Sony Pictures and Apple today launched a brand new international trailer for aptly-named director Marc Webb’s 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 – including the terrible third chapter.
As suggested by some recently released still images, this new trailer gives us more footage 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 (Ifans). Initial reaction to the creature design has been mixed at best (perhaps too humanoid in its appearance for die-hard fans), but anyone with a knowledge of Marvel’s original comic series should be pleased to see The Lizard make his big screen debut this summer.
The Amazing Spider-Man tells the story of Peter Parker, an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.
Raimi’s all-too-recent original trilogy still has its keen admirers, and with Joss Whedon’s Marvel Avengers Assemble currently tearing up international box offices and Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman outing The Dark Knight Rises set to follow suit, Webb’s web-slinging reboot will have to be pretty special to win over the general cinema-going public on both sides on the pond. We’re keeping our fingers (and against all better judgement) web streams crossed for a return to form and a darker origin story for everyone’s favourite neighbourhood Spider-Man this July.
The Amazing Spider-Man is due to be released in UK cinemas on 4 July, 2012. You can view film’s new international trailer below, or visit trailers.apple.com.