Columbia Pictures has debuted the brand new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man following yesterday’s fan event in which the trailer screened in 3-D and fans were also shown an eight-minute sizzle reel featuring scenes from the upcoming film introduced via satellite by the film’s director, Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer).
The Amazing Spider-Man is supposedly a new and fresh look at the origins of the web-slinger and a franchise independent of the trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, which came to an end following the lackluster response to Spider-Man 3 in 2007.
Starring Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man) the film follows his upbringing by his aunt and uncle and what happens once he’s bitten by a radioactive spider that gives him super powers. Here’s the studio provided 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 (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.
As would be expected, people liked what they saw out of the Spider-Man event yesterday, but who can really be surprised considering they were shown marketing material hand selected to build buzz. It would be a bigger surprise if they came out of a calculated effort to build buzz and actually had bad things to say. Of course, the potential for negativity is there as many believe it is too soon to reboot the character.
That said, have a look at this new trailer and see what you think. The film hits theaters in 3-D on July 3 and along with Garfield it’s loaded with a rather strong cast that also includes Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Irrfan Khan, Campbell Scott, Annie Parisse, Julianne Nicholson, C. Thomas Howell and Chris Zylka.
I will also add, just skimming through the trailer to find the image at the lede of this post, it does have a solid visual appeal, something Drew Taylor at The Playlist alluded to in his write-up of yesterday’s events.