Last night Columbia Pictures hosted a preview event in a handful of cities around the country spotlighting the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man film, after which they released a brand new trailer for the film which you can see below.
I have to admit that I’ve been a little leery of this new iteration of the Spider-Man story ever since Columbia/Sony forced director Sam Raimi off the franchise hehad successfully launched for the studio. New director Marc Webb has brought us back to the beginning of the hero’s origins and from the tone of the trailer, this take looks to be a bit darker than Raimi’s was, which I’m not sure is a good fit with the material. We’ll have to wait until the film opens in July to see how that bears out.
The trailer does offer us our first glimpses of the film’s villain, The Lizard. The tragic tale of biochemist Curt Connors being transformed into a six-foot tall humanoid-reptile hybrid was something that was being built up to under Raimi’s tenure, so it is nice to see the character actually get his screen time here. Other things to look for in the trailer are clues as to how Peter Parker’s dead parents may fit into the storyline and the return of mechanical webshooters, after the previous three films’ organic ones.
The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen and Sally Field and will be swinging into theaters in 3D on July 3.