If you were around on Saturday night to catch the latest episode of SNL (big "IF," we know) then you were privy to the opening monologue by host Emma Stone, who has had a pretty fantastic year starring in films like The Help and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Stone will only see her star rise that much higher next year, with the true-life crime drama Gangster Squad - and of course, a comic book movie that is dividing the fanboy community right down the middle: namely Sony's franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, in which Stone will play Gwen Stacy, a love interest of Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
There has been no shortage of controversy over this new Spider-Man flick. From Sony scrapping plans for Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4 in favor of rebooting a franchise that's not even a decade old; to the hiring of director Marc Webb ( (500) Days of Summer) as a replacement for Raimi; to casting British actor Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as a replacement for Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man/Peter Parker; to the distinctively different tone and approach that we saw in The Amazing Spider-Man trailer - this film is definitely a 'make or break' gamble by Sony.
While SNL is pretty much universally-regarded these days as being a tepid version of its former self, the show was pretty much spot-on when it wedged an Amazing Spider-Man gag into Stones' opening monologue, making sure to crack just about every joke about the film that has been echoed around the Internet for the last year or so. Check out the video below to see what we mean:
Like we said: Just about every complaint that so-called Spidey fans have leveled at The Amazing Spider-Man is echoed in that monologue, and it's good to see Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield taking it all in stride (and even managing to have a little bit of fun with it). I was personally pleased with Andy Samberg and the way that he at once managed to make fun of Amazing Spider-Man AND the sometimes overzealous fans who have been so critical of it. Truthfully, until we see more of the film and what Webb and Co. have done with it, we could all stand to take a step back and relax a bit about the issues that are clearly surrounding this film.
The Amazing Spider-Man will be in theaters (in 3D) on July 3, 2012 - though, we'll likely be seeing a full-length trailer for the film relatively soon.
Source: NBC via Gossip Channel