The new trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is a cornucopia of Spidey goodness. The quips (love Spidey’s reaction to the Car Thief‘s wimpy knife), the trippy lighting (everything is so vibrant), the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and his comic-correct lab coat, the OsCorp building (a sign of things to come), the expanded origin (more on that in a second), the big picture (didn’t see Lizard dropping a chemical bomb on NYC coming) …this entire trailer just POPS.
What’s really nice is it seems to confirm what Sony and director Marc Webb have been saying all along: This is a true reboot and not just a rehash of Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN trilogy. Good for them for keeping their promise.
Too bad word has it the suits over at Sony hate the final film and feel it won’t be able to hold up against the likes of THE AVENGERS and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Guess we’ll have to wait and see when THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN swings into theaters on July 3rd.
You might be asking yourself right about now “How reboot-y is this flick?”. Seems very. Devin over at Badass Digest has received word Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) isn’t bitten by a radioactive spider this time around but is instead genetically altered by his father (Campbell Scott). Whoa.
Here’s the scoop: "Three sources have told me this, but I held it. I didn't see the point in running it now, when the movie has been shot and edited and is ready to go. Nothing can be changed. But then the new trailer hits today and all but spells this out, so what the hell, here we go: Spider-Man's origin has been changed in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. The spider bite no longer gives Peter powers, it rather activates something already in his genetic structure. Something placed there by his father. Peter Parker is no longer super-powered by chance, but rather by design."
I’ve always said the main ingredient necessary required for a good reboot to work is that it actually do something different in order to warrant its existence. Copying the original film word-for-word and shot-for-shot is pointless. The trick is to take what is already known and reconfigure it just enough so that it feels new while familiar. Tweaking Spidey’s origin will do just that.
PLOT SYNOPSIS: 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 (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally 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 (Emma 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.