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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 may not have been the sequel many were hoping for, but Sony is definitely planning on a lot more Spider-man in the next several years. With VENOM and THE SINISTER SIX already announced along with THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3, we should have no shortage of Peter Parker on the big screen. But, with director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield already talking about leaving after the third movie, speculation has begun as to who may take over the role after the third film.

British newspaper The Daily Star, while reporting on a new home purchased by Garfield and real life girlfriend Emma Stone, cited an executive at Sony's Columbia Pictures who said the following.

Andrew is already contracted to make two more films for release in 2015 and 2016. But we are looking to tie him to the role for as many as a further four pictures given the huge success the franchise is enjoying. The part is pretty much his for as long as he chooses.

Okay, so stick with me here. We know THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 is slated for release om May 27, 2016 with a spin-off coming on May 4, 2018, but this is the first mention of anything in 2015. Rumor had THE SINISTER SIX filming early next year, so this could be a misquote, but the news that they want Garfield for 4 more films is news. There was always an assumption that Spider-man would appear in the spin-offs in some capacity, so those 4 films could be factoring in the villan-centric movies as well. But, with a slate like that, would Garfield even be able to make other, non-franchise movies?

Consider this a rumor for now, but I wouldn't be surprised if Sony did everything they could to keep him on board. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is now playing.

Source: Daily Star

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7:15PM on 05/22/2014

Honest Question

I don't know much about Spiderman comics, but wouldn't he have to be in the sinister six movie? What would be the plot of this movie if a "good guy" doesn't stop them? I mean it can't just be 6 origin stories for villains and then credits roll. And I can't imagine anyone wants to see the movie where six villains team up and destroy New York City and get away with it.
I don't know much about Spiderman comics, but wouldn't he have to be in the sinister six movie? What would be the plot of this movie if a "good guy" doesn't stop them? I mean it can't just be 6 origin stories for villains and then credits roll. And I can't imagine anyone wants to see the movie where six villains team up and destroy New York City and get away with it.
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5:20PM on 05/22/2014
If the next ones suck as bad as the first two, I don't really care who they bring back or don't. They've officially dropped the ball on the two movies that are usually, in a franchise, the two strongest chapters. What are the odds they suddenly knock it out of the park with the 3rd and later films?

Cast Jake Gyllenhall and do Peter Parker as a teacher in his mid thirties. There's a wealth of great stories they could pull from.
If the next ones suck as bad as the first two, I don't really care who they bring back or don't. They've officially dropped the ball on the two movies that are usually, in a franchise, the two strongest chapters. What are the odds they suddenly knock it out of the park with the 3rd and later films?

Cast Jake Gyllenhall and do Peter Parker as a teacher in his mid thirties. There's a wealth of great stories they could pull from.
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4:53PM on 05/22/2014
My kids love it...other people's kids love it. when I was a kid...all I wanted was big budget Spider-Man movies. So what...that I'll nitpick each movie to death once i see it. I don't want to be in a world without comic book movies. I saw Green Lantern at the cinema when I knew it would suck and I'll buy it at some point on DVD (for my son who also said he didn't like it - because that's what I said, probably)...that's dedication...that's who I am. Bring em on! ;o)
My kids love it...other people's kids love it. when I was a kid...all I wanted was big budget Spider-Man movies. So what...that I'll nitpick each movie to death once i see it. I don't want to be in a world without comic book movies. I saw Green Lantern at the cinema when I knew it would suck and I'll buy it at some point on DVD (for my son who also said he didn't like it - because that's what I said, probably)...that's dedication...that's who I am. Bring em on! ;o)
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12:22PM on 05/22/2014
Great! TASM2 is my new favorite comic book movie. People need to get over themselves. There was not one thing wrong about this movie. People like to complain. The first one was to close to the original, this one they changed to much. Seriously, if you want to see it how it happened in the original, go watch it. If you want to know how it is in the comics, go read them. There are different Spider-man universes in the books. Now there are in the movies. This is only the beginning. It's only a
Great! TASM2 is my new favorite comic book movie. People need to get over themselves. There was not one thing wrong about this movie. People like to complain. The first one was to close to the original, this one they changed to much. Seriously, if you want to see it how it happened in the original, go watch it. If you want to know how it is in the comics, go read them. There are different Spider-man universes in the books. Now there are in the movies. This is only the beginning. It's only a matter of time before X-men get a reboot. And if the Marvel Universe is written up to 2025 (it's not, that's bullshit, they're making it up as they go phase by phase with a "lets get to the next Avengers in mind. That why Joss Whedon told the director of Iron Man 3 thanks because know he doesn't know what to do with Iron Man in the Avengers 2) then they wont have room to fit these characters in anyway.
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12:24PM on 05/22/2014
Sorry about the spelling. For all the grammar police out there.
Sorry about the spelling. For all the grammar police out there.
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4:04AM on 05/22/2014

