Filming is already underway on Marc Webb's Spider-Man (quasi) reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, and since production began, we've seen a plethora of set images leaked to Internet, depicting everything from the details of Spidey's new costume, to some of the action sequences in the movie, to scenes of the new Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) getting tender in one of the film's teen angst moments.
Today brings a new batch of Amazing Spider-Man set pics, in which we see star Andrew Garfield on set, suiting up as Spidey for a scene that (looks to be) more comedic than action-packed.
From what little we know about Amazing Spider-Man the movie will be somewhat grittier with its action, while also trying to nail the wit and humor that has made Spider-Man such a favorite amongst comic book fans over the years. We know that the film will return Peter Parker to a high school setting, that his foe will be The Lizard (played by Rhys Ifans) and that The Lizard will not be the only villain that Spidey has to deal with.
There are some positive early indicators that the character of Spidey will be honored in a truer fashion than Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films did - there's also just as much worry that Webb was selected to direct this film because his work on 500 Days of Summer made him an ideal director to capture the teen angst and romance aspect of the Spider-Man saga. Needless to say, fanboys do NOT want see "Spider-Man: The Twilight Version."
Regardless of all the questions and speculation, these new set pics seem to depict a scene in which Spidey runs afoul of the law, or otherwise gets himself in some kind of awkward position. Have a look at the photos, courtesy of SuperHeroHype, in the slideshow above.
That last pic in particular provides yet another clear shot of how the eyes on Spidey's costume are different than Raimi's films, and how the now-mechanical web-shooters look. I'm sure fanboys will have a lot more to say about both topics (more than they already have said, if you can believe it :-P ).
I can only imagine what's going on in the film to make Spidey throw his arms up in surrender, but hopefully it's something funny (as I suspect it is) and not just some random shot from the set of Garfield doing stretches or something lame like that. There's so much comedic gold to be mined from the idea of a masked kid in red and blue tights running around New York climbing all over stuff. Hopefully Amazing Spider-Man will nail that humor (as originally presented in the comics) and focus less on puberty-themed gags like "premature webification," as seen in Raimi's first Spidey flick.
Garfield has seen his Hollywood star rise high in the last year, and I for one am excited to see what he brings to the role of Peter Parker. He's definitely an actor who can pull off the funny nerd persona and the dramatic actor persona; if he can do action (as far as required before a stuntman steps in), he may well overshadow Toby Maguire's short-lived legacy as the wall-crawler. We'll see.
The Amazing Spider-Man hits 2D and 3D theaters on July 3, 2012.
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