Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man is one of those movies that people (on the internet) just want to hate on.
It’s “too soon” for a reboot. Which is a stupid criticism, because in five or ten more years, a movie isn’t good whether or not it came five or ten years after another movie. It’s good on its own terms.
Marc Webb hasn’t directed an action movie before. His DP has. (Although they’re mostly Michael Bay movies and The Green Hornet, soâ€¦ maybe that’s not much of a counterargument.)
They’re “Twilightizing” it by making Peter in high school. Parker was in freakin’ high school when he got his powers. He was in high school for the first three or four years of the comic â€” and he probably would have been in high school longer, except that the first several years of the Marvel Universe (back in the 1960’s) were sort of set in real time. And Pete was one emo kid in those days, too, if you actually read the old comics. It was Spider-Man Nevermore ever other issue, for God’s sake. Come on.
The new costume stinks. Well, I’ll give you that. Anyway, we’re stuck with it for at least one movie, so let’s try to get past that. At least he has mechanical web shooters, right?
Anyway, this teaser has been up for a day or two in a cammed version, and it leaked earlier today before Yahoo! Movies finally put out the official version, and so here it is. (I don’t post bootlegs here, y’all.) I seem to be in the minority about this teaser, but I kind of like it. I’m not in love, but I like it. The tone is good. The cast is good. The first-person stuff isn’t the greatest CG ever, but it’s cool enough for a teaser trailer. I’m optimistic.
The film stars Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone, Sally Field and Martin Sheen, and swings into theatersâ€¦ in about a year: July 3, 2012.
Soâ€¦ what do you think?