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    Mediocrity Reigns - Marc Webb Directing Amazing Spider-Man Sequel

    Fascinated how anyone with taste says they preferred The Amazing Spider-Man to Spider-Man 1, 2 or, yes even 3. You may not like where Sam Raimi took the web-slinger or how he did it (Revisionist history speaking or not), but you felt a specific voice heard and style in play. Marc Webb's re-launch was the embodiment of cynical, made-by-committee filmmaking.

    But one can't place the blame on Webb. Sure he knew what he was getting into. Maybe he had great, game-changing ideas for Spidey onscreen when first offered the franchise circa late 2009. But it was clear in the final results. We got a product directed by a gun-for-hire following the orders of his masters. That's why the controversy of Webb's not-returning, stemming from (500) Days of Summer and a pre-existing option at 20th Century Fox, was in truth a non-controversy.

    One that's ceased to be according to Variety. Sony and Fox made peace, allowing Webb to direct The Spectacular Spider-Man (or whatever the title ultimately is). Unless Webb gets free reign on the sequel, it won't matter since he's still gonna have Avi Arad and whatever not-yet-fired Sony executive on his ass. Hopefully they'll stick to their guns and not jettison crucial plotlines come May 2014.

    Reader Comments (4)

    Oh boy. Here we go again. See you on May 2014, Jamie. More disagreements to come. :)

    09-28-2012 | Unregistered CommenterA2THEH

    lol ...Tell me about it, A2THEH.

    09-28-2012 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

    Mediocrity is Marvel Studios in 2011, ASM much more than that.
    Financially it's better than every film Marvel's done with the exception of the film that combines them all.

    Give it a rest Jamie, you lost the argument the minute the numbers came in.

    09-29-2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo

    But it was better.

    10-1-2012 | Unregistered CommenterKombat Wombat

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