Josh Wilding Reviews: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3D Trailer, New Footage And Cast Q&A

I was in London tonight to check out not only The Amazing Spider-Man trailer in 3D, but also a sizzle reel of new footage and interviews with Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans. Read my detailed review and description right here!

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By Josh Wilding - 2/6/2012
Tonight in London, I was one of the few lucky enough to be in the queue for a sneak peek of The Amazing Spider-Man. As Sony employees asked fans for their reaction on camera (look out for those later this week I would say) we were brought in from the cold Leicester Square and welcomed by the new Spider-Man logo up on the big screen. Empire's Chris Hewitt took to the stage and we were taken to live feeds in Los Angeles (Marc Webb), Rio (Emma Stone) and New York (Andrew Garfield). It was then that the trailer was shown in 3D. To put it simply, it was phenomenal. It serves as a wonderful example of why shooting a movie in 3D actually makes all the difference and will surely do nothing other than enhance the overall experience. 

There was a lot going on in the action packed teaser and while I can't remember the specific order or every single little snippet shown, I will do my best to describe the highlights to you. Surprisingly, there is no clear shot of the Lizard. We do see a close up of his eye and claws - both of which were incredibly detailed and looked fantastic - as well as several other action shots featuring the villain taking on Spider-Man in various locations (not to mention a very cool scene of his tail wrapping around the hero's neck in what appeared to be a sewer). However, this is arguably no bad thing, especially with another six months until the movie is released...we don't want to be spoiled with too much after all. What it lacked in Lizard, it more than made up for in Spider-Man. There are a lot of web swinging shots which really pop off the screen in 3D and the mix of practical and CGI is blended seamlessly. The "money shot" can be seen at the end of the trailer as the top of what appears to be the Oscorp building starts to collapse as an unmasked Spider-Man runs for cover after battling the Lizard up there too from what we saw of their confrontation. 

The scene shown at last year's San Diego Comic Con of Peter waiting in the back of a thugs car was shown, and yes, he does have the black eyes at this point (however, it would appear this was due to the lighting rather than any other specific reason, although I have a feeling this WILL be elaborated upon in the film itself). There are plenty of wisecracks and the mask actually moves when he speaks - thankfully eliminating the extremely false sounding moments in the past films where the audio was quite clearly dubbed over. This was a really fun sequence which really separates it from the Sam Raimi helmed movies. You wanted a faithful take on the character? Well, this lifelong fan of the character would say that THIS is it. There's some quieter scenes too, including Peter finding his father's old bag, hunting down Curt Connors and finding his way to Gwen's apartment by landing on the fire escape outside. The dinner with the Stacy's first glimpsed in the teaser trailer sees Peter suggest that the menace Spider-Man is doing what he police can't, something that doesn't sit well with Captain Stacy who we later see declaring him an outlaw. All in all the 3D was, well, amazing. There were no POV shots, but there WERE plenty of other scenes which convinced me that it will be worth forking out the extra few pounds for a 3D ticket. Even the regular scenes in the Parker household really pop and while it may be too early to say this, I honestly can't recall seeing better 3D footage since Avatar back in 2009...this was better! One other thing which really grabbed my attention was Peter building his web shooters and then activating them, resulting in a blue light which also flashed as they're used - it works brilliantly.



As if it couldn't get any better, Marc Webb then revealed that he had one more surprise for those lucky enough to be in attendance. A reel of footage (in 2D due to the fact that they're still working on it) which would feature a handful of unfinished scenes, but plenty of other never before seen moments too. It played very much like a trailer and started with Flash Thompson beating up a kid and telling Peter to take a photo of it. He refuses and receives a beating for his troubles (to which he has a witty comeback - "I'm still not taking that picture"). The next scene was the one shown at last year's San Diego Comic Con, an exchange between Peter, Uncle Ben and Gwen in which the chemistry between the three in their respective scenes with one another is clear. We also saw an extended version of the scene in the car, this time featuring Spider-Man getting on his knees and begging the thug not to use his knife on him. What happens next? He uses his webbing to make a fool of the guy, pretending to sneeze at one point and throwing it like a baseball only seconds later. This was very, very funny and while some fans may think this sounds as if Peter is being portrayed as arrogant while in costume, I assure you that it doesn't come across that way. A motorcycle cop pulls up behind him as the scene moved on and he fires off a couple of shots before Spidey dodges them with ease and jumps over him.

