This one may not have been present during the Super Bowl broadcast, but Marvel isn’t done promoting their upcoming flicks. February 7th brought a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man movie. We see lots of Peter Parker, lots of Spider-Man, lots of Gwen Stacy, quite a bit of Captain George Stacy, and a little bit of the big screen debut of The Lizard.
First impressions inside the article…
Right off the bat, this isn’t Tobey Maguire’s sheepish and down-on-his-luck Peter Parker. While Sam Raimi’s original trilogy of spider-flicks did an excellent job of staying closer to what we would expect from Spidey’s printed history, it would appear this new series is going to go more in the direction of the more angsty, updated Ultimate Spider-Man universe created by Brian Michael Bendis. Not saying that’s a bad thing, but don’t expect the “Aw, shucks…” version of our favorite webslinger. This Peter Parker has some bite in his bark. Which brings me to…
Captain George Stacy is heavily featured in this trailer. Nice, awkward dinner with the family scene with Peter and George squaring off about the merits of Spider-Man. The whole trailer has a bit of a “Dark Knight” feel to it, but this time, Captain Stacy isn’t Spidey’s buddy, he’s maybe one of the bigger threats to our hero.
Peter’s mysterious parents… When you have parents that disappear under some suspicious circumstances, it’s likely going to result in a relatively unsettled teenager with some anger issues. Expect that to be the whole underlying tone of the movie?
Let me just say this to get it off the plate… I don’t care if she’s a redhead, a blonde, or a skinhead, there’s no quicker way to make me want to see your movie than to cast Emma Stone. She’s got a little edge to her as well and might be more of a hybrid of Gwen and Mary Jane than the historically chaste Gwen Stacy of Spider-lore.
Now, let’s talk Doctor Connors. We get our first real look at the Lizard in action and he’s kinda gross. He looks slimy and much more of a monster than we’ve seen in any live action Spider-Man outing to date. Really looking forward to see if he’s going to talk or if he’s just going to be a rampaging creature.
I’m glad that there are still some wow moments as well. There is a moment from a scene in which the cops have caught Spidey and they unmask him and he fights his way out. The end of the trailer has Spider-Man trying to prevent a piece of a building from falling. Nice stuff in all. Plus we get a little bit of that old Spider-Man sarcasm as he busts a car thief and is asked if he was a cop.
Is this going to be different? Sure. Did it need to be to get us back in the theaters after a disappointing Spider-Man 3? You bet. All that aside, I’m still going to slam down my hard earned cash to get some Spidey action!
I’ll be seeing you at the theaters on July 3rd!
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