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Category: Amazing Spider-Man

Trailer Trash: Sony's new spot for 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

May 23, 2012 | 12:28 pm

“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.



'Amazing Spider-Man:' Andrew Garfield's angst [Trailer]

Emma Stone: Worried Spider-Man fans should have patience

The strangely logical choice of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man

--John Horn

Video: "The Amazing Spider-Man" trailer. Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment

'Amazing Spider-Man:' Andrew Garfield's angst [Trailer]

February 7, 2012 |  5:09 pm


Any lingering notion of a shoegazing Spider-Man trying to make it quietly in the halls of his high school went out the window Tuesday with the release of the full trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man.”  Instead, in flew the action spectacle that is Sony’s superhero reboot, which comes to theaters July 3.

The trailer shows huge set pieces of the kind you wouldn’t expect from director Marc Webb -- who previously helmed the, well, shoegazing romance “(500) Days of Summer" -- as Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man flies over, into and through buildings.

The essential battle in the film -- penned by "Harry Potter" veteran Steve Kloves -- seems to be one of Garfield vs. Garfield, as Spider-Man runs amok, and possibly even into conflict with Peter Parker. “I’ve got to stop him. I created him,” Parker tells love interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), presumably referring to his webbed alter ego.

The story line also evokes elements of “The Dark Knight” and its ilk, as a “masked vigilante” flouts the law and taunts law enforcement efforts, headed by George Stacy (Denis Leary), father of Gwen. And unlike the Sam Raimi-Tobey Maguire editions, there’s a key character here in one Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), a scientist who had worked with Parker’s father and who seems to hold the solution to several of the film’s mysteries.

Not likely to be lost on fans of the original films is the trailer’s declaration that this is “the untold story.” In other words, disregard everything you’ve been told before.



'The Amazing Spider-Man' slings its first web

Emma Stone: Worried Spider-Man fans should have patience

The strangely logical choice of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man

--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in 'The Amazing Spider-Man.' Credit: Sony Pictures


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