Spider-Man Reboot: The Votes Are In

Published 4 years ago by , Updated January 18th, 2010 at 1:07 pm,

spider man reboot Spider Man Reboot: The Votes Are In

The delays and rumors surrounding the production of the next Spider-Man and the disagreements between director Sam Raimi and Sony Pictures led to Spider-Man 4 being officially cancelled last week. While many said this couldn’t be the case, it was, and on the same day it was canned, Sony officially announced the reboot which is tentatively scheduled for a 2012 summer release.

Needless to say, the internet community was abuzz over this news and while many were happy to see Spider-Man getting a fresh start, many were upset that a reboot was being forced so soon, especially considering that the Spider-Man live-action origins are only a few years old and still fresh in the minds of fans and moviegoers.

In our discussions on the topic we wanted to hear what you the readers thought, so our poll question of the week was simply on the topic of whether or not you were up for a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. Here are the results:

Spider-Man Movie Reboot: Good Idea or Bad?

  • Terrible idea, keep the current cast (57%)
  • Good idea, it’s time for fresh blood (43%)

As you can see, the majority went with disapproval of the idea. This is not such a black and white issue however and I have a feeling there’s a middle ground here where those who think the reboot is a terrible idea may actually want a reboot, but not so soon. The same goes for those who want the reboot with new people involved; Perhaps they do like the idea but again, not right away.

In the end, Sony Pictures just wants more of this brand out there because it’s guaranteed to perform well at the box office and once they intensely market it worldwide.

As for who might be involved with the reboot? Rumors are already honing in on director Marc Webb as the lead candidate for the gig. We also know that the story is nearly done and that it will follow a young Peter Parker again back in high school

What do you think?

TAGS: spider-man, spider-man 4, spider-man 5, spider-man 6

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  1. Im really surprised the vote swung that way, were that many people really happy with what Raimi and Co did on their Spiderman trilogy.
    I for one wasnt, at it wasnt just the third installment that i thought was below par either, the first was equally weak.

    Spiderman.

    Green Goblin. Get a great actor, who does a fantastic performance when out of the suit, but is forced to spend most of the time encased in a power ranger rip off. The movie had no energy to it, no believability, Maguire and Dunst never had any chemistry. It was an origin story that didnt need to be told.

    Spiderman 2.

    Pretty good in most regards. Again a great actor as the villain, but Molina acted Maguire of the stage at every corner. And what happened to Dunst? She had the hot girl next door vibe going in the first movie, in this one she looked like a wet blanket. And the action was pretty good. Although the story was remarkably similar to the first. It was a vast improvement in every respect.

    Spiderman 3.

    What hasnt already been said about this abortion of a movie? It is atrocious in almost every respect. And before anyone starts blaming the studio, Raimi deserves equal credit for ruining the franchise.
    They ruined Venom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I for one am all for booting every single person responsible for the original movies off the project.

  2. I think fresh blood isn't necessarily a bad idea, but I'm opposed to doing a reboot with the previous trilogy still relatively young in “movie years.” Just seems a bad idea to me.

    What worries me most is this notion of taking “Spider-Man” back to high school. Think about this a minute. Don't we all really see what they're doing? They're trying to go after the “Twilight” crowd. They want to get a younger cast so they can draw in the teenagers. Ugh! Don't we have enough movies doing this already?

    I will admit that the third film wasn't the best, but I'm not sure why the whole Venom getting screwed up thing has folks so upset. I was collecting the comics back when the character was introduced, and he's not that great a character. Sorry. To me, he's very two-dimensional and horribly plot-driven. I know the arguments that will be made against that, but I think he's a very overrated character.

  3. The ONLY question moviegoers need to ask themselves is…
    Did the original trilogy merit a continuation?
    The answer for me is an emphatic NO!

    As for the reboot we could all do well WITHOUT the origin story. This is my opinion for all those comic based movies which are being remade, rebooted etc.
    SKIP THE ORIGIN! Spiderman, Superman, and Batman when Nolan is done with it. Introductory elements can be added stylistically and creatively.

