Good article but I disagree with a lot of it. 1) The "dark" spiderman movie did not fail because it was dark. It failed because it was poorly written/directed and conceived. We know from the comics and the spidey cartoon in the 90's that the Venom storyline works and effectively. It would have worked in this movie as well if presented properly without being sidetracked by other villains. The emo-spidey scenes failed because it attempted to go too much for laughs and came off silly, especially given that Spiderman was normally portrayed in the other movies as existing in a basically realistic setting. A real Spiderman/black costume/venom comic would still work I think if handled with more respect.
I did enjoy Transformers 2 BTW. Let's face it, it fit the style of the 80's cartoon completely. They were not shakespeare.
And the Punisher with Dolph was pretty bad.
I do agree with you completely that Hopkins will make a great Odin.