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'The Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer Analysis & Breakdown

The second trailer reveals new plot points from the upcoming film.

The second trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man hit in the early hours of the morning and everyone's talking about it. It's curious that Sony/Columbia chose to unleash the trailer on the internet rather than have it debut during the Superbowl. Then again, with the anticipation this movie already has, they probably felt it wasn't necessary to pay millions for a time slot.

While Sony has released an official synopsis of the movie that lays out what the story will be about, there are still some key points unveiled in the trailer. Watching the trailer a few times, it clearly shows us how this film will differ from the previous Spider-Man movies.

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Captain George Stacy is Anti-Spider-Man

In the comics, Captain Stacy was a fan of Spider-Man. He eventually discovers that Spider-Man is Peter Parker, the boy dating his daughter, Gwen. Despite the dangers of that relationship, he still approved of Spider-Man's actions.

It's a different story in the movie, at least in the beginning. He describes Spider-Man as wearing "a mask like an outlaw." He even later publicly issues an arrest warrant for "the masked vigilante known as Spider-Man." This is a big departure from the other films as this angle wasn't fully explored.

Flash Thompson is still a Bully

Ah, the glory days of high school. No high school is complete without its share of bullies, unfortunately.

As Peter is deep in thought, he is brought back to reality when he receives a basketball to the back of the head courtesy of Flash Thompson. Thankfully I've never been hit by a basketball in the head but I imagine it wouldn't be fun. It looks like this must happen after he gains his spider-powers since he finally gives him a piece of his mind. But if you look carefully, you'll notice Peter has a different hood (how many hoodies does he own?) and Flash has a different top on as well.

Peter's Dad Was a Geneticist

We know from the first trailer that Richard Parker was involved with genetics before his disappearance. His involvement at Oscorp allows for Peter to gain some of his research in becoming Spider-Man. We know Peter finds his old satchel which most likely has the design or formula for the web shooters and web fluid. Peter is a smart kid but to be able to create those as well as his advanced costume is a bit much to accept.

If Richard Parker was an employee of Oscorp, does that mean he and Mary weren't SHIELD agents? That's the assumption as to why they 'disappeared' when Peter was young, forcing him to be raised by Uncle Ben and Aunt May. It is possible he was still an agent in the research department and maybe he was supposed to try to infiltrate Oscorp or worked there before being recruited into SHIELD.

Peter is Really Smart

Peter Parker is supposed to a really smart guy. That's something that was often overlooked over the years. He is able to come up with and solve a crazy formula that impressed Dr. Curt Connors.

What is this equation for? We know Connors turns into the Lizard. This must be what he and Richard were working on. Peter must have come up with the finishing touch that allows Curt to become the Lizard. Peter later tells Gwen that it's his fault, he created the Lizard.

The Lizard Unleashed

The Lizard almost seems like an odd choice for the main villain of the movie. He is a classic villain. The idea of a man-sized lizard goes along with the old urban myth of giant-sized alligators living in the sewers after being flushed down the toilet.

We do get some glimpses of the Lizard in action and he doesn't look too bad (way better than Green Goblin's armor in the other first Spider-Man movie). The idea of a man mutating himself almost makes more sense than a guy gaining superpowers, wearing a goblin suit of armor and being able to fly around on an experimental glider.

Web Shooters

The missing web shooters in the first movies was a decision some loved and others hated. If Peter gains spider-powers, being able to shoot webs naturally makes sense. We can accept that a young Peter Parker was intelligent enough to design and build them himself, while still in high school in the comics but when thrown on the big screen, it could be a stretch. It's likely that some of the idea behind them was thanks to his dad and that mysterious satchel.

What about that red light? When shooting webs, you see a little cloud of smoke pop out, as if it's from a pressurized device built into the shooters. There's also a red light that goes off. You would think that the light would give away his presence if he was deep in the shadows but then again, Spider-Man is able to move like lightning. It could be that the light tells him how much webbing he has left. It could start going off when he's getting low or gets brighter when he's swinging on "empty."

Spider-Man Captured

You can't have a Spider-Man movie without him losing his mask. We know Captain Stacy is out to get him. We see several police officers in heavy gear surround him. Spider-Man is captured, handcuffed and has his mask removed. It's then that Spider-Man breaks out of the cuffs and jumps around, escaping from the police. It's possible he moved around so fast and because of the dark, no one gets a good look at his face. Perhaps this is when Captain Stacy finds out Spider-Man is really his daughter's boyfriend.

Peter's Dad Helped Create Spider-Man

Because his dad was involved with genetics, it's almost fate that Peter becomes Spider-Man. In a flashback scene, we see a spider in a jar. Peter's dad was apparently very secretive and Connors mentions they were going to "change the lives of millions." Connors also says something about a "new species in New York" and it can be aggressive if threatened. As he says this, we see glimpses of the Lizard but it would make more sense if there was a new spider species in New York rather than a lizard.

We later see Peter deep in a lab as Connor's voice says, "If you want the truth Peter, come and get it." Could it be possible that Richard Parker might have experimented on his own son? When Connors says that line, it's almost as if he is aware Peter is Spider-Man. Peter's dad experimenting on him is unlikely and could be too much. It's better if Peter is working at the lab and is accidentally bitten by a crazy mutated spider.

