Greg Cox wrote:
I don't know. Most of the fans I know really liked the first couple Spidey and X-movies. X2 is still one of my favorite superhero movies.
Different worlds, I guess. On a literature forum I visit, the Raimi Spider-Man films are generally discarded as total shit, with the X-Men movies being seen as underwhelming Wolverine-solo films.
It's the mainstream critics and audience that seized them more than the fans did. The Christopher Nolan Batman movies are the only ones in memory that seem to have pleased fans and casuals equally.
I'm a huge horror fan, the critics definitely hate that genre. The idea they feel the same about superhero films rings as false to me, and seems entirely without merit. They're not nominated for awards or anything, but most of the big ones get good reviews.