Five Spider-Man movies since 2002 and now there is another one – with a different cast, a few twists here and there and a different villain. Since the release of Spider-Man Homecoming many fellow Spider-Man fans have been asking why the Spider-Man franchise has been rebooted in the cinematic world so many times.
The Spider-Man movie, directed by Sam Raimi, made its debut with Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in 2002 and made a total of 821.7 million USD worldwide – record-breaking in that time. It featured one of Spider-Man’s biggest nemesis – Green Goblin and surely the film was action-packed and full of suspense.
With big budget special effects and a mixture of action and romance, Spider-Man was sure to have a part two and released in 2004, Spider-Man 2 was all about Harry Osborne seeking revenge for the death of his father from Spider-Man through Dr. Octopus, and while all this was happening, Peter Parker was having a hard time as Mary Jane got engaged to another man. But all was fine at the end as it always is with Superhero Movies.
Immense financial success was also followed by Spider-Man 3 in 2007 as it made 890.9 million USD worldwide and it featured two of the strongest Spider-Man villains – Venom and Sand Man.
All in all the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies were tremendously enjoyed by both casual viewers and die-hard comic book fans but the question remains – why wasn’t there a Spider-Man 4 ? Why did Spider-Man get rebooted with Andrew Garfield playing Spider-Man?
Before Marvel became a powerhouse of the film industry, it was doing poorly and so Marvel decided to license the film rights of Spider-Man to Sony Pictures but Sony Pictures had to reboot Spider-Man to maintain the film rights. On top of that, Sony had plans to develop the Spider-Man universe into one like the DC Extended Universe and hints of this were seen during Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The first Amazing Spider-Man movie made a reasonable 757.9 million USD and was very different to the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man series. In this set of films, Peter Parker was in love with, not Mary Jane Watson, but Gwen Stacy and the character of Spider-Man was a bit more humorous. Also, in the fights between Scorpio and Spidey, Spidey wasn’t always at the top and so there was a lot more tension in the film.
But the greater plans of Sony Pictures were revealed in the second Amazing Spider-Man movies, particularly towards the end.
Towards the end of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 film, Harry Osborne says to a mysterious man “everything you need is already at Oscorp” and we are shown Dr. Octopus’ arms, Rhino’s armour and Vulture’s wings. Furthermore, we are shown Rhino attacking the city and Spider-Man coming to the rescue and here the film ends. All of this at the end of the movie is used to foreshadow the beginning of the sinister six and Spider-Man fans all around the globe were waiting for the famous group of bad guys.
So this was all laid out to happen but why hasn’t it?
Well, Sony had envisioned two more movies, one released in 2016 and the other in 2018 but when all this was happening, Marvel started having talks with Sony about a shared universe where Spider-Man, Iron Man, etc., lived in the same place, commonly knows as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This was financially very appealing to Sony as the returns from the Amazing Spider-Man 2 did not meet expectations and so Sony decided to contribute with Marvel and reboot the Spider-Man franchise once more.
As with all reboots, the cast gets changed and this is how Tom Holland got to play Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
At the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming we are shown a special suit and Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) inviting Spidey to join the Avengers. He declines this offer and that scene makes us think that Spidey has grown up and as a result, we – the audience – are lost over whether Spidey is ever going to join the Avengers. Nonetheless, the next Spider-Man movie, like all other Spider-Man movies, will be worth watching and we will also see Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in the Avengers: Infinity War (April 2018).