Spider-Man webslings his way back to the big screen
There have already been three Spider-Man movies. But this summer, a new Spider-Man movie comes to theaters to reboot the series. The Amazing Spider-Man will completely clear the slate and feature a new cast, a new director, and some new characters.
The movie comes out this summer, but on Monday Spidey fans all over the globe joined actors from the film for a special sneak peek. I was in the audience for the New York event — and so was the new Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield.
The last Spider-Man movie was released in 2007. So of course a lot of Spidey fans — both at the theater and around the world — wonder why reboot the series? Is it a sensible move? Will it be different, and, if so, in a good way or bad? And, are the new cast and director right for the job?
During the 3-D trailer and clips of the work in progress, it seemed like everyone was excited by what they saw. This included Garfield. As he arrived at the front of the theater, the room applauded with pure excitement, and one man shouted "Hallelujah!"
"You said exactly what was on my mind," Garfield responded.
Garfield’s excitement and appreciation for his role was expressed even later on when asked why he wanted to be Spider-Mman.
"Because I’m not an idiot," Garfield said as the crowd cheered. "It’s the thing everyone wants. Everybody in this room wants it, and it belongs to everyone in this room."
From what I could tell, there was much excitement and anticipation. As fans left the theater, I could overhear comments about how they thought Garfield’s Spiderman appears to have a more humorous element. They were also impressed with the film’s 3-D.
The new Spider-Man is not meant to compete with the older movies. Instead, it’s meant to take one of the greatest comic book superheroes of all time and put him in a scenario that has not yet been explored.
"It’s so overwhelming to represent this symbol, because that’s all I am, just the guy in the suit, it can be anyone in the suit," Garfield said. "But it just happens to be me this time."
Photo: Andrew Garfield stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures' The Amazing Spider-Man. (Photo: Jaimie Trueblood © 2011 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)