Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Their Fault, or Ours?

Here's a link to a great article about how the new Spiderman movie's promotional campaign completely ignores Queens, and especially Forest Hills, where Spiderman (Peter Parker) lived in the comic books. I, for one, didn't even realize that the house where he grew up in is a real address, as pointed out by the article: 20 Ingram St., right off of Ascan in the Gardens.

Now, I ask you, is it the producers' of the film's fault for ignoring us, or is it our fault for allowing them to? I also ask you, do you care one way or the other? Do you want any publicity for your 'hood from this movie?

By the way, the original Spiderman movie, with Tobey Maguire, did not ignore us at all - but shot a pivotal scene right here on Austin St. and Ascan. They were pretty loyal to the story given that his original home was just down the road!

Check out this clip at 2:38. See anything familiar?


  1. The Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce missed a great opportunity here - why not have a "Spiderman Shopped Here" campaign on all the stores on Austin and Metropolitan? It would be great for business!

  2. The article did not say that the movie ignored Queens/Forest Hills, Peter's home is still in Forest Hills, it's saying that the movie's promotion pretty much ignored Queens. Granted, they did not film in Forest Hills, the exteriors for Peter's home were filmed in Brooklyn but in the movie he's still living in Queens.

    1. Thanks for pointing that out. You are right, I read the article too quickly. Through the miracle of blogging I have updated the post accordingly.

  3. This movie will flop. It might open strongly, but the attendance will dwindle fast. It is basically the exact plot/story from the 2002 film. The studio's hopes for revamping the franchise is dead on arrival.

  4. Some of the scenes in the 2002 film were filmed in other parts of Queens as well. There are some great recognizable shots of Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside.