Why a closer look at Titanic reveals many similarities to the webslinger…
Nowadays movie studios see comic book movies as a license to print money, but there was a time not that long ago when it seemed like comic book characters had every super power in the world except for the ability to get a movie made.
Take Spider-Man for example. The first Spider-Man movie was released in 2002. It was a huge hit. Everyone loved it. But for years, no one would actually make it. Marvel’s first attempt at getting a Spider-Man movie made dates all the way back to 1985 and a deal with notorious low-budget filmmaker Canon Films (those responsible for the crime against humanity that is Superman IV: The Quest for Peace).
For reasons that aren’t worth getting into here (but that you can still read about if you’re interested), the rights to make a Spider-Man movie bounced around Hollywood for years. And throughout the ’90s, James Cameron was attached to direct. Cameron seemed to really want to make a Spider-Man movie. He even wrote a lengthy treatment/script featuring his takes Spider-Man, Mary Jane, Electro and the Sandman.
But as Spider-Man got more and more bogged down in legal battles and studio politics, Cameron moved on to another project: Titanic. And as big as the Spider-Man movies have been none have them have made a billion dollars individually or won 11 Academy Awards. So most people would say James Cameron made the right decision.
But what if he never really did give up on making a Spider-Man movie?
What if, either consciously or unconsciously, James Cameron actually made the greatest Spider-Man movie of all time in Titanic? It seems like a rather bizarre theory at first, but consider the similarities.