Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:02 AM
This was one of the worst cases of "Everyone's deal is up, so let's not leave anything in the tank, because this is the final one...until the next one"-itis EVER (see also: the third X-Men, the third Pirates, the 80s-90s Batman series), which I completely don't understand when it comes to comic book films, like how the studio even lets it happen. I mean, if it makes money, they'll make more, but when you tie up every loose end, kill off half of the interesting characters, and leave nothing for the NEXT guy to play with, you're forcing a reboot. The new one, "Amazing Spider-Man" has one of the most unnecessary origin re-tellings ever, but the actors are great and it made Gwen Stacy an actual character, so I'd like to see where it goes. I'd much rather have this than a "Spider-Man 4" that would have tried to make something of the scraps left to it by the clusterfuck that was "Spider-Man 3".
I don't know if any of you read comics, but on a flagship monthly book, when one creative team leaves and another takes over, the departing team typically isn't allowed to screw over the next guys. They usually wrap up the story (within the bigger ongoing story) that they set out to tell, maybe shake up the status quo a bit, but they don't burn through the entire roster of remaining characters and devalue them to the point that no one's going to want to touch them again. Again, who the hell wanted to see a continuation of "Spider-Man 3"? If "Venom" returned or got his own movie, would we give a shit? ThePeter/Harry dynamic was pretty interesting, but with Harry dead, is there anyone that can fill the best friend role? MJ's an insufferable bitch, what's left for her to fail at? Actually, I'd kind of like to see her downward spiral, maybe start doing drugs and porn and...where was I? Oh yeah...
It's in the publisher's or studio's best interests to not have to start over, because no matter how much better it might be the second time around (X-Men: First Class OWNED), it's still an admission of guilt for fucking up so bad in the first place, and that's a tough shadow to have to step out of.
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