spider rain man

Why does he play peter Parker like he's that guy from rain man. Please replace him.
Why does he play peter Parker like he's that guy from rain man. Please replace him.
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3:29AM on 05/22/2014
Change the producers and the writers, its the story that needs to be better...
Change the producers and the writers, its the story that needs to be better...
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2:27AM on 05/22/2014

Loved it

Interesting to see all the hate for this one. I agree that Rhino was disappointing. But it had the comic book costume. He made wisecracks. Great chemistry with Emma Stone. It made me feel sorry for Electro. It had the balls to completely show Spiderman's Failed attempt at the end.
I would gladly see a rendition of Venom from the people that made this.
Interesting to see all the hate for this one. I agree that Rhino was disappointing. But it had the comic book costume. He made wisecracks. Great chemistry with Emma Stone. It made me feel sorry for Electro. It had the balls to completely show Spiderman's Failed attempt at the end.
I would gladly see a rendition of Venom from the people that made this.
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10:23AM on 05/22/2014
It also had:

Too much of Parker's parents whom no one cares about.
Fake Rhino with fake accent.
Electro's story arc taken straight out of Batman Forever, ala the Riddler
Electro gets a new costume instantly, like magic.
Electro has cheesy lines like , "It's my birthday. Time to light my candles."
Weak Green Goblin who was always suppose to be Norman Osbourne first, then Harry.
Horrible dubstep soundtrack

I can go on all day
It also had:

Too much of Parker's parents whom no one cares about.
Fake Rhino with fake accent.
Electro's story arc taken straight out of Batman Forever, ala the Riddler
Electro gets a new costume instantly, like magic.
Electro has cheesy lines like , "It's my birthday. Time to light my candles."
Weak Green Goblin who was always suppose to be Norman Osbourne first, then Harry.
Horrible dubstep soundtrack

I can go on all day
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10:05PM on 05/21/2014
I can't stand Garfield. Yeah, his Spider-Man is sarcastic, but not in the charming & witty kind of way. He is just a dick, and his sarcasm is painful non-sense. Garfield's Spider-Man is like that stereotype of the dumb asshole who thinks he is funny, but in reality he is just an annoying prick to everyone.
I can't stand Garfield. Yeah, his Spider-Man is sarcastic, but not in the charming & witty kind of way. He is just a dick, and his sarcasm is painful non-sense. Garfield's Spider-Man is like that stereotype of the dumb asshole who thinks he is funny, but in reality he is just an annoying prick to everyone.
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9:31PM on 05/21/2014
I haven't seen the new movie and don't plan on it because I hated him in the first one. It's the only comic book based movie I don't own. Spider-Man is supposed to be funny but his delivery just comes off duechey
I haven't seen the new movie and don't plan on it because I hated him in the first one. It's the only comic book based movie I don't own. Spider-Man is supposed to be funny but his delivery just comes off duechey
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12:25PM on 05/22/2014
You own Catwoman?
You own Catwoman?
8:18PM on 05/21/2014
Even though I enjoy Maguire much, MUCH more for Peter Parker/Spider Man, I do hope they keep Garfield for continuity reasons. I absolutely disliked Garfield's portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider Man in the first rebooted film, but I thought he 'grew more' into the role when it came to the sequel.

