Poll: Is Amazing Spider-Man‘s Reboot Too Much? Too Soon?

The Amazing Spider-Man opens today, giving audiences the chance to finally work out those Emma Stone-as-Gwen Stacy issues, and see if Andrew Garfield is less annoying than Tobey Maguire as everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood wall crawler (But, really, how could he not be?). But there’s one question that everyone’s been asking: Did we actually need it to be a reboot?

After all, the last Spider-Man movie was only five years ago, and the original Sam Raimi flick only ten years old, a figure that seems almost meaningless considering its continual availability via DVD and BluRay releases as well as the apparently never-ending re-runs on FX. It’s not as if anyone doesn’t already know the details of Spidey’s origin, so the need to retell it seems… unnecessary, for want of a better way of putting it. Plus, it’s not as if the three previous Spider-Man movies had used up all of the character’s mythology or villains; only the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom and Sandman had been taken, and even then, creative/ridiculous means could be used to bring any or all back if the moviemakers so desired. So, the reboot becomes a matter of creator choice rather than any “need” at all, ultimately.

So… is it going to end up being a smart move? I’ve earlier (and elsewhere) worried over whether or not early reboot will impact box office success for the movie; that doesn’t seem to be happening, thankfully, but now I’m curious: Everyone reading this is not only pop-culturally-aware, but also genre-culturally aware. Does the prospect of being told the same story over again put you off rushing out to see Amazing Spider-Man, or is the appeal all in how that familiar story is told? After all, it’s not stopped the numerous versions of Batman’s origins that we’ve sat through in the past…


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  • ZBaksh386

    i think it might be too soon given how recent the Raimi films and how good they were.

    I rather they made a spiderman tv show than reboot the movies but the tv budget might not be big enough.

     

  • http://twitter.com/johnnyjiver John VanDyke

    It is early, but this film and the first iteration are much much different, so no I don’t think it is.  I really liked the first iteration, but The Amazing Spiderman has much better acting and it’s much more relatable.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.sienicki Robert Sienicki

    I haven’t seen the movie yet (give me few hours) but I am really glad they rebooted that franchise, seriously. I love Spider-Man character, but I actually hated Sam Raimi movies (I’ve seen them couple of times, mainly because I love to look at thay red-blue wall crawling fella).
    Trailer for Mark Webb’s ASM looked better than three previous movies. And it got really great casting. 
    And well – Lizard! I’ve waited 9 years for that. My favourite villain. 

    So I don’t really have a problem with reboot. I can live with seeing Peter being bite one more time. But I hope this time the filmmakers will “get it right” and I’ll get to see the movie close to the comic book character. Funny, not dumb and helluva entertaining! :)

  • http://twitter.com/HartleyHolmberg Hartley Holmberg

    Your 2nd vote category contradicts itself.

    I think that 5 years is long enough, but I don’t think that its too early.
    What is in the brackets contradicts the actual question…

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.sienicki Robert Sienicki

    The question wasn’t suppose to be “is it too soon”, but rather that “do we really need one”. And yes, I believe we did.

  • 0bsessions

    Thank you! Glad someone else picked up on that.

    It’s like “have you ever tried sugar…or PCP?”

  • Katarzyna Skop

    I think it might be too soon, but I’m still going to see it, if only to know if I can like Garfield’s Peter more than I liked Tobey’s one. To be honest, I like reading/watching “origins” stories so I’m not put off by that aspect.

  • Craig Byrne

    If you’re asking an honest question here, I think the editorializing should come AFTER the poll is over. Otherwise, it’s like you WANT to incite a response to support your own opinion, instead of genuinely asking what others think.

    I did think “hey it is pretty soon” but considering how stinky Spider-Man 3 was… also, I thought Garfield and Stone were much more appealing than Maguire and Dunst ever were. I also liked that time wasn’t spent on unnecessary characters (Harry, JJJ, etc.)… so, for me this was win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Travis.K.Fischer Travis Kyle Fischer

    Not early enough. This movie should have been made in 2001 so we could have been spared Raimi’s crappy films.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.sienicki Robert Sienicki

    Ok, seen the movie, and though it had many flaws, and dumb moments – I really loved it. Andrew Garfield is great Peter Parker, I even say that he is as great as Parker as Robert Downey Jr is as Tony Stark. (Would pay lots of moneys for a scene with two of them). Lizard is fine, jokes are funny and web slinging Spider looks fantastic. It’s not the best movie of the year, but for me personally it was waaay better than Raimi movies. And well, it was helluva entertainging. So I dig it, waiting for bluray and looking forward to the sequel.

  • Jdd1369

    if not for the 3D webslinging, i would have next to no interest in seeing this in the theater and would have waited for the dvd release like i did with Ghost Rider 2