To be perfectly blunt about it, big studio blockbuster releases typically don’t fail as spectacularly as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Oh they can be bad, but a comforting buffer of test screenings, focus groups, top-level executive intervention, and directorial and editorial wisdom tend to at least modulate them into some form of narrative coherence. Watching them isn’t akin to witnessing a trained chimpanzee trying to explain quantum physics.
Between the two super-villains, the romantic troubles between conflicted super-hero Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his ambitious girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), the ongoing corporate espionage/missing parents story-arc, a new will-Spidey-share-his-blood-for-a-dangerous-but-possibly-lifesaving-procedure subplot, the ever-present exploration of the with-great-power-comes-great-responsibility theme (featuring a guest appearance by Denis Leary as Dolefully Glowering Ghost), Paul Giamatti in a tragically wasted role, and somewhere on the order of 23 discreet endings, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is one astoundingly awful mess. This is BATMAN AND ROBIN-grade disaster, so stunningly bad that the Cinefantastique Online team of Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons get a little giddy trying to suss out what went wrong. Click on the player to hear the show.
Nothing like using the patriotic holiday of the Fourth of July to re-introduce the U.S. to a beloved New York Commie liberal. Or THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, if you will: Big Apple native and irradiated-arachnid-bit crime fighter. Sony has decided to punch the reboot button for what is actually the fourth installment of the franchise (but should we start counting from one again?). Gone is the post-college, working-joe Peter Parker; the revenge-obsessed Harry Osborne; and romantic shuttlecock Mary Jane. Here instead is Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), humble high-school student; big bad villain, the Lizard (Rhys Ifans), and alt love-interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Plus the wrinkle of a whole new conspiracy theory added to the tragic death of Parker’s parents and his eventual transformation into the cocky web-slinger.
Come join Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons as they determine whether going back to square one was worth the effort, how director Marc Webb’s approach to the legend varies from Sam Raimi’s, and whether there are limits to Chekov’s observations on introducing a gun in the first act. Then, Dan will give his takes on the indie horror comedy SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE, and the cult animated kids show, ADVENTURE TIME: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON. Plus: What’s coming to theaters next week.
This new trailer gives us more insight into Andrew Garfield’s disctinctly edgier Peter Parker and Spider-Man, plus a better look at the Lizard.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Due out July 3rd from Sony/Columbia Pictures.
“THE AMAZING SPISER MAN is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), 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 (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. 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 (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.”
Here, in a pcture taken by J. Anthony Hall from his Twitter feed , is the first clear shot of Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Conners with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.
Note that Ifan’s hand is covered with green cloth, to aid in effects replacement.
Spider-Man fans will recall that the one-armed Curt Connors will become Spidey foe The Lizard.
Via Ajho23’s YouTube page comes this ‘bystander video’ of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN location stunt work, with the Spidey-suited stunt man subbing for Andrew Grafield swinging on a cable from a overpass bridge out and over NYC traffic.
Even on a cable and harness this takes guts, and after digitally removing the support wire, and adding in webline, it should make for a nice, non-CGI actor element to the scene.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN actor C. Thomas Howell has apparently spilled the beans on the main villain for the Marvel Comics superhero movie.
Appearing on The Retroradio podcast, Howell seems to have confirmed that The Lizard (Curt Connors) will be that character, the unamed role for which Rhys Ifans (HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS ) was cast.
C. Thomas Howell is quoted as saying:
“There is not a whole lot to talk about. Sony wants us to be hush-hush right now.
I play a relatively small role. I play a construction worker who’s son is caught in the middle of a battle between the Lizard and Spider-Man on the Manhattan bridge. Spider-Man helps me get my son back from this perilous situation. There is some payback there at the end of the movie. Spider-man is kind of hurting. I help him when all of the other people won’t.
Part of the story is, the nation thinks he might be a bad guy. They don’t know what to think. Because of my experience on the bridge with my kid, I know he is a good guy. I pitch in and help out at the end. That is the best way.”
Columbia Pictures announced that the title of the Marc Webb directed reboot of their Spider-Man reboot is THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.
Columbia also released the first official picture of Andrew Garfield in the full, masked costume of Spider-Man, in a familiar pose, with metal web-shooters clearly visible.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is due in theaters July 3rd, 2012.
The offical website is
Adding to the Marvel Movie Material that’s piling up lately, MarieClare.co.uk is featuring several pictures of Andrew Garfield and/or more likely just his stuntman doing location stunts for Marc Webb’s still untitled SPIDER-MAN reboot.
Note the “sandal / slippers” to protect the feet— and probably provide better traction for the stunts.
The costume is certainly different, but I can’t grouse too much. We already had him in the pretty true to the comics outfit in the Sam Raimi trilogy.
Looks like the stunt suit doesn’t have the webbing detail (the TV show long-distance climbing suit didn’t either)—unless this reflects an early version of the costume.
More photos at the link above.
Meanwhile, On Location Vacations is offering Stunt-Spidey in full swing.
Yeah, I think that song-wrting gig is still beyond my grasp.
Via SuperheroHype, here’s the first look at Andrew Garfield in a new Spider-Man costume from the Columbia Pictures re-boot.
A little the worse for wear in this pic, but not bad. A bit of a departure from the comics. There seem to be darker threads/lines giving the suit more texture and a darker hue.
I’d actually hoped they’d go for the red & black outfit from Amazing Fantasy #15.
Back in the day, printing problems made it difficult to dress superheroes in black, so blue high-lighting was used, generally in time taking over from the black entirely.
Less black on the page meant less work for the inker, as well. Eventually, it seemed even the creators would forget the original, darker intent. C’est la vie!
JustJared is featuring a gallery of pictures from a location shoot of the new SPIDER-MAN film, giving us the first look at Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.
Taken January 4th in the bleachers of a football stadium in Los Angeles, the scene features Parker and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) sharing a kiss.
The fashion choices for Garfield as Peter Parker give him a rather funkier haircut and style than I would think of for the nerdy, clean-cut bookworm of the comics. Possibly this Peter has a bit more edge than traditionally depicted.
Still no title announced for the Columbia Pictures reboot of the franchise. See ten more pictures at the link above.