Yesterday a trailer for Amazing Spider-Man hit the internet. What is the reaction so far? With Sam Raimi’s trilogy in the rear view mirror, will Mark Webb ((500) Days of Summer) fill the gaps of Peter Parker’s origin story by dimming the lights in his Queens bedroom and sticking Andrew Garfield in a hoodie?
At 4pm Monday I was on an elliptical staring down Comm. Ave at the Green Line, and my iPhone dinged with a message. My west coast boss Adam sent me his screening pass for a sizzle reel with director Mark Webb. I asked a million questions about the foreshadowed villain The Lizard. My cinephile friend commented the ‘Lizard was a bit much, the change is in stages, some awesome, some not awesome’. My excitement grew as I spent the last 15 minutes huffing, puffing and searching for just one glimpse of the CGI monster. I got nothing.
I awoke Tuesday to check out the comic book forum on reddit, and there it was.
A new glorious trailer of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s most recognizable character has been brought to life on screen once again as if no other version mattered.
I don’t wish to shut the door on the previous three movies, even the third Venom film, as I will spin those DVDs if only to see the Bruce Campbell cameos. Sony Pictures maintains and improves upon the expressionless masked ‘web-slinging’ through Manhattan, a note happily sustained and familiar from the previous work.
We see more of a nod to the first Spider-Man stories in this arc. A pivotal relationship in Peter’s life is that with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), daughter of police Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary).
If Uncle Ben’s (Martin Sheen) death drives Spider-Man’s motivations as a superhero, Peter’s heart is spurred by protecting those he loves romantically.
We don’t see much of Aunt May (Sally Field) in the trailer, but we all know she will be there making cookies for Pete and will have the fortitude to continue to persevere as she gracefully enters her twilight. Sheen and Field are an incredible casting choices and already I’m anticipating an outright sob-fest in the theater.
What more can we see? How about antagonist Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) creating an Oscorp formula to regrow his missing arm, perhaps with the assistance of young Parker himself. I mentioned a foreshadowing of the villain previously, as Curt was last seen in Spider-Man 3 on campus provoking an emo Tobey Maguire. Web Shooters are used instead of the mutation decided upon for the first movies.
No origin for the costume is yet revealed, except for some screen shots online of Garfield wearing his wrestler outfit before the reveal of his red and blue ‘basketball’ look.
For the comic book fan, this version is more Ditko and John Romita (important 70s artist) than it is Todd McFarlane (90s) or the current (and hugely talented) Humberto Ramos, and we should be happy about that stylistic choice. Some call this the Batman Begins for the Marvel movie properties, but I disagree. Nolan’s Batman is a creature of the night, Webb’s Spider-Man/Peter Parker looks like a creature of swirlies and getting slammed against the gym locker by Flash Thompson. I get nauseous watching Parker talk to Gwen. Not because she is hot (they soooo are a hot couple) but because I remember that feeling in the pit of your stomach asking the pretty girl out in high school.
What if you were to come out with a Spider-Man for 2012 in the comic books? Is the white nerd really where a modern Stan Lee would go to for a starting point? Marvel Architect Brian Michael Bendis has been writing the web-slinger consecutively for longer than anyone in the history of Marvel at Ultimate Spider-Man. This modern relaunch of the title in 2000 gave a decompressed version of the Spider-origin set in modern New York. The Death Of Spider-Man in 2011 killed off this “Ultimate” version of Peter Parker (no, he’s not coming back). Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli conceived Miles Morales, a middle school student—a bit younger than Pete—to be bitten by a spider and don the webs. I won’t spoil much about the story but I will say Miles is different. He’s African American and Latino, his powers are slightly different (invisibility!) and he’s just a kid! Check out the origin in hardcover next week or on the Marvel Comics digital store.
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