With a release date of July 3, 2012 for its Spider-Man reboot, Sony has released the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man.
A lifelong lover of Spider-Man, although admittedly not someone with great knowledge of the lore, I was crushed at Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of Peter Parker. He was flat and uninteresting, even while extraordinary things were happening to him. In my opinion, it’s hard to think of anyone that would have done a worse job. The only good things I can say about his three movies as Spider-Man is that I discovered James Franco and that I clearly recall how my heart ached from Thomas Haden Church’s portrayal of Sandman.
With this trailer, we see a new and seemingly darker vision of the webslinger and I have to say that I like what I see. And, no, I’m not talking about Emo Peter Parker like we saw in Spider-Man 3. While not familiar with actor Andrew Garfield (the new Spider-Man), there is something compelling bout his portrayal and I look forward to seeing more.
The only downside for me was that I was unable to watch the footage of Spider-Man’s aerial acrobatics because it made me immediately nauseous and dizzy. As someone prone to such issues, I had to look away from the screen until my teen told me it was safe to watch again. Based on that, I won’t opt for 3D showings, and others with vertigo conditions should be prepared as well.
The cast includes some well-respected actors, including Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans. I’m sure Stan Lee will pop up at some point, although I didn’t see him in this trailer.
As a bonus, we actually get a peek at Peter’s parents, and I sincerely look forward to seeing that play out onscreen.