Can The Amazing Spider-Man pull it off?
This is going to be a very tense couple of months for film geeks, because it still remains to be seen if the new Dark Knight and the reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man will deliver.
The Superbowl is when the studios bring out the big guns and show their big coming attractions, which Universal did Battleship, Paramount with The Avengers, and Sony did with Spider-Man.
Screenrant hosted a discussion about the trailer, making the following points, "The 3D is amazing," "Andrew Garfield IS Peter Parker," "The action is epic," "Good handle on story & character," with the ultimate verdict: "Different does not equal 'bad.'" An open vote has "Looks EPIC!" in the lead with 50%, with "Looks better than I thought it would in second place with 39%."
Tim Lucas of Video Watchdog magazine posted on Facebook, "Mixed feelings about this one, but they generally run more positive than my disposition towards The Avengers. This may be a reboot, but it doesn't look bad, over-cluttered or even all that redundant given the advent of Gwen Stacy. But Dennis Leary as Captain Stacy – really? And where's JJJ?"
Meanwhile, Forbes opined, "The new Spider-Man trailer will turn you into a true believer," where fan reactions on Collider ran from "I think it looks pretty sick, better than Raimi's version for sure," to "This looks like more of the same for the most part."
As Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb told The Hollywood Reporter, "People don't know what to expect, and I think it's really important to establish exactly why we believe [the reboot] is an important thing to do.
"This time we wanted to show Peter and Gwen a little bit more. To get to know more of the characterization, and a lot of the visual effects stuff that we've been working on, just to display the attitude of the film that we're trying to create."