Originally Posted by Spider-Fan
Fact is, there is no great way to determine which is more popular. When it comes to online polling, much of it is very inaccurate. Most newer films have higher scores than older films for long periods of time on IMDB, etc. That is because they're new. That is when everyone votes the 10s, etc.
But, my post wasn't about which film people liked more (which like I said, I feel people 24ish and younger prob prefer TASM, and 25+ prob SM1 in most cases). Mine was about 20 years from now, which film will still be discussed. SM1 was an event. TASM, whether you love it or hate it, wasn't. It did well at the BO, but it wasn't the record breaking box office juggernaut SM1 was at the time. The entire city of NY sold out for the entire 3 day weeked on SM1's first day of release. I could get a ticket to see TASM opening day an hour before the showtime. That is why in 20 years, I don't see it being remembered like SM1 was.
I agree that SM1 will always be seen as more of a milestone, because it was
. But I don't think 20 years from now that will make it universally favored over Webb's. I think 20 years from now, people will still be just as divided over which version they prefer as they are now, even as they acknowledge SM1's significance in the superhero genre.
Just as there are people like myself who acknowledge and appreciate Superman: The Movie
's significance in cinematic history but never cared for that incarnation (that will never
be my Superman...and there hasn't even been a new cinematic incarnation for me to prefer over it yet), so will be the way with Raimi's Spider-Man
, imo. TASM won't be remembered like SM1 because the circumstances surrounding its release were entirely different, but it certainly won't be forgotten, either. Especially since we already know its getting sequels and therefore marked the beginning of its own big-budget franchise, a franchise which will inevitably be the Spider-Man trilogy for a whole new generation.