There’s some uproar on the web since the latest and longest and most revealing trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN went live, and I have to say, I completely disagree with the people pooping their drawers over the change in the origin of Peter Parker’s superpowers.
As you will see in the trailer below – ahem, spoiler alert – we can pretty well surmise that a bite from a radioactive spider doesn’t give Mr. Parker his web-slinging abilities, but rather the bite activates something already present in his DNA, something implanted there by his father. This is the thematic change that has diehard Spider-Man fans not pleased.
I’d say this change in story actually makes me more excited to see this possibly-too-soon reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. I like that it has fresh faces (Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Sally Field) and I like the writers (James Vanderbilt, Alivin Sargent and Steve Kloves) taking this story down a different road.
I do think it is too soon for a reboot, and I think that’s why the general consensus on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is a resounding “meh,” but I write that and then I remember the monstrosity called SPIDER-MAN 3 and feel the urge to high-five Columbia Pictures and director Marc Webb ((500) DAYS OF SUMMER). Anything to rinse the dry-heave-inducing taste in my mouth from the failure that was Sam Raimi’s last stab at Spidey.
Take a peek at the trailer below and let me know your thoughts.