And speaking of too many villains, this script needed to untangle the web of its conflicts: Spider-Man vs. TIME reviewer Mary Pols cited the then-real-life-couple as the highlight of the movie: “Garfield and Stone have serious chemistry…I look forward to seeing more of them together, and I suspect audiences will too.” franchise starring Tom Holland is a “homecoming” to the original comic book conceit that Peter Parker is just a stressed-out teen.
He’s a high schooler who can’t seem to finish his homework before swinging off to stop the latest bad guy who decided to use sketchy technology to destroy the world, all while dressed up in a whimsical costume (a goblin, a lizard, a vulture).
Indeed, it’s the lightest Spider-Man to hit the big screen.
“It’s a relief to see a superhero engaged in deeply human activities, like getting ready for a date with a girl he really likes,” writes TIME’s critic, Stephanie Zacharek.
So it’s no surprise that the most plagued production of the Spidey fable was the stage version.
From injured actors to budget problems, the production was troubled from the very beginning.
Jamie Foxx becomes unrecognizable once he glows blue with evil powers. “To place a sensitive story in a male-epic genre — to dramatize feelings of angst and personal betrayal worthy of an Ingmar Bergman film, and then to dress them up in gaudy comic-book colors — is to pull off a smartly subversive drag show,” he wrote. ‘s main problem is that it hit theaters a mere five years after the last Raimi film, and little changed between the two versions.