Random Factoid #534

13 01 2011

I’m kind of at a loss for what to write today.  Not much going on … no randomness.  But the factoids must go on!

The big news today was the release of the first still of Andrew Garfield as the new Spider-Man.  Reboot five years after the last one?  Yes please, I guess. “Hulk” did it; so can “Spider-Man.”

I think it’s weird, our obsession with rebooting franchises.  I see it as a sort of reflection of our ultra-ADD culture.  When you can’t stand to look at your two-month-old Facebook profile picture, you quickly upload a new one and your profile has a whole new look.  Same goes for movies; we get tired of Tobey Maguire after three installments, the same old Spidey doesn’t give us much flavor, so we clean house and hire fresh faces to bring the same joy in a different kind of way.

But then again, maybe I’m just looking into it too much.  This has been “Cultural Observations with Marshall,” good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.



One response

14 01 2011
Frank Mengarelli

I really, really enjoyed the first two films. But, while watching them again recently I get somewhat bored with them. I feel that films like “The Dark Knight”, “The Incredible Hulk” (the Norton one) and “Watchmen” have really been game changers when it comes to how comic book films are made now. These films have almost reinvented the medium. I have my doubts about Marvel’s upcoming “Thor” and “Captain America” (especially since they are post conversion 3-D), but I have to say I am very, very curious to see what Webb does with this rebooted Spiderman franchise. After all, Martin Sheen is playing Uncle Ben.

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