‘Amazing Spider-Man': Official Synopsis, Character Bios, & New Images

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There is a silent (marketing) war ongoing right now between two of the big comic book flicks due to hit theaters in July of 2012: Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises and Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man.

While we’ve been bombarded by promotional material for director Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie, director Marc Webb’s web-slinger reboot has also been making headlines – thanks to some shiny international banners and a cleverly-designed poster that teases the idea that Webb’s take on Spider-Man is going to be substantially different than director Sam Raimi’s.

Sony has stepped up its game to land Amazing Spider-Man extra attention by activating the film’s official site; among the goodies included therein are several promotional images, new still frames, character descriptions, and a brief plot synopsis that offers more insight concerning “the untold story” of Peter Parker that is explored in Webb’s Spidey movie.

Here is the aformentioned Amazing Spider-Man plot logline:

Like most teenagers his age, Peter [played by Andrew Garfield] is trying to figure out who he is and how to be the person he is today. In his journey to put the pieces of his past together he uncovers a secret that his father [Campbell Scott] held… a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man. This is the first in a series of movies that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story.

Now check out some official character descriptions, followed by a gallery of new Amazing Spider-Man imagery:

  • Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield)Ever since Peter’s parents disappeared 13 years ago, he has struggled to find his purpose in life. Now, on the brink of unlocking the mystery about what happened to them, he must face the ultimate challenge – one that has been created within the laboratories of Oscorp.
  • Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone)Smart, charismatic and rebellious, Gwen is the chief intern at Oscorp, a position she takes very seriously. But her life takes a complicated turn as she watches both her boyfriend, Peter, and her mentor, Dr. Connors, undergo radical transformations.
  • Captain Stacy (Denis Leary)An esteemed police officer for over twenty years, Captain Stacy is the public face of the NYPD who leads the department’s investigation into Spider-Man’s vigilantism. The only thing Captain Stacy vows to protect more than the city is his family – and particularly his only daughter, Gwen.
  • Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans)One of the leading scientific minds, Dr. Connors attempts to engineer a revolutionary regeneration serum to help re-grow limbs and human tissue. His motivations are unclear as to why he elects to be the first human test subject – but what becomes evident is that something goes horribly wrong.

Amazing Spider-Man really does look and sound like a more genuinely contemporary portrayal of the epnoymous webslinger than that offered in Raimi’s previous movie trilogy. Similarly, characters/plot elements such as Gwen Stacy, Spidey’s artificial web-shooters, and the narrative thread concerning Peter’s father (who may be either modeled off or directly based on the character’s Ultimate Marvel universe incarnation) were excised completely in Rami’s Spidey films.

A lot of fans are still fairly unenthused about this particular comic book reboot, especially since it will partially deal with the webslinger’s all-too-familiar origin story detailed in Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man flick. However, this newly-released material is just further evidence that Amazing Spider-Man will not only stylistically be a far cry from its predecessor(s) – it will also tread on some intriguing narrative ground that has yet to be explored (in live-action form).

The Amazing Spider-Man will arrive in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on July 3rd, 2012. Be sure to check back on Screen Rant in the near future, as a new trailer for the film is expected to be released soon.

Source: Sony Pictures

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  1. This film’s biggest problem is TDKR. TAS will make money with the extended July 4th weekend, but once the new Batman film comes out, I fear this will get overshadowed.

    • You’re exactly right. I have no idea why they didn’t plan on releasing this at least a full month before TDKR. The buzz about TDKR is so massive, it’s going to overshadow everything, no matter how good it is.

      • The whole year is overcrowded. They could have settled for an April release date, but The Avnegers is out in early-May. But June has G.I. Joe 2, Snow White and The Huntsman, Prometheus, and Jack the Giant Killer. The would need to get this film out in the summer, and the latest would be August, but that month is already filled with films coming out as well. Their best bet would be to delay the film until 2013, but that would be dumb business wise.

        • I would’ve enjoyed a winter release. Avatar didn’t set box office records by sprinting to a billion dollars. If Spider-man is a great movie, it could have some longevity without all the competition. Regardless, it does have close to 3 weeks unto itself. That’s plenty of time to make a boatload of money. It won’t be forgotten by everyone.

