so after reading an interview with andrew where he implied he has no interest in returning to his role in an upcoming fourth ‘the amazing spider-man,’ i was making silly comments about it on twitter, as per usual, and mentioned director marc webb in one of them, about how, since there could be no spidey in tasm4, they could just make it ‘the adventures of gwen and mj,’ because i love both characters and want nothing more than to see them being friends in a live-action movie.
well… then marc actually replied to me (eeek, don’t famous people know they’re not supposed to do that? don’t break the fourth wall!!!!) and sassed me right back. which would be fine in and of itself and would make me squee and also want to maybe die a little in a good way, if it weren’t for the context of both tweets.
as i’ve discussed several times on this blog, the most recent post can be found here, marc doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to female characters in this spider-man franchise, so when he responds to a tweet saying the two main female characters in the mythos who are usually pit against one another should actually be friends with “and alison bechdel (unintentional creator of the now famous bechdel test, which reviews works of fiction by seeing if there are at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man, and that has now become grounds to judge whether a movie is “feminist” enough, which is a way too broad and unspecific to actually review something, but there’s another discussion) has already signed on to direct,” it rubs me the wrong way. for one, it feels… dismissive of the point i was trying to make, even if in a witty comment? because there was actual valid and important criticism behind it, and it wasn’t just out of me wanting to get attention and make him feel bad as a person. and also, i take umbrage that he’d remove himself from being involved in a movie feature strong female relationships
now, i know it could be very well that he just wanted to be witty, like i was attempting to, and meant nothing much of it (and the fact that he hasn’t blocked me on twitter tells me he wasn’t too upset with my comment) and maybe i just have my magnifying glasses on, but i think it’s still something worth mentioning, especially with how unfriendly comic book adaptations have been since forever towards female characters.