Trailer Analysis: The Amazing Spider-Man

Itsy bitsy spider...
Itsy bitsy spider...

It is a bit odd to see a reboot on such a successful series so quickly, but with the direction that Marc Webb is taking this looks as if it could surpass Sam Raimi's version. Raimi's version was not entirely true to the source content of the Spider-man comic books and frequently traded in the darker tones for a more light hearted affair. Now, granted, Spider-man the character is a sarcastic young man which neither Raimi or Tobey Maguire capture. Judging by a few shots within the trailers that have been released it seems that Webb and Andrew Garfield have a good understanding of how to convey the character to audiences. It also trades in the light hearted affair that Raimi went with for a much more darker tone focused on the growth of young Peter Parker.

"You seriously think I look like a cop? In a skin tight red and blue suit."
"You seriously think I look like a cop? In a skin tight red and blue suit."

The trailer starts off by showing Peter's romance with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). It is nice to see a different love interest for Peter, especially considering the possibilities of story lines that she brings in. Gwen's father, George (Denis Leary), happens to be running a man hunt on the one that they call Spider-man. When Peter hears of this, he explains to George that Spider-man is simply doing the things that the police force can not, which he does not take well. The impressive thing about the trailer is it seems as if the origins story of Spider-man will not entirely be a big part of the film. Which it shouldn't considering we heard the story not to long ago and it is still pretty fresh in our brain. Peter is also incredibly sarcastic, which Andrew Garfield does a terrific job of making him a terrific choice for the part. I was a bit hesitant about the film when I heard that he landed the part but after seeing The Social Network, I could see it. One of the bigger questions this trailer brings up, is what significance will Peter's father play into the plot? I doubt that it be anything more than Doctor Curt Connors having a relationship as co-workers before his death. The trailer does seem to hint at the fact that his father did some previous work with spiders. It would be interesting then if possibly Peter receives his powers in another method rather than a spider bite. Perhaps, his father's work on spiders is simply because of Peter being born with such powers. The first trailer tends to make people believe he does get bit, while this one hints at spiders having something to do with his past and his father's research.

Next time on General Hospital...
Next time on General Hospital...
Godzilla?
Godzilla?

It was also nice to see a couple of shots of the villain of the film, The Lizard. The villain that was frequently hiding under our noses in the Raimi Spider-man. He is a good villain because he is an ally of Peter's but because of a mistake in a medical experiment, the two created a monster. In a sense then, Curt Connors/The Lizard is a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or even more so, a werewolf. As when he is in his human form as Curt Connors he does not retain any of his super powers. Ultimately, he brings in a lot of possibilities in terms of story telling as he will be an ally turned monster. It is even shown in the trailer that Peter feels obligated to take him down as he helped create the monster. The final fight between the two is the thing most will talk about however. For those who read the comics, they know that Gwen Stacy suffered a horrible death on a bridge as the Green Goblin had Spider-Man attempt to rescue her as he threw her from the top. Spider-Man used his webs to catch her but the whiplash effect from the catch, caused her death. Now all of that is a moot point, as Emma Stone is signed on for more films in the franchise. However, the final fight is on a bridge but I doubt that they would do something where Spider-Man is forced to save Gwen from falling to her death (ala Spiderman 1 with Green Goblin/Spider-Man and Mary Jane). The final fight on the bridge will not set up a death but rather cement Spider-Man as the protector of the city. Spider-Man will be viewed as a vigilante, an enemy to the city, but the Lizard will be viewed as the bigger threat. Mind you, all of this is speculation from educated guesses. Either way, I am surprised to say that I am actually now looking forward to this film as well.

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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Raimi may have taken liberties with spider-man, but he was a lot more truer to the source material than people think, as he even said that the spider-man he worked on was influenced from the 60's version and Ultimate Spider-man series. Where you had MJ living next door (ala Ultimate Spider-Man), and the campiness was there in reference to how the 60's spider-man was at times. Don't believe me? In one story line, Stan Lee says spider-man got a check from a person that he saved, but he couldn't cash it because the check was made out to "spider-man", and you and I both know you can't cash a check without an ID, so spidey never got to cash it. if that doesn't tell you how campy the 60s version was, then i don't know what will. therefore, i don't think i can agree with you that Raimi was as untrue to spider-man as you make it seem.

However, i do think this might be a good movie, as it seems they're basing it off the untold stories of spider-man and choosing the same tone that the 80's and later series of the character took on; which was a darker take, as i think that'll probably resonate more with modern audiences of today.

I still have my own doubts about this movie to be honest, as there's still a few issues that rub me the wrong way. However, one of them can be obviously over looked, but the other is the whole fist person swinging bit, as it sounds too much like a gimmick. I hope it's not a cheap gimmick, or that it's not part of the movie at all. If it is in the movie, and a gimmick at that, I'm going to be very unhappy when I write my review of the movie.... lol.

