In an awkwardly telecast multi-location event, The Amazing Spider-Man is attempting to steer the film geek conversation away from the Super Bowl TV spots and onto itself. The reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, Marc Webb directs Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans in the latest iteration of our friendly neighborhood webslinger. Today people around the world got to see the new 3-D trailer and a sizzle reel, and Collider was onhand for the entire presentation. Hit the jump to read the top five things we learned from this event, and be sure to check back on Collider tonight at midnight for the debut of the new trailer. You can check out a full gallery of all the Amazing Spider-Man images released thus far here.
For the presentation, the studio gave us Marc Webb in Los Angeles, Emma Stone, Producers Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach in Rio, Rhys Ifans in London, and Andrew Garfield in New York. All introduced themselves before we were to put on the 3-D glasses for the new trailer. The new trailer sets the film up fairly well: Peter (Garfield) finds a briefcase that belonged to his father, and that leads him to Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans). The two work together to find what Connor is looking for, Peter becomes Spider-Man and Connors becomes the lizard. For those who’ve been waiting impatiently, yes there’s footage of The Lizard in the trailer. Then came a brief Q&A.
- When asked what the untold story is, Marc Webb said that it’s about exploring Peter Parker and his relationship with his parents. And that the Gwen Stacy story has “more magic.” He also said that he wants to treat Peter Parker in a “more naturalistic and realistic way.”
- Emma Stone, happy to be asked about the differences between Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson, said that Gwen “is a yin to Mary Jane’s Yang. Gwen’s a valedictorian, and has a great relationship with her father. Gwen falls in love with Peter Parker while MJ falls in love with Spider-Man.
- When asked how The Lizard is different from other Spider-Man villains Ifans said “They’re all human, and flawed like Peter Parker, but what makes my character have an emotional presence is his relationship with Peter Parker’s Dad.
- Garfield, when asked what made him want to play Spider-Man, responded: “Because I’m not an idiot.”
- Garfield sees Spidey as a symbol. “Hopefully next time it will be someone half-Hispanic and half African-American.” The role gives him “reverential terror.”
- Parker is asked to take a picture of bullying, which leads to him being bullied.
- Shortly thereafter he gets into a fight with the guy, and Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) has to come to school. There he sees Gwen Stacy (Stone) and notes that Peter has an image of her as his screen saver. Ben says he had to change his shift, and that Peter has to pick up Aunt May (Sally Field). Wonder if he makes it. The two then awkwardly ask each other out on a date.
- Then Peter finds his dad’s briefcase, which leads him to Curt Connors.
- Connors, in a bit of tidy exposition, explains how he’s looking for a way to replace his missing arm, and studies what he does in hopes of fixing himself.
- United with Peter, the two find what he’s looking for, while Peter finds a Spider-room, where he appears to get bitten.
- Peter then begins to test his powers, after waking up and finding himself super-strong. This leads to a montage of him accidentally breaking stuff.
- Peter then builds organic shooters, and tries out vigilantism, he taunts a car thief who asks if he’s a cop and responds that cops don’t wear masks.
- The cops – led by George Stacy (Dennis Leary) are opposed to the masked man, and set out to arrest Peter. This comes up when the Stacys have dinner with Peter, and the two disagree about what kind of menace Spider-Man really is. The cops eventually get their hands on Spider, but when George removes his mask, Spidey gets into an impressive fight with the cops as he tries to hide his face.
- There’s another bridge battle between Spider-Man and his new foe, where Spider-Man must keep the Lizard from throwing cars off the bridge.
- Peter sneaks up to Gwen’s 20th floor apartment, claims he climbed the fire escape.
- Spidey must outrun a collapsing skyscraper.
- Aunt May mentions about bad, mysterious secrets
- Uncle Ben riffs on the famous line from the Sam Raimi films “Not choice, responsibility.”
It looks like they’re showing much of the movie with this presentation, though there appears to be a sewer confrontation that’s only hinted at. For the most part, the footage was Lizard-lite, and we mostly got brief glimpses of him, and Curt’s transformation in and out of his more monstrous version. The footage looks to have scale, but it also suggests that a large section of the movie is going to be about Spider-Man’s origin, and The Lizard’s origin. The footage of Spider-Man swinging from web to web looked great, and it’s a good cast that looks to be playing off each other well. The footage presentation did what it set out to do: Make The Amazing Spider-Man look like a big summer event film, and the 3-D looks well used. We’ll know for sure when the film hits theaters July 3.