyyyyyyy”

Sorry, but every Amazing Spider-Man-related article to come out in the last week has used some variation on this question, so I figured I’d start there.

The answer is because Sony doesn’t want to lose the rights to a lucrative franchise, dummy movie reviewer. You know it, I know it, Sony sure as shit knows it. So quit wringing your hands over it and move on.

And you BETTER not ask this question when the rebooted Fantastic Four and Daredevil films show up, either.

(AND WHILE WE’RE ON THE SUBJECT: The reason the upcoming Green Arrow TV series is called simply “Arrow” is because the CW would rather not have audiences connect this to two recent cinematic failures, Green Lantern and Green Hornet. It’s the same reason Red Dragon was renamed Manhunter in the 80’s. So you can all shut your question-holes about that one, too.)

Anyway, here’s an even better answer to “Why reboot the Spider-Man franchise?” and the reason I’m actually starting to look forward to it a little more.

(I mean, a better answer than, “Spider-Man is usually portrayed as a high school/college aged guy, and Toby Maguire is like 40 now.”)

It’s because every single character in these movies is Just The Worst.

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Thing 1: If you are stumped for a Christmas gift for the comics lover in your life, you could do a lot worse than Atomic Robo. Seriously. I know it can be hard to buy a comic for someone if you don’t really know their tastes, or worse if you don’t really know comics yourself. But after reading the free material on the website and the first collection (“The Fightin’ Scientists of Tesladyne”), I’m pretty sure there is nothing in here that a comic book reader wouldn’t love.

Even one of those jackasses who’s still dressing like Neil Gaiman and insisting that “The Crow” is great because come on, guy, it’s 2010 and is Depeche Mode even still together GAH! Anyway: The enthusiastic awesomeness of AR might be just the thing to get them to realize comics aren’t just for moping around like a wiener. (If you’d like a less confrontational gift, get them The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite, because it turns out My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way is actually a pretty great comic book writer.)

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