Back during the summer of 2007, director Sam Raimi’s jam-packed Spider-Man 3 may have earned a hefty $890 million at the worldwide box-office, but what it didn’t earn was the same level of widespread acclaim the first two Spider-Man outings did. Ultimately, Raimi came away disappointed, but was still open to the prospects of a Spider-Man 4. The studio meddling from Sony and demands from producer Avi Arad helped make Spider-Man 3 a big, bloated dud as far as I was concerned, but even as development continued on the follow-up, Sam Raimi became increasingly frustrated at the constant creative disagreements and lackluster screenplay drafts, so he left the project altogether and Sony officially cancelled the film in early 2010.Read More
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By the late ‘90s, the comic book movie genre was scrambling to find its footing after the abysmal release and box-office plunge of Batman & Robin in 1997. In hindsight the ‘90s wasn’t really the most stellar time for comic book movies, and there surely weren’t enough of them being released to even be considered a “genre” anyway. There were a few good ones sprinkled in there that I’m quite fond of, but aside from the highly profitable Batman franchise that had been running since 1989, no other comic book properties got quite the same mainstream recognition as Batman did during this time.
Following flops in the ‘80s and early ‘90s like Howard the Duck, The Punisher starring Dolph Lungren, and Captain America starring Matt Salinger, Marvel Comics was practically benched for the majority of the ‘90s and it wasn’t until the company’s bankruptcy and later recovery when Marvel finally start getting some of its major properties into theaters- Blade (1998) and, to a larger degree, X-Men (2000), which was sort of a prologue to the massive cultural atomic blast triggered by Spider-Man in 2002.Read More