Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Should Spider-Man Be Only Peter Parker in the Movies?

Okay, so for those of you who don't know, Sony has basically come out and said "No-one will be Spider-Man in the movies except for Peter Parker." Now for a company that seems so hell bent on the whole "building a universe based around Spider-Man and only Spider-Man because we don't have any other major properties", this is very limiting. In addition to all the variations of Spider-Man that have been around over the years, there's already a whole (and frankly superior) trilogy of movies based around Peter Parker and his time as Spider-Man. So this means no Miles Morales, no Ben Reilly and no Miguel O'Hara. These are the three primary other Spider-Men, and they all could tell their own unique stories. 

Instead Sony has gone ahead with what is frankly a bit of a bat-shit idea and is going to milk Spider-Man for all it's worth, or more appropriately, Peter Parker. They're going to tell the story of the same guy again, over another trilogy, and probably a further trilogy after that if they don't reboot him for a second time. But here's the kicker, with great characters come great responsibility, except Sony isn't willing to use that responsibility. I get that Peter Parker is the most recognisable Spider-Man, just like Bruce Wayne is the most recognisable Batman. But the truth is, they've done Parker, twice now. And they didn't even vary the stories all that much, they're still telling the same story with some slight variations and everyone praises them for "Non-Organic Web Shooters", which by the way, I personally think is a dumb-as-shit, and I don't get why everyone complained about the dude with mutant Spider powers having the ability a spider does, to shoot webs. Yes, I know it's the original comics, doesn't make it any less dumb, it's like giving Superman a jet pack to fly despite the fact he has all these other insane superpowers.

Anyway, I'm getting off topic. They aren't even considering telling a new story, or maybe they think they are, I just don't know. It's very confusing at this point. The thing that irks me the most though, is Ben Reilly is a story that could be told while still using Peter Parker, giving the Scarlet Spider some time would give the Peter character a much needed break. Okay, so maybe the Clone Saga doesn't have the best reputation, but it's at least better than repeating the same stories over and over and over again. In an ideal world I'd love to see 2099 Spider-Man or more importantly Miles Morales come into the story. But we don't live in an ideal world... oh well.