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Last year, we had four summer superhero films, of which two turned out to be fairly unqualified successes -- the Marvel pictures "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" -- one a moderate success -- "X-Men First Class" -- and one that tanked like Lori Petty -- "Green Lantern." As we said sometime last week, this summer is less complicated when it comes to comic book fare, with two of the three films based on graphic novels being solid gold hits regardless of anything, namely "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers." But the third, while likely a hit, is more of a question mark; it might be a continuation of the single most successful superhero franchise to date, but it's also a reboot that's attracted ire from fans since its announcement two years ago: "The Amazing Spider-Man." It's got solid talent on board, to be sure: "Zodiac" writer Jamie Vanderbilt, »

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