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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Amazing Spider-Man Teaser

The year was 2007.  Despite mixed reviews, Spider-Man 3 still made a ton of cash at the box office.  Director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire were quickly signed on to star in Spider-Man 4 and development began.

But, problems arose.  It's what the experts call "creative differences," as the studio heads and Raimi and Maguire couldn't agree on a direction for the fourth film.  Eventually, Raimi was let go.  So, what was going to happen next?

There was a running joke in Twisted ToyFare Theatre back in the day...whenever they reached a milestone issue, a "sleazy comics executive" would magically appear and urge that it was time to relaunch the comic.  Well, as Sony was debating what to do for a new Spider-Man film, that TTT "sleazy comics executive" magically appeared in the offices and said, "It's time for a relaunch!"  And Sony said, "Yes!" 

So the decision was made to reboot the Spider-Man franchise.  For a new director, Sony hired Marc Webb, director of the critically acclaimed indie romance film (500) Days of Summer.  The decision was made to base the film more on the Ultimate Spider-Man continuity.  A new cast was soon assembled.

Andrew Garfield, currently best known as Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network, signed on to be the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man.  Emma Stone is to be Gwen Stacey, Peter's first love.  Legendary stand-up comic and star of Rescue Me Denis Leary is Captain George Stacey, Gwen's father and a pro-Spidey police officer.  Martin Sheen and Sally Field came on board as Uncle Ben and Aunt May.  And for a villain, Rhys Ifans is set to play Curt Connors, aka the Lizard.

The title was revealed to be The Amazing Spider-Man, which the geeks can tell you is the true, full name of the original Spider-Man comic.  Fun trivia fact:  The Amazing Spider-Man is what Sam Raimi and Spider-Man II co-writer Michael Chabon originally wanted to title Spider-Man II.

The first teaser went online just the other day, and will be in theatres this Friday in front of Captain America.

So what do I think of this trailer?  Some say that 5 years is too soon for a reboot.  Well, for the longest time, I've been saying I can get on board with a reboot this soon as long as they don't make us sit through the origin story again.  And look at that!  It's the origin story again. 

And man o man, is it just me, or are they really, really, really trying hard to make it look like Twilight?  The music, how Peter Parker looks, the lighting, the shots...they're really trying to sell this to the tween girls as "Twilight with superheroes instead of vampires." 

I was impressed with that final scene of Spider-Man webswinging, and how it's all done from Spidey's POV.  The movie was filmed in 3D, and when that trailer is shown in 3D, I'm pretty sure that was designed to be the money shot. 

Well, I'm rolling my eyes at how "Twilight-y" it is, but I am rather intrigued.  I'll wait for more trailers before passing judgement. 

The Amazing Spider-Man hits theatres July 2012. 

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