The Amazing Spider-man
For months following The Amazing Spider-man‘s announcement I struggled to come to terms with the inherent implications of Sony’s decision to reboot the franchise. Was Spider-man 3 really that bad? Whatever Sam Raimi’s flaws as director, and despite both Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst’s relative difficulties in the leading roles, I felt the original filmmakers still had places to go, storylines to explore. And we were so close to seeing the Black Cat realised onscreen!
Abandoned by his parents in his childhood, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is now living with his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field) while he finishes high school, and attempts to win the affections of one Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Discovering an old briefcase in the attic that once belonged to his father, Parker is lead to one of his dad’s ex-partners, a Dr. Curt Conners (Rhys Ifans). Unbeknownst to both at the time, the contents of the brief case will have enormous repercussions that will effect each of them in different ways. With a 9-foot tall Lizard on the loose, the newly superpowered Spider-man must learn quickly if he is to master his abilities and save the day.
While the logic in rebooting the franchise with another origin story, rather than simply carrying on with another cast and direction (James Bond style), might be highly debatable, it is impossible to deny that the prospect of a Marc Webb directed instalment starring the likes of Garfield and Stone doesn’t whet the appetite. The rather dubious Spider-vision sequences aside, this looks like a very promising proposition; the new film boasting just enough innovations to distinguish it from the original trilogy. With artificial web-shooters, a new costume and a grittier approach which, importantly, doesn’t compromise the character’s wise-cracking personality, The Amazing Spider-man could be something very special indeed.
So what’s in the brief case? You can find out for yourself in July.