So what I'm saying is, I'd rather see Garfield's version of Spider Man fighting DeHaan's Green Goblin then having another actor playing Spider Man fight any of the other actors villains who were
Even though I enjoy Maguire much, MUCH more for Peter Parker/Spider Man, I do hope they keep Garfield for continuity reasons. I absolutely disliked Garfield's portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider Man in the first rebooted film, but I thought he 'grew more' into the role when it came to the sequel.

So what I'm saying is, I'd rather see Garfield's version of Spider Man fighting DeHaan's Green Goblin then having another actor playing Spider Man fight any of the other actors villains who were established before in Garfield's Spider Man films.
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8:13PM on 05/21/2014
Dear Andrew, f*ck the money. Don't become typecast.
Dear Andrew, f*ck the money. Don't become typecast.
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8:07PM on 05/21/2014
I remember on Joblo the popular opinion around the time ASM1 released was that Raimi's movies were dated and would never hold up. Boy have the tables turned. Garfield is not even close to the problem these new Spidey movies have, how about a clear sense of direction for one. I love Andrew Garfield as Spidey. He embodies the role. We just need a movie that focuses more on Peter a la Spidey 2 and not everything else around him. People think he's all over the place, but really it's the movie he's
I remember on Joblo the popular opinion around the time ASM1 released was that Raimi's movies were dated and would never hold up. Boy have the tables turned. Garfield is not even close to the problem these new Spidey movies have, how about a clear sense of direction for one. I love Andrew Garfield as Spidey. He embodies the role. We just need a movie that focuses more on Peter a la Spidey 2 and not everything else around him. People think he's all over the place, but really it's the movie he's in that's everywhere.
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9:58PM on 05/21/2014
Wrong. Nothing wrong with the films direction, it is not all over the place. It portrays a period of time in multiple peoples lives, not sure what your issue with it is.
Wrong. Nothing wrong with the films direction, it is not all over the place. It portrays a period of time in multiple peoples lives, not sure what your issue with it is.
8:27AM on 05/22/2014
There is no central theme to ASM2 whatsoever. It feels like 5 different scripts were all thrown into one movie. Spider-Man 2 is great because it focused on solely one aspect, and that is Peter's struggle with what he wants and what he needs to do. I actually like ASM2 but it could have been leagues better.
There is no central theme to ASM2 whatsoever. It feels like 5 different scripts were all thrown into one movie. Spider-Man 2 is great because it focused on solely one aspect, and that is Peter's struggle with what he wants and what he needs to do. I actually like ASM2 but it could have been leagues better.
12:26PM on 05/22/2014
Agree with Shonk. Great movies. If the first trilogy never existed, this would be up there with everyone's top 5.
Agree with Shonk. Great movies. If the first trilogy never existed, this would be up there with everyone's top 5.
7:33PM on 05/21/2014
I mean he`s a good actor,see Red Riding:1974 for example.But he plays Spider man like he`s on speed.Bobbin and weaving his head like its a frigging gyroscope.Watching him in Amazing spider man 1 and two is enough to give you motion sickness.
I mean he`s a good actor,see Red Riding:1974 for example.But he plays Spider man like he`s on speed.Bobbin and weaving his head like its a frigging gyroscope.Watching him in Amazing spider man 1 and two is enough to give you motion sickness.
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7:27PM on 05/21/2014

