Brand Spanking New 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' International Trailer Puts The Emphasis On Comedy
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Brand Spanking New 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' International Trailer Puts The Emphasis On Comedy

By Joanna Robinson | Trailers | December 16, 2013 | Comments ()

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After the dark and somber smorgasbord o’ villainy that was the last trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, this is a refreshing surprise. Unlike the unrelenting gloom of Nolan’s Caped Crusader or even Snyder’s Man Of Steel, Spider-Man (or, more accurately, Peter Parker) is a comic book character who lends himself to lightness. It’s fine for Andrew Garfield to perch on rooftops like a well-coiffed gargoyle and ruminate on the mess his life has become. That’s human and relatable and it wouldn’t make sense for us not to see the burden of that great responsibility that comes with his great power. But it’s a relief to see that between fighting Rhino, Electro and possibly The Green Goblin, Parker still has time to crack wise with Aunt May (Sally Field) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Enjoy the trailer and the German subtitles.

I know some people chaffed against some of the humor in the first Garfield Spider-Man film. Words like “snark” and “hipster” were used liberally. But I think the glimpses of humor here are quite sweet and relatable. As long as we don’t swing in the complete opposite direction of snark and land in goofy territory, we should be fine. So, to sum up, wisecracks are good, dance montages are bad. The end.


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  • Abbey Road

    Ok I know I'm late to the discussion but my Q is this: I thought at the end of AS-M1, Aunt May knew who he was...? Why all the comedy with keeping her in the dark now?

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    That trailer is way better than the "American" trailer we got. I am much more jazzed for Spidey now.

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    i'm pretty sure the best part was Gwen yelling "Peter!" then immediately realizing her mistake and covering her mouth.

  • Adam Borden

    As someone with 3 long boxes full of JUST Spider-Man comics (that's roughly 900-ish?) Imma go ahead and say it: Tobey Maguire wasn't a very good Spider-man... Andrew Garfield, while not perfect, is a VAST improvement.

  • space_oddity

    between fighting Rhino, Electro and possibly The Green Goblin DID WE LEARN NOTHING FROM SPIDER-MAN 3? Too many villains in a 2 hour movie = a mess.

  • Helo

    I agree, to an extent. The problem with the abnormally bloated amount of villains in SM3 had less to do with the amount and more to do with how unrelated and random they were in the scope of the story; a petty crook stumbling into a science experiment gone wrong, retconned into the original SM's storyline via flashback, an alien symbiote randomly landing somewhere in NY, and the Franco Goblin suiting up conveniently after stumbling onto his old man's secret stash of Goblin goodies (the less said about his amnesia plot, the better). That's just too many random threads with an implausibly convenient narrative convergence.

    From what the trailers are telling us, the antagonists here are all part of an Oscorp conspiracy that Richard Parker knew about. I find that infinitely more compelling and plausible for an Electro, a Rhino, and a Green Goblin to be coming after Peter, and even more so if they're all pawns in a dying Norman Osborn's machiavellian scheme.

  • Carey Adams

    You make good points Helo. My only problem is that the trailers seem to be suggesting that Parker was "meant" to be Spider-Man. IF that's the case, why spend the first 1/3 of AS-M1 setting up the origin we all know (accidental spider bite from genetically engineered spider)?

  • Helo

    I'm not as clear on that. I think the references to "we have plans for you, Peter Parker" have to do with the knowledge that Parker is Spider-Man. I could be wrong, though, I haven't seen AS-M1 in a while.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm not sure that it's necessarily referencing Spider-Man at all. Or rather, the thing it's referencing, while it totally helped Peter become Spider-Man, is not per se anything to do with the fact he's Spider-Man. I think it's more likely they're doing some shenanigans with Richard Parker maybe having done something to Peter before he was born, or when he was a child that happened to make him able to handle the whole spider genetic thingie in a way Connors couldn't and which presumably Norman Osborn can't (though I suspect it's less animal-centric in his case).

    So yeah, I figure they want him because of something to do with his dad, which may only kind of incidentally have something to do with him being Spider-Man.

    ETA: It occurs to me I might sound as if I'm endorsing a plotline that might say Peter was destined to become Spider-Man. Not at all. I'm endorsing a plotline that has something done to Peter that later, purely by chance, made him not die when a freaky ass spider bit him. Like Richard Parker cured some random genetic or congenital disorder while he was in the womb and, oops, turns out it could also make him a superhero.

  • NateMan

    I agree with both you and space_oddity. Damn you both for having different opinions that are correct!

  • Chandler Nunnally

    I have always thought the dancing in Spider-Man 3 is funny. It pushes it a little, but I think that whole bit with Peter being mistakenly overconfident is great.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Say what you will about Spider-Man 3, but that jazz club dance scene was fantastic. Also fantastic that Peter's "dark" transformation involved a lot of black clothing and all the menace of Jeffy from 'The Family Circle'.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I consider Spider-Man 3 to be Sam Raimi saying a long, elaborate, absurdly expensive fuck you to Sony for studio interference. In my mind, it got to the point where executives basically insisted on all the bullshit we saw villain-wise, Raimi realized there was pretty much no way to work it, so he deliberately made the best worst fucking movie he could just to screw Sony. Dancing emo Peter? Please, that is a man who is openly ridiculing his bosses and probably also highlighting the fact they're barely paying attention to 80% of his work and just checking that Venom and Sandman break some shit and that James Franco has his stipulated number of scenes being terrible.

  • Merski

    That is Dutch, not German. Which, I know, has nothing to do with anything.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Spidey's hipster snark or Dane DeHaan's emo-fringe: who will win?!
    Probably that terrible rubber-CGI monstrosity that Spiderman turns into whenever he's mid-swing.

  • JenVegas

    Peter Parker was snarky and a hipster well before it was hip to be a snarky hipster.

  • NateMan

    Anyone who complained about the snark in Amazing Spider-Man clearly knows very little about the aforementioned Amazing Spider-Man. The only character more mouthy is Deadpool.

  • kirivinokur

    Spidey has always been snarky, so I thought Garfield's Spidey was truer to the comics than Maguire's.

  • John G.

    Garfield Spiderman loves snark and lasagna.

  • Chandler Nunnally

    I feel that the tone of the Raimi films, however, is closer to that of the comics. Though Maguire's Spider-Man doesn't quip as much, those films are still very funny and carry a comedic tone that is fitting of the comics. They choose to accentuate the nerdy and more humble attributes of his personality in those films instead, probably to ensure that the character remains likeable, which I think is the problem with some of the humor in " The Amazing Spider-Man".

  • NateMan

    I really liked the Raimi movies when they came out, and Spider-Man 2 remains one of the best superhero movies ever, particularly of their time period. But there was a little too much cheese in them upon recent viewings for my tastes. Now that I have 2 outta 3 great Iron Man movies and the Avengers to compare them to, they just don't stand up. And Venom deserved such better treatment.

  • Sam Underwood

    Exactly. I don't read spiderman but I read the big Marvel crossovers and Garfield is much more in line with the Spiderman you see helping out the Avengers in things like Avengers vs X-men. Snarky, quippy, funny, smart.

  • NateMan

    Until a year ago I never would have said this, but Spider-Man (pre-recent developments, anyway) has become one of my favorite characters. To the point where it pains me to read the more poorly written storylines, because he deserves better.

  • NateMan


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