Oh, What a Familiar Web He Weaves

A look into superhero flick fatigue as another reboot hits theaters.

If you’re headed to the movies this Fourth of July, it’s likely you’ll see The Amazing Spider-Man, a reboot of the recent trilogy directed by Sam Raimi that’s expected to rake in over $125 million this holiday weekend.

Haven’t we had enough of the superhero origin story lately? (See: Batman Begins, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Daredevil, Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, X-Men, Green Lantern, Ghost Rider, and, well, the first Raimi-helmed Spider-Man). I’ll gladly see Amazing, but as a big-time comic book fan, I expect to be even more acquainted with the plot than movie geeks who’ve sat through everything listed above. That’s why I was happy to see two separate write-ups about superhero flick fatigue in The New York Times and TIME on Wednesday. Sharp and informative, these are great reads for anyone hitting the multiplex over the next few days—or better yet, anyone who leaves the theater more bored than entertained.

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