Well gang, I guess you could call this my debut. What better movie for me to write about in my first article as an official member of the B*Team than the iconic Marvel character I have been nicknamed after 3 times. This Summer will feature some heavy-hitting superhero movies. Marvel comes out with their juggernaut The Avengers, and DC wraps up the Nolan-Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises. Oh and also Marvel/Sony is releasing The Amazing Spiderman in the shadows of those two movies. Probably won't be as good, eh? Think again....
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When Sony and Marvel first brought Spiderman to the big screen, I was impressed. I liked the story, the modern take on Goblin, new organic web-shooters, the casting for most of the actors, and I especially liked the effects. It was, by-and-large, what got people into superhero movies. It also made a ton of money. Since then all we could really watch were a couple of good Batman movies and a whole lot of terrible films or shows that looked like they were shot by a 7 year old (looking at you, Marvel).
|This movie has no pictures on IMDB. I wonder why.....|
|Oh Spidey you goof!|
In the original Spiderman comics (which are going to be mentioned a few more times in this article, so if you're not already, get used to hearing about them) the first woman Peter fell in love with was Gwen Stacy. In a showdown between the Green Goblin and Peter, Goblin throws Gwen from a rooftop. Peter tries to save her by shooting a line of web at her, but when he gets her the web makes her neck snap from whiplash and she dies. The story arc of Gwen Stacy is tragic but also beautiful. They were truly in love, and despite the loss, good does come from it. Peter meets Gwen's friend Mary Jane Watson, and eventually they fall in love. Emma is signed on to do a few movies, so don't expect to see her leave any time soon. Also unless it's a surprise cameo role, don't expect to see any of the Osborns, or Mary Jane in this film.
Set photos started hitting the web (no pun intended) and I think I see what director Marc Webb means when he says he wants a Spiderman grounded in as much reality as possible (for a superhero movie). The stunts involve very little in the way of CGI, even to the point where Andrew or his stuntmen were swinging around on wires. These brought in the physics and mechanics of what real web-swinging would be like. This means in a lot of scenes where Spidey is swinging around on webs, you're seeing a real person.
|This is Andrew, living all of your childhood dreams.|
The villain in this movie is going to be the Lizard. Haters and fanboys have complained a lot about the look of the Lizard, because apparently he's not supposed to have a flat face. The Lizard in Spiderman comics has a very pronounced snout, and that's missing from this incarnation. Guess what fanboys? Spiderman says suck it.
|He's not in the picture....but he's still saying it|
Marc Webb hopes to make a darker Spiderman film, which focuses on the disappearance of Peter's parents. This is something that's not every brought up in Sam Raimi's Spiderman trilogy. The Amazing Spiderman also features a different love interest, will transform the Daily Bugle from a newspaper into a TV station, and brings in Gwen's father, police captain George Stacy. Peter Parker's character will seem to be more focused on his intelligence, which is exemplified in his invention of the artificial web-shooters. Peter will also be a high school student for the whole movie, and will deal with much more of the pressures of being a teenager than Raimi's Parker. We'll get a lot more teenage "angst."
|Pictured: Teenage Angst|
Your friendly neighborhood Spiderman,