John Gholson is a life-long comic book fanboy who has previously covered all manner of superhero news at AOL. After dabbling with comic book self-publishing in the '90s, John moved on to study sequential art at the Savannah College of Art & Design, and currently produces a regular web comic, ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ for Tapsauce.com. You can also read his Avengers Countdown here at Movies.com.
Much like Batman, Spider-Man is a character with enough interesting arch-enemies to probably fuel a dozen films, but (again, like Batman) there are just some foes you want to see over and over again. In Batman’s case it’s The Joker, and despite Heath Ledger’s stamp on the character, I’m sure you’ll see the Clown Prince of Crime all over again when the series eventually reboots. In The Amazing Spider-Man, Spidey is pitted against the Lizard, a great classic villain for sure, but not on the “all-time” level of Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, or Venom.
But how quickly should Spider-Man resurrect those villains that Raimi has already used? We still haven’t seen a movie with Mysterio, Kraven, Vulture, Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, or Chameleon, just to name a few of the rogues. Now that they’ve kickstarted a new franchise, should Sony run through the villains we haven’t seen yet on the big screen, or should they go back to the well and resurrect one of the big guns that’s already been done before? Electro and Vulture might be cool, but they’re nowhere near on the level of Green Goblin or Doctor Octopus.
I’m on the fence, personally. Venom was handled so poorly in Spider-Man 3 that I’d be open to a better telling of the character’s origin, with more of Venom’s classic comic book characterization (all of which seemed to be missing in the movie). Spider-Man tackled Norman Osborn pretty well, but I think fans would still like to see a Green Goblin that looks like the creepy, grinning comic book version and not a suit of shiny green armor. Doc Ock is, to me, the quintessential Spider-Man villain (a close second behind Goblin, and the only reason I give Doc Ock the edge is because Goblin was out of commission in the comic books for decades). I like what they did with Spider-Man 2 so much, that I’d love to see the character resurrected against Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man.
What do you think? Looking past Amazing Spider-Man, should the new films only explore new villains or is there a reason to revive some of Spider-Man’s biggest rogues?
News from the Web
-- It may not have been that long ago since Spider-Man solved the problem of Spider-Island (a cross-over event that saw everyone in New York City imbued spider-powers), but writer Dan Slott is once again stacking the deck against Peter Parker. Starting with Amazing Spider-Man #682 (on sale March 21), Spidey will be facing off against an all-new Sinister Six line-up (Dr. Octopus, Chameleon, Sandman, Rhino, Mysterio, and Electro) hell-bent on world domination. It’s a battle so tough, it requires Spidey to create a specialized suit of armor for himself to defend against fighting all six of the baddies at once (pictured here, via Comic Book Resources).
-- I’ve read Spider-Man comics off and on for years and even I’m slightly confused as to the story behind Peter Parker’s super-spy parents. It’s a story that’s explored quite a bit in the upcoming movie, so it’s timely for Comic Book Resources to run this brief history of Richard and Mary Parker.
-- Spider-Man won’t be alone when his new cartoon Ultimate Spider-Man debuts on DIsney XD (April 1 for those setting their DVRs). Besides Spidey’s usual supporting cast, Newsarama reports that he’ll be joined regularly by Luke Cage aka Power Man, Iron Fist, White Tiger, and Nova. The show features a behind-the-scenes dream team of sorts, with Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis as consulting producer and Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series) as creative consultant. Entertainment Weekly has the first clip from the new show available for viewing here.
-- The makers of the Amazing Spider-Man video game (based on the upcoming movie) used the Lizard’s origin as inspiration to bring another animal-themed Spider-Man arch-enemy into their story -- the Rhino. Instead of just being a thug in a permanent, super-strong rhino suit, the video game redesigns him as a genetically altered half-man, half-rhino. I think it works, and it’s almost a shame the video game makers got to this idea first because it looks like it really would’ve worked on film.
-- In other video game news, Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee will be a playable character in Amazing Spider-Man. Here’s Stan the Man himself sharing that news with Addict of Fiction. No other details are available (I assume he’s just an unlockable “skin” for Spidey). The game hits shelves on June 26.
-- According to Cinema Blend, the blame game continues in the legal battles over Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. This time, former director Julie Taymor accuses musicians Bono and the Edge of railroading the production by ignoring her requests that might’ve satisfied the producers that fired her.
--Comic Book Resources is also running a poll for the 50 Greatest Spider-Man covers of all time. They’re accepting nominees here and will be unveiling the full list soon.
There are 120 days until the release of The Amazing Spider-Man on July 3, 2012. The Marc Webb film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans.