Amazing Spider-man 2 comes out this weekend. And it’ll be good, I’m sure. Despite this, there’s something about the new Spider-man franchise that has yet to really win me over like the old one did.
It does appeal to me that they seem to be digging into some old-school Spider-man stories and villains, what with Gwen Stacey, Curt Connors and Max Dillon and all that. And the fact that Spidey is really just a kid in these movies gives the whole thing a very classic feel. This is the Spider-man comic of the 60s to some extent (albeit modernized). He’s a little more smart-mouthed than he is sweet and his proficiency with science is a bit of a bigger deal than it was in his Sam Raimi outing on the big screen.
To me, it’s seemed like the new Spidey moves are sort of intentionally done in the style of other teen movies and something about that just hasn’t fit right with me. It feels like it’s almost kind of aimed at the same audiences that might like Twilight or Hunger Games. And as a business move, this makes sense; Spidey IS a kid (at least, this incarnation of him) so giving it that teen fantasy romance feel clicks. But it’s left me wanting a little more.