We are now waist deep in Super Hero Summer 2014. With Captain America II STILL making money, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy both waiting in the wings, this weekend’s Amazing Spider-Man II is giving us a very real glimpse into the future of the summer box office: we’re going to start getting at least four big budget comic book movies a year from now until the world loses interest.
With what Marvel Studios is doing with all of the Avengers properties is changing the game. Everything is “universe” centered now. There is no more simple hero-in-a-new-adventure stories anymore and I doubt there will be again. These comic book movies are now layered and laid out like… well… comic books. Stories that are far reaching and detail oriented that take years to complete and leave open the door for things to come back around.
Spider-Man II is already laying the groundwork for not only the next two chapters of it’s own story, but also for a villain themed Sinister Six movie, as well a stand alone Venom movie. These are characters that haven’t even been introduced in this current “universe.” At what point will people get fed up and demand a return to simpler times?
Never. The answer is never. MORE NERD JUNK PLEASE. Comic book movies are big, loud, dumb, fun. Clear cut good guys, bad guys, inherent drama, and special effects. It’s almost summer, it won’t stop raining, and it’s 40 degrees in May. The world needs a pick-me-up in the form of costume vigilantism. Just put the kid from The Social Network and that plucky girl who did a lip sync battle with Jimmy Fallon on screen and let them get into a fight with the guy from Ray.
What’s It About:
Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.
Should You See It:
Yes, you should see it. It’s Spider-Man. Spidey is and has always been one of the most accessible comic book properties. From comic books, to cartoons, to live-action TV shows, and now on it’s second leg of a movie franchise, Spider-Man is the Patriots (or Yankees depending on where you live in CT) of comic book movies. The standard-bearer for all franchises that come after.
Judge For Yourself: