Three years ago, Marc Webb directed every hipster’s favorite love story, (500) Days of Summer, for around $7.5 million. So, give him around $213 million more to direct another movie, and there’s no way he messes up, right? Well, in the case of The Amazing Spider-Man, right.
Originally, Sam Raimi, the director of the Spider-Man trilogy, was briefly developing a fourth iteration of the series. Shortly after these plans fell through, however, Sony got started on a complete reboot of the series, fresh with a revamped script and lead actor Andrew Garfield (character named Eduardo in Social Network).
In the process, screenwriter James Vanderbilt takes Stan Lee’s original comic and downright mutilates it, combining different characters from entirely different segments of the series while concurrently altering some classic scenes, which the original movie portrayed correctly. The funny thing is that these alterations simply do not matter, because Webb is able to fuse these changes into a well-flowing plot.