Are you ready for some Spider-Man? After the woeful coda to the Sam Raimi trilogy in 2007, Spidey fans were looking for redemption, and (500) Days of Summer's Marc Webb decided to try and provide it. The new, official trailer for The Amazing-Spider-Man was released by Sony last night, and, whether you want a reboot or not, you're getting one.
In place of Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, we now have the luxuriously-coiffed Andrew Garfield as Spidey, and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. We can expect more of Peter Parker's coming to terms with his past, another origin story and all that, but how about Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben and Sally Field as Aunt May? That's cool, right? And Rhys Ifans' Lizard (who we only get a flash of) could work, especially if he uses that gnarly telepathy. Marc Webb we already know has the perfect name to direct, and there should be more humor and sarcasm than the previous trilogy.
Using the words "untold story" makes for a nice hook, but how much different do you really think the new film is going to be from its predecessors? Using the original, mechanical web-shooters is a nice touch, and setting up a storyline where Peter's father was an Oscorp co-worker of Curt Connors (aka Lizard) could make for some complex interplay. And the fact that Denis Leary's police lieutenant (who's hunting Spider-Man) is also Gwen's father makes for some intriguing dynamics as well. (Leary: "Thirty-eight of New York's Finest versus one guy… in a unitard.")
And there's this angle, described by Emma Stone:
"Gwen is the bi-polar opposite of MJ. Gwen falls in love with Peter Parker, and MJ falls in love with Spider-Man."
The Amazing Spider-Man will be released in 3D on July 3.