This will be the third time in a decade that the rich material of Spider-Man comics is adapted into film. While some might roll their eyes at that, comic book fans will have no qualms as we know that there’s still a lot of quality storytelling that has yet to be brought to film. Here are six things that need to happen in Spidey’s new film to make this adaptation the best yet:
Skip the origin story: Everyone, even your grandmother, can probably tell you Batman’s origin story. His parents are killed, he vows to avenge their murder and protect the city of Gotham, yada yada yada. The same goes with Spider-Man. Do we really need a large part of the movie dedicated to watching Peter Parker get bitten by a spider and watch his uncle get shot? If you don’t know Spider-Man’s origin story, you’re a minority of the audience and should let it slide. Let the extra time in the film aid what Marvel’s films have been lacking: a better, more interesting antagonist. Even better, give us more character development with any of the film’s supporting characters. Studios want sequels and spin-offs, and we all want to see Miles Morales. Hint, hint.
More character, less spectacle: That leads me to my next point – Amazing Spider-Man 2 had some incredible action sequences that were beautiful to watch. That, however, ended up giving us shallow villains like Electro and Green Goblin. While I love seeing classic villains come to life on screen, I’d rather see them as more than one or two-dimensional characters. Norman Osborn, one of the greatest villains in comic book history, was just a prick that died too early. Rhino was too disappointing to even look at. Devote less time to these great looking action scenes and give that time to building character. A poor fight scene between Spidey and a more charismatic villain would be much more spectacular than that big fight at the end of Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Electro. Simply, because Electro was not very fleshed out. Nevertheless, while villains are important, characters like Aunt May and Spidey’s love interest should also be given some light.
Remain grounded in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: With the knowledge that Spider-Man will join the Avengers against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, perhaps Spidey’s place isn’t best in going toe-to-toe against the Mad Titan. Spider-Man is best, in my opinion, when he’s balancing his identities of super hero and geeky teenager who loves his aunt and infatuated with a girl he could only dream of. Would we really believe it if he managed to survive the power of an alien war-monger with a gauntlet of infinite power, then struggle to fight a guy like Mysterio? I don’t think so. I think it would be best if he were more grounded. Maybe he could fight alongside the Defenders, bring Kingpin in as an antagonist in one of his films or even, at most, fight with the Avengers but stray from world-wide epidemics like Ultron’s army or galaxy-spanning epidemics like the fight against Thanos.
These are three things that I find most necessary in Marvel’s Spider-Man adaptation. What do you think? Write me a comment below!