Spider-Man swings back to origin story too early

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“The Amazing Spider-Man” will not take my top movie of the summer by any means, and unfortunately I can’t even say the movie is to blame.

Just 10 years ago, “Spider-Man” crawled its way into theaters introducing me to Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson.

Now, just last week I am being told that it wasn’t actually MJ who Peter Parker fell in love with in high school, it was actually Gwen Stacy.

Wait. What?

I have been told in three movies, starting with “Spider-Man” in 2002, and the following sequels that MJ was in fact Peter Parker’s only love, but now there is another.

I admit I was quite sleepy when I watched this movie at midnight and my mind could easily have been confused, but I had read a bit about the reboot before watching “The Amazing Spider-Man” just to see what I should expect.

What it comes down to is that it is simply too soon for this reboot.

It is too soon to retell the “Spider-Man” story.

It is too soon to change the story’s details.

And it is too soon to remake this trilogy.

If I try to forget what I had already watched in “Spider-Man” and the following sequels, then I can appreciate “The Amazing Spider-Man” as a movie.

And now it has been announced that “The Amazing Spider-Man” will indeed be part of a trilogy.

Sony had planned for a sequel as was obvious with a teaser in the end credits (so hint, hint, wait through the credits) and set a date for the sequel on May 2, 2014. And the official Facebook page of “The Amazing Spider-Man” had confirmed through a post Monday July 2 that the sequels will be made.

“It’s finally here,” the Facebook post said. “The Amazing Spider-Man is the first installment in a movie trilogy that will explore how our fave hero’s journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents.”

I thought the movies were already supposed to be following the comic books, and doesn’t that mean Spider-Man’s journey told to us so far in the movies had been shaped by his parent’s disappearance? Does this mean we will be watching similar stories from the previous trilogy? Or are there specific instances that show how his parents’ disappearance affected his journey?

I’m so confused.

It’s unfortunate that this film was basically made just for money and that is very apparent with how much it was pushed through advertising and merchandising. One man even made a 25-minute clip of all the movie trailers put together that Sony immediately took down without explanation. Obviously, Sony had given away a lot in the trailers if they wouldn’t let it stay compiled together.

I was disappointed in “The Amazing Spider-Man” and while it wasn’t a bad movie, I’m disappointed in the fact that Sony decided to make it so soon and not for the audience’s benefit.