Robert George makes some points that sound telling about a movie that I don’t know if I can bring myself to see. I was pleasantly surprised by the first Spider-Man movie, which took some liberties, but captured the spirit of the comic book, particularly in its early, Steve Ditko incarnation.
One point that Robert might have made is that it sound as though the movie has morphed from the early Spider-Man era to a later genre. Spider-Man has gone through a number of stages, beginning with issue #39, when John Romita took over the book and transformed Peter Parker from a puny nerd into a more fleshed out figure. Spider-Man was starting to grow up.
But the new Spider-Man movie has been getting simply dreadful reviews and it sounds as though they’ve jumbled together too many eras together, doesn’t it? I’m also surprised, like RG, that the Lizard hasn’t made an appearance, though he was never my favorite villain. In any case, I would like a fuller report from Robert about where he thinks the next film might be headed.
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