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The Amazing Spider-Man Theatrical Trailer: The Same, But Different. And Quite Possibly Better.

By TK Burton | Trailers | February 7, 2012 |

By TK Burton | Trailers | February 7, 2012 |

The Amazing Spider-Man is completely unnecessary. We already have Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, a film that, while not perfect by far, is still an engrossing and entertaining hero-coming-of-age story. Marc Webb ((500) Days Of Summer) has inexplicablyu been tasked with rebooting a series that's barely ten years old. It's one of Hollywood's stupidest ideas in a long time. It's been desperately difficult to drum up any interest whatsoever.

After watching the new trailer for the film? OK. OK, I'm fucking interested.

The Amazing Spider-Man isn't that different, but it's different enough. Not just the switch from focusing on Mary Jane Watson to Gwen Stacy instead, but the tone of the film is different. I don't want to say that it looks darker, because that's an overused phrase. There's still that bit of boyish glee within Spider-Man, the trademark wisecracking quips. But it feels like the subject matter is being taken more seriously. It's helped, of course, by a cast that's as strong as Raimi's original, if not stronger in some parts. The Lizard, aka Dr. Curt Connors, is a solid choice for a new villain, yet the general feel is a little less... silly? Maybe?

Regardless, Emma Stone looks terrific as Gwen. And hooray, no organic web shooters.

The trailer shows a little too much, but what the hell. Watch:

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