Fast forward to July 2012 - the summer of Spider-Man (and Batman, and The Avengers).
Webb's movie received glowing praise, with Total Film giving it a
whopping four stars.
Despite the critical appreciation, some fans complained the reboot wasn't different enough from Sam Raimi's Spider-films.
Still, Raimi himself enjoyed it. "It was very hard for me to see the new Spider-Man movie, I felt so attached to it, I couldn’t see Spider-Man with another director; it’s like my love, and I didn’t want to walk in on my love with someone else. It was just like that.
Then I got over myself last week and said, ‘just see the damn thing’. And I did, and I loved it. I actually felt free. I thought, ‘why am I carrying around this baggage?’ Of course the next Spider-Man story should be told, and [Marc Webb] did a wonderful job telling that. I loved the movie, and I’m looking forward like a fan to the next installment. I love the comic book, and now I don’t feel bound, and I’m really glad somebody’s remaking it again."
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