The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

I am a fan of the first Spider-Man film. It has a classic storyline, a great villain and awesome direction. I am not a fan of the sequels as much. They are not terrible movies but I just think they are a big step down from the first film. I was one of the people that was surprised and happy when Sony announced they were doing a Spider-Man reboot. Then word came out that Marc Webb was involved, along with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans. I was moderately excited but I would not say the feeling was growing as more and more casting and images leaked out. Now that the trailer is out I can say that I am officially excited.

I am a huge fan of director Mark Webb who has very few credits aside from (500) Days Of Summer, a few music videos and some television work. In this first official trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man it shows the tonal shift that this franchise wants to take. I am fully on board for what it is going for. It seems like the same song and dance in terms of the origin of Peter Parker but giving him more depth as a character. I would love to see a movie that has the (500) Days Of Summer feel and an X-Men: First Class-type origin. Webb has to take his time and make us fall in love with these characters before having them suit up and jump around.

I really like the trailer, the only thing that bothers me is that I do not know how to take the last forty five seconds, which shows a point of view shot of Spider-Man flying from rooftop to rooftop. It seems very amusement park ride gimmicky, and considering the movie will be in 3D that seems to make me take a step back and re-evaluate what this movie really wants to be. I would hope that it is not too focused on 3D considering I am not a fan of 3D at all at this point. It is just a gimmick and money maker, and I have never seen it enhance the story or visuals. I have a better experience with these films on Blu-Ray. The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters July 3, 2012; check out the official trailer below and see what you think.

  • Captain N

    I like this trailer. I am looking forward to seeing more. Hopefully this film is much better than Raimi’s dismal Spiderman 1 and 3.

  • Napalm

    Trailer looks awesome! I’m impressed by everything they’ve done so far. My only gripe is that it’s another origin story, so we already know a big part of the story. I hope they change up other aspects of the film to keep things interesting. The tone for one seems to be a lot different from Raimi’s Spider-Man.

    Marc Webb recently said…

    [I]One of the things we tried to do was keep the stunts more grounded physically and that was a huge challenge because you have a character whose abilities are superhuman. How do you do that in a way that’s convincing and real?… We spent months and months and months developing rigs so he could swing in a way that wasn’t computer-generated. Obviously there’s going to be enhancements and CG [sequences], but it’s based in a physical reality and that’s a new technique [for this film brand].[/I]
    This excites me even more.

  • Napalm

    So, tags don’t work here. Noted.

  • The first-person shots looked a little weak.

  • Napalm: That quote seems odd to me considering that almost all of the stunts in the trailer were CG. I hope it’s true.

  • Nate

    As someone who loves Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy (even 3 to an extent) I hate this trailer. This looks generic, mopey, humorless and not fun at all. In short, it looks like every other super hero franchise that I don’t care about. Nolan’s Batman films are wonderful, but I hate that in their wake everything else has become “darker” and “edgier.” And the origin story again? Good grief.

    Maybe it’s just a bad teaser, but as of right now I have zero interest.

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  • dan day

    Yeah, that swinging was all CG. Vic Armstrong has also been bragging about the real life swinging. Hmmmm.

  • Colin

    Mirror’s Edge, anyone?

  • nice, liking the more graphic biological stuff and hints at a more realistic social dysfunction. the cg is to clean but I like the POV idea – will be a roll coaster ride in 3D

  • Looks like someone played Mirrors Edge.

  • @Colin, dang you beat me to it.

    Glad to know I wasn’t the only one that got that feeling watching the trailer.

  • anton

    pov idea is great! but I wish they hadn’t “spoiled” it.

  • Matt

    I HOPE the POV idea is not in the actual film. I hate that shit.

  • Chris

    Looks…. Uninspired, boring, casual.

  • Niklas

    I wish these reboots would have the guts to skip the damn origin story. We all know Peter Parker got bit by a spider.. just start the story with him being Spider-Man already!!

  • That POV shot looks worse than a video game. Seriously. Just terrible. It’s almost embarrassingly terrible.

    Why not just do that with a real camera? I’m sure it could be done, no?

  • kyri

    As a nerd and a cgi artist I loved that final scene, as a filmmaker however.. Not that impressed.

  • T. Heilman

    This looks generic and dull. If only someone had the balls to do sixties-set adaptation more in line with Bakshi’s classic animated t.v. show (all psychedelic weirdness and eye-popping post-apocalyptic color).

  • antho42

    Fuck origin stories.

  • Napalm

    Sean: I know, but that came straight from Marc Webb. I hope that end sequence was only for the trailer, although that seems unlikely.

  • Henrik

    Somebody on rowthree hilariously commented: “Peter Parkour?”

  • jay
  • The first-person in 3D is jaw-droppingly outstanding and the free-fall off the building is classic movie magic.

