KAPOW '12: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Footage Recap

New footage from The Amazing Spider-Man was exclusively revealed at the Kapow! Comic Convention in London earlier today, and you can find a rundown here. It just so happens that they showed it in 3D, giving those in attendance an idea of just how good the movie will really look.

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By Josh Wilding - 5/20/2012

• For the most part, The Amazing Spider-Man footage was the same as Sony showed during the international sneak peeks back in February. The main difference however was that it featured some sensational new scenes and was in perhaps the best 3D I've ever seen.

• A longer version of the scene between Peter and Gwen was shown, and as I said a few months back, they have great chemistry. Emma Stone's take on the character is far more likeable than the somewhat aloof version in the early Stan Lee stories, and is much different to Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3) and the various high school girls that Stone has portrayed in the likes of and Easy A.

• It's hard to find fault with Andrew Garfield's take on Peter Parker, and while he comes across as a bumbling Clark Kent type in this scene, he's extremely endearing. Peter skipping away (don't worry, not in a cringe inducing fashion, a la the dance scenes in Sam Raimi's last film) after Gwen agrees to go out with him was great.

• There was also some lengthier shots of the Lizard, giving us a slightly better look at his appearance. While the face has looked a little off in some of the recent footage we've seen, and while I can't help but think that giving him the snout would have been a much better look, it's hard to complain too much when we haven't actually seen a proper shot of him talking, etc.

• The other new snippets included Spider-Man swinging through the city, and they really did look fantastic. It was hard to tell whether or not these were comprised of special or practical effects, but it appears to be far more seamless a transition than in the past three films. We also saw Peter showing off his powers as he skateboards through the city, as well as a handful of extended scenes between Spidey and the mugger he webs up, and Peter and Doctor Connors. I also noticed that the weapon Captain Stacy and the NYPD take him down with appears to be some sort of electrical charge.

• Perhaps most impressive was an extended version of the scene in which Spider-Man swings around the top of the building seen in the trailers and kicks the Lizard. This time we saw the actual swing leading up to that, and it made me jump a little in my seat. Why? Well, it turns out that the 3D is even better than you may have hoped...

• In the most recent trailer, it became clear that a fair few of the scenes were specifically catered for 3D. For example, the scene in the trailer which sees Spidey's feet appear to come out of the screen as we're given a birds eye view of him swinging through the city. Amazingly (pun intended), this works like a charm and rather than being a gimmick, seemingly will be there to enhance the overall experience.

• The brief snippets of POV footage didn't feature a lot of depth, but I expect that to be a different case altogether when they're shown in full on the big screen. The 3D effects are spectacular however, and shooting The Amazing Spider-Man in this format has proven to be a wise choice from what I saw today. July 4th can't get here soon enough.

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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DoomXfactor - 5/20/2012, 2:41 PM
I can't wait for this movie!!!
valeriesghost - 5/20/2012, 2:42 PM
Shapoopi
Ashes2Phoenix - 5/20/2012, 2:43 PM
This is starting to sound awesome ! In appreciation for this new film, I have made a trailer to it, using the 90's Spider-Man theme. Sit back and let the nostalgia kick in !

wyokid - 5/20/2012, 2:44 PM
Wow! This wasn't written by someone who is bias at all! /sarcasm
AGENTJAY1130 - 5/20/2012, 2:44 PM
ITS GOING BE TO BE A GOOD MOVIE!
RedandBlue - 5/20/2012, 2:44 PM
This is all good to hear.

Can't help but wish Marvel had rights to Spider-Man, but I'm satisfied with it all. Looks to be very engaging.
ManofSteel22 - 5/20/2012, 2:45 PM
This will be better than raimis,just the ''rain drop keep falling on my head'' and the emo dancing scene put me of liking the 2 and 3 alot,I saw the trailer for it seeing avengers in 3d and it looks great in 3d
DoomXfactor - 5/20/2012, 2:45 PM
marvel72 - 5/20/2012, 2:45 PM
can't wait to see this,i can see this being another billion dollar movie for marvel/sony.
ManofSteel22 - 5/20/2012, 2:46 PM
@Ashes2Phoenix thats [frick]ing sick mate!
RedandBlue - 5/20/2012, 2:47 PM
And that is a cool vid Phoenix.
DoomXfactor - 5/20/2012, 2:49 PM
They were showing Spider-man 3 on TV the other day....GARBAGE! PURE GARBAGE! I going to forget those movies ever existed
DoomXfactor - 5/20/2012, 2:50 PM
@Ashes2Phoenix- NICE!!!
TrueRedBlue - 5/20/2012, 2:50 PM
Thanks! Articles like this make me feel better about how my favorite superhero is being handled.
Ashes2Phoenix - 5/20/2012, 2:56 PM
Thanks guys ! I am really looking forward to this movie and it gives me the 90's animated series vibe, so a trailer to that music had to be done !
skidz - 5/20/2012, 3:00 PM
Did any scene expand on his sense of humor? I want to know if the movie will make me laugh (not in a tongue in cheek way). That was SERIOUSLY lacking in the last 3 movies.
Viltrumite - 5/20/2012, 3:03 PM
So excited for this movie. My friend and I will be seeing this at midnight release.
spideyxmenfan307 - 5/20/2012, 3:16 PM
Aw yeah, this is gonna be awesome, heck it might be better than the 2002 film.
95 - 5/20/2012, 3:20 PM
Yep. This going to be D-IMAX 3Dfor me.
MarkV - 5/20/2012, 3:28 PM
HELL YES!!! Lets here some Spiderman love. One of the coolest, and most unique superheroes ever. My childhood favorite, and this version looks awesome slinging around. (No, I am not a studio plant, asswipes)
MarkV - 5/20/2012, 3:29 PM
/hear/
Devastator335 - 5/20/2012, 3:52 PM
@Ashes2Phoenix: Awesome!
croniccris - 5/20/2012, 4:05 PM
shit i saw the trailer in 3D when i went to see phantom menace in imax and it was strait BITCHNNNNN!!


