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John 2.0 said on July 22nd, 2011 at 8:43 am

@Darren: maybe they could set it to a music montage.

was a high school loser, livin’ with my Aunt named May,

till a spider gave me something I missed,

With a dead Uncle, power and responsibility,

so I fight a little crime, like this!

(sorry, that second cup of coffee hasn’t kicked in yet)

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If James Bond is just a code name, then why is Roger Moore reacting as if slapped when Agent Amasova mentions that he was once married in The Spy Who Loved Me, and why is he laying flowers on Tracy Bond’s grave at the beginning of For Your Eyes Only? And why does Timothy Dalton show little enthusiasm for catching Mrs. Leiter’s garter after the wedding in Licence to Kill, after which Felix tells his bride, “He was married once, a long time ago.” Neither of those guys would be mourning the dead wife of the George Lazenby incarnation of Bond.

As for new versions of Hamlet, there’s only one story about Hamlet to tell. The whole point of creating a superhero is to tell lots of cool stories involving that super hero, so why back up to the beginning every few films? And it’s not just origin stories — when they reboot Batman in a couple of years, there will almost certainly be yet another Joker. Superhero movies are rapidly becoming “same old, same old.”

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ladypeyton said on July 22nd, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I’ve been reading comics for going on 40 years. I’m happy to watch as many people’s interpretations of an origin story as the world is willing to give me.

Things I’m happy about that I saw in the video: I like Garfield. He looks the part much more than Whassissname did. He seems vulnerable and dorky without been shlubbish and late twenties or not he looks young enough to be a senior in high school. I like that it looks like they’re going to focus on Peter’s parents. That’s new. I like that Doctor Connors is in the movie. I haven’t been paying enough attention to know if the Lizard appears but I have high hopes. I adore the actress who plays Gwen and have since Zombieland and Easy A so I’m looking forward to seeing her. She and Garfield seems to have chemistry. I loved the video game appearance of the end of the trailer and hope it’s in the movie because I want to see it on a big screen.

I was kind of indifferent to the movie until I saw this and now I’m looking forward to it.

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Wolfthomas said on July 23rd, 2011 at 4:12 am

New Theory:
James Bond is a British super-soldier made from a combination of DNA obtained from The Third Doctor when he was banished to earth and the original Sean Connery James Bond. It explains his longevity, changes to appearance and personality. Also his general tenacity to improvise and survive

Previously they kept their memories but the British government after Dalton went AWOL decided to wipe it with Bosnan. That’s why he’s relatively unburdened with the history with the wives. More recently he has been regenerated and memory wiped into Daniel Craig.

It’s the only theory that works.

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@David Fullam

Peter Parker (especially Lee/Ditko Pete) was always pretty emo.

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I don’t think they’re going with the “Peter’s parents were spies” idea, I think they’re going with the Ultimate Universe idea that Peter’s dad was already working on something along these lines, and that he got into bed with bad people and was killed as a result. I think Peter’s going to find out there was a conspiracy to give someone else the powers he wound up having, and he has to fight that person.

At least, I’m kind of hoping for that, because at least it’d be a valid reason for a reboot. 🙂

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The only thing that interested me in the trailer was the idea of filling in some backstory on Parker’s parents. Even if I don’t end up liking what they do with it, it’s something not touched on in the Raimi trilogy.

And pencil me in for the “oh man, that first-person action stuff looks terrible” category. I hope it’s infrequent in the film.

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@Darren K Exactly.The beauty of this approach is it’s simplicity. Batman: Senseless murder,young survivor, solumn oath, Dark Knight.

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The problem I have with origin movies is that they spend freaking forever on the origin part and a whole lot of those movies ends up being ‘nothing happens’. The may be taking that page from the original Superman, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a good model to follow. You can tell a lot of superhero origins in ten minutes and then get on with them being a hero–they’ve been given these awesome powers, so waiting around and around and around for anything to happen with those is often achingly dull.

This is especially, doubly true with heroes whose origins we are perfectly well aware of, like Spider-Man. And the ‘we’ in this case is absolutely everyone. Green Lantern was obscure to non-comics fans and even the numerous fans of the JLU cartoon knew a different lantern; Spider-Man is not obscure.

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