On the Scene: Amazing Spider-Man Event

Mild Amazing Spider-Man Spoilers throughout!

In Los Angeles today at noon, Sony held a special event to introduce the world to the first glimpses of The Amazing Spider-Man. In cities around the world similar events were held, with Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) in Rio De Janeiro, Rhys Ifans (Dr. Curt Connors) in London, Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) in New York and the director Marc Webb in Los Angeles. The even was simulcast so that we were able to engage with the other cities, which was a little glitchy but not as much as expected. Fans and critics alike gathered to see what everyone had been working on for all these months.

First we were introduced to the other cities where each star participant greeted us before settling in for the good stuff, the first look at the trailer. The footage was beautiful, especially in 3D, since the film was planned in 3D and not simply converted after. We were treated to scenes of Peter Parker discovering his past, falling in love with Gwen Stacy and battling various criminals before coming up against The Lizard and Dr. Curt Connors. Definitely a new take on Spider-Man. Lots of swooping about the city and vivid action scenes. The film seems funnier and a little goofier than the films before, and Emma Stone is definitely a brighter presence than Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane.

The Q&A that followed was uneventful and filled with the usual bland sort of questions, except for Andrew Garfield's declaration that he hopes a half-Hispanic and half-Black actor plays Spider-Man after him. This was met with cheers and hollers from all the audiences around the world and sort of nervous glances around the room from Sony execs.

Post Q&A, Marc Webb offered up another five to ten minutes of additional footage that showcased some scenes that still needed special visual effects, and highlighted Martin Sheen's role as Uncle Ben. Sheen pretty much steals every scene we saw, so look out Garfield!  All in all, the film looks to be amazing (ha ha!) and  I can't wait until July 7th, 2012!