The newest trailer for Spider-Man reboot The Amazing Spider-Man is out! While we knew that this would revitalize the series and tell a vastly different origin story from the Sam Raimi films starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, I don’t think we quite realized how many new threads it would pick up.
This trailer bears multiple rewatches, but here are our knee-jerk reactions of what has us psyched for the July 3rd release date.
1. Gwen Stacy knows what’s up. This is my theory, at least, from a few key shots in the trailer—it seems like Gwen (Emma Stone) is fully aware of Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) secret double life as Spider-Man. There’s a scene where she says, “That’s not your job,” ostensibly in response to Peter needing to stop the Lizard (Rhys Ifans). While that could be pulled from another scene, it seems too serious to be about anything but Manhattan’s safety. The original films drew out the “does Mary Jane know?” question for far too long.
2. Peter’s parents had a reason to leave. But how do we get to the lizard? Because Peter is investigating his parents’ disappearance, of course. The first Raimi film just took it for granted that Mama and Papa Parker had dumped Peter with his aunt and uncle, but this movie has a whole mystery built in. Turns out Peter’s dad was working on something with Dr. Connors.
3. Spider-Man is really snappy. Andrew’s Spidey tosses off snarky retorts like “You seriously think I’m a cop, in a skintight red-and-blue suit?”, the kind of self-awareness that the Tobey Maguire films lacked. Somehow the lines just roll off his tongue—perhaps because this is the kid who dressed up as Spider-Man to infiltrate a Comic-Con panel.
4. The police angle. I feel like the whole “Spider-Man vs. the police” angle wasn’t really explored in the Raimi films. Here, with Denis Leary as Gwen Stacy’s dad and the chief of police, it’s clear that he’s going to pose a major obstacle to letting Peter save crime at all.
5. He gets unmasked! It’s no secret that my favorite part of the original Spider-Man movies was when Peter gets unmasked in Spider-Man 2. (Try to watch the “he’s only a kid” scene and not cry, I dare you.) And here in the trailer, we see a fight scene where his mask gets ripped off. It’s difficult to tell if Andrew’s Peter gets his mask ripped off by Dr. Connors or the NYPD, but I cannot wait for that reveal.