‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Featurette: Becoming Peter Parker

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It’s pretty much become commonplace for comic book movies or blockbuster tent-poles to embark on some sort of viral marketing campaign involving multiple trailers, TV spots and featurettes. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is simply following in its successful predecessor’s footsteps.

A few of these featurettes have already given us a preview look at the sequel by showing us some of the sweet flying sequences or a quick glimpse at the Osborne family. Another early video gave us a peak into the romance between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). We’ve also seen some images that could be major spoilers for the film’s plot. But this latest featurette from Sony Pictures offers a bit of a different take than the usual fare.

Titled “Becoming Peter Parker,” the video revisits actor Andrew Garfield’s journey to becoming the masked crime fighter. It’s always a bit jarring to hear a British actor’s natural accent when you’ve gotten so used to them sounding a certain way, especially in such an iconic role, but it’s also adds to the guy’s charisma. Behind the scenes, Garfield gets some pretty high praise from co-star Sally Field, producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad and the man behind it all, Stan Lee himself.

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in Spider Man The Amazing Spider Man 2 Featurette: Becoming Peter Parker

One notable thing about this video is just how much Garfield genuinely appreciates the opportunity to play Spider-Man. His love for the franchise and for the genre on the whole is completely evident. For 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and, from what we can tell so far for the sequel, Garfield brings a very different vision of the character than the one that Toby Maguire brought to the big screen. Maguire had the innocence and nobleness going for him – a la the classic Spider-Man comics – but Garfield manages to balance the cocky attitude of a teenage kid with irresistible charm, wit and humor.

What do you think of the ‘Becoming Peter Parker’ featurette, Screen Rant readers? Are you looking forward to the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man? Let us know in the comments.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in U.S. theaters on May 2nd, 2014.

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  1. Pretty cool video and helps back up my reasons for preferring Garfield as a much better Peter/Spider-Man.

    • I think both Garfield and McGuire were great choices for the role but Garfield is better.

      Though his first movie was not as good as TM’s first two.

      If the script is up to it this could be the best one yet.

  2. Garfield is a better Spider-man, but Maguire is much better Peter Parker.

    Tobey just brings more soul to the character, just like in the original comic books.

    • Completely disagree.

      Garfield is the better Spider-Man because he’s better at being a smartass but he’s also a better Parker because he can pull off the awkward, shy geek thing a lot better than Maguire ever could.

      With Maguire, he seemed more annoying than sympathetic.

      • I like them both but I skew to Andrew Garfield more. Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man was more in line with the classic, down on his luck Peter Parker from the Stan Lee era whereas Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man is more in line with the modern depictions of Peter Parker such as Ultimate Spider-Man. They both were great depicting different aspects of Peter Parker, I don’t think its fair to compare the two to be honest. I grew up with Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man and I still love the first two movies but I do like Andrew Garfield a lot as well.

        • Yep, completely agree with Deadpool.

          Maguire’s version of Peter Parker will always have a special place in my DVD collection. But I’m also rooting for Garfield. I guess it’s a different generation. Who knows in the future generation maybe they’ll bring out Miles Morales as Spider-man.

    • “Tobey just brings more soul to the character, just like in the original comic books.”

      I respect opinions, but that’s BS Marvel Boy. The only thing Tobey did well was play the nerdy aspect of Peter. Tobey didn’t capture the wisecracking, semi A-whole he truly is and was from the beginning. That’s not to say I didn’t like his portrayal, but Andrew is doing a far better representation.

      • How is that Tobeys fault?

        I mean if there were not many inclusions of wisecracks in the film how is he to capture it?

        I blame the writers for not including it not Tobey for not portraying it.