As a huge, huge fan of Ultimate Spiderman, I think they really captured the mixture of humor and sadness that is reiterated throughout the series…though I think there’s almost too much sadness. Spiderman can be funny and really cheesy, but they toned that down heavily.
It was a dark movie, but I think that's what needed to happen, coming off the over-the-top ridiculousness of Raimi's trilogy. This felt mostly like a set-up movie to me, and yes, Spider-Man has a pretty dark origin. There's a lot of darkness in Spider-Man both in the Ultimate and Marvel universes. I understand what you mean, but I really thought that they nailed the tone. There were plenty of moments of levity, and Garfield was very quick-witted.
|They also toned down his genius. They showed some with the formulas and the gadgets but nothing really with how smart he was in school/in general. Overall, I don’t think Garfield is the perfect Peter Parker, but I think he brought life to it better than others in the past.|
Really? I thought that was an element of Parker that this film NAILED. Between him building the web-shooters, him (sort of) figuring out what's going on with his father's formula, his drive and passion for science and involvement with Connors... I thought things like that (and his answering the question when he was masquerading as an intern) highlighted that very well. DEFINITELY in comparison to Raimi's trilogy, but even well on its own right.
|Really random, but I liked what they did with Flash…perhaps they could have shown more bullying, but there wasn’t really time for that. Like in Ultimate Spiderman, they gave him a more human side that was respectable.|
I LOVED their setup of Flash. Especially him wearing the shirt at the end... Awesome foreshadowing for Flash Thompson's future role.
|I think this movie took more risks with emotions and character deaths, which will make killing off Gwen that much harder to deal with. I’m curious if they will include it at all…I think they would have to.|
They absolutely will. It's like with Nolan's Batman trilogy - people have certain expectations, and those expectations become so commonplace that they HAVE to address that part of comic history.