How To Kill A Superhero Franchise In 20 Easy Steps: Spider-Man Edition

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Oct. 7, 2009

Gary Ross could direct Spider-Man spinoff Venom, which he would also write. No one thinks this is a good idea.

Aug. 17, 2009

Spider-Man 5 and 6? Whoa, whoa, whoa. The third sucked, we know nothing (as in zilch, zip) about Spider-Man 4, and you’re planning two more? Sony, you’re losing it.

Aug. 6, 2009

Spidey the musical might be broke.

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July 8, 2009

Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasentville) is the latest to make an attempt on the Spider-Man 4 script.

June 26, 2009

Rachel Evan Wood and Alan Cumming are cast as the stars of Broadway’s Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark.

May 21, 2009

Spider-Man 3 actress Lucy Gordon dies in her Paris apartment. (What did I say about that Spidey curse?)

March 27, 2009

Julie Taymor calls upcoming musical a “circus rock-n-roll drama.” Perfect.

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May 4, 2007

Spider-Man 3 is released. Oh god, is it terrible. It goes on to earn $890 million and no one has a clue how.

April 20, 2007

Spider-Man, the musical is born. Bono and the Edge are set to write the music. The world groans.

June 30, 2004

Audiences cheer as Spider-Man 2, one of the best superhero movies of all time, lands in theaters. In hindsight, it now serves as a reminder that the whole Spider-Man franchise could have turned out so differently. But it didn’t. A studio interfered. An iconic character was stretched too thin. The magic was gone.

Skip the reboot, just bury the man already.

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