The Amazing Spider-Man presents a new take on Peter Parker’s early days, with Andrew Garfield taking over the lead and Emma Stone as lady love Gwen Stacy. Rhys Ifans co-stars as Dr Curt Connors, who dabbles in regenerative science and ends up transforming into a hulking, reptilian brute bent on destruction. Science: out to destroy us again.
Empire was invited to watch the new promo in all its 3D glory (the trailer will be squatting before The Avengers in cinemas this weekend) a day ago and also got a chance to chat with Webb about bringing Peter Parker and co back to life on the big screen.
Asked what his most important aim was when it came to putting his stamp on territory that has been previously covered by Sam Raimi and a legion of comic book writers and artists, Webb didn’t hesitate: “I wanted to do things differently. I feel like we've seen the origin of Spider-Man but maybe we haven't seen the origin of Peter Parker. There are certain iconic elements that I felt obligated to honour. But there are some exploratory phases that I wanted to do.”
As for bringing the Lizard to life, the process was more involved than simply dreaming up a CG beastie: “There is a lot that goes into it. When we shot those sequences, we actually shot a human, a large guy named Big John. He was literally a big guy named John, who did a lot of the interactive stuff. Because when you're trying to interact with Andrew as Peter, you need someone grabbing him to do those things. We would replace him with the computer-generated lizard. But then the performance capture was done with Rhys and we'd shoot him in a similar environment and get his facial information. We're still working on it, incorporating his performance into the Lizard itself. That takes an enormous amount of time, and it's tricky.”
But while fans of the comics may wonder where the creature’s new look comes from, Webb explains his thinking. “In the comics there are different incarnations of the Lizard. There's the one with the snout and I was interested more in finding one that could relate human emotions, because I wanted to keep Rhys' performance in that creature. So getting that nuance and the eyebrow tics and looks and creating an armature that can speak and lips that make sounds is a very detailed process. But I wanted him to have emotion, to have feelings and a face and that's the way I chose to do that. Then there are the physical components of it – I wanted to make him very powerful and stronger than Spider-Man."
With Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Denis Leary, C Thomas Howell, Irrfan Khan and Chris Zylka also in the cast, The Amazing Spider-Man will be out on July 3.
Huge Spidey fan and not averse to this. I respect the fact its a different takeand i hate being negative. That said... i honestly in years of reading comicsi never thought "i wonder what Peter parkers folks were like". I have no interest in that family backstory....seems tacked on to me. More
Once again it's an English villain! why? I know Rhys Ifans is actually Welsh but why do Hollywood action movies seem to endlessly fall into the same xenophobic trap? And YES... I am also aware that Garfield is an Englishman but isn't it about time the big budget blockbuster American movie industry stopped being so narrow-minded and, oooh I dunno, HAVE AN AMERICAN AS THE BAD GUY FOR A CHANGE!
In other news, the movie looks great, and I didn't think it would More
...is it me or does Garfield come across a bit of a c*nt in this? I don't like the editing, it doesn't feel like a movie, more a TV show - which is possibly the genre the new Spidey may be suited to? More
Really looking forward to this.. Garfield seems to have nailed the fun side of Spiderman something Maguire's didn't really have for me. I didn't watch the whole trailer because it was showing some really good stuff and I don't want to know too much, pretty much clicked stop as soon as they started talking about his dad More
but I hope this thing is at least half as good as the trailer. And there'd better be some 2D showings as well. The Avengers didn't/doesn't need 3D to be enjoyed. Must say that Garfield seems like an annoying pratt - which isn't how I remember puny Peter Parker. This is obviously the Ultimates inspired take on the web slinger....which won't be to everyone's taste...... More
Pretty good looking trailer but like others have said, they should have kept the longer snout. I would have loved the Todd Macfarlane drawn Lizard . Still not that keen on seeing this. The Avengers has set the benchmark very high. More
Definitely seeing this now. The reason why is the awesome ensemble cast and the fact that Garfield's physicality looks genuinely spidery. All twitchy and even a little creepy. Nice. I don't care about the snout because I'm not a moron ... agree with Webb that it's more important to capture Ifans' performance. Otherwise what's the point of hiring such a good actor in the first place? More
That actually looks really great. Doesn't look like the same origin story we've all seen before. The cast is magnificent and, thankfully, Gwen knows Peter's secret - so we don't have the same storyline of him loving her but not telling her etc. More
Ok, now I'm interested in this film. A much better trailer than previous ones. Still not keen on Andrew Garfield though, you know when someone just rubs you up the wrong way? Can't explain or justify it at all. More
besides the fact that the title reflects the original comics, it really is great for a movie. When the film gets new trailers and reviews, they'll be headlined "Latest AMAZING Spider-man trailer!" and "AMAZING Spider-man review!". Obviously, everybody loves the film. More