The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets a lot of things right. A lot of things. But one of the things it's gotten wrong is part of a larger trend, for a while now. So can we just stop with them being handed pre-packaged bad guy suits? Please? Spoilers follow for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The Osborns were dealt a bad hand, genetically. Father and son are both dying of an ambiguous disorder, the only cure for which drives Harry Osborn insane, and turns him into the Green Goblin... who just so happens to find an exo-suit, weapons, and goblin glider waiting for him.
Part of what made the original GG such a menace was that he was entirely self-made. Yes, he stole his partner's strength serum, but the rest of it was entirely his own invention.
One of the best aspects of Iron Man 2 was that Ivan Vanko built the Whiplash suit himself. He demonstrated with actions that he was Tony Stark's peer. Peter Parker stitched his suit himself. (No offense, Superman.) He designed and built his web-shooters. Point is, he worked for what he had.
Part of what made The Green Hornet so obnoxious was that Britt Reid earned nothing. Kato built the gas gun, the tricked-out car, the uniforms, everything. He just handed them over to Britt.
Oscorp's secret basement has revealed (even in the trailers) that there are at least three more pre-fabricated exo-suits just waiting for their turn. Octopus' arms, originally invented by Otto Octavius. The Vulture's wings— originally invented by Adrian Toomes. The Rhino... tank suit, which actually saw a bit of action in the finale.
In the comics, Octavius, Osborn, and Toomes were deeply offended by 'imitators' using their equipment. There have been huge fights over the right to use them.
These characters used their own gear because it represented their inherent natures. The Vulture is greedy, and preys on the weak. Doc Ock is slippery, and finds ways of involving his tendrils in everything he wants. The Rhino is dumb, powerful, and a force of nature. (Granted, he didn't invent his suit, but it was created with him specifically in mind.)
When a character— good or bad— is visibly handed their defining characteristic, it just feels... lazy. I don't know how else to put it.
What do you think?
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