I don’t get it. Every image I see. Every trailer released. Every piece of information I get. I look at this new Spider-Man movie and think, “I should be so excited for this movie,” but I’m just not. It doesn’t make any sense. All signs point to it being a cool movie, and likely the best Spider-Man movie so far, and still I’m not excited. What’s happening?
I was never a fan of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films. I liked the first film, thought the second one was boring, and the third film is a hot mess. When Sam Raimi left development on what was then Spider-Man 4 I couldn’t have been more pleases. A script by Zodiac‘s James Vanderbilt, directed by (500) Days of Summer‘s Marc Webb, starring Never Let Me Go‘s Andrew Garfield and my Superbad crush, Emma Stone? The Amazing Spider-Man was sure to be a step in the right direction. The weird part is, judging by the trailers, I think the movie is going to deliver.
So why am I not excited?
I suspect it has something to do with the rest of the slate this Summer. While there isn’t that much I’m looking forward to, there are enough movies I’m more invested in. Brave and Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises are the true highlights of anticipation. It doesn’t help that this Summer already had The Avengers, which, flawed as it was, certainly kicked a whole bunch of ass. Between that and Nolan’s final Batman movie, do I really have room to get excited about another superhero movie?
But that can’t be it, right? I mean, the movie still looks really good to my eyes, yet I still have to keep reminding myself that it’s coming out at all. There’s got to be something else going on here. Maybe it’s a “been there, done that” thing. Maybe I’m seeing these trailers and subconsciously thinking that I’ve seen this all before. It looks better than the original Spider-Man, maybe, but it doesn’t look different enough. The series, even in reboot form, is spinning its wheels. Does that make sense? I don’t really know.
Honestly though. I watch this trailer and I get pumped. And then 30 seconds after it’s done I pretty much forget I ever saw it. Check it out for yourself, and let me know if you’re excited for The Amazing Spider-Man, or if you’re in the same precarious position as me: