Can the Spiderman Series Survive Without It’s Stars?

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Instead of the anticipated Spiderman 4, 2011 release, fans can now look forward to a Toby MaGuire-less Spiderman Prequel in 2012.  But will they really be looking forward to it?  Only time will tell, but it is very likely that sheer curiosity may drive the vehicle to a successful box office number.  The new franchise will be focusing more on Peter Parker as a teenager, which means that Tobey MaGuire, age 34, is out.  So who is the new guy?  It has not yet been announced, but he has a tall order to fill.

Fans are wondering why the big upset?  Sam Raimi and Tobey MaGuire have really been the driving forces behind the franchise’s success.  It is very likely because of the success of several franchise reboots.  To name a few, The New Batman Series, which everyone knows, The Dark Knight shattered all records and expectations.  Also, the reboot of The James Bond Franchise (my personal favorite) driven by Daniel Craig has been hugely successful, and will continue for an indefinite period of time.  Next is the Superman reboot while not as big of a smash was still successful.

While these franchises were successfully rebooted, but one key difference stands between Spiderman and the other franchises, that executives behind Spiderman do not seem to realize.  All of those franchises, Superman, Batman, and James Bond, have long since fizzled out since their hey day.  Spiderman 3 came out in 2007, and it was a huge success, it broke tons of records and is one of the most successful movies of all time, it clearly didn’t need a reboot.  James Bond hadn’t had a smash since the 90s, Batman since the 80s, and Superman since the 70s.  It was their time, and faithful fans looked forward to a new direction.  But I believe Spiderman’s successful direction is too fresh in faithful minds, and they won’t be as excited for a prequel series.  Again, time will tell, who knows, maybe it will be the new equivalent to the Batman reboot.  

So with Tobey MaGuire out, director Sam Raimi out, how about the other stars that had been signed on?  They are all out too, which means no Kirsten Dunst and James Franco.

Maybe the movies can be a success without Tobey MaGuire, maybe not, again as I said, only time will tell.

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Kate is a proud wife and mother and her interests range across the board, but she especially loves to read and is the author of The Book Buff, book reviews for regular people, check it out at


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