Spider Man Trilogy VS The Amazing Spider Man Would Be Trilogy

I’m just going to go out and say it. Sam Raimi’s trilogy is certainly far better than the two Amazing Spider Man movies. It would seem that most of the world is in agreement with that as well.

But what makes it all that much better? Well, I am just going to talk about 2 things that really bug me.

But before I get to that, let’s take a look at the main character. I find this to be interesting, for I feel Toby McGuire played a better Peter Parker, while Andrew Garfield was the better costumed hero.

Both did good jobs at their alter-egos, but Garfield really nailed the humor and sarcasm Spider Man is known for, while McGuire’s seemed to lack that severely, while Garfield’s Peter was far to “hip” and not at all nerdy. You didn’t feel bad for him. When he became Spider Man, it was like, oh okay.

But when McGuire becomes Spider Man, you are so happy that something good happened to him, because for the 10 minutes of the movie he does not have powers, he is being crapped on by everyone he meets.pparker3

So we’ll put them at a tie for main character. So what about their love interests? Both Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and Mary Jane, (Kirsten Dunst) do great jobs at being those characters and giving them their own personalities.

This was what I immediately hated about The Amazing Spider Man. Gwen and Peter are classmates that seem to barely know each other beyond “that kid in my class,” but they have like two conversations and instantly fall head over heels, deeply, madly in love. Yes, it’s implied Peter has had a crush on her already, but their coupling happens so instantaneously that it is very unbelievable that it put me off from their relationship. The lack of character development for both of them also puts a disinterest in their personal love affairs too. I don’t know, just going from less than acquaintances to destined lovers in minutes is just a bit farfetched.

In Sam Raimi’s trilogy, it becomes immediately clear that Peter has wanted Mary Jane, his next door neighbor, for his entire life, and she has hardly spared a glance for him. She was the exact opposite of him. He knew he didn’t have a shot at her at all. When he gets his powers, he becomes a little more confident, but still fails to make a move.

So instead, Pete’s best friend dates her instead. Eventually she falls for Spider Man, which gives Peter the confidence to move forward as himself. When he finally can have her, he shuts her down to protect her. The second movie is a roller coaster of emotion. he basically gives up his whole life to be Spider Man, truly a noble act, but when he can bear it no longer, he gives it up, only to have Mary Jane say no. He returns as Spider Man when Mary Jane realizes she made a mistake and tells him she wants to be with him.

Again, Peter stays away to protect her. This is so powerful because both at this point know that they love each other so deeply, and neither of them truly understands why they won’t allow themselves to be with the other. They are constantly struggling with themselves, so by the time they end up together, in the last scene of the movie, you are about as happy as they are.

So in otherwords, McGuire and Mary Jane take two full movies to finally come together, while Garfield and Gwen take two scenes.

My final reason for today why Sam Raimi’s is so much better is the whole way Uncle Ben died.

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In Amazing, Ben and Peter have a huge fight, one worse I think than in Raimi’s movies, peter fightso that’s a plus. But the circumstances leading up to Ben’s murder are pretty lame and would not impose as much guilt on Garfield, thus the viewer does not feel as much sorrow or whatever for Peter either, or really, the entire situation.

Allow me to explain what I mean. In both movies, Peter has a run in with the criminal who kills Uncle Ben moments before he does that heinous act. Peter has a chance to stop them, and doesn’t, thus Peter always believes it is his fault.

So in Amazing, Peter goes to a store to buy a little thing of milk for himself. He is short two cents and tries to take it from that “leave a penny, take a penny thing.” The clerk is a real d-bag and gives him a hard time, saying he can’t just take money without leaving any in return or something. It doesn’t really make sense. But the clerk says it’s “store policy,” and an angered Peter leaves the milk behind and shuffles off, just as the criminal enters the store. He robs the register and even gives the milk to Peter, thus technically making him a shoplifter. When the robber takes off, the clerk yells to Peter to go and catch him. The clerk gets mad when he doesn’t and Peter says it’s not his policy.

