Ten years ago, one Spider-Man movie was hard to imagine. And back on Spider-Man Hype! back then, all we did was imagine it. Back in 1997, it would be beyond even the greatest dream of any fan that we'd see... Ten state-of-the-art, record-breaking Spider-Man movies with actors of the calibur of Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina and Thomas Hayden-Church. Cliff Robertson as a truly heart-felt and warm Uncle Ben. An Aunt May who is a real character and not a caricature. All three of the top villains brought to life - the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and Venom - with no-expenses spared effects. Mary-Jane, Betty Brant and Gwen Stacy. The Goblin legacy played out in full. Spider-Man and his enemies truly as spectacular as they have been in the imagination for forty-five years. Three movies which are not only extremely faithful to the source material, but focus on the character of Peter above all else. A superhero movie series that is completely consistant in terms of cast and crew. A director completing a superhero trilogy, instead of the disapointment and drop in quality when Donner, Burton and Singer left their respective sagas. And a proper actor, Tobey Maguire, as Peter Parker. If you compare the Spidey series to any other superhero franchise, it's amazing how well it's been produced. It's amazing that it hasn't been effected by the flaws which so many other superhero franchises suffer - having to recast the main actor(s), style over substance, casting superstars not actors, different directors with clashing styles, and worst of all story arcs which are not concluded properly. In terms of production, it has avoided being either too effects heavy, or too cheap-looking. That is an important balance in comicbook movies, and the Spidey series gets it just right. The one real flaw I feel is the character of Spider-Man himself. Only in Spider-Man 3 do we really see the wise-cracking, confident, jokey Spider-Man ("Haven't you heard? I'm the sheriff in these parts!" is the perfect moment). Raimi, Maguire, Arad (yes, he has had a huge hand in the series) and co have raised the bar for the genre, whether they come back to do another movie or not. Finally the promise of a proper superhero movie saga, that Superman and Batman both reached for but never achieved, had been filled.