Which is why I think AMazing Spider-man being another origin is just silly.
I agree with you that I don't understand why Marvel are revisiting the Uncle Ben origin story, but the trailers make me optimistic that the film will revolve around George and Gwen Stacy rather than the Parkers. In fact, this focus has me really excited. While the Lizard was clearly included just for action-fodder, Captain Stacy's presence sets up a good human conflict to lend the film some real emotional weight. And then there is Gwen Stacy, who does not carry the baggage of being the predictable love interest like Mary-Jane Watson. There is every chance that she could die or otherwise just not develop the steady relationship we expect from Mary-Jane. That makes the plot unpredictable and therefore exciting. If my instincts are correct, I expect that the Spider-man movie will surpass the Avengers hype, just like X-Men: First Class surpassed Thor. Emotional weight only makes a film more timeless.
Anyway, on topic, I still think this can be good so long as the writing is good, though I won't lie, that's my big concern. Thor was pretty good, and Captain America was very good until the second half when it got Action Montages and Cardboard Cut-out villain who wants to destroy the world. It really wasn't bad, but compared to how really well done they set up Steve Rogers as a character and the situation he was in, and showinig off how heroic he was both before and after the serum without being cheesy or unbelievable, "Super Nazi's" just fell kinda flat. I really wonder which of the guys will suffer.
When I look at Avengers trailers, I ask myself two questions:
1) What are the emotional stakes in this film?
2) Oh god. They're not really going to make the Avengers fight each other, are they?
So far, almost every dialogue scene between the Avengers in the trailers has amounted to penis-waving. I'm getting serious Green Lantern vibes from it. So inevitably they're going to fight each other over their huge penises (either that or the cliched "misunderstanding") before they take on the main baddie. So who do I root for? Why should I care about these characters? Even Tony Stark, my favourite character, seems to be getting dangerously close to being an asshole. But if action is the ultimate point of the film, then congratulations, Marvel. Your film looks as compelling as Battleship.
I will give the Avengers a chance but my instincts tell me it will underwhelm. The trailers just raise too many red flags for me to get excited.
Edited by Raien, 09 April 2012 - 05:43 PM.