Fortress of Fandom: Was a reboot of the Spiderman franchise really necessary?

Story By: Lauren Baker, Arts & Entertainment, Art Director

This is a tricky question to answer. For anyone who grew up with the Tobey Maguire Spiderman movies, there is a definitive divide between those who possess a sweet nostalgia for them and those who have grown to hate them. For those more bitter individuals, the release of “The Amazing Spider-man” was a welcome endeavor, met with equally successful box office earnings. As for myself in this matter, I am on the fence because while I am one of those nostalgic kids, I was also blown away by the quality of TASM series. So I can only offer you my wish list: I wish there was a Spiderman film where Tobey Maguire was Peter Parker and Andrew Garfield was Spiderman.

You see, Tobey Maguire makes a better Peter Parker because he fulfills the prototype of a nerd that doesn’t amount to much outside of science classes, lovestruck over a girl he thinks he can’t have. Andrew Garfield’s version of Peter Parker comes off as cocky and overly confident, which only works when he’s actually playing Spiderman.

However, in TASM 2, we are shown a much more hands-on Spiderman by Garfield when he takes the time to walk home a small child after being bullied, fixing his ruined solar system project. This is a far different Spiderman than that of Maguire’s verison who was so absorbed in his own problems that he began to lose his powers in his sequel.

So when the chips are down, yes, I do believe a reboot of Spiderman was completely necessary because as the series continues, I do believe we will see a little more of the humbled Peter Parker that avid readers have come to know. Besides, we have a great responsibility to give a character like Spiderman justice by not dilluting what could be a great story with cheesy puns like the Green Goblin singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” as he terrorizes New Yorkers. Seriously, some of us have yet to recover from the Governator’s “the iceman cometh!” in 1997’s “Batman & Robin.”