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After Marc Webb's 2012 Spider-Man reboot failed to justify its own existence, the auspices for the next movie look mixed

I'm with Willem Dafoe and James Franco on the issue of Spider-Man's rapid return to multiplexes last year, a mere five years after studio Sony royally messed up Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. The webslinger really ought to have been given at least a decade off for bad behaviour before returning in The Amazing Spider-Man, a well-made movie that nevertheless failed to make the case for its own existence. Younger teenagers might not have seen 2002's Spider-Man; let's just say they're going to experience a significant dose of superhero deja vu when it next comes on the telly.

With luck, Marc Webb's forthcoming sequel, currently dubbed simply The Amazing Spider-Man 2, will set things straight. If nothing else, the reboot succeeded in resetting the timeline after the poor »

- Ben Child

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