This is what ticks me off. Why is the clerk so mad and expectant of Peter? He doesn’t know he has powers. Why would anyone expect some random person to go chase down a criminal. The only person who is aware that he could easily stop the criminal is Peter himself. And because he didn’t have enough money to buy the milk, he took it out on the store clerk.

So the criminal gets away and shoots Uncle Ben. The only satisfying thing about this is the childish reason Peter let the criminal get away. That could weigh heavy on someone’s mind for sure. But yeah…pretty lame.

uncle ben deadIn Raimi’s film, Peter wins a wrestling match to win $3000 but gets scammed and winds up only getting like $200 for basically being too strong. He’s trying to win the money to buy a car, but the man tells him he fails to see the part where that’s his problem. So he gets screwed and leaves all ticked, just as the criminal goes and robs the cash that Peter rightfully won and then some. Pete lets him pass to get away and the man says that you could have killed that guy. Peter says it’s not his problem. This is much better because Peter just proved that he was able to easily crush anyone in his path and the man knew it. He wasn’t just getting ticked at a random customer. Peter could have also easily stopped him without revealing his powers since he was face to face with the man. Garfield was in the middle of a street that would have attracted far too much attention.

In short, Garfield is mad because he didn’t have enough money, and McGuire was mad because he was screwed out of 3 grand. So yeah. Raimi’s is a lot better in that respect.

There are many other reasons why the older ones are better, but I could be here all day talking about it. The original trilogy is even more impressive because they were made before there were countless super hero movies. They were essentially a guinea pig and they were better than anyone expected. Even now, when the first movie is nearly 20 years old (wow!) they still hold up today.

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And for the record, I do enjoy all of them, just some were very disappointing.  From worst to best I would rank them

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Fantastic Four (2015): Not Nearly As Bad As The World Made It Out To Be

I remember when the reboot to the Fantastic Four movies came out, within 24 hours, the world rang with cries of rage and disgust, calling this movie an abomination and unfinished crap and other derogatory things. I finally got around to seeing it myself, and I have got to say, it is not nearly as bad as people say. People were freaking out about how bad it was, as if they took it as a personal insult, like the movie slapped everyone’s mother and kicked their pets in the face.

Now, I am not saying this is a good movie. But it’s not bad. It’s just okay. Though this is coming from someone who never goes into anything with any real expectations and just enjoys everything for what it is and does not dwell on what I wish it was or could be.

That being said, I also should mention that I find most superhero movies very mediocre at best. Since I am talking about a Marvel movie, I will focus on them. I don’t really like many Marvel movies. Most of them I can consider watchable, but border on being bad, and are far from good. Fantastic Four fits right in with this.

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So why is this movie so hated? My guess is because movies like the Avengers and Captain America have set the bar very high for what makes a good superhero movie, and I mean very high. And it even came out a few months after the second Avenger’s movie! That isn’t something too easy to follow up! So I guess maybe people were expecting an edge of your seat action movie with amazing fight scenes and all that fun stuff.

But no, instead we get an origin movie! Boy howdy! These origin movies are never that good, except for Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy, and of course Captain America. But movies like Iron Man and Thor are crap. In fact all the movies in those series are garbage, but everyone loves them! The trouble with these origin movies is that they spend 3/4 of the movie explaining how they got their powers and then learning to control them and what not. At the same time, a villain has to be introduced, developed and also equipped with unnatural powers and then do something that must be stopped by the confused people who just got powers of their own. The line from Spider Man, “with great power comes great responsibility” is a wonderful line, because this is something virtually every hero learns and allows them to shape what type of hero they are, even including their abilities, name and costume.

Fantastic Four fits right into the typical origin movie, but as I said before, the standards of movie making are much higher nowadays. If this came out 10 years ago it would be a hit.

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Think back to the old style of Marvel movies. There was one villain that did stuff, and maybe encountered the hero in a small fight, with more threats and plan revelations being thrown than punches. Then the suspense would build up for a final climatic battle, where both villain and hero really come into their own, learning the true limitations of their powers, with the hero always coming out on top. Then the hero would realize what he/she could do for the world thanks to these newly received powers, and they officially become a proud guardian of wherever they live, taking pleasure in the fact that they are using their powers for good. The movies always end on this high note.

