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Soapbox: Enough With the Sequels Already!

Giddy from their record-breaking first weekend, the producers and studio execs behind Spider-Man 3 are falling over themselves with news and ideas for the next Spidey installments. Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal is claiming that "There'll be a fourth and a fifth and sixth and a seventh," and that "As many stories as Peter Parker has to tell, we'll do sequels." There are already rumors flying around about the villains that will be included in Spidey's fourth chapter: According to Cinematical, Spider-Man will have to face off with a man-sized lizard (called Lizard) along with Carnage the serial killer.

Sure, this sounds intriguing, but I'm still exhausted from this year's Spider-Man movie and the relentless onslaught of promotion that led up to its release. After this year they'll probably have to up the ante even more in that regard, which is virtually unfathomable. Also riding the sequel train is the Shrek series, the fourth of which may have just found a director. So, there's already buzz around a fourth movie when the third hasn't even hit theaters yet. Take a breather, guys!
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It gets tiring watching the same old characters year after year, regardless of what they're doing or how they're doing it. It even gets tiring for the people who play the same old characters, as Keria Knightley recently admitted. After the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie, she's just tired of doing it. Heck, I'm tired of her doing it! Enough is enough.

Sticking to something that has proven successful in the past makes sense sometimes, but there has to be a saturation point someday... right? What happened to original scripts? I want fresh faces and new characters!

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