The five Spider-Man films to date have all been massively flawed because they all went down the worst possible avenues with their direction.
Raimi's films were overly sentimental and wholesome, like eating a big slice of sickly-sweet, luke-warm apple pie. Maguire's Peter Parker was too soft and emotional; I was never
convinced that he was any way assertive or powerful, or that anyone should have much reason to fear him or be in awe of him. He was just an annoying, whiney imbecile. The trilogy was a horrendous clusterfuck. Willem Dafoe's Goblin might
have been amazing were it not for that horrendous plastic bodysuit they put him in.
Webb's films go for an equally horrific 'goofy cartoonish sci-fi' aesthetic similar to those heinous Ultimate Spider-Man
comics so they're pretty much doomed before any of the characters even open their mouths. Garfield, Stone and Field are all wonderful
but their roles aren't wonderfully written; the chemistry between Garfield and Stone was naturally good but at complete odds with where their characters were supposed to be emotionally (why are they cracking cutesy jokes and making chit chat when ten minutes ago they were angsty and upset about the problems in their relationship?). It felt like you were watching the actors - not the characters. All of the villains were dealt with disgustingly by Webb.
I really don't know what the fucking issue is when it comes to making a decent Spider-Man film when there's so much compelling material at their fingertips and they go for common denominator clichés and schmaltzy ten-a-penny crap instead. And so being absorbed into Marvel is the worst thing that could happen because that's exactly what all their
films strive for. This guarantees we won't be seeing anything we haven't seen before. I suppose my tastes are biased because of what I read as a child, but I really don't differentiate between the quality of the five Spider-Man films and the ones based around The Avengers.
In this day and age, Spider-Man thrives in a much grittier, 'darker' setting. When I was younger I read the Marvel Knights Spider-Man
series which really hit the nail on the head in terms of modernising the universe without abandoning the vibrancy. There was another arc I read which expanded the mythos of Spider-Man by having Peter meet another Spider-Man named Ezekiel and there was all this great thematic stuff about the African legend of Anansi
and how Peter is natural whereas his enemies are artificial ... or of course there's Madame Web ready and waiting to be used and abused - there's so much breathing space to do something truly interesting, things that would be unique to this franchise and instead they just return to the boring well-trodden paths of a thousand films.
There's a really excellent film to be made out of this IP, if only someone would strap on a pair and just do it