Gah. What is wrong with the studios? There is absolutely no need to reboot Spider-man right now. I mean, ok, if they think the current series of movies has run its course? Don't do another Spider-man movie right now. I'd much prefer no Spidey movies and some other superhero or movie altogether to a reboot origin story so soon after a fairly successful series of movies that, for its faults, was overall pretty darned good (esp. 1 & 2). Not to mention in my opinion, it and the X-Men series between the two of them (both generally good if sometimes flawed trilogies), introduced the current craze for modern superhero movies and helped pave the way for the completely-awesome-not-flawed Iron Man and Batman movies. So it's not exactly like they were atrocious or were hated - they were well-received and fueled the public's desire for MORE superhero movies.
Not to mention I've read speculation that the studio is doing this so they can cash in on the Twilighters by Twilighting up the new movie (RPattz as Spidey? OMG why would anyone even suggest that?? Please be joking, crazy commenter.) Yes, an RPattz Spidey would be silly, but I don't think it's entirely crazy to think they are bringing Peter back (AGAIN) to his teen years to cash in on that teen crowd.
But you know what? Forget that! If they are going to go ahead and do another Spider-man movie, you know what i think? I think they should go the other way. I vote for skipping ahead in time to a total badass, adult, sure-of-himself Spider-man kicking tail, geniusing his way through mega-puzzle plot twists, and wisecracking as he deals with a lineup of some of his darker rogues' gallery peeps. They could start with a plot involving the Maggia (which, hey, could totally give us some good Madame Masque moments (she so twisted) and incidentally include a Robert Downey Jr. cameo (hey, MM and Iron Man totally dated and stuff. And it's RDJr. GIVE ME MORE). The Maggia's a good starting point because A) everyone loves a good Mafia movie, and the Maggia are the Marvel Mafia (strict code of secrecy, families, the whole bit); and B) The Maggia are so vague in the comics that they could be planning anything and it would be canon because we almost never know what they actually DO, being shadowy like the Mafia, and of course; C) they hire supervillains all the time, so that would give us the excuse of pulling in crazy twisted weirdos like The Jackal (and thus possibly a million Spider-man clones! Effing clones! Why the hell not?) and Carnage (hey, people want Venom so badly? Let's give them the Completely More Scary Crazy Version! Plus his name is Cletus, which makes me laugh) and just for kicks, round out the collection with Mister Negative (who is truly freakin' disturbing and creepy, not to mention whenever he talks to Aunt May I feel vaguely dirty because it almost feels like he's...too interested in her eighty-something year-old self). And they could all be involved in like, 3 plots at once, where one of the families is bent on bringing down Spider-man (vengeance is always a good motivator. They could spin that.) and another is plotting some kind of government infiltration that Spidey gets mixed up in, and a third is engaging in international terrorism with Lucia von Bardas or some such and it could all come together in a bunch of plot twists where everyone's involved with the other families' plans but they don't know it at first and then this will of course result in several Epic Battles (these are clearly needed for good superhero movies, right? Surely!) which Spidey will of course eventually win, but then, just to round it all off and keep it interesting, we could have a side plot of Iron Man throwing over Madame Masque, who then falls for Mister Negative, which would be REALLY AWESOME because Mister N doesn't know he's evil half the time and his nice half would want nothing to do with Madame Masque, and that would really mess with Madame Masque's already screwed up persona and, with the right actress, we could get some Dafoe-level scenery chewing in the movie as well.
...But maybe I'm just crazy. And kind of sort of kidding. Still, I'd rather see that than another Spidey origin story. Wouldn't you?
Eh. *sigh* Peter Parker in high school it is.