When I first heard they were rebooting the Spider Man franchise with Andrew Garfield in the lead role, I was puzzled. After all, the most recent Spider Man film was just in 2007. So was Garfield going to play Peter Parker’s. . .son? A distractingly young-looking version of the Tobey Maguire character? Or were the new filmmakers going to employ the same strategy as the upcoming Jeremy-Renner-headed Bourne film (“there was never just one”)?
Then I found out the dismaying truth: The Amazing Spider-Man is yet another origin story. A remake. In other words, they’re starting from the beginning again.
Now, this sort of thing isn’t completely unprecedented. Edward Norton famously attempted to improve upon Ang Lee’s moribund Hulk with his The Incredible Hulk just four years later (with mixed results, as it turned out). But everyone loved Sam Raimi’s Spidey! Sure, there’s a general consensus that Spider Man 1 and 2 were a lot better than the aggressively loopy 3, but still. . . all in all, a good time was had by all.
So why are they remaking this film now? To extort money from us, of course. Which, yes, I realize, is pretty much why Hollywood...