The Original Spider-Man film from 2002 is the Donner Superman of my generation....
Many of the artists doing the comicbookfilms today, are heavily influenced by the 1978 Donner Superman flick. But what has my generation to look towards? I feel it is the 2002 Raimi Spider-Man flick
Growing up a comic book geek, and now comic book freak, back in 2002 I was only 8 Years old, and heavily influenced by things I saw on television and in movies. When I was younger, the Superman movies with Christopher Reeve were always there and I loved them and I even loved the dreadful Batman and Robin film, which I now realize I had a wierd childhood taste haha.
I read comic books on the side along with watching television. I will admit I had a lazy childhood. I attended the movies almost regularly after I saw X-Men. So I remember sitting in the theater, not clear on what movie it was, and I saw a preview or what appeared to be a bank robbery movie and I wasn't totally big on those yet (I wasn't even 7 yet I believe) anyways, the robbers were getting away and then all of a sudden their helicopter stopped in mind-air, and started being pulled. Once the camera pulled away, the helicopter was hanging on a web in between the twin towers....and then Spider-Man appeared. I SCREAMED IN MY SEAT! I had never been so excited in my life for a movie trailer. When I went home, I dove through my comic collection and found every spider-man comic I could so I could read up on the character again, as I had not read one in a good 8 months. Reading them made me ever so more excited for the character.
When it finally came time for the movie to be released, I was all ready and prepared I went out and bought everything Spider-Man I could find. Toys, T-Shirts, Comic Books, etc. and I loved every flickering moment I saw on the screen. I even went home with a lesson from the movie that with great power comes great responsibility,and I still hold that near and dear to my heart. That film impacted me greatly on what I would do with my life. After walking out of the theater with my grandma, I turned to her and said "Well I've decided what I'm going to do with my life: comic book movies"
I am now 16 years old. I've written two spider-man scripts that include the vulture and the chameleon. I've also written an X-Men: New Mutants film, and even a Shazam/Captain Marvel movie. I've gone through the hell of Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. My attitude towards the character has never been more sour. I found myself dissapointed with 2, and even more upset with 3. It is definitely time for the reboot. We need to see a new defining moment on the screen for Peter Parker/Spider-Man. So that hopefully this new younger generation will be influenced just as I am. I'm currently on the third act of my Aquaman script, and whenever I look for inspiration, I look towards that original Spider-Man film from 2002, and I think of the impact it had on me, that I could possibly have on an 8 yeard old in the audience someday.
Thank you and God Bless,
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