spider rain man

Why does he play peter Parker like he's that guy from rain man. Please replace him.
Why does he play peter Parker like he's that guy from rain man. Please replace him.
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7:07PM on 05/21/2014
Didn't like the last film, but I think Andrew Garfield is excellent as Peter Parker. This will mean he's playing the role well into his 40s though.
Didn't like the last film, but I think Andrew Garfield is excellent as Peter Parker. This will mean he's playing the role well into his 40s though.
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7:01PM on 05/21/2014
He's gonna be getting up there. Isn't be already almost 30? Well, up there for spider-man. Sony has a lot of foreseeable problems to deal with. Their ambition/greed could really kill this. That said, I think ASM2 had the best version of the character Spider-Man/Peter Parker. I got some enjoyment out of it, but there were lots of problems. But I'm all for bringing him - the best part if Webb's movies - back. If he stays, I think the films will have a better chance of being good, as he
He's gonna be getting up there. Isn't be already almost 30? Well, up there for spider-man. Sony has a lot of foreseeable problems to deal with. Their ambition/greed could really kill this. That said, I think ASM2 had the best version of the character Spider-Man/Peter Parker. I got some enjoyment out of it, but there were lots of problems. But I'm all for bringing him - the best part if Webb's movies - back. If he stays, I think the films will have a better chance of being good, as he knows the character so well. If they are going to keep forcing these I hope they at least keep him. They'll have to recast eventually but I hope they NEEEEVER reboot again. At least not an origin story
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7:06PM on 05/21/2014
Wow, surprised by all the Garfield hate. I thought that was the one thing people agreed on being good. Well, that and Gwen Stacy and his relationship with her. I can't say I was a fan of either of Webb's Spidey movies, but I thought AG was really good in them. Sony isn't going to stop making these, so I hope they'll at least keep the parts that worked
Wow, surprised by all the Garfield hate. I thought that was the one thing people agreed on being good. Well, that and Gwen Stacy and his relationship with her. I can't say I was a fan of either of Webb's Spidey movies, but I thought AG was really good in them. Sony isn't going to stop making these, so I hope they'll at least keep the parts that worked
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6:57PM on 05/21/2014

Too bad...

He's the reason I've stopped going to Spidey movies.
He's the reason I've stopped going to Spidey movies.
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7:43PM on 05/21/2014
Couldn't agree more.
Couldn't agree more.
5:20PM on 05/21/2014
having said I want to see Spidy evolve into Scarlet Spidy one day in a movie, but before that I want the Morbeus story with Spidy getting 6 arms
having said I want to see Spidy evolve into Scarlet Spidy one day in a movie, but before that I want the Morbeus story with Spidy getting 6 arms
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5:16PM on 05/21/2014
cheesy..destroyed Spiderman for me...no thanks SONY. SONY you were great once. :(
cheesy..destroyed Spiderman for me...no thanks SONY. SONY you were great once. :(
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5:12PM on 05/21/2014

Come on haters, Maguire was bad...real bad.

I watched a little bit of Spidey 2 last weekend and had to change the channel after about 5 minutes. Maguire's Peter Parker is a sad dopey mess. Throw that in with Dunst's terrible MJ and these movies are barely watchable today. At least with the new movies you can see a progression, Sony is trying to make them better and build a universe for the character, while Raimi's ended in disaster.
I watched a little bit of Spidey 2 last weekend and had to change the channel after about 5 minutes. Maguire's Peter Parker is a sad dopey mess. Throw that in with Dunst's terrible MJ and these movies are barely watchable today. At least with the new movies you can see a progression, Sony is trying to make them better and build a universe for the character, while Raimi's ended in disaster.
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5:24PM on 05/21/2014
What's the progression? Not saying there isn't one but I have greatly failed to see it.
What's the progression? Not saying there isn't one but I have greatly failed to see it.
6:08PM on 05/21/2014
See the article above - plans on building a universe for spidey...
See the article above - plans on building a universe for spidey...
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4:59PM on 05/21/2014

Wow

Wow. I was hoping due the critical trumping this movie got that Sony would perhaps sell the rights to Disney. Sony, love your PlayStation, hate this Spider-Man
Wow. I was hoping due the critical trumping this movie got that Sony would perhaps sell the rights to Disney. Sony, love your PlayStation, hate this Spider-Man
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12:29PM on 05/22/2014
This movie has made over 4 times it's budget back. On what planet do you live where you would get rid of something that you can continue to make 4 time the amount back. And it's still huge overseas.
This movie has made over 4 times it's budget back. On what planet do you live where you would get rid of something that you can continue to make 4 time the amount back. And it's still huge overseas.
4:57PM on 05/21/2014
Logan Lerman should be considered a replacement for Andrew Garfield as a backup plan.
Logan Lerman should be considered a replacement for Andrew Garfield as a backup plan.
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4:48PM on 05/21/2014
I don't think that either Maguire or Garfield are great Spider-Mans. But Garfield has a douchbag hipster quality that I personally can't stand, and I think it will date his Spider-Man very quickly. The hipster fad will fade with time, like it did once before in the 70s.
I don't think that either Maguire or Garfield are great Spider-Mans. But Garfield has a douchbag hipster quality that I personally can't stand, and I think it will date his Spider-Man very quickly. The hipster fad will fade with time, like it did once before in the 70s.
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4:26PM on 05/21/2014

unpopular opinion: Andrew Garfield > Tobey Maguire

While neither is 100% comic book Peter Parker, Garfield just seems more confident in the role than Maguire. Even when out of costume and has to be the socially awkward teen, Garfield acts as the butt of the situation, instead of the cause like Maguire did.