    The reboot of Spiderman should show him in the thick of things. His childhood friend has turnd into Venom, Green Goblin and Vulture are creating mayhem; in short all hell has broken loose! This new idea of creating trilogies and not single GOOD movies has trashed the movie experience….e.g. “Hey we will introduce this villain in the first movie along with the origin and then we will move on to bigger things for the second and third movies which would be like an arc ultimately ending with the third movies' super-duper climax”!

    Just make a movie which portrays all the things that made the comic character likeable in ONE single movie(simultaneous gasp from movie execs!). Are you telling me that there isn't enough material? Cmon we have at least 6-10 villains per hero who would be easily marketable.
    Where are all the comic/movie fans when you need them?(Not anywhere near movie moguls/honchos/execs!)

  4. If I can get a gig playing Electro, I'd be willing to approve of anything they want to do with Spider-Man.

  5. Hersh, I completely agree about not redoing how he becomes Spider-Man. I think Raimi did a great job with that, good enough to make a redo pointless. That and it hasn't been long enough to warrant it. If they must do this, then please let it just be Spidey already as Spidey.

  6. Im all for a reboot ,but I did feel like raimi deserved a chance to redeem himself after the last spiderfilm i think we the fans needed that closure. Im for the reboot I just can't imagine the studio finding such a perfect cast as the one they had everybody in those films was so well cast even Kirsten Dunts.

  7. I didn't vote in the poll cited because there was no “Make SM4 w/ fresh blood & w/o scrapping continuity” option. A reboot is a perfectly legitimate option for for helping a franchise in trouble, but applying it to a healthy franchise because of one sub-par installment is misuse of a good tool.

    • @jj

      I know the comment is a year old but it’s worth saying: I agree that a new cast/same story reboot would have been an option, but look how that worked out for the Batman movies. Val did an okay job but George Clooney wiped his butt with the Batman Franchise’s reputation.

  8. See, this would have been the better approach. I get why they're putting Parker back in school, I do, but honestly, doing that requires them to do another origin story, as the character's background is going to be different than Raimi's Parker.

    That said, I'm really not against a reboot, but I voted for keeping the original cast because I like what they did.

  9. I think a lot of Studio Execs need a reboot to the head.

  10. And this comment, my friend, represents the vast majority of why movies go bad. :)

  11. And I would too… ;)

  12. Kirsten Dunst was the worst casting decision in the Spidey films until Topher Grace was cast as Eddie Brock. She was then the 2nd worst casting decision made in the Spidey films. I did like Tobey as Spidey, DaFoe as the Green Goblin and Molina was awesome as Doc Ock. J.K Simmons NAILED JJ and I hope that he is the one character that is carried over to the new films.

  13. I think the studio's timing is off by one movie. I'm sure a few decision makers made a plus/minus decision table and after listing all the reasons, found the money and disagreements out weighed the risks of finishing off the current run. As a consumer knowing an important chunk of the 2002 movie was adapted out of the ultimates comic version, I don't see a revised origin being original enough to be that good of a draw. They can put lesser villains against him and perhaps inject a crime syndicate story in the mix but they'll have to revisit the Green Goblin and DocOck eventually and what you'll have in part is a retread of the previous three films.

    The cost structure of films still doesn't allow stories to unfold like they did in 30's serials or television. Time is still a big factor too. That limits the stories you can tell with any character continuity. One possible compromise which is on the near horizon is the virtual actor. They don't have to age and could be played by the most skilled actors even being a composite of several actors. The technology gets better every year and is just a matter of time. Whether it will be accepted for its advantages over its disadvantages is still debatable its certainly made headway since it was first tried…

  14. I think this is one of the worst ideas in the history of cinema! Sam Raimi is a multi-talented director who has immersed Sony with close to $1 billion alone in domestic sales with just the Spider-Man franchise! After the disappointment that was Spider-Man 3, I was very happy to hear that Spider-Man 4 was to be left in complete control of Sam. Bringing a fresh-blooded cast into this ridiculous reboot is terrible. I seriously can't see anyone playing Peter Parker other than Tobey Maguire. Kirsten Dunst is good and I've always enjoyed seeing Bruce Campbell is his celebrated cameos. Now all these will be gone. Re-booting a film that's only eight years old is a bad idea. I think Sony should work out some deal with Sam Raimi and get him back involved with Spider-Man 4. There should be a petition to get Sam and Co. back. I'll definitely sign.