  • brugal

    Meh… the last 3 films left a bad taste, this movie doesn’t look or feel like its going to change that

  • Mikey T

    Not to totally geek out but I do like that fact that they seem to be following the original comic story line a little better where Peter meets Gwen Stacy and starts dating her long before Mary Jane.

    I liked the Raimi 1 and 2. I thought it was cool that he tried to incorporate Gwen Stacy’s death sequence into the first film with the Green Golbin and the sky cabs scene, but he substituted Mary Jane for Gwen Stacy and of course Mary Jane lived in the movie. Raimi then followed the comic to a tee with the Greeen Goblin’s death. Gwen Stacy’s and Green Goblin’s death was an epic two part story line (ASM #121 and #122) in the original comic and affected Peter for a long time after. I thought it was a game changer for the comic series, someone actually dies and now no one is safe.

  • mark

    I thought 3 sucked shit, it made me hate to like spiderman, but I think this could have disney potential behind it to make it look cool. It can’t be worse that 3.

  • swarez

    @Joe C. You are full of shit. I mean really full of shit.

  • swarez

    Is this supposed to be in 3D? Cause the end sequence is tailor made for that shit.

  • Bas

    I agree with Swarez on Joe C., but without the harsh language :)
    Effects-wise that POV scene looks good and to be so negative about the quality sounds more like trolling than expressing a taste.

    My guess is that the POV-stuff will be in the movie and for good reason: it puts the viewer in Spidey’s boots making it more personal, plus it’s a visual treat that makes it stand out from the previous 3. And I imagine it will look very cool in 3D.

    The talk about the stunts for this being more grounded physically and being achieved with rigs: I assume all the “third person action” will be shot that way.

    I’d love to see Joe C. try and do the POV-stuff the practical way without getting anyone killed :D

  • You guys are NUTS and I’m no troll.

    How, in ANY way, does that effect break any new ground? The movement of the “camera” as he bounces around looks RIDICULOUS. The buildings look less realistic than in the last two Spider-Man films. When he’s running it looks like I’m playing GOLDENEYE. The movement is so videogameish.

    I agree, in 3D, that might be fun, but give me a break. The shot looks more cartoon like than the first Raimi film.

    Surely if they couldn’t manage to do a POV shot like that with a real camera(they managed to do high wire work like this in the film I AM CUBA 50 years ago, albeit, not as fast and crazy), they could have AT LEAST blended a real actors arms in the suit with the CGI background. His arms look atrocious in this. Feels like a really really well animated first person videogame.

    No thanks guys.

  • Henrik

    That shot in I AM CUBA is far more mindblowing than this one. Obviously watching it online can’t do it justice, but still… I for one was hoping for something more interesting than a POV shot. The Spider-Man in the reflection at the end looks as bad as the Spider-Man in Raimis original…

    Didn’t they significantly cut the budget for the movie too? I guess maybe that’s mainly in cast & crew since they can’t really survive having subpar effects, but compared to when the Spider-Man 2 trailer introduced Doc Ock and the whole world was blown away that it actually looked like it would work, this is just lame.

    Also, too much emo.

  • Henrik

    Agree with you 100% on the I AM CUBA shot(s).

    You echo what I said. Compared to the Raimi films, this just looks more serious and less fun.

  • Bas

    Hey Joe C., thanks for mentioning I am Cuba. Never heard of it, but that tracking shot looks amazing so I’ll check that movie out sometime.

    I gave the Spider-Man trailer another look, but I’ll stand by my statement that it looks just fine. I agree it’s not 100% believable as a truly filmed shot, because it still has a slightly cartoony feel. But Joe, in your first post you called it ‘worse than a video game’ and ‘almost embarrassingly terrible’ and that’s not a fair assessment imo.

  • OKAY. It’s not “worse” than a video game.

    But if I were to put that shot in a movie I made, I’d be embarrassed by it. AND I’M A NOBODY!!!

    : (

  • And I stand by my statement that they could have set up some kind of cabling rig, or pole setup that could have flown a camera all around those buildings.

    They shot the film on a RED Epic, which is no bigger than a Hasselblad. It’s like a toy. I would have set up a massive amount of piping and cable and shot that camera around the city. They could use computers to erase the rigging leaving an ACTUAL POV shot. Now that would be “Amazing” in 3D, and something that would actually be impressive.

    It’d be like when you used to watch Bond films for the stunts.

  • Bas

    What you propose sounds cool and potentially cooler than what we’re getting here. But the POV here still looked OK to me and combined with 3D will hopefully look and feel like you’re there swinging on a web. In the end though, if the acting and script don’t work not even the best stuntwork or cgi can save this movie.

  • Ron

    I’m excited about this, but I know web shooters were in the beginning, but I got used to organic web shooters; so, I’ll see how this goes.