by: Matthew J.R. Kohler
Well, Marvel had been teasing that Spider-Man would be in the new Civil War trailer, and you know what? It happened! That’s right, everyone: we finally saw a glimpse at the third iteration of Spider-Man within nine years. But, honestly, who cares? Here’s why you shouldn’t.
Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters in the Marvel universe. However, in the films, the only story that he really has is “Do I stay Spider-Man or not?”. We have had five films, and all of follow this same question. The only legit Spider-Man story is “Kraven’s Last Hunt”, about the black-suited Spider-Man, which was tarnished by the lackluster Spider-Man 3. Spider-Man is a classic character, and he did have an interesting and prominent role in the “Civil War” comic book. In this upcoming movie, though, Marvel has already said that Black Panther would fill this role. Whatever Spider-Man’s role is in this film does not seem essential, seeing as how this is Captain America’s movie, and Spider-Man’s getting his own solo film next year. So, from a story standpoint, what’s the point of including him?
Financially, we all know the point of including Spider-Man. In the trailer, we see him grab Cap’s shield and say a canned line. That is sure to draw fans of Spider-Man into the theater, but the point remains that trailers nowadays should be less about gimmicks and action, and more about content. With how much money Hollywood is pumping into movies now, there is no way the action or costumes shouldn’t look professional, nor should it be surprising that a certain character owned by a separate company is appearing in a Marvel movie, so let’s just get over it! Story is the missing piece in most things now, and it is something that can’t be purchased the same way that a visual effect or costume can be. The proof that this film is just another cash grab is illustrated by how this movie is straight-up ripping off the Civil War comic, and relying on every superhero and his brother to bring home the bacon.
-Why are they posing like models?
How many heartless movies have you watched that have budgets of over $100 million? There are the Transformers series, G.I. Joe series, the new TMNT series, Iron Man 2 and 3, Thor 1 and 2, Captain America 1, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, Ant-Man, Spider-Man 3, X-Men: The Last Stand, Wolverine 1 and 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, Green Lantern, Fantastic Four 1, 2, and the reboot, Ghost Rider 1 and 2, all of the Punisher movies, and Daredevil. A couple of these movies some could consider fine, but most are terrible. Notice that the last three Spider-Man movies were part of that list. That means the last time Spider-Man was cool in a movie was twelve years ago. Back then, Hollywood had less control over the content of superhero films, because it was a new, largely unproven, idea. But, as the films became more profitable, that all changed. Spider-Man 3 and Amazing Spider-Man 2 were less about the titular character and more about the villains; and Amazing Spider-Man was a product of Hollywood’s insistence on rehashing the original Spider-Man—the top-grossing movie of the franchise. True fans of Captain America, perhaps the most popular character in the Marvel universe next to Spider-Man and Wolverine, have not been happy with his less-than-accurate films courtesy of Marvel. I don’t even like the Thor character, but I was still amazed by how awful his character has been handled by Marvel. That said, if you are a true fan of Spider-Man, then you should be scared that he’s in Marvel’s hands.
As I mentioned, there are too many characters in this movie. So, how much screen time is Spider-Man really going to have? Not a lot. Again, what’s the point of him being in it? Why should we care?
Now, go buy “Kraven’s Last Hunt” and read it.