With Marc Webb hired to direct a trilogy of films for the webslinger, it looks like we’ll be heading into a new era with the super hero that re-launched the super hero film genre. Which is great. I think.
I can’t claim to be the world’s biggest Spidey fan, because I’ve barely read the comic book compared to other fans, but with a reboot looming, I can’t wrap my mind around what story there is to tell. Or, at least, what story there is to start off with. How do you re-introduce a character to an audience that’s already intimately aware of him? We know about Uncle Ben, the spider, the awkward teen years. How do you not just remake the first film?
And then this, from the press release I received in my inbox from Sony:
At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world. The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker’s life. We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter’s shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man’s adventure. We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey.”
Great. A fresh director who’s received a lot of well-deserved praise for 500 Days of Summer getting his shot at shaping a huge franchise. But despite that talent, the question still stands.
While girding your loins for an close encounter with Peter Parker in Spider-Man 4: Spider-Man 1, let’s talk a bit about what story it should be.
A rehash of the origin? A brand new origin like “Spider-Man: Chapter One?” Should it be a big screen, Spidey version of “Smallville?” Should it be done in stop-motion? Should it involve Spider-Girl? Should Morrisey do the soundtrack?
Or should it be something ballsy like this:
It’s In Color, people.
What do you think?