As you guys would all know, Tom Holland is the next Spider-Man, and is set to make his first appearance in the well-known Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, with major stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, among others. But, we just saw a completely different Spider-Man last year. Is it a risk to push for a completely different Spider-Man so quickly after the last iteration? And will he deliver in the role of Spider-Man?
I reckon he will. After a brilliant performance from Tobey Maguire in the original trilogy, and a not-so-brilliant performance from Andrew Garfield in the two reboot films, we should finally see the best Spider-Man movie yet. But I remember when I said that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was going to be amazing back in 2009, and it wasn't, so that is a big risk. But it is owned by Marvel now, and with a partnership with Sony, this could very well be the first successful Spider-Man film that fans have been dreaming for since the acclaimed Spider-Man 2, all the way back in 2004 (yeah, it's that old now). Judging by what the still untitled 2017 Spider-Man film's director Jon Watts has said, "The guy is Spider-Man". However, do bear in mind that we have not actually seen this iteration of Spider-Man in front of our screens yet, so saying that is probably not a good idea, as we have no idea of what this guy can do as he has only been in 7 films, one television show and a musical, meaning he is not an overly-experienced actor, but again, anything is possible, and without a doubt, everyone should be excited about this new iteration.
But, is it too early to do it? Yes. Absolutely yes. We just saw a Spider-Man film last year, and all of a sudden, we are completely changing things up again, and releasing a new film only 3 years after the previous Spider-Man film came out, which was absolutely horrible, especially in comparison to its predecessor and the films before it with Tobey Maguire (even though Spider-Man 3 (2007) wasn't great either). Because superhero fans are very argumentative about what superheroes should be put in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they want reboots earlier rather than later (such as Star Wars - people have been demanding a new trilogy since Episode III: Revenge of the Sith came out back in 2005). We have a new guy taking control of Spider-Man by the name of Jon Watts, who has only directed two low-budget movies in his career, and is only young at 34, meaning he could use the film, and turn it into some stupid horror film. Whilst his films have been great, people would rather see an experienced director take the helm of such a big film rather than someone that has only directed two films.
This does sound like a rant, but what superhero fans (even though I am one of them) need to understand is that the earlier they do a reboot, the more risky the film would be to be an absolute trainwreck like Fant4stic (which I have clearly explained well enough), but there is also a risk if they did it later (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), in comparison to Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)), that it might not be as good as its predecessors, but still satisfactory films in the end. A five year gap like the last iteration should be the minimum length of time between the end of one iteration and the beginning of another. I'm sorry, but there is too much of a risk making a reboot so quickly after the last one. However, again, judging by the fact that Marvel has rights (sort of, because it is basically half and half right now, along with Sony), it has made many great films which wouldn't be as successful if someone like Sony, Fox, or some other organization, which makes fans like me confident that this film may actually succeed, but it has only been a year since the last Spider-Man film came out, so do remember that it has been a very short time since the last one came out and that they are taking a risk in pushing this film to 2017, as well as giving the character a cameo, if not, minor appearance in a film a year prior, meaning it will only have been two years since The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out that Spider-Man would be featured. In spite of all that, I would rather see a Marvel/Sony partnered Spider-Man film than a solely owned Spider-Man film by Sony, because Marvel doesn't really have a say in that, whereas they do now, so be excited, but don't get too hyped up (like I mentioned in my recent Star Wars VII post), otherwise this film may leave you disappointed.