"Spider-Man 4" is no longer. The franchise that was defined by star Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi is in for a dramatic overhaul now that the two creative forces are no longer involved in the Marvel Comics property.
Some fans might point towards continuity deviations, an overabundance of villains and excessive dance sequences as reasons to look forward to the new direction of "Spider-Man." But if we're being honest with each other — was it really all bad?
I have a lot of fondness for the original "Spider-Man" trilogy, and I doubt that I'm alone. While I'm certainly curious about the franchise's future, I can't help feeling some nostalgia for the old movies as they're on their way out. Here are a few of the things that I'll miss the most.
1. Peter Parker & His World of Characters: I'm sure that the new "Spider-Man" films are going to draw heavily upon the many characters from Spidey's comic book appearances, but I'll miss the ones already established in Raimi's universe, like Betty Brant, Robbie Robertson, Curt Connors and more. Forget getting used to a new actor in Peter Parker's shoes, we're going to have to get to know an entirely new cast of characters. That's a bit daunting, to say the least.
2. Norman Osborn's Post-Mortem Appearances: Although his character died in the first film, Willem Dafoe continued his performance as the Green Goblin through a series of hilariously epic mirror-bound cameos. While Dafoe's future participation was admittedly shaky after the death of Harry Osborn in the third film, the transition towards a rebooted series definitively precludes further appearances from the much loved actor.
3. J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson: The Daily Bugle chief is undoubtedly Spider-Man's greatest nemesis that doesn't wear an awkward costume and speak in monologue — okay, maybe he monologues a little. The character is likely to resurface in the next "Spider-Man" film, but I doubt we'll see J.K. Simmons in the role if it's out-with-the-old. Simmons was easily my favorite actor in the mix, so I'll be sad to see him go.
4. Sam Raimi's Signature Style: Say what you will about the dance numbers, but the "Spider-Man" films were filled with plenty of the often bizarre camera angles and gratuitously repetitive shots that Raimi's fans have come to love him for. Whoever the next director is, he or she could never replicate the famous tentacle-cam in "Spider-Man 2." Whether that's a good thing or not is entirely up to your personal taste.
5. Bruce Campbell's Many Cameos: More so than any other actor, Bruce Campbell was in on the "Spider-Man" franchise thanks to his longstanding friendship and creative collaboration with Raimi. Now that Raimi's era is over, so to is Campbell's, I'd assume. It's a shame, especially considering that his next appearance was hyped to be a meatier cameo than usual. I'm sure there are plenty of places to enjoy The Chinned One's work in the future — it just probably won't be in the new "Spider-Man" films.
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