“The Amazing Spider-Man” is a reboot of a reboot.
Ten years ago, Sony Pictures reintroduced “Spider-Man” with amazing results. The three Peter Parker films grossed a combined $2.5 billion around the globe.
But Sony grew worried that the movies were getting too expensive and needed a fresh start. So the studio replaced original director Sam Raimi with Marc Webb, the 37-year-old maker of 2009's popular independent romantic comedy “(500) Days of Summer.” Star Tobey Maguire was switched out for Andrew Garfield, the star of “The Social Network,” who is eight years younger than Maguire.
The resulting movie, called “The Amazing Spider-Man,” arrives in theaters July 3.
So far, it's been a great year for superheroes. "The Avengers" just crossed $400 million in domestic theaters after just two weeks. In North America, "The Avengers" is now the sixth highest-grossing release of all time, passing "Toy Story 3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." Later this summer, Batman is back (maybe for the last time?) in "The Dark Knight Rises."
In our new 24 Frames video feature above, we take a look at the latest "Spider-Man" trailer, and assess the film's ambition and obstacles.
Video: "The Amazing Spider-Man" trailer. Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment