It's been only a decade since director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire teamed up for one of the best superhero movies ever made, and only five years since they called it quits after the underwhelming third movie. So why are Marc Webb, who directed (500) Days of Summer, and Andrew Garfield, who was in The Social Network, scrapping everything and starting over? Good question, and one that you'll probably forget once The Amazing Spider-Man slips into gear. It doesn't have the same energy as the first two Raimi films, as Webb builds to the action, slowly stacking characters so that you have a pretty good idea what makes them tick by the time Peter puts on the Spidey suit for the first time. It certainly gives his Spider-Man more heart, but it's also less exciting in the action department.
Director: Marc Webb
Writer: Steve Ditko, Stan Lee and James Vanderbilt
Producer: Avi Arad, Todd Black and Grant Curtis
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field