        • The Dark Knight Rises lolol

  2. This looks more and more fantastic. The suit looks awesome in action, and I have no doubt this movie will up the cool factor over the Raimi films. Raimi did a nice job, but there was definitely a more comic book, campy approach to his movies. I like the idea of a more serious narrative (with a wise-ass Spiderman thrown in) and an exploration of a deeper story than just Peter pining for Mary Jane, as we saw in Raimi’s films.

    • Yeah, god forbid a Spider-Man movie have a comic book feel.

      • Yeah, but you can take that to the point where your film becomes a joke. Batman and Robin had a comic book look to it, and we all know how bad that movie is. The Green Goblin in Raimi’s film didn’t look like a comic book, it looked like a cartoon. That costume was atrocious. And Willem Dafoe’s acting was so over-the-top it was laughable. I’ve seen better acting in…well, a comic book. If you try and take an exact translation of the pages of a comic book and paste it on the big screen, it’s going to look ridiculous. Any superhero movie is going look better if you ground it, as much as possible, in reality.

        • Amen

        • Doesn’t seem like you read too many comic books, especially the past 20-30 years.

          • Yeah Raimi’s style may have been cheesy but comic books haven’t been like that in some time. They went through the grimdark 90s age, and in the modern era, the writing has really taken center stage while the art was where it was at in the 90s.

        • THANK YOU. I’m glad somebody gets it and can actually explain it.

    • That is a very cool pic! ^-^

  3. Looking forward to this film now. I think TDKR is going to be a completely different film to this. I hope Spiderman is going to be more fun than Nolans film, though I do like them. If they tried to make Spiderman “realistic and gritty” it just wouldn’t work. I don’t why there is an obsession nowadays that in order to make a good film it has to be dark and intense?!

    • B/c TDK made a billion dollars. Studios now feel they have to make every film that way in order to make money. What they don’t realize is that Batman can work in a somewhat “realistic” way, but characters like Superman, Spider-man, and many others can’t.

    • I think you guys are overreacting a bit here. Because every movie now is dark and intense. Clearly. And ghost.. I disagree with your comment. I doubt they think that.

      • It wasn’t until TDK that we got all these “realistic and gritty” takes on characters.

        • Although I don´t like Nolan´s Batman films, I have to disagree there. IMO the first X-Men movie was the first comic book adaption with the approach to make it as realistic as possible. Hence the black costumes.

          • Yeah, X-men and Blade were all somewhat subdued (though Blade does usually wear black in the few comics he’s in. They changed his origin story around so it was so out there. In the books he’s originally British born in the early 1900s and didn’t get his leather look till the 90s)

            • Hm. Didn´t know that. But I´m not really a Blade fan. Although I liked the first movie.

            • “Blade was born in a whorehouse in the Soho neighbourhood of London, England in 1929.[2] Blade’s mother, Tara Brooks, was a prostitute at Madame Vanity’s Brothel. When his mother experienced severe labor complications, a doctor was summoned who was in actuality Deacon Frost, a vampire who feasted on her during Blade’s birth and killed her.”

              I NEVER knew that. I mean Blade was never in my top 10 or heck even 20 characters however he filled the supporting role very nicely.

              Thanks for that.

      • If you doubt movie producers think that “Hmm, if Movie X did Y and made a billion dollars our movie should do Y too?” then you sir need a logic transplant, stat.

        • Exactly! Why do people think Hollywood is obsessed with 3D….b/c of Avatar.

          • Or because they can charge almost double for each ticket price. Just spit balling here.

            • You’re missing the point. The trend didn’t catch on until Avatar made it big.

      • The first two Spider-man were lighthearted and were successful financially and commercially. Spider-man had a dark tone, and the general opinion is that film sucked. There’s plenty more examples of lighthearted comic book films (Captain America, Thor, Hulk and Iron Man just to throw some out there). Batman NEEDS to be dark and gritty. Spider-man doesn’t.

  4. It’s an unfortunate truth that this will get overshadowed. It just looks to be a Spider-Man film that will actually deliver.

    • I wouldn’t worry too much. It’ll have 3 weeks to shine. That’s plenty of time. Spider-man 3 made well over $140 million in its opening weekend. The original Spider-man made around 114.8 million opening, back in the days where nothing came close to that number. I’m sure that ASM will do fine.

