Sony has held off on unveiling a second trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man just yet – perhaps, in part to avoid it being overshadowed by the recent onslaught of headline-grabbing theatrical promos unveiled for other tentpole pics due out in 2012 (see: The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, etc.).

The studio has nonetheless been keeping director Marc Webb’s Spidey franchise reboot on the public’s radar for the past month, via the release of posters and the launching of the official Amazing Spider-Man website. Now, we have even more hi-res images from the flick to share with you.

Amazing Spider-Man aims to differentiate itself from director Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man movie in several respects, including:

  • Featuring a different villain in The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and traditional first love interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
  • Incorporating the subplot involving Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his search to discover the truth behind his biological parents’ mysterious disappearance.
  • Retaining certain classic elements from the Spider-Man comic book universe (ex. artificial web-shooters) that were not present in Raimi’s film.
  • Focusing more on both Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy’s relationship during their days as high schoolers.

For a better look at Pete and Gwen in high school mode, Spidey’s self-made web-shooters, and more, check out the latest Amazing Spider-Man pics in the gallery below:

The bulk of Amazing Spider-Man‘s plot is expected to take place before Peter actually graduates from high school; so, the film’s success or failure will largely be determined by how effectively Webb manages to execute scenes involving underage character drama – not to mention, the dynamic between Peter and Gwen. The latter two convincingly look like contemporary teenagers, but acting like them (and not coming off as unintentionally annoying or self-involved, a la Twilight) is another matter.

Webb’s solid work on the indie (anti-)rom-com (500) Days of Summer does bode well, in that regard. Similarly, early word of mouth out of Comic-Con 2011 is that Garfield and Stone (who have both already proven themselves to be great up-and-coming acting talents) have excellent screen chemistry as Peter and Gwen in preliminary footage shown from The Amazing Spider-Man – so, again, the early signs are encouraging thus far.

The Amazing Spider-Man will be unleashed in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on July 3rd, 2012.

Source: Sony/Columbia Pictures