Iron Man beats pie. Pie beats vampire.
Is this the weeks box office top ten or the weirdest game of rock, paper, scissors of all time?
The first one.
With the Avengers Assemble juggernaut rolling on, breaking further box office records, it seems that the pressure is on for other superheroes to deliver a similar cash return later this summer.
While I cannot wait for the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, I was initially indifferent to the reboot of Spider-Man. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two instalments of Sam Raimi’s take on the web slinger, was disappointed by the third chapter but was looking forward to the director making amends in a fourth instalment with Tobey Maguire once again playing the eponymous hero. I was therefore aghast at the announcement that a reboot was in the works. However, the trailers completely spun me around, it didn’t seem to be a rehash of the origin story we’ve already seen and it got me intrigued enough to swing down to my local multiplex when Marc Webb’s effort hits in July.
However, after seeing part of the latest four-minute “Super Preview” which hit the web this week, I’m now wondering once again if there’s any point.
Nothing riles me more than a lazy sequel or the resurrection of a franchise that doesn’t need messing with, particularly when it is in the shape of a new origins story. It was therefore quite a surprise, to me at least, that last year’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes wasn’t quite the travesty it could have been (I’m looking at you Tim Burton). Critically and commercially well received, it is no surprise that a further instalment is in the works.