Here be Spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man. Consider yourself warned.
With The Amazing Spider-Man performing considerably well — and better than a supposedly worried Sony had expected — we’re bound to hear news of a sequel in the coming weeks. We already know the plans for a trilogy, but where that trilogy will actually go remains something of a mystery. The dull Peter Parker’s parent subplot/question will likely be answered, sure, but why not move away from this topic? Better yet, why not take a crack at all these suggestions below that I just know every exec at Sony is feverishly scribbling down? They may need to.
Although Marc Webb‘s reboot of Spider-Man is pretty good, the impending release of something like The Dark Knight Rises means “pretty good” doesn’t exactly cut it. Sam Raimi handled the character properly, and showed how to make a great movie or two with him in the meantime. Even with all these origin amnesia criticisms that have been made, The Amazing Spider-Man didn’t exactly take notice of what worked in Raimi’s first two Spider-Man installments, and it should have; there’s plenty to improve on. Some of these things include:
Get a Strong Second-Unit or a More Capable Action Director
Even before the film’s release there was word the brass at Sony wasn’t too pleased with the film, and planned on going in a new direction with the sequel, by possibly losing Marc Webb. Webb, without a doubt, made an entertaining high school dramedy with Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy — but he also made an especially generic blockbuster. The action, from the incomprehensible subway fight to that face-slapper of a cartoon finale, was lackluster. Either Webb needs to learn from this failure, or a capable second-unit team needs to be hired, or a director has to be brought in who can maintain Webb’s dramatic voice, but actually give us prime summer spectacle.
Show Some Vulnerability
Obviously Peter’s got a chip on his shoulders, as Marc Webb kept telling us, but give us more humanity. There was never a sense of danger for Spider-Man. He never had to bounce back from a huge loss. Raimi would have Parker start off rusty and have to make a comeback, making his victory all the more satisfying.
Spider-Man doesn’t affect Peter Parker’s life all too much in the movie. In fact, all that comes from it is pretty great. Would a weird, awkward kid — who takes photos of girls from a distance, mind you — get a girl like Gwen Stacy without having super powers? Doubtful. If anything, Gwen was more into him because of his powers.