Re: How do we avoid the third act curse?
Not so much unnecessary as ill-conceived. Hammer had no reason to think Ivan could be trusted. And what I meant by the "gratuitous death" remark was that this so often happens in 3rd acts-going back to the first sentence of my post.
Michael Joseph Jackson 1958-2009. Gone Too Soon.
May he finally find the peace that eluded him in life.
There is only ONE Spider-Man. His name is Peter Parker. He's an adult, and he's straight!