The (Amazing) Spider-Man

Marvel are on a roll when it comes to films at the moment, but then, with being owned by Disney, they are probably under a lot of pressure to produce a high output of high grossing products.

Expectations are high for The Avengers next summer thanks to the success of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, whilst the flagging X-Men series has been revitalised with the new, exciting prequel instalment, X-Men First Class.

New faces have taken on roles we once associated with other actors Michael Fassbender is the younger incarnation of Ian McKellan’s Magneto, whilst James McAvoy takes on Patrick Stewart’s Professor X. Edward Norton, though having starred in The Incredible Hulk, won’t be appearing in The Avengers as Mark Ruffalo takes on the role of the green giant instead.

We also have a new webslinger to reboot the wall crawling superhero that Tobey Maguire brought to life in 2002 The Social Network’s Andy Garfield has donned the skin tight red and blue suit, and will grace our screens in 2012 as the Amazing Spider-Man.

Talked up as a sort of gritty reboot of the franchise in the same vein as Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, this incarnation of Spidey will go back to basics, with uber-nerd Peter Parker back in high school. The red-headed Mary Jane is gone, replaced by Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacey. Having impressed all the right people with her performances in Zombieland and Easy A, Miss Stone is now back to her natural hair colour (blonde) to play Parker’s original comic book love interest.

Whether the time is right for a reboot or not, we will have to wait and see. However, no matter how good 2012’s new take on the franchise may be, there is no denying that both Spider-man and Spider-man 2 were both great films and shouldn’t be forgotten.

Both can be rented online from LOVEFiLM, the number one resource for streaming movies, where you can also find many of the original Spiderman animated TV series and video games for a variety of consoles. When it comes to Spider-man 3, however; Well, that may best be avoided.