  5. Peter Parker’s parents were spies, his first love interest was Gwen Stacy not MJ (unless he was smoking pot before he met Gwen lol)!!!! Just two (or three lol) of many reasons why this movie’s already better than the previous 3. (Really? Venom working with Sandman? Really? Spider-Man letting Sandman go after almost being pounded to death by him?? C’mon!!! lmfao). Starting the franchise off with the Lizard makes more sense to me than the Green Gobbling, facing off against your best friend’s father doesn’t have the same depth of facing one of your teachers/mentors. Raimi did it with DR. Octopus but not Doc. Connors? C’mon!!!

    • I totally agree with everything you said. Except one thing: this film is based on the Ultimate Spider-Man, and Peter dated MJ for a while before Gwen appeared in the series. But that´s just nitpicking.

  6. I hate EVERYTHING about this movie up to this point, so unless the trailer is (PUN INTENDED) AMAZING, I doubt I’ll be seeing this.

  7. Sorry but the suit continues to unimpress; Gold eyes, professionally designed outfit and nonsensical “shoes” really leaves me cold. Add in the “man-lizard” and I really have no desire to see this on the big screen.

    • They have to distance themselves from Raimi’s Spider-Man, so since those were (mostly) awesome, this HAS TO suck.

      See? Contrast.

    • “Professionally designed outfit”? Yeah, because the Raimi suit looked totally homemade.

    • I’m not a big fan of the suit either, but I have to admit the official polished images look WAAAAAAAY better than the set photos. No more of that absolutely horrible “Spider-crotch.” Still, I prefer the classic design.

      • The costume looks like crap & what’s the deal with his boots?

  8. my first thought from these pics is…

    We know we aren’t going to get any J Jonah Jameson and Bugle staff… but yet in pic # 5 we see a Daily Bugle billboard with what looks like a spider graffiti on it. really? so we know the bugle must be running their usual anti-spider campaigns… and some NewYorkers are revolting against that. I wanna see that part of the story too.

  9. I believe the main reason this movie is likely to under-perform, relatively speaking, is because there was little wrong with the original franchise, and this reboot has come way too soon, literally on the heels of the original films. I think the message most people gleaned from the reboot was that the studio just wanted to save more money by getting new actors to play the roles. I, along with many others I know, just feel ho-hum about this film.

    • yeah agree with u the reboot is way to soon

      • I don’t understand those who say it’s “too soon”. Nobody said that when Hulk was rebooted. Their only arguement is that “well, the first Hulk sucked”, so did Spider-man 3.

        • So you’re just gonna ignore the first two highly-successful films? Spider-Man 3 might’ve been terrible to some, but it still made a lot of money in theaters. People went to see it because they enjoyed 1 and 2.

          I personally liked it, and would’ve preferred SM4 over a reboot. As of now I’m optimistic about TAS; knowing Lizard’s in it is keeping me interested.

          • Not ignoring anything. I’m just trying to figure out why people keep saying it’s “too soon” when they had no problem with Hulk being rebooted. Ang Lee’s Hulk made money too. Not enough for the studio to be happy, but it made more than the reboot. But people still had not problem with a reboot. I’ve heard many people say they wanted the Spider-man series to be rebooted after SM3, but now everyone says it’s “too soon”.

            • I wouldn’t say Hulk was rebooted. It was a sequel with a new actor, not a retelling.

              • No it wasn´t. As you can see in the opening credits of The Incredible Hulk, Banner´s accident was totally different from the accident in “Hulk”. It´s clearly a reboot.

                • IT was a “Requel”.

                  • I like it. “Requel”…like G.I. Joe 2

  10. I guess I’m one of the ‘unenthused’. And are those shoes Spidey’s wearing? Does his glove-boots have soles now? How does a wall-crawler get a grip on the wall with soled shoes?
    Personally, I think this is one of the few reboots I find quite unnecessary. IMO a Hulk reboot? (Yes, and it was a good job!), FF need a reboot? (don’t think there’s much one can do with those fantastic characters-Reed especially), Daredevil? (Yes, much so!), Punisher? (Give up on movies, try TV), and Spidey? (if it ain’t broken…).
    Tobey looked more wimpy, insecure and anti-hero than Garfield does. Traits that made the Spidey concept so unique.

  11. good thing he has those pumped up kicks.

  12. Look better then the Anvergers movie

  13. The Hulk was a reboot

  14. To those here claiming that Hulk was rebooted…correct me if I am wrong, but it was a sequel with a new actor, not a retelling of the original story. No?

