Early in May, movie goers were introduced to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" which was the follow up to the moderately successful "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012). With a character as popular as Spider-Man, what could possibly go wrong in a movie adaptation?
Well, a lot actually.
Despite making over $200 million at the domestic box office, reviews for the film were not exceedingly favorable. Plot holes, silly bad guys, too many characters, and a messy story did not sit well with critics or with most movie goers.
Due to this, there has been a lot of skepticism surrounding the future of the franchise, and whether or not a third film would be made by its scheduled 2016 release date.
News from over the weekend indicates that even people involved with the films are unsure about the future of the films.
Roberto Orci, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"'s co-writer/producer, expressed his uncertainty of the franchise to IGN over the weekend and claimed that he was unsure of the studio's plans for the franchise.
Additionally, Orci is currently not going to be involved with "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" despite being one of the key players behind the creation of the franchise.
On the one hand, I was part of the majority consensus that believed "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was a train wreck that needed to be sent back to the drawing board for a few years. The film was sloppy, and it didn't make me excited for a future film or spin-off.
On the other hand, I am a bit hopeful for a third film because my mentality is:
"Well, there's no way they can do worse than the second film".
Sometimes franchises need to mess up to see their flaws and fix them early on, rather than go on a downward spiral as the films go on. Perhaps a third film will fix the flaws of the previous outing.
But in the world of Hollywood, if a sequel doesn't perform well critically, it may end up being the last outing for the franchise. Well, at least until they reboot Spider-Man again.
By: Matthew Romeo
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