  15. cmon man you think a twilight/spiderman is a formula for success id stick with sam besides the only reason they wann take it back to highschool so they can cast the kid from twilight sams versions are most likely gonna be superior to this overnight thought of a reboot and it wasnt sams fault 3 was the worst he hardly had any control over it

  16. I am all for rebooting it if it is for the right reasons. So they can de-age spider-man? A lot of horrible retcons were for this reason specifically, and each tarnished the quality of the stories afterward. Lack of talent? Certainly not the case. If anything, I think a reboot is in order because no sequel can wipe the slate clean of Number 3. Sad to see Raimi go because he did a wonderful job-within the studio's parameters. That's why 3 was terrible, and why 4 got dropped. They promised to give him control then started tinkering again. Reboot it, but keep anyone related to Twilight away from it. I'm all for Logan Lerman jumping in. I've like this kid since Meet Bill. Snarky, young, and can hold his own with good actors. This could be the jumping off point for him hitting it big. The best thing for the film franchise though would be for Disney to spend some of that F* you money James Cameron was talking about(they've got it) and buy back the rights so it can be made by Marvel, thereby increasing fanboy's excitement and profitability for themselves with Avengers crossover potential. You can make that check out to Cash, movie execs.

  17. Hey DrSamBeckett

    I too was very surprised with how the votes went. It seems to me that a lot of people really aren't all that familiar with the comic book characters and are puttting Sam Raimi's “Spiderman” up on a pedestal as the definitive Spiderman story.

    Regarding your well executed points on each film, I'm in total agreement.

  18. I think that most people who think those movies were fantastic, either were not overly familiar with any of the source material or were in fact teenagers who though Spiderman 3 was awesome.
    I mean it had shocking reviews, bad word of mouth, and still it is one of the biggest grossing films of all time.

    I would also like to add an honourable mention to James Franco, who did an excellent job in all 3 films, and would have a great Spiderman

  19. Ditto on James Franco. Would have made a better Spiderman for sure.

  20. I heard Franco originally audition for Peter Parker. He was the only actor who was given a decent character arc throughout the movies, and it was a shame he go killed off.

    He was really good in a cheesy movie called Flyboys.

  21. Personally, I don't like that there will be a reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise. It's really too soon. Plus, I wanted to see Pete and MJ finally get married just like in the comics and the evil symbiote Carnage showing up later. I was expecting a Spider-Man reboot with a new story in 20-30 years down the road. I will still go see this new Spider-Man movie in 2012, BUT I think it sucks that Peter Parker will be younger and be far back in high school; it's already been done and the origin of the character has also already been done. I'm tired of comicbook fanboys and girls whining and complaining and picking the Spidey movies apart until their not happy anymore- For one thing: their just movies, 2: Spidey really isn't real, and 3: I love all three of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies individually in their own unique way. Sam Raimi was the perfect director for Spidey, Tobey Maguire was an awesome Peter Parker, and Kirsten Dunst looks just like Mary Jane Watson from the 90's cartoon show and portrayed her very well. So, the Reboot is a bad idea period, UNLESS, they make Spidey's super-human agile movements even more realistic, a much hotter Mary Jane Watson and do something special to make up for the fact that her and Pete won't get married. I still prefer that the Sam Raimi Spider-Man story continue no matter what and then new directors just add to the story just like the James Bond movies.

  22. A Spiderman reboot 20-30 years down the road? LOL Are you serious? What wrong with getting one now? We have yet to see a definitive Spiderman movie. Sam Raimi'sversion was okay, BUT far from perfect. :-)

    I'm tired of all the whiners who completely disregard the original source material in favour for some counterfeit representation by a company that has no legitimate history with Marvel characters, nor any real understanding and respect for Marvel's treatment of characters.

    Yes I'm a comic book fan-boy through and through and love to exercise my right to critique something that looks like the blueprint but upon closer observation is littered with handicaps.

    Spiderman isn't real? Oh no! how am I going to live with myself? Please don't tell me the Tooth Fairy and Santa aren't real either. I couldn't handle such a revelation.

    And if they're just movies as you say, then why not have a reboot? why can't we have more than a trilogy of Spiderman adventures on the big screen?