That is the basic premise, throw in a love story, and day to day struggles, and you’ve got your movie. They were very simple, but had a nice charm to them. Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men, basically every movie made before like 2008 fit this bill.

Nowadays, there are groups of heroes, combining their powers and talents, fighting multiple villains or other people or things every 3 scenes in amazing action sequences with countless explosions and all that great visually appealing stuff. Their might be a love story crammed in their somewhere, but overall, they are much more action based and crazy, keeping you on the edge of your seats for most of the movie.

Both styles are great in my opinion. Trouble is, most people probably find the older style very outdated and boring nowadays. But to me, they are easier to follow and understand, and like I said, there is something charming about them.

That being said, let’s talk about the sequencing of Fantastic Four. It spends most of the time explaining how they got their powers, then they struggle with them, both in being unable to control them at first, then struggling in life with them or how to live with them…a love story kind of blossoms, a villain gains powers and tries to do something the rest of the world doesn’t agree with. The heroes accept the responsibilities their powers give them, learn to utilize them instead of being ashamed of them, and then in the end, there’s a climatic battle where they learn to use the full potential of their powers to stop the single villain.

Afterwards, they unite as a team and get their feeling of self-worth, proud and happy that they can make a difference in the world.

So which style does this movie sound like? That’s right, the older one. And actually, for an origin movie, this one is pretty interesting. I like the depth they go into showing how everything came about.

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Like I said, it’s not a bad movie, but it’s not good either. If I had to guess, the reason why everyone hates this movie is because there is one real fight scene, the final battle between Dr. Doom and the four. This is disappointing for sure, since the reason anyone wants to see a superhero movie is for the action, but it doesn’t necessarily make a movie bad either. It shined in other ways to redeem it a bit.

So overall, it is far from the best movie out there, but far from the worst. People should really give it a chance, just because it is not like the Avengers, doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed.

Why Is There No Amazing Avengers Game?

The only time I’ve really seen any of Marvel’s characters in games, aside from Spider Man is in fighting games. I remember a great X-Men game for SNES, but otherwise there is like nothing out there that doesn’t involve fighting or legos.

What I have in mind is a game sort of like the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers/Return of the King for Gamecube/PS2/Xbox. In those games you got to choose any characters from the fellowship and play through a few separate campaigns for each, a couple of characters sharing the same campaign that was good for co-op. You could level up each character and learn new combos and attacks and the like.

Now if some developer would take that premise, modernize it a bit and combine it with the action of say, Hyrule Warriors, and I guess the Dynasty Warriors games, (I have never played them) with the over the top combos and attacks, co-op and tons of killing stuff.

Now wouldn’t a third person action game where you can choose an Avenger, and have another one along side you, going throughout the world, completing missions and putting the hurt on Hydra or some other Marvel baddies, with epic boss battles at the end. It would be amazing. You don’t see many games like that anymore, probably because online shooters and 100 hour rpg’s have pretty much taken over the market. But for us people who still enjoy playing a not too complicated game single player, or with a friend in the same room, this would be a totally great idea.

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I mean, granted the characters that could be put in the game are limitless and no one would be truly happy with those selected, it might be best to just put in the current Avengers starring in the movies these days and call the game “Avengers: sub title here.”

The only thing we have close to this is Marvel Heroes, a free to play, and actually pretty good MMO, with Diablo-like gameplay. The only problem I have with it, is it’s an MMO. I don’t want to play another never ending rpg. But I guess it can keep me busy until my dream comes true…if ever…good thing you can play Marvel Heroes forever…

 

 

 

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Captain America: Civil War Quick Review (No spoilers)

Oh my lord, this movie is one of the best movies, if not the best movie ever made. I can’t wait to go see it again.

The action scenes are the greatest in any movie without a doubt. The story is fantastic as well.

Go see it, please. You will love it.

This picture alone makes me want to go see it…again…