(Columbia Pictures) When fans first heard that there would be a reboot of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, some were understandably outraged. Raimi’s three Spider-Man films came out in 2002, 2004, and 2007, with the first and third becoming the highest-grossing superhero films at the time of their release. Toby Maguire played nerd-turned-hero Peter Parker in the first live-action film since the 1977 TV series, so it makes sense that audiences wouldn’t feel quite ready to see a new face so soon.
The fact remains that it’s only been five years since the last film in Raimi’s series. What could this new version bring to the table? Skeptics were able to catch a glimpse into Marc Webb’s take on the webbed geek in the extended trailer released last week. Though based on the same character, the Peter Parker that Webb introduces is a far cry from Raimi’s.
Like Christian Bale’s re-imagined Batman, Garfield’s Parker has a darker edge to him. Webb chose to focus on Parker’s loss of his parents and subsequent questions about his identity. His search to discover the truth about his father leads him to Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) -- the one-armed scientist also on a quest for answers.
Andrew Garfield wowed audiences with his work in the British sci-fi drama, Never Let Me Go, and the Academy Award-winning David Fincher film, The Social Network. The Amazing Spider-Man only further demonstrates his range. Garfield’s portrayal of Peter Parker brings back the wisecracking, smart-*ss boy we know from the comics -- a hero that puts an idiotic carjacker in his place with one quip. But Parker’s attitude isn’t the only more loyal aspect of Stan Lee’s original story. Rather than his adult romantic interest, Mary Jane Watson (Kristen Dunst), Peter woos the brilliant Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), arguably the love of his life in Spider-Man cannon. Finally, the trailer reveals a closer look at the villain, Lizard. Nine feet tall and knocking down buildings, this is a worthy foe for the first in Webb’s trilogy.
This marks the 500 Days of Summer director’s second feature film -- an unusual choice after the wildly successful indie dramedy. With a background in music videos, and dedication to Spider-Man’s story, Webb seems an intriguing and hopefully positive choice for the new series’ director. He has also stated that those first-person sequences from the first trailer will be in the movie -- a decision inspired by Webb’s desire to have audiences put directly in Spider-Man’s point of view.
As with any adaptation, there is an understandable amount of pressure for this reboot. Without casting a closer look on the story, style, and remarkably talented team behind The Amazing Spider-Man, moviegoers could assume this is just another ploy for more money. With Martin Sheen, Sally Field, and Dennis Leary rounding up the cast and the loyalty to cannon, Webb’s new series has the potential to soar to new heights. We’ll find out this summer if Spidey’s back and better than ever.
Why We’re Excited: loyal to the comics, Andrew Garfield, Marc Webb, Emma Stone, the Lizard!
Columbia Pictures' 'The Amazing Spider-Man' comes to theaters in 3D and 2D on July 3, 2012.