Year in Review: 2012’s Comic Book Movies

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Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Movie Image

The Amazing Spider-Man

Spider-Man has always been one of my favorite characters. Partly because of his everyman status, partly because he was an outsider, but mostly because of his wit and charm, and next to Batman he’s got one of the coolest and largest rogues galleries. The Sam Raimi films missed that part of the character, but Marc Webb’s reboot of the franchise got that and a lot more right in my opinion. From well developed characters that we honestly care about, to a New York that was as much a character as Spidey himself, Webb’s version of Spider-Man definitely evoked some feelings of Nolan’s “Batman Begins” but with more heart and fun. Andrew Garfield nailed the role of both Peter Parker and Spider-Man and Emma Stone was a great Gwen, showing strength and vulnerability. The cast was well rounded out with Rhys Ifans and Denis Leary. A great start to a new version of the franchise.

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