EDITORIAL: What Raimi Got Wrong
His 2 Biggest Spider-Blunders
When it comes to the Spider-Man trilogy, there's no denying that its final chapter was a disappointment. But I believe that all of the films --- even Spider-Man 2 --- could have benefited from two obvious tweaks, both of which involve the misuse (or underuse) of the films' minor characters.
1. Doctor Curt Connors
When a one-armed professor (portrayed by Dylan Baker) graced the screen in Spider-Man 2, comic book nerds around the world squealed with joy and thought to themselves, "Yes! They're setting up the Lizard plot! This will be awesome!"
There's only one problem: Raimi never used The Lizard. Why introduce a classic Spidey villain-in-the-making if you're not going to deliver? Part of the problem might be the fact that the mentor-turned-villain plot was given to Doc Ock, but I honestly believe that Connors' story would have been a better direction.
Why? Well, for one thing, it aligns with the source material. For another thing, Dylan Baker was perfect for the job. He was a great choice for Connors because he seems like such a good person. You could tell how much he cared about Peter, and to see him transform into the hideous Lizard would have been truly heartbreaking.
We'll be seeing The Lizard in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man, but Rhys Ifans already exudes the creepy bad-guy persona on his own. I'm willing to bet that the new Spidey flick will deliver, but I was ready for The Lizard almost ten years ago.
2. John Jameson
From what I understand, his role was quite different in the comics, but John Jameson was an interesting character in the 90's animated show of my youth. The astronaut son of J. Jonah Jameson, John basically jump-started the compelling Venom saga by bringing the alien symbiote to Earth. I still remember how cool it was to watch the action unfold: the symbiote crawling into John's suit, the returning shuttle crashing into the Brooklyn Bridge, and Spider-Man saving the son of a man who hates him. Simply put, it was epic.
Naturally, when Daniel Gillies took the role in Spider-Man 2, my thought was, "Yes! They're setting up the Venom plot! This will be awesome!"
Sadly, John was never seen in Spider-Man 3, and the Venom story turned out to be a horrible mess, nowhere near as great as it could have been.
If I could change the Spider-Man films, I would've introduced Dr. Connors on-screen in Spider-Man and made his Lizard transformation the plot of Spider-Man 2. That's right, no Doc Ock. I also would've introduced John Jameson (and maybe Eddie Brock) in Spider-Man 2 so that the third film could deliver a focused, awesome Venom plot. To be honest, I wouldn't have included Sandman at all. I realize his purpose was to give Peter a scapegoat for channeling all that black-suit Spidey rage, but if Raimi had extended or altered the Harry Osborn plot in Spider-Man 3, Peter could have nearly killed his friend instead, a plot which, I think, would have been much more shocking.
In the end, Raimi's trilogy suffered from a lack of continuity and delivery. Why only tease the greatest Spidey tales of all time? Fortunately, The Amazing Spider-Man is on the way to clean up Spider-Man 3's mess and give us the goods.
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