We also see Peter testing his powers out in an abandoned warehouse, struggling at first and later perfecting them as he skateboards through the city. There were a lot of negative comments from fans when Garfield was spotted with a board but it works very well here and is a fun way of showing off his new powers. This footage also confirmed that it is Captain Stacy who unmasks Spider-Man (part of this IS shown in the trailer but it isn't quite so clear) and that he is handcuffed when it happens. Moments before a helicopter shoots something which seemingly immobilizes him, thereby allowing this to happen. He escapes, fighting off the police despite literally having both hands tied behind his back. Later on, a confrontation between Spider-Man and the Lizard reveals via voice over that Peter may have helped create him by assisting Connors with the experiment to regain his arm (removed convincingly by CGI and then growing back again). One of the unfinished sequences saw the Lizard attack Van Atter's car, only to be thwarted by Spider-Man who saves several of the vehicles from being thrown from the bridge. It was at this later point in the reel of footage that we were shown a facial shot of the Lizard as he climbed up the top of a building in pursuit of Spider-Man and he looks EXACTLY like the Pez dispensers, concept art and various toys we've seen. Whether he had a snout wasn't clear (more on that below) but it looked to me like a regular humanoid face and not the animalistic version associated with artists such as Todd McFarlane.

The Q&A with the director and cast was nothing any regular visitors to CBM won't have already heard before, although it was very interesting to see Andrew Garfield say that he hopes the next Spider-Man is played by a half Hispanic/half African American actor, a la Miles Morales. Emma Stone commented on how Gwen is the complete polar opposite of Mary Jane Watson, while Rhys Ifans discussed the complexities of a character like the Lizard. One the cameras stopped rolling, Chris Hewitt turned to the audience for questions. Asked whether the Lizard will have a snout, Ifans looked somewhat taken aback before saying that no, he won't. A few more questions followed, and when asked how he felt to be a Pez dispenser (something he had no idea about) he responded dryly with, Great, that's my Oscar right there!". As you can tell, the Q&A was a a very lighthearted affair and great fun. The final question (something along the lines of whether he was able to relate the loss of Curt Connors' arm to anything in is own life) he joked that the only thing he had lost a few times was his mind, before finding it again, bringing the event to a close with a round of applause and plenty of laughter. Right now, I honestly believe that this will be better than both The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. It looks and sounds like no other comic book movie and feels totally original and fresh. Raimi's trilogy has come under a great deal of criticism from fans in recent years (including myself) but this feels as if the best moments of all all of those films, just a million times better. It's like nothing I've seen before. The soundtrack (at least what I heard of it) is fantastic and promises to be as memorable as Marc Webb"s brilliant score for his big screen directorial debut, (500) Days Of Summer. If there's only one adaptation this year that fans will say feel like it was torn from the pages of a comic book, I honestly believe it will be The Amazing Spider-Man.

STARRING:

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors/The Lizard
Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben
Sally Fields as Aunt May
Denis Leary as George Stacy

RELEASE DATE: July 3rd, 2012.


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marvel72 - 2/6/2012, 2:49 PM
i think the lizard transformation will go through stages like jeff goidblum did in the fly.

you'll get the lizard we know & love right at the end,i hope he keeps his trademark lab coat.
ThreeBigTacos - 2/6/2012, 2:51 PM
This sounds like the Spidey movie I've been waiting for! Thank you for this Josh! I cannot wait for this to come out. Haters will drag on the costume, on Garfield, or the fact that he doesn't look like a nerd from the 40's era, but what's that? This is Peter Parker/Spider-Man regardless!
grifter - 2/6/2012, 2:52 PM
I can't wait to see this on the big screen. A little sad that I missed it!
OptimusBurgundyMaximus - 2/6/2012, 2:55 PM
@Josh wilding
Hey i was some where in the bottom right corner all the best seats in the middle were reserved for some reason
-__- the guy next to me asked " How does it feel to be a Pez despenser" ... Rhys was like "Great! Thats my oscar right there"

I was like Rhys Ifans seems wayy to drunk to know what that is
THABATMAN - 2/6/2012, 2:55 PM
Man that sounds great. I really hope you're right @Marvel72 thats what I was thinking too.
This movie will be great! I cant wait for the trailer tomorrow.
grifter - 2/6/2012, 2:57 PM
Oh I also agree with you Josh, as much as I love Batman and the Avengers, this is the movie I am most excited for.
Mrcool210 - 2/6/2012, 3:00 PM
i see my friend lia there, awesome
Mrcool210 - 2/6/2012, 3:01 PM
liam
WolvieCBM - 2/6/2012, 3:02 PM
This sounds incredible. Been saying since the beginning this will rock. Looking forward to the trailer. Great write-up bud.
ComicsCommando - 2/6/2012, 3:03 PM
The Amazing Spider-Man will be magnificent. Been saying this the entire time.
OptimusBurgundyMaximus - 2/6/2012, 3:03 PM
The only downside to this footage was that .... there was no direct shot of the Lizards face and some of the special fx were a bit untouched

But still that fight between the cops and spidey and that battle on top of Oscorp with Lizard looked insane!
JDUKE25 - 2/6/2012, 3:06 PM
Awesome, awesome and awesome. Can't wait for this movie. Most anticipated movie this year.