Spiderman 2 is still the best Spidey movie, but this franchise has the better sum of parts for me and can still grow to meet our expectations. i am perfectly fine with Garfield continuing as Spiderman. i hope if he does choice to leave
While neither is 100% comic book Peter Parker, Garfield just seems more confident in the role than Maguire. Even when out of costume and has to be the socially awkward teen, Garfield acts as the butt of the situation, instead of the cause like Maguire did.

Spiderman 2 is still the best Spidey movie, but this franchise has the better sum of parts for me and can still grow to meet our expectations. i am perfectly fine with Garfield continuing as Spiderman. i hope if he does choice to leave they would keep this world and move towards Miles Morales or May Parker (Spider-girl) as the the central characters. At least before they reboot the franchise, again.
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4:35PM on 05/21/2014
Completely agree.
Completely agree.
4:40PM on 05/21/2014
I also agree! IMO it isn't even close.
I also agree! IMO it isn't even close.
6:04PM on 05/21/2014
IMO, Garfield absolutely nails the sarcastic, witty, snappy one-liner aspect of Spider-Man...but he has absolutely no concept of what Peter Parker is supposed to be like. Tobey Maguire perfectly embodied the lovable dweeb, but he wasn't a very convincing Spider-Man. The perfect middle ground is somewhere between the two.
IMO, Garfield absolutely nails the sarcastic, witty, snappy one-liner aspect of Spider-Man...but he has absolutely no concept of what Peter Parker is supposed to be like. Tobey Maguire perfectly embodied the lovable dweeb, but he wasn't a very convincing Spider-Man. The perfect middle ground is somewhere between the two.
6:22PM on 05/21/2014
In defense of Maguire, he was never asked to be sarcastic and witty. Raimi's movies weren't bad, I agree that Spider-Man 2 was the best) but his films had quite a few flaws and characterization might have been the biggest one.
In defense of Maguire, he was never asked to be sarcastic and witty. Raimi's movies weren't bad, I agree that Spider-Man 2 was the best) but his films had quite a few flaws and characterization might have been the biggest one.
7:34PM on 05/21/2014
Garfield is much, much better as Peter. Garfield's Peter Parker can be cocky at times and emotionally frustrated but he's nowhere near as annoying and whiny as Maguire's. The Nostalgia Critic put it very well when he said it was evident that Garfield's Peter was maturing into a man, where Maguire's stayed quite juvenile through the trilogy.
Garfield is much, much better as Peter. Garfield's Peter Parker can be cocky at times and emotionally frustrated but he's nowhere near as annoying and whiny as Maguire's. The Nostalgia Critic put it very well when he said it was evident that Garfield's Peter was maturing into a man, where Maguire's stayed quite juvenile through the trilogy.
7:54PM on 05/21/2014
I have to completely disagree with that, Jedd. When does Garfield's Peter Parker ever show growth and maturity?? The first TASM ends with him going back on his promise to Capt Stacy and idiotically stating that the best promises are the ones you don't keep. That showed he learned NOTHING from the entire movie. No responsibility, no lessons learned, just plain old selfishness. He has no character arc throughout either movie. It's not Garfield's fault, but his Peter is one of the most
I have to completely disagree with that, Jedd. When does Garfield's Peter Parker ever show growth and maturity?? The first TASM ends with him going back on his promise to Capt Stacy and idiotically stating that the best promises are the ones you don't keep. That showed he learned NOTHING from the entire movie. No responsibility, no lessons learned, just plain old selfishness. He has no character arc throughout either movie. It's not Garfield's fault, but his Peter is one of the most unintentionally selfish, douchey "heroes" in any comic book movie.
8:05PM on 05/21/2014
Sticking up for bullied kids.
Sticking up for bullied kids.
8:16PM on 05/21/2014
@Jedd, When you have ONE brief scene of Peter standing up to a bully, and multiple scenes of him acting like an obnoxious jerk to Gwen, Gwen's dad, Uncle Ben, Aunt May, Flash, etc etc etc, it doesn't really lend itself to much of a "heroic" or "mature" angle.

But even more to the point, he doesn't ever learn to stand up for bullied victims. He just does it right from the start. It's already part of him. There's no growth or change there. Compare that to Tobey Maguire's Peter, who is unable
@Jedd, When you have ONE brief scene of Peter standing up to a bully, and multiple scenes of him acting like an obnoxious jerk to Gwen, Gwen's dad, Uncle Ben, Aunt May, Flash, etc etc etc, it doesn't really lend itself to much of a "heroic" or "mature" angle.

But even more to the point, he doesn't ever learn to stand up for bullied victims. He just does it right from the start. It's already part of him. There's no growth or change there. Compare that to Tobey Maguire's Peter, who is unable to stand up to bullies before he receives his powers. THEN he learns to stand up for himself, take his uncle's words to heart about responsibility, and continue on his path to becoming a man, thanks to a fully-developed character arc.
8:19PM on 05/21/2014
Honestly, I'd recommend reading the Film Crit Hulk's articles on both TASM 1 and 2. He explains the problems with the TASM franchise (and especially the character of Peter Parker) MUCH more succinctly and eloquently than I ever could. If you have a little time on your hands sometime, it's a fantastic, insightful read.
Honestly, I'd recommend reading the Film Crit Hulk's articles on both TASM 1 and 2. He explains the problems with the TASM franchise (and especially the character of Peter Parker) MUCH more succinctly and eloquently than I ever could. If you have a little time on your hands sometime, it's a fantastic, insightful read.
8:26PM on 05/21/2014
You do have a solid argument; thanks for hearing me out. Just to clarify, I didn't like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I gave it a 5 out of 10, but Andrew Garfield's portrayal wasn't one of the problems for me. He does display some pretty impressive physicality; its not easy for an actor to make it clear to audiences that it actually is him under a superhero suit and mask, something Garfield achieves which I don't think Maguire did. But I guess that for me, the "bad behaviour" does go back to the
You do have a solid argument; thanks for hearing me out. Just to clarify, I didn't like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I gave it a 5 out of 10, but Andrew Garfield's portrayal wasn't one of the problems for me. He does display some pretty impressive physicality; its not easy for an actor to make it clear to audiences that it actually is him under a superhero suit and mask, something Garfield achieves which I don't think Maguire did. But I guess that for me, the "bad behaviour" does go back to the theme of great responsibility coming with great power, and Peter being selfish, arrogant and imperfect has always been part of the character (you could say that's what makes him crack wise and mock his enemies as he fights them) and his selfishness and pettiness is what leads to the death of Uncle Ben in both film versions. I'll admit that the basketball scene in TASM 1 was stupid. But with Andrew Garfield's version of Peter Parker, I felt that there was a lot more of a struggle, that when Peter was confronted with situations, he'd face them head on and find solutions to them, instead of breaking down as a first instinct. Spoiler territory: Gwen's death seems like reason enough for him to quit being Spider-Man for a time, but in Spider-Man 2 (2004), I don' think the reason Peter gave up being Spider-Man was sufficiently compelling or convincing. When I mentioned Peter standing up to bullies, what came to mind was Peter's defense of the bespectacled schoolkid and his encouragement of his science project as much as Peter telling Flash to back off in the first one.
9:18PM on 05/21/2014
I completely agree with your ranking of TASM 2, though the way Peter Parker's character is portrayed and written is absolutely a big reason why that movie would rank so low for me. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, the way Garfield portrays Spidey isn't one of my problems at all (though his treatment of the carjacker in the first movie was absolutely over the line and indicative of his immaturity and unheroic qualities).

