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Feb072012

'The Amazing Spider-Man' trailer & sneak preview: How it's different from Raimi's trilogy

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The Amazing Spider-Man is undoubtedly one of the biggest movies coming out this year, but there are a lot of people who still don’t quite know how it ties in with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Is it a remake? A reboot? A sequel? Well, from what we’re hearing about the sneak preview, new shots, and Director Mark Webb (500 Days of Summer) himself, it sounds like the new film is a completely different take on Spider-Man. The new trailer confirms it. 

New trailer

Below is the brand new trailer for Spider-Man. In it, you can see many of the elements I’ll describe and detail in the sections below. 

New pictures and fan screenings

Today, Sony released a few new stills from the film (seen throughout this article) and invited fans from around the country to attend some private screenings of select scenes from the film. Reporters from E! Online attended one of the screenings and reports that the new film definitely has a different tone from previous Spider-Man films.

Here are some takaway’s from the preview:

  • Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy is completely different from Kirsten Dunt’s Mary Jane. Stacy has a different attitude and is attracted to Peter Parker, not Spider-Man.
  • The film is a lot darker and more sarcastic. It has more in common with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy than Sam Raimi’s trilogy. 
  • Dr. Curt Connors, aka the Lizard, knows things about Peter Parker’s past.
  • The movie starts with Peter Parker with his parents.
  • Spider-Man has a bad relationship with the NYPD. One scene has him running from Captain Stacy, father of Gwen Stacy. 

“Look for darker, more sarcastic humor, a more antagonistic relationship with law enforcement, and more of a self-made hero,” write E! “And in this version, Parker gets some of his web-slinging studliness from his own talent for invention—as it was in the original comic books.”

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Peter Parker the genius

Though it was almost completely removed in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, in the comic books Peter Parker is an inventor of sorts, both while fighting enemies and in general. From the image above, and what we’ve learned before, we can see that Marc Webb’s Spider-Man will indeed have self-made web shooters. From the picture above, it looks like he has some kind of suction cup shoes as well, helping him climb walls. Though Spider-Man does indeed possess the ability to stick to walls and do intense acrobatics (and the spidey sense!), he was never able to shoot out webbing from his own hands. That power comes from web shooters that he invents and has to constantly reload and deal with. The buggars always seem to run out or gum up at the wrong time. It looks like the new Spidey will have to deal with these problems as well. 

Spider-Man logo defacing real places

In the top picture in this article, we also see that a road sign for The Daily Bugle has been defaced with a Spider-Man logo. In antipation of the private fan screenings, places all around the globe have been temporarily defaced like this. What it means or if it comes up in the plot of the movie, we do not know. 

Humor in Spider-Man

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The folks at Latino-Review got their hands on text from an official interview with Marc Webb where he explains his take on Spider-Man. One element he’s trying to bring back is the wisecracking, fun kind of attitude Spidey always has in the comics. Webb says that despite the fact that his film is darker, it may be more accurate to the comics than we’d assume. 

“There’s this trickster quality [to Spider-Man] we were very keen on exploring, with that humor and that fun and that wisecracking stuff,” said Webb. “We wanted to keep that alive, but we wanted it to be realistic. We wanted that humor to come from a real place. My aim was to create a world where you could feel all those emotions. There are certainly darker, more intense feelings in this movie. There is betrayal, there is tragedy, but there’s also humor and romance. So it’s a very complex bouquet of emotions, but what you have to tread on is what feels authentic and what feels real, and you have to earn those different emotions. There are moments of furiousness and gravity, absolutely. But are there moments of humor and levity and whimsy? Absolutely. Andrew [Garfield] was really great. He used this term to describe Peter Parker in Spider-Man and Spider-Man in particular: he’s a trickster. He was like “How would Spider-Man web this guy? He’d give him a wedgy or he’d dos some awful graffiti.” There’s a punk rock quality to Peter Parker that’s really irreverent and fun and that’s something that Andrew embodies in a way that we haven’t seen before. Certainly the materials that have come out have a darker sentiment or there’s a darker projection, but we’re very keen on staying loyal to the humor of Spider-Man.”

Webb also commented on 3D, saying that the film has een shot in native 3D, so there isn’t any crappy post-production conversion going on—a process that has produced bad 3D effects in films like Clash of the Titans

In case you were wondering, Webb explains that the reason the tagline is “The Untold Story” is because this is a completely new Peter Parker and Spider-Man. 

“That’s part of the untold story certainly,” said Webb. “It’s really important for us to be able to communicate that this isn’t a remake of Sam Raimi’s movie. There’s a new territory, there’s a new villain, it’s a different Peter Parker.”

Official plot synopsis

Finally, we have the official synopsys of the film. It isn’t anything too new or surprising, but it does sound more interesting than I thought. 

One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man™. Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012.

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters July 3. After learning all of this, consider me excited. The original teaser trailer is below.

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