Give me some footage now!!!
I HAVE MANY MORE ALBUMS. FOLLOW ME PLZ. TAKE WHAT YOU WANT. Pictures, Images and Photos
marvel72 - 2/6/2012, 3:06 PM
@ THABATMAN

wasn't their photo's of the lizard with full length nose giving shit to some young girl.
MovieMann - 2/6/2012, 3:10 PM
Can't wait for the trailer.
JDUKE25 - 2/6/2012, 3:11 PM
Can't wait to see this in 3D. It's going to be amazing.
grifter - 2/6/2012, 3:15 PM
Was the footage mostly practical effects or CGI for Spidey? In terms of fighting I mean. I hated all that CGI fighting in the old movie. Besides the first one of course.
Checkmate - 2/6/2012, 3:16 PM
I'm so [frick]ing pumped for this movie!!!
RadicalDuck - 2/6/2012, 3:17 PM
Great article Josh! God I cannot wait to see this film!! I've had high hopes that it would be good ever since they said the series was being rebooted...and it looks like we are being rewarded :-D
MarsivNayr - 2/6/2012, 3:18 PM
Everyone, gather 'round!
I bring excellent news!(Unless I'm late)

Trailer #2 goes online tonight after midnight.
Rottentomatoes told me.
ManofSteel22 - 2/6/2012, 3:18 PM
WOW,glad to hear this,I cant wait to see the trailer!
Viltrumite - 2/6/2012, 3:20 PM
Do The Avengers have a cameo?
thewolfx - 2/6/2012, 3:20 PM
yes a more faithful take on the character / a more unfaithful take on his costume


can never get it 100% right eh hollywood ....
spiderman2020 - 2/6/2012, 3:21 PM
sweet. finally a super hero movie with good 3D!
BackwardGalaxy - 2/6/2012, 3:22 PM
I ain't afraid of no spellcheck.
luckylu - 2/6/2012, 3:24 PM
i know some people will hate on me for saying this but even if the movie is the best spidey film to date i just cant get over that horrible costume.
thewolfx - 2/6/2012, 3:28 PM
no snout EPIC FAIL
aduder - 2/6/2012, 3:28 PM
I feel a lump coming to my throat reading this, so excited for this movie. Long live Spider-Man!!
SebHope - 2/6/2012, 3:30 PM
Spidey pulling down buildings to the fight the lizard, and an unmasking by captain stacy, sounds to me like an accident waiting to happen... To captain stacy that is. No death of gwen stacy this time, though the fighting on the bridge stuff ive heard about made me think gwens gonna get it. But i think captain stacy dieing like in the comics kinda, will build a good deal of tension for the sequel between spidey/peter & gwen. Sounds great!
JoshWilding - 2/6/2012, 3:31 PM
Ha, can't believe I forgot to mention this - the suit looks absolutely great! :)
Ranger14 - 2/6/2012, 3:33 PM
Just not interested in another origin story and starting over again. I will rent it and pay more attention when they get back to Spiderman taking on villains and not rehashing all the teen sentiments.
CaptainAmerica31 - 2/6/2012, 3:42 PM
I think POV will be limited so no worries.. That was a great review I knew from day one this was going to be a great movie!
AutobotCommander84 - 2/6/2012, 3:43 PM
Hey Josh, do you know when the trailer might come out?
InTylerWeTrust - 2/6/2012, 3:44 PM
thewolfx:

Bandrews1 - 2/6/2012, 3:45 PM
Great write up man, this has gotten me even more excited for this film, and I can't wait to see the new trailer.
KidGoku - 2/6/2012, 3:52 PM
The money-shot you mentioned sounds so epic! Can't wait for this movie!!
OptimusBurgundyMaximus - 2/6/2012, 3:52 PM
the lizard basically looked exactly like that pez dispenser we all saw ......spideys mask looked awesome with the gold lenses !
TrueRedBlue - 2/6/2012, 3:54 PM
Well people, there you have it. After months and months of blind hate towards the film, here's the evidence to prove you wrong.
MarsivNayr - 2/6/2012, 3:55 PM
@AutobotCommander84
Tonight after midnight man. Get ready.
Boyle360 - 2/6/2012, 4:03 PM
Oh god I feel like I'm gonna cry! I'm so excited for this movie, it will be amazing!!!
Little disappointed about the Lizard's snout but the rest makes up for it! :'D
Hawksblueyes - 2/6/2012, 4:08 PM
Great stuff Josh. Sounds like you had a hellova time.
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