Official The Amazing Spider-Man Teaser Trailer
The other day, a teaser trailer leaked for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man reboot. Only hours later, the Youtube video was removed, but it wouldn't be too long before the official teaser would be released by Sony, so here it is:
The trailer doesn't offer much in terms of the actual storyline, that we don't already know, anyway -- kid gets bit by radioactive spider, kid proceeds to don spandex in order to climb buildings and fight crime -- but it did give us a couple of interesting twists in regard to Peter Parker's origin story, twists that weren't present in the Sam Raimi trilogy of Spidey movies.
For starters, it seems as if Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) is sticking to his word when he said that he was looking to "re-imagine" Spider-Man. The base is there, but the trailer definitely portrays a much darker or grittier version of Spider-Man that we might not be used to. It's a shame that the trailer doesn't show off Spidey's trademark wit or the light-hearted side of the comic -- something that the Raimi trilogy definitely focused on at times. It's pretty clear that if not Webb, then the studio is trying to portray the new Spider-Man sort of like Christopher Nolan did in Batman Begins. Grittier, more serious, and aside from the radioactive spiders and giant lizards, much more realistic than what Raimi did.
So much so, that the trailer makes a point to show us Peter Parker's parents abandoning him as a boy, sort of like how Bruce Wayne's parents abandoned him by dying -- those bastards.
But Peter Parker is still a geeky kid from New York. Albeit, a high-schooler in this version, and an outsider, but we can definitely believe that Andrew Garfield is playing the character. Also shown in the trailer are Dr. Curt Connor (Rhys Ifans) -- but not his transformation into the Lizard -- the Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) -- who takes over for Mary-Jane in a seemingly useless change -- and her family, as well as Peter Parker's aunt and uncle (Sally Field and Martin Sheen, respectively). We can only make assumptions about what else stays the same, and what changes, but the storyline is starting to look pretty obvious, especially with confirmation of the Lizard as the villain and the involvement of Oscorp. The only thing I'm really curious about is how long it takes for Uncle Ben to die.
The trailer ends quite literally on-rails, as Webb takes us through a first-person view of Spidey scaling and swinging across buildings, before we get our first look at the costume-donning Spider-Man in the reflection of a skyscraper. An interesting add-on, almost like going through a rollercoaster of sorts, but in the end, kind of useless, as we all already know what Spider-Man (even this one specifically) is going to look like. I know it's a teaser, but I would have preferred a more detailed look at his costume or even a first look at the Lizard.
In the end, the trailer will inevitably be compared to the Dark Knight Rises teaser which we saw last week. Webb is definitely taking inspiration from what Nolan tries and succeeded in doing with his films, and applying it to Spider-Man. Not to mention, the films are competing flagship properties, and coming out within weeks of each other next summer. Right now, we have to give it to Batman, but Webb has plenty of time to show us how he's going to pull this off as well.
What did you think of the Spider-Man trailer? Do you prefer it over TDKR's teaser? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!