    There are other Directors and Actors just as professional and competent as the film makers before them. Lets' not idolize the first ones that got an opportunity and ignore the possibilities for an even greater Spiderman story to be told.

  23. Personally, I don't like that there will be a reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise. It's really too soon. Plus, I wanted to see Pete and MJ finally get married just like in the comics and the evil symbiote Carnage showing up later. I was expecting a Spider-Man reboot with a new story in 20-30 years down the road. I will still go see this new Spider-Man movie in 2012, BUT I think it sucks that Peter Parker will be younger and be far back in high school; it's already been done and the origin of the character has also already been done. I'm tired of comicbook fanboys and girls whining and complaining and picking the Spidey movies apart until their not happy anymore- For one thing: their just movies, 2: Spidey really isn't real, and 3: I love all three of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies individually in their own unique way. Sam Raimi was the perfect director for Spidey, Tobey Maguire was an awesome Peter Parker, and Kirsten Dunst looks just like Mary Jane Watson from the 90's cartoon show and portrayed her very well. So, the Reboot is a bad idea period, UNLESS, they make Spidey's super-human agile movements even more realistic, a much hotter Mary Jane Watson and do something special to make up for the fact that her and Pete won't get married. I still prefer that the Sam Raimi Spider-Man story continue no matter what and then new directors just add to the story just like the James Bond movies.

  24. A Spiderman reboot 20-30 years down the road? LOL Are you serious? What wrong with getting one now? We have yet to see a definitive Spiderman movie. Sam Raimi's version was okay, BUT far from perfect. :-)

    I'm tired of all the whiners who completely disregard the original source material in favour for some counterfeit representation by a company that has no legitimate history with Marvel characters, nor any real understanding and respect for Marvel's treatment of characters.

    Yes I'm a comic book fan-boy through and through and love to exercise my right to critique something that looks like the blueprint but upon closer observation is littered with handicaps.

    Spiderman isn't real? Oh no! how am I going to live with myself? Please don't tell me the Tooth Fairy and Santa aren't real either. I couldn't handle such a revelation.

    And if they're just movies as you say, then why not have a reboot? why can't we have more than a trilogy of Spiderman adventures on the big screen?

    There are other Directors and Actors just as professional and competent as the film makers before them. Lets' not idolize the first ones that got an opportunity and ignore the possibilities for an even greater Spiderman story to be told.

  25. A reboot needed to happen, Raimi’s franchise was going nowhere. Spider-Man 4 was going to be worse than 3. Raimi’s idea for Spider-Man 4 was to introduce the Vulture, a completely mediocre villain, and then he was going to make up a stupid new villain called the Vultress. Honestly, after casting Topher Grace as Venom, and butchering the character, this is the best he could do to make up for it. Each movie got progressively worse, and it was mostly because of Sam Raimi. He even made it clear in one interview that he was more interested in Peter Parker’s love life than he was in Spider-Man’s battles, and it is evident in the movies. The first Spider-Man movie was pretty good. I liked how The Green Goblin beat up Spider-Man throughout the whole movie, it made it exciting, and it made you wonder how Spider-Man was going to pull through it. Plus they didn’t overdo the love story (I hate romatic super hero movies). What I didn’t like about that movie was The Green Goblin’s costume, which wasn’t close enough to the original, and I intensely dislike Tobey Macguire as Peter Parker. Spider-Man 2 was okay, I hated how Doctor Octopus got beat up though the whole movie, and the love story thing got out of hand. Spider-Man 3 is one of the worst super hero movies ever, it was just a great big romantic soap opera. Sandman was a good guy, and had a daughter, Venom was horribly miscast, and way too much drama. Raimi got too much freedom after each movie and that is what ruined the franchise. The makers of this Spider-Man reboot need to watch Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight. That is how you reboot a franchise. They need to find the elements that made those movies so awesome and apply it to Spider-Man, and I know what they are. Dark, intense, disturbing, purely psychotic villains, and the villians need to win overall. It worked for Batman, it could work for Spider-Man.

  26. spider man reboot is way too soon. why cant they have the original cast or wait a for five years because this is way to soon. it like just yesterday spiderman kissed mary jane watson upsidedown in the rain…..

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