    • No.

      • I like what someone else said here, implying that it was neither a reboot, nor a sequal, but a “requal”.

  15. First off this Spiderman will not be anything like the RSpiderman.

    While his origin may be comparable it will not be the same. His parents I dont think will be spies. I think they will be going the Ultimate/Spectacular (cartoon) route more than the mainstream route. That will put them far enough away from RSM.

    So: In his journey to put the pieces of his past together he uncovers a secret that his father [Campbell Scott] held… a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man.

    Sorry I dont believe his parents as spies helped shape (besides dying) his destiny as much as the reveal of his most feared enemy (besides GG ;D ) Venom.

    It is no secret people want to see Venom. This storyline sets up Venom (and Carnage) quite nicely.

    ****possible spoilers******

    Petes parents along with Brocks parents ‘created’ Venom. Brock as a young adult finds ‘Venom’. Curt Connors experiments with his blood, Peters blood and a piece of Venom, creating Carnage.

    So you could say after Spiderman defeats Connors, he runs into Venom (second movie?) Connor learns about Venoms original purpose (cancer eliminating suit) and tries to cure himself of his Lizard issue, but creates Carnage.

    **************End Spoils************

    So what you KNOW about Spiderman is not what you will actually SEE about Spiderman. Unless you are farmiliar with the Ultimate Spiderman. Which is a great read BTW through its run.

    • But I thought this was the “Untold Story.”

      • Well it is. It is untold to most of the people that think they know SM. I mean my wife has no clue about this story so it is Untold to her….. 😀

        I mean it is told but it wasn’t told to her so its untold…. to her…


        Sorry…. that just got blurted out.

        • So this movie is a retelling of the untold story that could be based on the Untold tales of Spider-Man that I told you about earlier or perhaps the potential spoilers you told us but remain untold to your wife. Oh, no, I’ve gone cross-eyed.

          • Awe. Keep the love going guys.

            I’m under the impression that the tagline “The Untold Story” is just Sony saying “this is going to be different from the first series people”. I’d also agree with Aknot that Peter’s parents are going to be tied to the creation of the Venom suit.

            USM does something that ASM hasn’t. That is, it has grounded Spider-man at the core of a corporate war between international conglomerates. Whereas ASM sometimes goes on a grand scale with its stories (they’re doing it now actually), USM has always been grounded in this scary reality for Peter Parker. Oscorp is one of many powers in USM that are vying for a government contract to recreate the super soldier formula that transformed Steve Rogers. The spider that bit Peter was a result of Oscorp’s involvement in this biological weapon’s race.

            There’s corporate espionage and shenanigans aplenty in the series. Peter’s father, brilliant scientist in the USM verse, unintentionally gets caught up in it all, and well. I’m thinking it’s going to make for one hell of a new series.

  16. While some of this movie sets its roots closer to the origin of Spidey, what with who he is seeing and what is going on etc etc, the problem is the main themes of Spidey, were done and done very well with Raimi’s Films.

    The only problem I’ve ever had with the Raimi films, is the on and off again garbage with MJ, who was not ever a main heart throb of Spidey until after 2 serious relationships. So the problem with the Raimi films are this constant high-school garbage of “gee am I in love with so and so and do I have the bowling balls to be in love, or should I keep second guessing myself and be a total doof…” poor Raimi in that regard.

    William Dafoe… Perfect Green Goblin. I dont care how you slice it, few actors can stare at a mirror and actually be someone else, especially the green gob.

    Toby is great, and would have been perfect if it werent for the constant “oh gee I dont know if I’m in love or not, or I’m too much of a pansy to be in love” or whatever the hay the issue is with those three movies.

    Sony rebooting the franchise… bad mistake. Just because you own something… sorry its just a bad idea all around. You won’t hit canon perfectly, you won’t capture what’s already been done and you will not beat/better it.

    This whole thing looks like what the number one problem is with corporations, owning stuff and mucking around because they can.

    I dont care about Spidey’s suit. I dont care about the graphics (we are well beyond that at this point, and 90% of the folks in the gfx world over do everything anyway.)

    If you could manage to capture the characters, what makes them unique as characters, and then thier evolution, then you might just have a story.

    I doubt severely that Sony is going to make that happen, or that they even have someone in charge who has that in mind.

    My prediction: FailBoat.