New ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Images Reveal Musical’s Carnage

Last we heard from the “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” team, director Julie Taymor was defending the recent delays that pushed the expensive musical’s premiere back to January 2011. Today, we have a set of new images from the blockbuster production, including our first look at the design for Carnage, one of several Spidey villains appearing in the show.

The latest issue of Vogue has the five images, which include a shot (embedded below) of Spider-Man (played by Reeve Carney) battling with Green Goblin (Patrick Page) while Mary Jane Watson (Jennifer Damiano) swoons, and our first look at the musical’s version of Carnage. There’s also an up-close shot of Spidey against a New York City backdrop (also embedded below), a picture of new villain Swiss Miss threatening Mary Jane, and a photo of Peter Parker out of costume with Mary Jane.

We first learned that Carnage would have a role in the musical back in September, when Taymor told MTV News that the show would feature its own version of the Sinister Six, consisting of Kraven, Carnage, Lizard, and Swiss Miss, among other Spidey rogues.

The new images also give us our first good look at Spider-Man’s redesigned costume and logo created by Eiko Ishioka.

In the accompanying article, the magazine also hints at some of the stunts that caused concern for safety inspectors and brought about the most recent delays.

“When Spider-Man makes his first entrance, he swings from the back of the set to the foot of the stage, landing mere inches from the innocent bystanders in the first row,” reports the magazine. “In one sequence, the fisticuffs between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin atop the Chrysler Building lead to Spidey’s jumping off the ledge—and suddenly the scenery shifts to a forced perspective that makes us feel as if we are staring down the side of a skyscraper into the street. Next thing we know, Spider-Man and the Goblin are whizzing through the air over our heads, locked in mortal combat, landing on a platform attached to the first balcony.”

“Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” is currently scheduled to premiere January 11, 2011.

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