Just in time for preview night at Comic-Con, the first official trailer for next year’s Amazing Spider-Man reboot has hit the internet. The film marks a somewhat risky attempt to restart the Spider-Man franchise by refocusing on Peter Parker’s high school years (which were quickly left behind in the Sam Raimi-Tobey Maguire trilogy). To judge by the trailer, the tone of Amazing is darker than the earlier trilogy — moody music plays over David Fincher-y shots of Andrew Garfield walking down the halls of school, clearly not too popular despite the fact that he stole Pauly D’s hair. The video actually opens with footage of Peter’s parents — who have a somewhat confusing history in the comic book world that I won’t get into, since that appears to be spoiler territory — leaving him with his Aunt and Uncle, never to return. Since Spidey is already kind of a weepy character — Uncle Ben, no! — it’s interesting to see that they’re doubling down on the misery by focusing so heavily on the fact that Peter is apparently an orphan. Check out the trailer and see for yourself:
There are plenty of clear differences between Amazing and the earlier Spider-Men. Mary Jane is nowhere to be found; instead, you’ve got Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy, who’s working in a lab for some reason. (The teaser doesn’t reveal the villain, but if you’re interested, EW revealed the baddie’s identity in our Comic-Con issue.) But my first impression of the trailer is that it actually looks strikingly similar to the Spider-Man we saw almost 10 years ago — spider-bite, experimenting with his powers, good ol’ Uncle Ben just sitting around waiting to get killed to teach his nephew a lesson, ridiculously attractive girl who instantly likes Peter Parker for some reason.
That being said, there’s an interesting implication when Dr. Connors asks Peter, “Do you have any idea what you really are?” And if the film really does go as darkly emotional as the trailer seems, Amazing could be a legitimately interesting take on the superhero. (Put it this way: This film’s version of “darkness” probably doesn’t entail crooning in a jazz club with emo hair.) What do you think of the trailer, Spider-Man fans? Is that last shot an eye-catching treat that proves modern technology has caught up to web-swinging, or does it just look like a videogame?
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