Director Marc Webb spoke positively of his experience working on The Amazing Spider-Man deflecting claims that the films were “disasters.” With Marvel’s version of the web slinger getting a standalone movie this year, the future of the films is currently unknown.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is slated to be released on July 7, 2017, and with it comes uncertainty. It will be the third film incarnation of the Marvel character and is touted to be the best one yet. What could this mean for Andrew Garfield’s version of Spider-Man and the planned sequels?
The Amazing Spider-Man Considered As The Weakest Among The Spider-Man Films
According to Screen Rant, “amazing” doesn’t seem to be the right word to describe Webb’s work given that the series is considered the weakest among Spiderman’s film incarnations. This is painful, taking into account that Tobey Maguire’s version of spidey wasn’t exactly accurate given the talkative nature of the superhero.
Reception to the films was mixed with praise mostly attributed the cast and the splashy blockbuster effects which were arguably better than the original trilogy. However, the stale and underdeveloped story was highly criticized by critics.
The films fared far better at the box office having made a whopping $1.5 billion between the two. However, this was still considered a failure by the studio.
This was also seen as the reason why Marvel decided to make their own version of Spider-Man. And with a new kid in town, literally, the future of the third and possibly fourth installment in currently unclear.
So far, Marvel’s version of Spider-Man has been most truthful to its comic book counterpart. With his debut as one of Iron Man’s recruits to his faction in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland’s talkative Peter Parker can only be described as a mirror of the one from the animated series.
With comic book fans becoming much pickier and vocal regarding the accuracy of the film adaptations, Webb’s version definitely needs major improvements. However, he seems to disagree with the critics and defended the films during an interview for his new film, Gifted.
“It’s hard for me to think about it, in terms of regrets. There are so many things that I’m proud of. There was an ambition with the second movie, in particular. The idea that it’s a superhero that can’t save everybody is something that I’m really proud of,” Webb said to Collider.
“I’m really proud of the ambition of that because it’s an important message, and I believe in that. I believe in what we were after. They’re really difficult movies to make. They’re complex in ways that people don’t fully understand. They weren’t disasters,” he added.
However, his defense is rather lackluster especially when he said his films weren’t “disasters.” While it’s important to deflect criticism from your work, saying that your films weren’t failures don’t mean they were a success.
The critics certainly are not calling The Amazing Spider-Man horrible nor are they calling it a failure. However, many agree that it did not live up to its potential with potential here being earning upwards of a billion dollars each in the box office.
Marc Webb Should Hastily Do Something For The Franchise
If Webb wants to do something to save the franchise, at least critically, he needs to do it fast. With rumors of an upcoming Venom spin-off from Sony and the threat of Marvel’s version of Spider-Man, his version’s reputation of being the worst incarnation of the character will be an indelible stain on his career.
Whatever the case, as long as the franchise turns a profit Columbia will probably keep bankrolling sequel after sequel. However, unless they want to earn the full potential of the franchise, serious thought needs to be incorporated into The Amazing Spider-Man story.
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