New Spider-Man stills

Via their Facebook page, the upcoming Spider-Man reboot movie posted some stills. Surely Jim Carrey is very excited now over this still of Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, as well as Captain Stacy and Peter Parker in action.

Is it just us or has this Spidey reboot hype kind of gotten lost in the Batman/Avengers shuffle?

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Comments

  1. Jeff P. says:

    As well it should. Remakes on the whole are suspect in themselves, but one re-made so soon after the original is the height of Hollywood nincompoopery. I hope it sinks like a stone.

  2. Samir D says:

    Have to disagree. I think that it’s fine to reboot the franchise. It’s done all the time in comics, and Raimi’s turn had run its course. I for one am looking forward to what looks like a fresher more modern take on the Spider-Man mythos.

  3. Torsten Adair says:

    Well, it’s Sony, not Marvel, so it’s a different marketing department.

    Oh, and while we’re on the topic, where’s the interest in MiB 3? (May 25)

    Avengers = May 4 (FCBD)
    Amazing Spider-Man = July 3
    Batman = July 20

    And over on the right, there as link for the German Avengers trailer…

  4. Synsidar says:

    It’s done all the time in comics, and Raimi’s turn had run its course.

    I disagree with that. Rebooting a series instead of relaunching it — altering the basic concept — is more comparable to retooling a TV pilot and reshooting it than anything else. Marvel, for example, has made a point of saying that the Marvel Universe hasn’t been rebooted because it’s an admission of creative failure. If someone were to actually reboot IRON MAN or the Spider-Man series by giving Stark or Parker additional family members, different jobs, or changing the setup in other ways, the resulting stories would be substantially different.

    The question about a reboot in a movie series is whether the reboot is due to financial reasons — working with the cast, et al., was becoming too expensive — or creative ones — coming up with story ideas was becoming difficult.

    SRS

  5. I think that people have the capacity to get REALLY excited about a limited number of things. And regardless of whether or not the Spider-Man reboot is a good idea, The Avengers is something new that contains proven commodities, and The Dark Knight Rises is a combination of a sequel to two of the very best comic book films ever and brilliantly executed marketing.

    I’m more excited to see The Avengers than I am to see The Amazing Spider-Man, but I somehow suspect that Spider-Man will be better. Don’t ask me to explain THAT.

  6. Samir D says:

    Still, stick with comics doing it all the time. Hard reboots, soft reboots. It happens all the time. I’ve been collecting for thirty plus years and can’t count how many times stories have been modernized. For instance Tony Stark’s origin (Vietnam to Gulf War).

    A reboot isn’t creative failure, sometimes it’s just modernizing an outdated concept for a modern era.

    As far as I know, the Spider-Man film is not giving birth to any new characters. It’s staying in some ways more faithful to the original story (inorganic web shooters) than the Raimi version.

    I do agree with you that the reboot for films is due to either financial reasons or creative ones.

  7. Samir D says:

    Justin,

    I agree with you….people do seem to have a limited “excitement” capacity. The marketing for both the “Avengers” and “Dark Knight Rises” has been absolutely amazing (no pun intended), whereas the marketing for “Spider-Man” has been anything but. It seems like the web slinger’s marketing department is asleep at the wheel. There has been absolutely no generation of excitement for the film. It’s so under the radar. Yet surprisingly…as you say, perhaps the film will be better than the Avengers in terms of story.

  8. Naveed says:

    Still dont see why they had to reboot this franchise so quickly….they should have paid Toby M. more he was the best Peter Parker. Sure the last movie was so-so I hope it bombs out. Not going t even bother and I am a Spidey fan. Will spend on my $ on Avengers & Batman instead.

  9. Synsidar says:

    Still, stick with comics doing it all the time. Hard reboots, soft reboots. It happens all the time. I’ve been collecting for thirty plus years and can’t count how many times stories have been modernized. For instance Tony Stark’s origin (Vietnam to Gulf War).

    A reboot isn’t creative failure, sometimes it’s just modernizing an outdated concept for a modern era.

    I think the word “reboot” has a very specific meaning and that it should be avoided otherwise. Tony Stark’s origin, for example, was redated. The redating of the origin had no effect on the character or on the series generally.

    A reboot could involve a fairly minor change that has ripple effects. For example, if Peter Parker was a fashion photographer instead of a newspaper photographer: no Daily Bugle, no J.J.J., a natural and immediate connection to M.J., differences in how he went about getting involved in dramatic situations.

    A reboot is a fairly risky change because existing fans might be alienated, and there’s no guarantee of attracting new ones. If a series is successful in terms of ratings, sales, or other measures of success, there’s no sensible reason for rebooting it. The risks will outweigh the benefits.

    SRS

  10. I’m puzzled as to why they couldn’t just get a new creative team/actors and continue telling different Spider-Man stories.

    After 50 years, the James Bond film series has had one “reboot” in Casino Royale. I think that demonstrates that retelling Spider-Man’s origin a mere decade later is unnecessary.

  11. Chris Hero says:

    I’m utterly confused by why the studio didn’t do something similar to Rich’s idea and just make it like James Bond…new actors, but basically a continuation.

    This movie has some good actors involved, but I’m not intrigued by seeing the origin yet again. I’ll do what I did with Green Lantern and wait for the word of mouth, but I still haven’t seen Green Lantern and I doubt I ever will….

  12. If they didn’t butcher the Ditko Spidey design, I think I’d be excited about this movie…

  13. Dwayne Duggard says:

    @Rich: Even Casino Royale wasn’t a reboot if you subscribe to the theory that “James Bond” is the code name for Britain’s top spy at any given moment, and that CR was the origin story for that particular James Bond. (Essentially, a serious take on the original Casino Royale flick’s conceit.)

  14. Solo500 says:

    Look, it just needs to have J.K. Simmons as JJJ. Everything else is negotiable.

  15. I also saw a still where they show the old mechanical webshooters. I am really psyched about this (assuming it was accurate). I think the webshooters are a small but important element of Pete’s character.

    1) It shows he innovated at least PART of his powers.

    2) He’s the rare combo of a super-powered but also high-tech hero.

    A lot of people rightly criticized Raimi’s decision to make spidey’s webs innate, I think. Of course, Marvel rolled over and made them innate too. Lame.

    I’m psyched the webshooters are back. w00t!

  16. @Dwayne
    And even if you DON’T subscribe to that theory … it’s basically James Bond begins … but it’s an opportunity to do the one Ian Fleming novel that hadn’t been adapted into (a good) film.

    I would have liked to have seen Pierce Brosnan in the role one more time … but ah well …

  17. briguyx says:

    When there’s a full trailer, people will start getting excited about “Amazing Spider-Man,” although it certainly won’t have the must-see of “Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

    I wouldn’t worry about the script on “Avengers.” Not only does it look like they’re cribbing from Mark Millar’s best “Ultimates” storyline, it was written by Joss Whedon, who’s been known to be pretty good at that whole story thing!

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