The trailer for July's web-swinging reboot features an extended look at Spidey's new nemesis and some hints about the hero's mysterious past. Here's a guide to the newest revelations

By Darren Franich
Updated February 17, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

Spidey fights the law
Emma Stone stars as Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) pre–Mary Jane lady love. But the trailer actually spends more time with her father: Capt. George Stacy (Denis Leary), a policeman on the hunt for Peter’s wall-crawling alter ego. At one point he even issues a warrant for the hero’s arrest! We also see an unmasked Spider-Man fight a squad of NYPD officers. It all feels very Dark Knight…in a good way.

The web shooters are man-made
Unlike Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Amazing seems to emphasize Peter’s status as a kid superscientist. Example A: the return of Spidey’s artificial-web shooters. Which also means the return of a beloved recurring subplot: the constant threat that Spidey will run out of web fluid at the worst possible time.

His dad was a scientist too
We learn that Peter’s dad (Campbell Scott) worked alongside Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) on a secret project that was ”going to change the lives of millions.” In the comics, their company, Oscorp, was owned by Norman Osborn, who eventually becomes the Green Goblin. Maybe that’ll be the sequel?

Oops, they created a monster
Peter tells Gwen, ”I gotta stop him. Because I created him.” In the comics, Dr. Connors accidentally transforms himself into the Lizard. In this version, will Peter create his own villain? Who knew mad-science experiments could turn out so wrong?

The Amazing Spider-Man

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Marc Webb