I do agree that Peter starts out selfish and irresponsible in both
I completely agree with your ranking of TASM 2, though the way Peter Parker's character is portrayed and written is absolutely a big reason why that movie would rank so low for me. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, the way Garfield portrays Spidey isn't one of my problems at all (though his treatment of the carjacker in the first movie was absolutely over the line and indicative of his immaturity and unheroic qualities).

I do agree that Peter starts out selfish and irresponsible in both versions, and that leads to Uncle Ben's death...but the difference is that I don't think Peter ever grows out of that in the TASM films. That's also why I firmly believe Garfield's character really never learns anything or grows or matures throughout the course of the movies. Again, it comes back to that ending in TASM 1. That last line proves he simply never changes. I believe the filmmakers realized what a mistake that was, hence why we were subjected to the ghost of Capt Stacy in the sequel.

And I actually LOVED the scenes with the little schoolkid in TASM 2, and I felt that absolutely captured the spirit of Spider-Man...but everything else that was done with the Peter Parker character was such a letdown. Again, there's a few scenes like Spider-Man with the kid or Peter standing up to Flash...but those are few and far between, because more emphasis is placed on more unimportant things. But it seems like we agree for the most part on TASM 2, except for our opinions on Peter Parker. Again, I'd recommend reading the Film Crit Hulk's essays on that subject. I feel like you'd greatly enjoy them, even if it doesn't convince you otherwise about Peter.
10:01PM on 05/21/2014
Ghost Leary! I did read Film Crit Hulk's essays. Truth be told, I'm not a great fan of "here's a list of why I don't like X", because the way its phrased, it sounds like he started out determined not to like both films. He has backed up his opinions with good reasoning, which is all I ask for from a film critic, but sometimes it does seem like he's reaching. I can understand where he's coming from, taking issue with things like the "rock star" gesture of Peter snogging his girlfriend after she
Ghost Leary! I did read Film Crit Hulk's essays. Truth be told, I'm not a great fan of "here's a list of why I don't like X", because the way its phrased, it sounds like he started out determined not to like both films. He has backed up his opinions with good reasoning, which is all I ask for from a film critic, but sometimes it does seem like he's reaching. I can understand where he's coming from, taking issue with things like the "rock star" gesture of Peter snogging his girlfriend after she receives her diploma on stage. It can be interpreted as cute and charming, but also as a dick move. Thanks for recommending the articles. I have enjoyed some of Film Crit Hulk's writing earlier, especially his article about the simplicity and purity of the storyline in Gravity. At the end of the day, I do agree with what you've said, that the ideal Peter Parker lies somewhere between Maguire's and Garfield's portrayal. I guess it's like the ideal Batman lying somewhere between Keaton and Bale.
10:44PM on 05/21/2014
Absolutely. I do respect Hulk's essays a bunch, but he does have a tendency to get a bit heavy-handed and fall onto the "my way of thinking is the best way" bandwagon. Still, I definitely see your point of view on Peter Parker, though I can't agree with it. As you said, it comes right back to the start of this all: Neither actor embodies the dual roles of Spidey and Peter perfectly. Hopefully someday we'll get to see that. But hey, kudos for this intelligent, thought-provoking conversation.
Absolutely. I do respect Hulk's essays a bunch, but he does have a tendency to get a bit heavy-handed and fall onto the "my way of thinking is the best way" bandwagon. Still, I definitely see your point of view on Peter Parker, though I can't agree with it. As you said, it comes right back to the start of this all: Neither actor embodies the dual roles of Spidey and Peter perfectly. Hopefully someday we'll get to see that. But hey, kudos for this intelligent, thought-provoking conversation. It's far too rare to encounter on the internet these days, but I love when it happens!
11:00PM on 05/21/2014
Kudos to you too, SauronsBANE.
Kudos to you too, SauronsBANE.
4:19PM on 05/21/2014
Good! That's at least 4 movies that I can save my money and time from. Does anyone know the point they were trying to make by making Harry look like Tabatha from "Tabatha's Salon Takeover?"
Good! That's at least 4 movies that I can save my money and time from. Does anyone know the point they were trying to make by making Harry look like Tabatha from "Tabatha's Salon Takeover?"
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