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Spawn Movie Reboot Is NOT An Origin Story

Spawn creator Todd McFarlane is firm in his conviction that the upcoming reboot film should not explain how the character of Spawn first came into existence. Though McFarlane has been quite outspoken about this point in the past, the legendary comic creator expanded upon this belief recently, saying that he's "exhausted by those (superhero) movies" that focus on the character's origin story.

First appearing in Spawn #1 in May 1992, Spawn quickly became the flagship character for independent comics publisher Image Comics. The series focused upon Al Simmons - a CIA covert operations specialist, who was betrayed by his bosses and burned to death. Finding himself in Hell (because he knowingly and willingly ended the lives of many innocents during his time with the CIA), Simmons bargained with a demonic being called Malebolgia to return to Earth so that he could see his beloved wife, Wanda, one last time. Malebolgia upheld his end of the bargain, but sent Al to Earth five years after his death and trapped him in a symbiotic suit that gave him a variety of mystical powers, with the expectation that Al would become one of his agents on Earth. Instead, Al struggled to regain his soul, waging a war against both Heaven and Hell in the process.

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Though McFarlane has been very vocal about not wanting the Spawn reboot to be another superhero movie focused around the title character's origins, his recent comments to Comic Book explained his reasoning in more detail. "I can’t do it. I can’t do it," said McFarlane. "I’ve seen too many movies that spend way too much time for the set up."

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It is McFarlane's belief that superhero movies would benefit from jumping right into the action and not worrying about explaining how the protagonists became who they are. He cited Wolverine - the central character of most of Fox's X-Men films - and his depiction in the original comics versus how he was portrayed in the movies as an example. "Why do you think Wolverine was so popular? Because we didn't know who he was for a long, long time. And that's what made him cool," claims McFarlane. "And you can argue that... he became a little less cool once you actually gave the origin away, right? So, I sort of liked him when he was like a mystery."

McFarlane cited A Quiet Place as the sort of movie he'd like the Spawn reboot to emulate, noting that the movie started on Day 89 of the apocalypse and expected the viewer to figure out what was going on without any lengthy exposition. This falls in line with McFarlane's earlier comments about the reboot, which is being produced by Blumhouse Productions (the studio behind The Purge and Halloween), being a supernatural thriller rather than a superhero movie, featuring an entirely silent Spawn.

While McFarlane has a point regarding some superhero films spending too much time relating the origins of well-known characters, it's hard to argue that Spawn is on the same level as someone like Batman within the cultural zeitgeist. Spawn's star has fallen since the height of his popularity in the late 1990s, and his comic book isn't the top-seller it once was. While the world probably doesn't need to see Thomas and Martha Wayne gunned down in Crime Alley once again, it could probably use a reminder of just how Spawn came to be Spawn. On the other hand, the "superhero creep" movie McFarlane describes seems like the sort of unique oddity that could stand out among other comic-based films.

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Source: Comic Book

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