Overall, I think you came up with a good analysis for the trailer, and thanks for letting me know about it, as this new one did put some of my other doubts to rest, and confirmed one theory i had about how the cinematography was going to be used to make the suit look better in the movie, as i had that feeling initially.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I agree, that first trailer rubbed me the wrong way as it did you. The use of 3d with the first person swinging just seems like a gimmick. I personally just didn't like the Raimi Spider-Man's too much. I don't know to much about the 60's version as all I really got into as a kid was that of the Spider-Man cartoon in the 90's I believe.

One of my favorite parts of the trailer is when Spider-Man is in the backseat of the car that a thief is trying to steal because of how sarcastic he is. To me, that is the character and they nailed it. Anyways, thanks again for the comments. I have the same reservations as you do about this film, but because of this trailer I am slightly more excited for it now.


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rabbit75 4 years ago

I'm agreeing with Stevennix2001 on the basis that this reboot is straying quite farther from comic book sources than Rammi's Spider-Man.

It seems Marvel is trying to take a darker route like DC did the Batman reboot. This Spider-Man is like an alternate universe Spidey, where they're trying to redo and completely update the origin.

The only thing that seems dead on to the comic book is that Gwen Stacy was Peter Parker's girlfriend before MJ in the original Spidey series.

The trailer looks interesting, however.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I wouldn't go as far to say all of that, to each their own though. The tone to me, is what sets this apart from Raimi's version. I am not a fan of those films at all.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

@rabbit75 & nickalooch

I don't know if I would say they're updating the origin, as the film is based on "The Untold Stories of Spider-Man", but in light of how much money "The Dark Knight" made, and how poorly received Spider-Man 3 was, it does seem like Sony is opting for a darker take because it worked so well for Batman.

I personally don't mind if they do take on a darker tone for the movies, as long as they don't betray the nature of the character himself. Meaning, we won't see Spider-Man become some brooding character; which the trailer suggests that he's not.

However, if they mean by making the villains darker and more intricate to the plot, then I'd be more welcome to it. The same thing with the "Superman" reboot coming next year. I don't mind if they make a darker superman movie, as long as it really pertains to the level of the threat that Superman has to deal with; while making Superman be like the shining beacon of hope, then I'll be all for it.

Again, I think problem most people have whenever you say dark, people automatically assume the character will be darker. I think it really depends on what they mean exactly. From the trailers alone though, it does seem like they're staying true to spider-man's nature, while making the story and villain a bit darker. If that assumption is correct, then I might actually end up liking this more than spider-man 2. and that's saying a lot considering how much i loved that movie.


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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH

I am not excited about the this version of the Spidey film.I think the Peter Parker character is lost in choosing Andrew Garfield alone. I don;t really think that he is an ideal actor to fill in the shoes of Tobey Maguire. :(


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I agree Steven, in fact I just talked to a friend of mine about the trailer and we both agreed saying that in a sense the film looks like it could go the way that Batman Begins did. It has the same kind of dark tone and feel. Which I am all for really. Then like I say in this article, it would end with Spider-Man essentially becoming a shining beacon of hope, the protector of the city and so forth while still some within the city don't fully trust Spider-Man. I think it's fairly obvious that Green Goblin will be the second villain, in fact I think he will be a part of this movie. Goblin could tap into the fear of how the people could turn on him as they don't fully understand him. Similarly to Dafoe's Goblin.


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FatFreddysCat 4 years ago from The Garden State

Denis Leary as Captain Stacy! Awesome! :)

That said... I'm a Spidey fanboy and I loved the first two films (though "3" was a steaming pile), I still don't see why they feel a "reboot" is necessary at this stage of the game. I understand that Raimi and the studio were butting heads about what direction the 4th film should take, which led to Raimi walking away, but I still fail to see the wisdom in wiping the slate clean and starting the continuity over completely from scratch. They could've easily ignored "3" and picked up where "2" left off even with a new cast. Maybe Tobey Maguire is "too old" to play a high school/college kid nowadays, but in that case, why not just re-cast that role? I mean, how many James Bonds have there been? How many Batmans (Batmen?)? Sherlock Holmes?


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

I do not think enough time has gone by to merit a re-boot...some of the special effects look that they could be leftover Raimi ones. It will be interesting to see how this one performs at the box office. I will say Denis Leary looks like he could be a strong part of the re-boot. I guess if we are introducing Gwen Stacy as the love interest....does this mean the Green Goblin will kill her in the sequel? Voted up and interesting.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I think it is likely that Leary will die in this one while the series will probably end with Gwen Stacy dying and in the final scene of the series you see Peter going to Mary Jane.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

