A few days ago, I wrote that the jury was out on The Amazing Spider-Man. It still is.
The debut teaser offers some cool snippets, including a decent look at Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, and the lovely Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, but there’s nothing particularly amazing about it. We see the moment Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider, followed by a few flashes of his powers. Nothing we didn’t see in Sam Raimi’s original. There’s such an overriding sense of “been there, done that” about this trailer that it fails to leave an impression.
It also denies us a look at the Lizard, focusing on his alter-ego, Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). I’m sure the full promo will rectify that, however.
The highlight is a rather clever view of New York City through Spidey’s eyes, in a sequence that resembles a cut-scene from Mirror’s Edge. Let’s hope that the visuals in the film are better than that ageing video game.
While the plotline feels redundant, I hope that Director Marc Webb is able to bring something fresh to the proceedings. The Amazing Spider-Man is going to need a little ingenuity to live up to that title.
Also, if you have to check it out, see the first film in our Marvel Movie Marathon: Spider-Man 2.