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Toadfish wrote:Because they intend to use him as a villain in later movies. Duh.
Also, I think you kinda missed the point. If you can sympathise with the character in what is supposed to be his major moral failing, then the guilt thats supposed to come from that failure doesn't follow through - if he was acting like he should have, then it doesn't become his fault alone.
Not the idea to actually use it like he does. Oscorp could only think to use it as a standard alternative to steel cable. Peter figured out the stuffs amazing adhesive properties, as well as how to deploy it with little recoil from an easily concealable device. So, like I said, he built the webshooters from scratch.
But here's the thing: Carradine was always meant to be one-off antagonist and the purpose of catching him was to remind Peter that he could have stopped him from the get-go if he had swallowed his pride after he got stiffed. Raimi captured that better than Webb did when he stuck closer to the original playing out of what happened in the comics. I don't see Carradine being interesting enough to be in more than one movie. The ideas Peter catches him and realizes his mistake and he learns from it. End of story.
As for the sympathy thing, I was sympathetic towards the Maguire incarnation of Peter when he didn't stop Carradine from robbing the promoter because the guy was a dick. The Garfield Peter's motivation for not stopping Carradine is what again? Over a drink he couldn't pay for at some dollar store? I understand that Webb wanted us to sympathize with his version of Peter as well but this fell short.