The other interesting thing is that Irrfan Khan is playing a doctor that works for or runs Oscorp. He was also listed as playing the Proto-Goblin, setting up the foundation for Norman Osborn to become the Green Goblin in the second.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Well the bigger issue is like Cogerson said, it might be way too soon for this reboot. I know a lot of old school spider-man fans like me loved the original raimi trilogy, but a lot of the younger generation hated it, and want this reboot. Therefore, regardless of the quality of this reboot, it's going to get a lot of comparisons to raimi's first spider-man movie. not saying that "Batman Begins" didn't have the same problem rebooting batman, but that movie was following arguably the worst superhero adaptation of all time, so anything slightly better would've been deemed an improvement in audiences' eyes.

whereas spider-man 3, it doesn't have that same effect that "Batman & Robin" had were it was so freakishly bad that it would warrant a reboot. spider-man 3 is a mediocre film yes, but unlike "batman & robin" where fans were begging for it to end and get rebooted, spider-man 3 seems to have mix reactions, where some fans want a reboot, while others argue that a good sequel would put things back on track.

This movie is going to have to be damn near perfect to win over a lot of people. I think they're on the right track, but it's too soon to tell. I know it'll do well it's first weekend because a) it's spider-man, and he's in the top four most famous superheroes of all time. b) the hype that'll surround it, and c) it's coming out in the fourth of july weekend, which makes it's first weekend something of a guarantee.

However, I think how it'll do AFTER the first weekend will determine how great of a movie it is among fans.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I understand all of the reasons behind why people think it is to soon for a reboot, but I'm fine with it. I grew up with the X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons, and honestly I didn't think to highly of Raimi's films. Spiderman 2 was good, the rest I could do without. Then again, I am not to big of a fan of Raimi to begin with. From what I have seen of this one, I just like the overall tone of it more.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Well I don't disagree with you about the tone of the film. Although I did like the first two spider-man movies, one of my biggest problems was that the villains were never really as dark, or as intricate to the story as I felt they should've been. That's one thing I can hand to what i've been hearing about the reboot thus far, as it does sound like the villain has more of an intricate part in the plot of the movie; rather than serving as some plot device to move the story along like the Raimi trilogy.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

That is exactly why I think this film could be better. I am skeptical of Rhys Ifans in the role though. I can't take him seriously after roles in "The Replacements" and "Little Nicky." lol


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Well you never know. Not many people thought that Michael Keaton could pull off batman after starring in films like "Mr. Mom", but he proved a lot of people wrong. Same thing with Heath Ledger, as many people doubted him too when he was cast to play joker, but we both know how that turned out.

I am curious to see how they'll introduce Green Goblin in the sequel (assuming he's the villain in that movie), and what he'll look like, as I never really cared for that Green Goblin power rangers look.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I agree lol. I'd rather see other villains, as I've never really thought of the Green Goblin is that big of a villain. Doctor Octopus, The Lizard, Sandman, Venom and Mysterio are my favorite villains. Mysterio would make a very good villain for a movie. I really hope they do Venom well at some point on a movie format.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Well when I was referring to the Green Goblin, I was mainly complaining about the costume in the first spider-man movie more so than the actual character. I think in order to explain spidey's early history, then obviously they need to introduce him at some point, as a character. After all, he does play a significant role in spidey's early history.

As for Venom, he's pretty much the only reason why I want this reboot to work because there was so much potential with that character to work as a villain that raimi screwed it up. I think in a lot of ways Raimi reminds me a lot of Larry Brown from the nba. They both approach their jobs with their emotions to the point that if there not emotionally invested in every aspect of their job, then you're not going to get good results from them.

Case in point with Raimi, he put a lot of character development in the first two movies because he cared very deeply about the characters themselves; whereas Spider-man 3, Raimi even admitted that Marvel and Sony forced him to use the character against his own wishes; hence why we got a mediocre spider-man 3 film because raimi's heart wasn't fully invested.

Kind of sad really...


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I completely agree about Spider-Man 3. Very nice Larry Brown reference mind you lol. (I'm an all Philadelphia Sports fan, I miss those heydays of the Sixers with him and Iverson.) I know the problem with 3 was that the studio forced his hand to include Venom, which then became a cluttered mess. I also understand the necessity of Green Goblin, and I know of what he does to a certain character which I will not name for the sake of potential spoilers.

Now that I think about it though, I really would like to see some of the lesser known villains like Mysterio, Shocker and Elektro.


Matt 4 years ago

Personally, I think this movie is going to be quite exquisite. Granted, the first few Spider-Man flicks were good, but it feels empty when I watch it now. There are so many little flakes missing that made spider man who he is. Sarcastic, funny, wimpy guy with an aptitude for saving the entire city. When I see this trailer, it feels full, I see the costume, which looks dynamite, the detail is amazing, it can pass for an actual suit someone made, web shooters and Gwen, I am also happy they are leaving MJ out of this, and the car thief scene is exactly why I like spider man "My true weakness, small knives!" Hahaha. The city in general looks more authentic, the darkness is an interesting tone, it could go either way, but judging from the trailer I think they'll make it work.

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