How Many Bites Until It Starts to Suck?

This article was originally published on Ferretbrain. I’ve backdated it to its original Ferretbrain publication date but it may have been edited and amended since its original appearance.

You wouldn’t have thought it if you’d only followed superhero movies for the last decade or so, but there was a time when Marvel were DC Comics’ poor cousins when it came to cinematic adaptations of their material. Whilst both of DC’s headline characters, Superman and Batman, had yielded more than adequate big screen adaptations, pretty much all of Marvel’s cinematic experiments – from 1977’s The Amazing Spider-Man to the unreleased low-budget 1994 version of The Fantastic Four (by way of Red Sonja, Howard the Duck and Dolph Lundgren’s version of The Punisher) were complete turkeys.

Of course, that’s all changed – between the Spiderman series (if you discount the third one), the X-Men series (if you discount the third one), the Iron Man series and others, Marvel have more than made up for the fumbled decades. And it all began with the Blade series, and the success of 1998’s first installment. Wesley Snipes as a martial arts half-vampire was a formula for box office success which made Marvel realise that, despite their poor track record, it was possible to produce decent films from the pages from their comics.

It also established the tradition that the third film in any Marvel-inspired series would be dreadful.

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Sam Raimi Wants To Direct “Heroes” Instead

This article was originally published on Ferretbrain. I’ve backdated it to its original Ferretbrain publication date but it may have been edited and amended since its original appearance.

The Spoiler-Free Summary

Bear in mind that I have not, as yet, actually managed to watch any Heroes. (This deficiency is being resolved, never fear.) That said, Spiderman 3 feels more like a quick summary of a season of Spiderman: the TV Series than it does a coherent movie. Anyone who hasn’t seen the first two films and doesn’t want spoilers for the third shouldn’t read any further. In fact, if you’ve not seen the first two films you shouldn’t even be thinking about watching 3: not only will you not understand the plot (the “story so far” bits in the opening titles are useful for reminding people who’ve seen the first two films of what’s happened, but not much more than that), the other two are better.

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