When The Amazing Spider-Man was announced, fans moaned in agreement that it was too soon for a reboot; which is what Columbia Pictures emphasized was the proper label. Perhaps they know most fans scoff at the idea of a “remake.” The new trailer (below) answers the question–why another one? Director Marc Webb (notice his last name–was that on purpose?) has an extremely difficult task in giving his film meaning.
We are introduced to a new villain–The Lizard. However, it appears the story of “hero vs. bad guy” takes a backseat to the origin of Peter Parker and the story of his parents. You might say there will be time for both. But with a disappointing running time of 90 min., the relatively short blockbuster might not hit the notes it’s striving for with a new plot so easily.
Everybody knows Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, but why? The new trailer introduces a number of divergences from the first franchise. What happened to Peter’s parents? And are his powers by his father’s design? Peter Parker is no longer just a regular guy, who has won an incredible lottery thanks to a spider bite. Instead, Peter Parker is meant to be Spider-Man. He was chosen.
Aside from all of its differences, the film still has some huge potential. Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) will bring extra charm and humor to the character—and that’s something we didn’t get often enough from Maguire. Emma Stone will bring heavier acting chops as Gwen Stacy. Most fans are taking a wait-and-see attitude with the film’s release on July 3. The bottom line is that there really isn’t a reason not to see this movie. Standing alone, The Amazing Spider-Man will be great summer entertainment.
Watch the NEW trailer right here: