Today, we have a new Japanese-subtitled Amazing Spider-Man trailer to offer, which includes not-yet-glimpsed scenes and footage, sprinkled amidst all the impressive 3D Spidey-swinging sequences and set pieces featured in previous promos for the film.
What with The Avengers hogging all the attention from comic book/film geeks right now - and The Dark Knight Rises already positioned to take its place in a few weeks - it's easy to forget that there's another superhero blockbuster sandwiched between those two flicks, which looks pretty darn good on its own terms: Sony Picture's 3D reboot of the Spidey movie franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man.
Thanks to excellent buzz from preview footage for Social Network star Andrew Garfield's first outing as Peter Parker, plus talk from director Marc Webb suggesting Amazing Spider-Man won't simply rehash what filmmaker Sam Raimi did with his 2002 Spider-Man movie, the overall public opinion about this project has improved drastically in recent months (despite what outspoken detractors might have you think).
Amazing Spider-Man picks up with Peter during his days as a brilliant, but lonely high schooler, who struggles to use his newfound arachnid abilities for good, carry on a relationship with his first love, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) - and uncover the truth behind the disappearance of his biological parents so many years before.
While this international trailer leaves out most of the funny lines featured in its U.S. counterpart, it makes up for that by instead focusing on the dark side of Peter's attempt to learn more about his past, wherein he inadvertently creates a monster (The Lizard, as played by Rhys Ifans) that could destroy his future. Thankfully, Amazing Spider-Man appears to hit the right degree of "edginess" with that storyline.
We also get our first good (if brief) look here at what Martin Sheen and Sally Field's rendition of Ben and May Parker, respectively, in Amazing Spider-Man will be like. The West Wing alum faces the greater uphill challenge, when it comes to winning fans over, as he's going up against the late Cliff Robertson's popular portrayal of Uncle Ben in Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. Both award-winners seem game for handling that task, though.
The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) around the U.S. on July 3rd, 2012.
Source: Sony Pictures
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