Last night my husband, myself, and our two kids sat down to watch the new Spider-man movie, Spider-man: Homecoming. Now, just to recap there are already original Spider-man movies and then reboots of those Spider-man movies, and now we have a reboot of those movies.
Spider-man (2002) Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst star as Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. This movie starts as an origin story, where Peter gets bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes Spider-man. He fights his best friends’s dad, Norman Obsorne, or the Green Goblin.
Spider-man 2 (2004) Maguire and Dunst still star in this sequel and this time fights a fellow scientist, Otto Octavius, Doc Oct.
Spider-man 3 (2007) Maguire and Dunst are the leading actors in this movie. Eddie Brock is turned into Venom (played by Topher Grace). Harry Osborne takes over the Goblin legacy. Harry is played by James Franco.
The Amazing Spider-man (2012) Andrew Garfield plays Peter Parker this time, and Emma Stone plays Gwen Stacey who was a minor character in the previous films. This film focuses on the origin of Spider-man as well, and he battles Lizard, the mutated version of Dr. Connors.
The Amazing Spider-man 2 (2014) Andrew and Emma are back playing Peter and Gwen. This movie follows their relationship and their graduation from high school. Gwen is planning for the future while Peter is battling Electro.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker, with appearances from Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, John Favreau as Happy. Other celebrities are included in this movie as well. This is another origin story for Spider-man, except that it skips over the part of how he becomes spider-like and instead focuses on his progression from awkward beginner to seasoned crime fighter. Holland plays a high-schooler struggling to keep up with his crime fighting alter-ego and other Marvel superheroes. Peter must face and defeat the Vulture played by Micheal Keaton.
Alright, to get to my point, why do they keep rebooting reboots? The original three Spider-man movies starring Tobey Maguire, were rebooted into the Amazing Spider-man series starring Andrew Garfield, and finally they are rebooting it once more withe the Homecoming movie starring Tom Holland.
Personally, I like the Spider-man series and concept. It’s a cool idea that he was bit by a radioactive spider that gave him powers. But, isn’t there another way to come up with comic book hero movies instead of rebooting movies that have already been done. Haven’t we seen enough and learned enough about the origin of Spider-man? Why do they continue to redo movies that were already successful movies from the start? I’m interested in seeing some new movies with original content and characters.
Why couldn’t they move onto a Black Widow series? I loved the recent Wonder Woman movie, and would love to see more from that series as well. Why not explore more women superhero movies and stories? There is a big audience for this niche in the market and it’s untapped so far. Wonder Woman was a step in the right direction. Although, they need to be careful not to make a movie that is sexist towards women which I believe they accomplished with Wonder Woman.
It seems that Hollywood is depleted of original ideas, and they’ve come to the conclusion that redoing older successful movies is the only way to make money anymore. Also, there is a rising trend in adapting books to movies as well. This is also not original screenplay content and is therefore another type of “reboot.” Where have all the original stories and screenplay writers gone? I love comic book movies as much as the next nerd, but I’m sick and tired of reboots. There are plenty of characters available for new movies and series.
So, Hollywood, if you’re listening, stop rebooting the reboots!!!