Video Blog: 'Amazing Spider-Man' Worldwide Preview Event Footage!
by Alex Billington
February 6, 2012
Sony is kicking off their marketing for The Amazing Spider-Man today with a worldwide preview event held in numerous cities around the world. Fans were invited in and were shown the brand new trailer in 3D (watch the trailer online now) as well as eight minutes of extra never-before-seen footage, some of which was unfinished, but all of which was awesome. I've been very excited for this movie since our first tease at Comic-Con last year, but with the footage we saw today, I'm completely sold and even more hyped for this. Marc Webb was the right guy, Andrew Garfield was the right guy, this is looking better the more we see.
The event included a very brief Q&A with director Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans, scattered around the world (Webb was in LA, Garfield in NYC, Stone in Rio, Ifans in London). Since the trailer will be online soon, you'll get a taste of how great this is looking, but with the extra footage we were shown, we got to see more moments that really impressed us. Not only the action and where the story goes (there's lots of hints involving Peter Parker's parents and their connection to Dr. Curt Connors and Oscorp) but the character moments between Peter and Gwen Stacy and Uncle Ben, which look amazing.
I recorded a video blog with Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm after the event, about our thoughts on all the new footage we saw. Yes, there was plenty of The Lizard, and more. Give this movie a chance! Watch here:
I'm a sucker for the epic, summer event comic book movies, so I'm naturally very excited, but this also looks completely different from the previous series of Spider-Man movies, yet also closer to the comics and the character that fans really love. Webb's Amazing Spider-Man seems darker yet more gritty and realistic, and yet still lightly comical with the way Spidey cracks jokes with criminals. However, the scenes that really got to me were those involving Martin Sheen as the new Uncle Ben and his talks with Parker, especially early on, the foundation of the "with great power comes great responsibility" theme, but in beautifully written, emotional dialogue. This is what I was happiest to see in the footage today, it showed quite a bit of promise.
After everything I've seen, and heard, I've got a lot of faith in where Webb and Sony are taking Spider-Man with this new franchise. If you're still hesitant about it, I urge you to give this a chance, think about it from a completely new perspective and get ready for a hell of an experience. It seems like Webb is balancing both the big, awesome action that we have come to expect from our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and the intimate, character moments and relationships that are truly the key to why this is going to work so well. I can't wait to see the entire movie and I can't wait to see the reactions from the new trailer. It's looking like everything I was hoping, and even more. Spidey might just give Batman a run for his money this summer!