Feature: The Amazing Spider-Man

Since I set upon The Shootening’s new direction I’ve had little opportunity to talk about The Amazing Spider-Man. Has there been a dearth of news? The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers seem to be making all the noise, just as the new Spidey entered post-production. Or has it been my own bias towards the film? I’ll be the first to say I love Sam Raimi’s movies (Well, Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, the less said about 3 the better) and the thought of a reboot barely ten years after the first film did rankle somewhat. But, hey, it’s here, it’s happening, and it’s up to me to deal with it. So let’s have a look, shall we?

It’s a hell of a cast director Marc Webb has assembled for The Amazing Spider-Man, of that there is no question. Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, Sally Field as Aunt May, and Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in this picture alone. Then there’s Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as Curt Conners, Dennis Leary as Captain Stacy… It shows the power and the pull of superhero movies, and of Spider-Man in particular. These are brilliant actors in significant roles who’ll hopefully add some emotional heft to the film.

I’m wondering if The Amazing Spider-Man will keep the silly wrestling part of the origin story, or if Peter will be using his new-found powers to make a fool of people, like Flash Thompson, in situations like this…

… and threatening those who used to torment him before learning that fateful lesson “With great power comes great responsibility”.

It’s a unique way to ride the subway, I’ll give him that.

One difference from Raimi’s films is that The Amazing Spider-Man sees the return of the mechanical web-spinners from the original comic. Raimi’s Spider-Man had organic web-spinners from Ultimate Spider-Man, the explanation being audiences wouldn’t believe that a high school kid could discover, design, and make these contraptions in his bedroom. I’ll be interested to discover how The Amazing Spider-Man deals with this (I have a feeling Peter’s missing father will have something to do with it).

This was the first pic of Andrew Garfield as Spidey. He’s clearly been on the end of a beating (at the hands of Rhys Ifans’ The Lizard?). It’ll be the first of many.

Another difference from Raimi’s versions is Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) will be Peter’s love interest, not Mary Jane Watson. Again, this ties in heavily with the original comics. Gwen has a tragic fate in those stories, if the new films have the balls to follow through with it, they could be something rather special.

There he is, The Amazing Spider-Man. What do you think of the new logo? It’s grown on me. The new Peter is a bit of a graffiti artist apparently, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that spider spray-painted everywhere in the build up to the release of the movie.

This Spidey will be a more athletic and flexible Spidey by the looks. The eyes are slightly smaller, the webbing no longer raised, and apart from some gold/siver-ish bling on the boots, the suit is your traditional red and blue of the comics. He looks good. So, to the trailer…

And this is where all my doubts arise. First, it’s so bloody dark! You can hardly see anything. Considering this is in 3D too, it’s going to be a struggle to know what’s going on. Next, and this is my own personal bugbear, but this Peter is not *MY* Peter. This Peter is a skateboarding, graffiti-spraying, hoodie-wearing, anti-social loner, not the geeky misfit I grew up with. This new Peter is kinda cool, not the freaky outcast I feel he should be. But that’s just me. Lastly, that first person sequence at the end. It looked… fake. Like when Parker starts leaping like a cartoon fool in Raimi’s Spider-Man when he first gains his powers. Remember? I know what they were trying to do, and I’m sure after nine more months of post-production it’ll work a lot better, especially in 3D, but at the mo’ it’s hard not be reminded of the video game Mirror’s Edge.

Despite this, I’m still excited about the film. It is Spider-Man after all.

The Amazing Spider-Man is out in the UK on July 4th 2012. Be there or be square.

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