In the first two instalments of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies,
Tobey Maguire was pretty much perfect as the first big-screen incarnation of
the web-slinging wonder boy. Charming in a boyish sort of way, slightly awkward
but totally likeable and relatable, he perfectly encapsulated a young man
coming to terms with his newfound superhero status.
But in Spider-Man 3, we see Peter Parker transformed from a
wholesome and affable superhero into a cringeworthy and cartoonish caricature
of evil by way of a space-borne symbiote.
It could’ve been a great opportunity
to see Parker go down a darker route but the closest he got to ‘dark’ was
taking fashion and hairstyle cues from emo culture and being a d**k to Mary
Jane by performing an utterly embarrassing dance routine characterised by
hip-thrusts and Parker imploring us to “dig on this”. We did not dig on it.
Funnily enough, Spider-Man 3 marked the end of Raimi’s
series despite the fact another sequel was in the works. It was probably for
the best really.