John Gholson is a life-long comic book fanboy who has previously covered all manner of superhero news at AOL. After dabbling with comic book self-publishing in the '90s, John moved on to study sequential art at the Savannah College of Art & Design, and currently produces a regular web comic, ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ for Tapsauce.com. You can also read his Avengers Countdown here at Movies.com.
Last week, Marvel announced that the “Untold Story” of The Amazing Spider-Man would be revealed today during a special worldwide media event. While the spotlight has been shining brightly on The Avengers and its Superbowl spot, dedicated web-heads have been watching Marvel’s website throughout the day, hoping for a trailer reveal or an exclusive scene from Sony.
The lucky ones were the fans in Los Angeles and New York City, where the event was happening live. (Read our report from Jenni Miller on the footage right here) Those folks actually got to see the new trailer. According to accounts, the new spot shows Captain Stacy (Denis Leary) going after Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), hints at Peter Parker’s father’s secret double-life, and finally, after months of waiting, shows off Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) in full-on Lizard mode. Word from the event is that the 3-D in the preview is amazing, and that the audience reacted positively to all the right beats.
Sony showed off some additional clips with Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy, Parker’s run-ins with bully Flash Thompson, and confrontation between Spider-Man and The Lizard on a bridge. So, what’s the “Untold Story,” exactly?
Well, part of that is marketing spin -- Sony wants to give people a reason to see Spider-Man’s origin all over again, and there’s no better way than saying outright that it’s a version that audiences haven’t seen. I think the “untold” part is mostly in reference to Spider-Man’s parents, a subject that’s rarely explored. They were treated without any real background for years in the Marvel comics, and then retroactively shoehorned into being secret agents. Many fans in the know are speculating that The Amazing Spider-Man is cherry-picking elements from Ultimate Spider-Man, which would see Parker’s father Richard as a research biologist. That scientific background would tie in well with what we know for sure about the film -- that Connors knows the secret behind Richard Parker’s death.
The Amazing Spider-Man trailer will debut online tonight at midnight, PST (3am EST). Stay tuned as we'll have it right here as soon as it's live.
News from the Web
-- When people predicted that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark would be a Broadway disaster, I think they were only speculating on the box office returns. Who would’ve guessed that the musical would leave a trail of injuries and lawsuits longer than Spidey’s web lines? The latest -- fired director Julie Taymor sued the producers for using her work to move forward with the play, and now the producers are suing back saying Taymor demanded the musical to be “a dark, disjointed and hallucinogenic musical involving suicide, sex and death.” That doesn’t quite sound like it’s in keeping with the spirit of the Marvel comic, does it? [via The Mary Sue]
-- The cast of The Amazing Spider-Man appeared in Tokyo to promote the film (though I’m not sure why). Producer Avi Arad had the most interesting bits to share, discussing Curt Connors connection to Peter Parker’s parents and love interest, “We introduce our villain, Dr. Connors, and in the great tradition of Marvel, Dr. Connors is going to be connected to Peter Parker and, in our case even more interesting, to Gwen Stacy. Right there, the challenge of having to deal with a villain who is a mentor and the only one who you can look at and say, 'So what really happened to my dad?' That's a very hard person to fight." [via Coming Soon]
-- I’m not quite sure what’s up with Spider-Man’s orange eyes in these action figure stills from Diamond Select Toys, but the detailing is nice. Again, we’re seeing more of this film in the form of products than actual footage. Go figure. [via CBM]
-- If you still can’t get over the loss of Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, you might be happy to know that Stan Lee has personally vouched for actor Andrew Garfield. Lee told Access Hollywood, "I am Tobey Maguire's biggest fan. He's talented, he's the nicest guy in the world, nobody could have done a better job on Spider-Man than he did, but Andrew Garfield brings his own charisma to this role, and he's as good as Tobey was. I think people are going to love him." [via Access Hollywood]
-- Hot on the heels of 2011’s best-selling Spider-Man event, Spider Island, Marvel is prepping the next big thing. Coming in June? Spider-Men. At this point Marvel has released a teaser image and no other details. Multiversity Comics notes that the design looks like fused logos from the Ultimate Universe’s Peter Parker and current Spider-Man Miles Morales. More as it develops... [via Comics Beat and Multiversity Comics]
There are 148 days until the release of The Amazing Spider-Man on July 3, 2012. The Marc Webb film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans.