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‘The Amazing Spider-man’ Work With a New Cast?
If you grew up in the 1970’s you may remember the
original Spider-man series. These were deliberately
cheesy, but entertaining and starred Nicholas Hammond,
(who rather bizarrely played one of the Von Trapp
children in ‘The Sound of Music’). This version didn’t
feature any of the original villains from the comic
books; instead it focused on shady scientists and
human crime lords. It is strange that Kingpin, super
baddie from the comics didn’t feature as he would have
fitted into the characterization.
The Spider-man Trilogy
Moving on to the Spider-man trilogy, it is immediately
apparent that a much higher budget was provided,
although the 70’s versions are still watchable in a
nostalgic kind of way. In fact the budget for all
three of the movies was a staggering US$ 597 and
grossed nearly $2.5 billion worldwide. Technology has
moved leaps and bounds since the 70’s with impressive
CGI graphics, SEO company
involvement and the Internet in general all playing a
part in the success of the films and the promotion of
merchandise surrounding them.
The 2002 Spider-man movie actually took nearly a
quarter of a century to develop, with screenplay by
David Koepp. It was directed by Sam Raimi and stars
Tobey Maguire in the lead role, with Kirsten Dunst as
Mary Jane Watson, Willem Defoe as Norman Osborn/The
Green Goblin and James Franco as Harry Osborn.
In this version when Peter is bitten by a genetically
engineered spider, he finds the next day he has
perfect vision and a much more muscular, superhuman
body. He falls for Mary Jane. The main villain is the
Green Goblin. Dr Norman Osborn works to develop a
performance enhancing chemical with disastrous
consequences as it leads to the development of his
There are many high-tech impressive scenes surrounding
the good versus evil theme. One particularly memorable
moment is when Mary Jane and a Tramway car full of
children are taken hostage. Although the Green Goblin
is accidentally destroyed, the evil legacy remains in
the form of his son, Harry.
Most of the original cast are back, but this time
there is an addition of villain Dr Otto Octavious
(Alfred Molina). Doc Ock ends up endangering the lives
of the New York City population after developing
mechanical tentacles accidentally, following the death
of his wife and a failed experiment. Doc Ock robs a
bank and kidnaps Spidey’s Aunt May.
As if this isn’t enough to contend with, Spidey has to
deal with a lot of emotional battles. Harry doesn’t
realise at this stage that Peter Parker actually is
Spider-man and thinks he is being exceptionally loyal
to him, which causes a fight and Mary Jane gets
engaged to a renowned astronaut!
A three way battle between Dr Octopus, Harry and
Spider-man follows. There is a twist in this film as
Spider-man is unmasked on a couple of occasions,
leaving plenty of scope for the final part of the
In Spider-man 3 an extraterrestrial symbioses crashes
to Earth and bonds with Peter Parker, this interferes
with his morals and he has to fight an inner conflict
of good and evil, as well as additional villains The
Sandman and Venom.
Now Harry knows his identity, he attacks him using new
weapons adapted from the technology his father left
behind as the Green Goblin.
When Peter wears the Black Spider-man suit this
represents the conflicts of evil going on inside him.
There is a dark, vengeful selfish and arrogant side
which is revealed. The new arrogant Spider-man is not
attractive to Mary Jane and they play mind games
trying to hurt each other emotionally, each finding
comfort with other admirers Harry and Gwen (a
beautiful woman whose life Spidey previously saved).
With many emotional moments along the way and twists
and turns, good finally manages to reign over evil.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Tobey Maguire has put his Spidey suits in the closet
and called it a day after the premise of Spider-man 4
was revealed. In his mid-thirties now, Maguire decided
it wouldn’t be plausible to play a high school
student, so the title role has now been given to
Andrew Garfield, star of The Social Network. It no
longer features Mary Jane, instead starring Emma Stone
as Gwen Stacy, originally the first love of Peter
Parker. The main villain is going to be The Lizard.
It is difficult to say whether the absences of Maguire
and Dunst will be a contributing factor to how
successful the movie will be as it reaches our screens
this summer. One thing’s for sure, the 3D effects will
give it a new dimension and die-hard Spidey fans will
flock to see it, purely out of curiosity and suspense!