Re-assessing the Comic Book Movies

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  1. gladhands

    gladhands Senior member

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    Now that we're almost a decade into the comic book movie revival, is it safe to say that Sam Raimi's Spiderman films weren't all that great?
     
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    Reynard369 Senior member

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    +1

    I've been saying this from the start.
     
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    burningbright Senior member

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    Yeah, but you had to start somewhere though.

    I enjoyed the first Spider-Man when it came out (mostly just because they decided to make a movie period) and thought the first X-Men was OK, but then they started getting smart in creating a franchise that looks as if it will slowly (and finally) weave the Marvel universe together. Though comics didn't start out this way, that's the road they inevitably went down: cross-overs, X versus Y, massive sagas whose stories spilled over into single issues (Infinity Gauntlet, etc.). The universe became cohesive and fun and I think that's what Marvel is starting to slowly achieve in the movies.

    So yeah, looking back Spider-Man does kind of look pretty vanilla (as does the X-Men) but hopefully they've paved the way for something better and more faithful to the comics themselves (this of course excludes those two FF movies which were some of the biggest WTF's in comic cinema's short history) .

    Now if they could just get some decent super-villains....
     
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    tagutcow Senior member

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    Errr... what exactly was the start of the revival, the original Spider Man movie? As far as I can tell, the comic book movie trend has been going non-stop since Tim Burton's Batman.
     
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    Neo_Version 7 Senior member

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    Those were the movies with the old Batman (Michael Crichton), right?
     
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    deadly7 Senior member

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    What more did you want? Spiderman 1 is among my favorite superhero movies. 2 was overall entertaining, but Doc Oc was a bad choice. And 3 was fucking awful, I agree.
     
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    Reynard369 Senior member

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    FTFY.
     
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    acidboy Senior member

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    hate it all you want, but the 1st spiderman movie brought the comic book movie to a higher level, as much as tim burton's batman opened the door for the dark knight movies.
     
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    I always had a problem with Toby and Kirsten as the main characters. I never liked them as Peter and Mary Jane with S3 being a total disaster that killed the franchise.
     
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    Pennglock Senior member

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    I am way too creeped out by Toby McGuire to have ever sat through the Spiderman films, so I can't really comment...
     
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    But it was the deterioration of that series that nearly killed the genre. Spiderman is the first of what is clearly a new generation of superhero films.
     
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    I don't understand - which of any of the latest crop of films are better than Spiderman 1 or 2? The Dark Knight Returns and... what else?
     
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    ^Iron Man
     
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    origenesprit Senior member

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    :confused: So two movies in total have been better, so now we can say that we've completely outclassed them?

    :uhoh:
     

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