I recently (read; Last week) watched ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ movies for the first time. Meaning I have now seen all the major cinematic releases regarding everyone’s favourite web-headed menace. And I thought this morning I would give a rundown of my thoughts, preferences and give us all an opportunity to discuss what we think of the various incarnations of Spiderman.
Everyone has a favourite. Whether you remember the big cinematic event that was the release of the first 2 Spiderman films starring Tobey Maguire in the early 2000s, and the third instalment that no-one ever talks about. Or if your first foray into Spiderman was with the slightly more contested Andrew Garfield ten years later. Or the much more mainstream Tom Holland as the adorable and quick talking protegee of Tony Stark, Spiderman has had a presence in the hearts of cinemagoers for years.
Way back in 2002 we were treated to a live action Spiderman the likes of which we had never seen. The effects look a little dated by today’s standards, but at the time it was amazing to see Peter Parker swing through the streets of New York. Spiderman 2 released in 2004 is widely held to be one of the best Superhero movies ever made. Excellent writing, fantastic acting and pulse pounding action the whole time. Sadly though, Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman never really did it for me. Never quite enough of a personality for me, Maguires portrayal of Parker just seems a little flat compared to the later, more animated and quippy performances.
Andrew Garfield I feel gets the closest to the running commentary given by Spidery in the comic books. A constant stream of jokes and comments even while fighting. So I think that makes him the most COMIC ACCURATE, even if sadly he is a lot of peoples least favourite. I have read a plethora of criticisms of Garfield’s portrayal of the character, but one I see a lot is that he is too emotional. He cries a lot. Well, damn. I’m pretty sure if your uncle (who basically raised you) died, and then you discovered you had superpowers, and then your girlfriends dad died helping you, then one of your best friends tries to kill you and instead kills your girlfriend, you would maybe be a little emotional as well. I do agree with the comments regarding rehashing the death of uncle Ben. It’s the same every time they reboot Batman. We know the origin story, we know the background. Can we get to the good stuff please and thank you.
Saying this though, as a first time watcher of The Amazing Spiderman films, I did find myself having a really great time. I liked the wittiness of the writing and the emotional connection Peter had with everyone around him. Sure in places the graphics are pretty damn awful. And they really wasted Harry Osbourne’s Green Goblin by not even having him be the main villain of the film. But it was what I want out of a superhero film and I don’t see what all the griping was about.
Then we get to the big one. The wild card. In 2016 Marvel Studios did something surprising and once again brought back the character to have a small role in Captain America: Civil War. I guess to gauge audience reactions and see if it was worth rebooting the series for a third time. Well big shock, Marvel were onto a winner with adorably awkward Tom Holland, and his fantastic on-screen relationship with Tony Stark. They skipped the origins this time, treating us like intelligent cinema goers who knew who Peter Parker was and in the process gave us a father/son like relationship that broke the hearts of millions of film lovers more than once.
Tom Holland is by far my Favourite incarnation of the character. I love his awkwardness, I love his version of the character. I love his interactions with the other characters in the universe, a thing I am sure we are going to be seeing a lot more of. There is such an innocence to Holland’s Parker and especially in the second film, we get to really see him struggle with the expectations and realities of being a famous superhero. It is through these more emotional scenes, and his relationships with characters like Tony and Happy and Ned and MJ, that I for one have become a lot more emotionally attached to this Spiderman ore than the other 2. And with all the rumours and news that are being discussed almost weekly about the scope of the third movie in this reboot, I am so excited to see how much more we are yet to see from Spiderman.
So, let me know who your favourite Spiderman is and why? Which is your favourite movie? What are you looking forward to in the upcoming Spiderman 3?
Lets chat in the comments.