Following a special preview event for the UK press last night, hosted by Empire Magazine’s Chris Hewitt, we were today given a brand new trailer for Marc Webb’s (was he picked because of the name?) Spidey reboot The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), which is due for release in UK cinemas on 4 July. Starring British actor Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spidey and Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy, as well as established talent Rhys Ifans and Martin Sheen, this re-imagining of the web-slinger’s origin tale looks set to wipe the slate following Sam Raimi’s original trilogy.
Most significantly, this new trailer gives us our first glimpses of the film’s main villain, The Lizard, a 7ft tall lizard-like humanoid who also happens to be the transformed figure of Parker’s one-armed mentor Doc Connors. Shots of the antagonist are fleeting at best, but anyone with a knowledge of Marvel’s original comic series will be pleased to see The Lizard make his big screen debut this summer.
The rest of this new trailer is mostly made up of some spectacular set pieces as Parker comes to grips with his newfound web-slinging abilities; pinning bullies up against lockers, dodging bullets, scaling skyscrapers and the like. Gone is the frankly awful first-person shots that sparked discontent and worry throughout the fanboy/fangirl community after the release of the original trailer, replaced by what looks to be some extremely high quality special effects, courtesy of Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI).
With this new trailer, Webb’s 3D reboot is firmly back on the movie map. Though Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman effort The Dark Knight Rises and Joss Whedon’s The Avengers may have had the majority of the column space up until now, the Caped Crusader and ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ may well have another playmate to contend with this year for the superhero blockbuster crown.
The Amazing Spider-Man is released in UK cinemas on 4 July, 2012.