Revisiting Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’

The Old, Cheesy, Amazing, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

Marvel’s continuity shtick, one where various comic book characters and stories exist in one universe, used to be confined within comic book realms. In the early 2000s, there was no such universe and comic book movies were one-shot deals. Sequels were never planned and if a movie isn’t successful enough, then it joins the ranks of those one-off comic book movies: Hulk, Daredevil, The Punisher, Elektra, LXG and Fantastic—fuck wait—that movie actually had a sequel. Rise of the Silver Surfer, anyone?

Lucky for us, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man “hit the jackpot” on its first swing and eventually put Marvel on the movie map the same way Superman did for DC three decades earlier. X-Men, though really the first Marvel movie of this era, always felt like a half-hearted attempt, never fully embracing the silliness of weirdos in colorful outfits. Imagine Batman without the bat on his chest—that’s what Bryan Singer’s X-Men Continue reading “Revisiting Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’”