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5 Reasons We’ll Love The Amazing Spider-Man

By on April 4, 2012
The Amazing Spiderman © Columbia Pictures

The Amazing Spiderman © Columbia Pictures

By Jamie Krakover

We’ve seen it before, remake after remake of older movies, especially in the comic book genre. So why after a flood of comic book movies is a new take on an old theme a good idea? We’ve got five good reasons you’ll love The Amazing Spider-Man below.

 

Going Dark

Dark Sells! Modern audiences want a hero who not only struggles to win against the bad guy, but also struggles against his inner demons. These kinds of characters are ultimately more interesting and are exactly what the latest Spider-Man trailer alludes to. Compare Batman vs Batman Begins/The Dark Knight. Sure, Batman was good but it didn’t exactly pull in the numbers in the same way its successor did. The Dark Knight broke records at the box office, and The Amazing Spider-Man has the opportunity to do the same.

 

Andrew Garfield

While Tobey Maguire did a top notch job with the geek factor, his portrayal of Spider-Man could be described as a little one-sided. Garfield’s portrayal shows a more tortured side of Spider-Man – and Peter Parker. He’s a man on a mission who believes in his cause. This isn’t exactly a new role for Garfield either, as fans of his work on The Social Network will tell you. From the trailer we see a Spider-Man who not only does what he feels he has to, but also what he feels is right. It’s Andrew Garfield for the win!

 

Andrew Garfield (l) and Toby Maguire (r) as Spiderman.

 

Emma Stone

I’m unashamed to admit that I was a Kirsten Dunst fan growing up. And although Dunst’s Mary Jane was a good screamer, her character spent a lot of time sitting next to Peter Parker and holding him back rather than driving his character forward.

Emma Stone (Easy A, The Help) can’t seem to put a foot wrong these days and is a perfect fit as Gwen Stacy. Girl’s got the right combination of beauty, brains, and sassy sarcasm to carry out this kind of role. We love her already.

 

Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.

 

Villains, Villains, Villains

As much as we all love Willem Dafoe, the previous Spidey franchise seemed happy to continue to feature the Green Goblin repeatedly. Yes we got Doc Ock, Venom, and Sandman but some form of the Goblin lurked in the shadows of every movie, proving to this writer at least that there really is too much of a good thing.

We’re ready for a new brand of mean and The Lizard will do nicely.

It’s true, most of Spidey’s villains are based on lab experiments gone wrong and The Lizard is no different in that respect, but just take a look at what this guy is packing. Both The Lizard and Spider-Man can scale walls, and their individual strengths are on equal footing. Watching a fight where the hero and the villain are so well matched is such an exciting proposition.

 

Stunt Department

While Spider-Man did a commendable job with the action and stunt work, The Amazing Spider-Man appears to be much heavier in that department. Garfield is seen scaling more walls and buildings, falling from larger heights and taking more than his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way. And let’s not forget just how far CGI has come in the last ten years.

Despite Spider-Man’s previous trips to the theaters, I’m looking forward to the new angle The Amazing Spider-Man promises. So let’s hear your thoughts. Another Spider-Man – been there done that? Or new excitement awaits?

Tear off the mask and let’s talk about The Amazing Spider-Man!