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Chris Radtke, editor-in-chief of, an entertainment news website and a self-avowed Spider-Man aficionado, called the Broadway musical “a punch line,” but said that it won’t have any lasting impact on Spider-Man’s prestige.

“Broadway is not really in sync with fandom for Spider-Man,” he said. “The fiasco that is ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,’ the average fan of Spider-Man is kind of rolling their eyes at it.”

When it comes to the Sony film, things get more “interesting,” says Mr. Radtke. He praised the hiring of director Marc Webb and lead actor Andrew Garfield. But Mr. Radtke has one problem with the project — a big one.

“This might sound a little bit insane,” he said. “But Sony has decided to tinker with the Spider-Man costume. It sounds so superficial, but fandom can be fickle like that.”

Indeed it can. And if fickle fans begin to turn away from Spider-Man, Disney may find that the pieces of the character that haven’t yet been auctioned off aren’t worth as much as they used to be.