so this movie is gonna be silean
bane187 - 5/20/2012, 4:08 PM
@ashes2phoenix:amazing vid
NextHero08 - 5/20/2012, 4:11 PM
sounds like a bunch of ass kissing. All they saw was a bit more than what we seen from trailers, this movie could still turn out to be nothing more than another "ok" Marvel movie or complete flop.
CaptainObvious - 5/20/2012, 4:11 PM
I don't care how good the 3D is, I will never see a movie in 3D again. It is and always will be a gimmick.
CPBuff22 - 5/20/2012, 4:12 PM
The more I hear about this the more excited I am. They got me interested with the awesome 3D and then reeled me in with all new info. While some other July releases are making me less interested with every interview, Amazing Spider-man has continued to build my interest.
DarkArts - 5/20/2012, 4:15 PM
Every time they release a new CGI bit from this movie, people jump at the bait just like they want. And some of the CGI os Spidey swinging does look good. But, every extended clip cant go for long with out looking bad. Sony very skillfully tries to hide the problems by cutting in and out like with the kid is the car made out of some very flammable metal and fire thats not all that hot. We see great looking aerial shots of Spidey swinging over what looks to be NYC, with pretty Schumacher lights that make me nauseous. But then he lands on very amateur set pieces like the top of the bridge. This movie looks like the next Green Lantern.
GizmoEl - 5/20/2012, 4:16 PM
I can't wait to book tickets for this movie!
Marin10 - 5/20/2012, 4:17 PM

CPBuff22 - 5/20/2012, 4:41 PM
I can honestly say this will be the BEST COMIC BOOK MOVIE SINCE AVENGERS! lol
AlexDeLarge87 - 5/20/2012, 4:53 PM
Ashes@ That rocked!:)

Really hope the theme for the movie is something like that.
thewolfx - 5/20/2012, 7:29 PM
swings like spidey

talks like spidey

looks like a basketball
JoeMomma29 - 5/20/2012, 7:29 PM
This movie is looking very nice and it may be the sleeper hit of the summer.
deanwilkins - 5/20/2012, 7:31 PM
I forgot about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mqyY_bqmvQ0

The more I think about Raimi's Spider-Man films, the more I dislike them. I can't wait for this reboot.
Wildaniel - 5/20/2012, 7:37 PM
Sounds good, cant wait.
mrexcellent - 5/20/2012, 7:42 PM
@Captain Obvious:
I somewhat agree with that sentiment. The problem I think, is that thus far directors haven’t made the depth of the 3D deep enough. I feel as though I’m paying extra for an effect that is way too muted.

Lately however I’ve read articles where both Marc Webb and Ridley Scott talk about playing with the depth perception of the film. Apparently the directors can control the level of depth that they seek to create. I didn’t know that, I thought it there was just one setting and you had to make sure that everything lined up correctly. I was wrong. But anyway, that’s one thing that does have me intrigued, because there have been a few reports now that seem to indicate Marc Webb is using an increased level of depth we haven’t yet seen used in our modern 3D movies.

I disagree that 3D is nothing more than a gimmick though. Just as rhetorical devices are tools that are used to create and improve a piece of literature, 3D is simply another tool that filmmakers can use to create and improve films. Its potential for artistic use is inherent, whether or not it’s realized by a director or not. I think about movies like Avengers, whose 3D was totally unnecessary (I still enjoyed the film), and then I think about Cameron’s Avatar. Avatar’s 3D didn’t impress me like I’d hoped it would, but I think it’s clear that Cameron was trying to create the ultimate cinematic experience. There, his use of 3d was an artistic choice, not a gimmick. I think this is evidenced by the fact that the man spent years studying and developing the technology to make that movie possible. In conclusion, 3D is not just a gimmick. It’s just used as one more times than not.
mrexcellent - 5/20/2012, 7:43 PM
*not "depth perception". They talk about playing with the depth [level].

Level, not perception.

My bad.
EdParker - 5/20/2012, 7:49 PM
THIS MOVIE IS GOIN TO BE BANANAS. WATCH, WATCH ,WATCH!!
CPBuff22 - 5/20/2012, 8:11 PM
If Sony is smart they run a commercial that says "Best Superhero Movie since Avengers" and they run that before Amazing Spider-Man releases right up through the release of TDKR.
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