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Spider Man Movie: The RevolutionSF Watercooler
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January 13, 2010

RevolutionSF does not have a watercooler, and we are not standing around it. But we call this the RevolutionSF Watercooler, because we discuss the most important topics affecting our lives. Namely, the Spider-Man movie.

To get you up to date, here's the RevolutionSF value-added sci-fi journalism on the war against the Spider-Man movie.

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Don't you have to finish the boot before you can re-boot?

There are so many other Marvel characters they are creating movies for that I just don't see the need for this. I liked Tobey as Peter Parker, I think he can still walk the walk without the need for a replacement. -- Matt "KaosDevice" Cowger

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On the down side, Raimi really understands Spidey, and what makes him work. Spider-Man 1 & 2 were near-perfect films.

On the up side, it's the executive meddling that made S-M 3, well, suck. There was a good Sandman story, a decent Son of Gobby story, but Venom was shoehorned in by the execs. Add in some of the comments Dunst has made ("They should kill off Peter and do the adventures of his kid"), and I think it might be a good idea for a new crew to take over.

A new crew of executives, that is.

I wish that Raimi could fire the suits and break away, taking the movie with him, instead of having to walk away from a set of movies that it's obvious he loves.

What I'd like to see is the Marvel guys take Spidey back and put it in the same stable with the Hulk/Iron Man/Thor/Cap/Avengers set that's coming out. Re-hire Raimi, and then Marvel gets their top character back in-house, who then gets to make cameos in the other flicks.

Whatever happens, I agree with the rest of the internet that I really hope we don't have to sit through another origin story in the next one. -- Gary Mitchel

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But . . . but . . . If you don't have an origin story, how with the moviegoing public know this on is DIFFERENT!?

What's sad is that even with all the hoopla, the Vulture was still, ultimately, Raimi's second choice. It's pretty darn clear Raimi wanted to use the Lizard sooner or later.

Maybe the Suits at Sony can throw me a bone and have Spidey fight Morbius, the Living Vampire in the next one? They can make him all broody and sparkly and the teenage girls will flock to the film. -- Jayme Blaschke

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I find this move so short sighted on Sony's part. Raimi is an excellent director and he had for the most part done an excellent job. The first two Spider-Man movies were two of the best hero films EVER. And while the third one was a bit of a dud (due to the stupid idea that MORE villians = MORE fun) I have a feeling that was more due to studio interference than Raimi.

To say they wanted to "modernize" the franchize is a load of crap. Has technology changed so much in 8 years that this is a concern? Of course not. There is obviously something going on behind the scenes with this but in the end Sony is willing to let a talent like Raimi get away because they believe that anything with the Spider-label will make money. Another example of a studio not caring about the product and only caring about the PR. Boo Sony! -- Michael Emond

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I'm not sure I agree with the "Raimi knows Spidey" comments. Considering the directionless Spider-Man 3, I figured he had lost whatever it was that made 1 and 2 so terrifically entertaining.

For one, Michael Chabon didn't punch up the script of Spider-Man 3, and it showed. There are moments in that turkey that come off flat out laughable. Disco Peter Parker? Venom appears, looking about as menacing as a Lucha Libre fighter? Sandman rips the hell out of the city as well as Peter, and then suddenly states, "Hey, I'm really sorry, man." Spidey 3 just didn't work for me, especially since it suffered from the "too many characters" syndrome that sank the Schumacher Bat-films.

After Spidey 3, I was rather hoping that Raimi wouldn't direct the next film, so I'm not that saddened by the news. I wasn't sure that I could stand another "I love you but I can't admit it" storyline with Mary Jane anyway.

Mind you, I also don't see a reboot to a younger "Ultimate" Spider-man working too effectively either, so I'm of a mind to suggest they put this character on the shelf for a while, similar to what Warner did with Batman.

Hey, it worked out well for them. -- Jay Willson

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