The Amazing Spider-Man trailer created a monster

Posted by CB Droege

Columbia Pictures has released a new international trailer for its upcoming super hero action flick The Amazing Spider-Man.

We get just a bit of new footage from this trailer, which seems to help clear up one of the major subplots. It seems as though Peter’s meeting up with one of his father’s old colleagues, and that colleague turning into a giant lizard monster will certainly not be a coincidence. 

From the shards of dialogue included here, it sounds like Peter was able to make some connections with old research, and complete the work that, perhaps, his father abandoned when he was a child, making Peter responsible for The Lizard in a much more direct way than we’ve seen before for this character.

The overall plot seems like it will have more to do with Peter’s parents than with Uncle Ben this time around, which is interesting, as the comics never really spent much time exploring what Peter’s parents could have to do with The Spider-Man. They’ve always just been gone. 

The style has some changes, as well. The colors are all more muted, and the characters seem somehow more plain-looking. It’s in keeping with modern superhero trends - both in books and film - to make everything a bit darker, and so far, it looks like they’ve hit the right level here.

The official synopsis is thus:

One of the world's most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in "The Amazing Spider-Man." Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film 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. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012.

"The Amazing Spider-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.

The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters July 3rd, 2012.