Gwen Discovers Peter's Secret?

There is a scene that looks like the Peter and Gwen are on a rooftop. They kiss and then Peter jumps off the roof, not in costume. Gwen then says, "I'm in trouble." This would be from the fact that her boyfriend is Spider-Man and her father has issued an arrest warrant for the vigilante. The two are later seen together with Peter in costume. This could be from Spider-Man saving Gwen but she appears to be looking him with something more than simple gratitude for saving her life.

What About Uncle Ben?

Will Uncle Ben get killed in this movie? Is he the inspiration for Peter to become a hero? When Spider-Man is stopping a car thief, he cracks a joke. He doesn't come across as witty as he is in the comics but if his uncle was recently killed, I don't know if he'd be making jokes right away. Without his death, would Peter really learn about great power and great responsibility? Sorry Uncle Ben, you need to die.

It could be his part in helping to create the Lizard that motivates him to be a hero. This probably wouldn't be the case unless Connors is transformed earlier in the movie. Spider-Man has to be active as a "vigilante" in order to get Captain Stacy's attention.

Will we have another trailer before the movie is released? Will any more information be unveiled? We'll have to keep our eyes peeled to see if anything else is revealed about the movie.

Here's the trailer if you need to see it again.

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Posted by InnerVenom123

Not killing Uncle Ben would be plain stupid.

Posted by fodigg

I didn't notice it in the trailer, but the still of the webshooters clearly shows brass clockwork pieces in the background. I am, not fond of that. The webshooters shouldn't be "steampunk."

Posted by Icon

They do kill Uncle Ben in this. There is amateur vid online of them filming the scene where Uncle Ben dies.

Anyway, this looks so awesome. XD

Posted by InnerVenom123

@Icon said:

They do kill Uncle Ben in this. There is amateur vid online of them filming the scene where Uncle Ben dies.

Oh yeah, I forgot about that. I saw it a while ago.

Posted by CRTrobinson

Where is the Avengers breakdown???

Posted by rock4rookies

Most of the things guessed at follow the Ultimate story line... the genetics, Gwen. Also, I thought the red light thing might have been a spider-tracer. But the most important thing is that Spider-Man is cracking jokes in the trailer! That, more than anything was missing in the old movies! Spider-Man is supposed to be funny, Peter Parker is not! I am really excited about this.

Posted by Archlord

It's not the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I must own this DVD (or Bluray) when it releases.

Now, will Gwen die? Can't wait to find out.

Posted by dewboy01

that new spiderman costume looks more Ben Riley's style.

Posted by G-Man

@dewboy01: And Peter loves the hoodies!

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Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

For Peter to become a TRUE hero, Uncle Ben NEEDS to die. Him dying is the pivotal moment in Spider-Man's career launch. Not killing him would completely change the Spider-Man mythos.

Posted by LordRequiem

They seem to be keeping a fair bit more from the comics than the previous three films, I like that, that is how it should be. I will be quite appalled if he isn't bitten by a radioactive spider, after all there is a scene where there's a ton of them on some sort of rotating wall.

Posted by zombietag

@G-Man said:

@dewboy01: And Peter loves the hoodies!

haha

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@G-Man: What are you looking forward to more, Amazing Spider-Man or The Avengers?
Edited by Gambit1024

Oh! Spider-Man's suit (or his mask, anyway) reminds me of Gabriel DelOtto's Spider-Man. I knew it looked familiar. And yeah, Uncle Ben needs to die or it's not a real Spidey movie.

Also, I think there's gonna be a link between Peter's parents' "disappearance" and Norman Osborn in a sequel. And I think Richard Parker will be partly responsible for the inevitable appearance of the Venom symbiote.

Posted by red_rover

@G-Man said:

@dewboy01: And Peter loves the hoodies!

Nice.

Posted by sky-pirate

@Gambit1024 said:

And I think Richard Parker will be partly responsible for the inevitable appearance of the Venom symbiote.

Outside of possibly Green Goblin, I don't think they'll repeat any of the villains used in the previous three movies.

Posted by Mucklefluga

Is Lizard the only villain in this?

Posted by Sonata

Looks so awesome cant wait!XD

Posted by KainScion

mix of amazing spider-man and ultimate spider-man. dont know what to say.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@LordRequiem said:

They seem to be keeping a fair bit more from the comics than the previous three films, I like that, that is how it should be. I will be quite appalled if he isn't bitten by a radioactive spider, after all there is a scene where there's a ton of them on some sort of rotating wall.

Wasn't there a clip of him getting bit on the back of the neck in the first trailer?
Posted by ProfessorZoom

Why would SHIELD be in this movie? That doesn't make sense to the plot, plus I'm fairly certain Marvel owns the rights to SHIELD.

Posted by The Mast

People often forget that while Uncle Ben coined THE phrase, and it was HIS death that told Spidey he should've intervened, it was the Gwen/Goblin sitution that TAUGHT him the meaning as well. Without Gwen on his conscience, he is a broken character.

Posted by AirDave817

So...we've had our "Sean Connery" Spider-Man - the actor that brought the character to the screen. Hopefully this is not the "Lazenby" or "Dalton" Spider-Man, but maybe a little of the "Moore" Spider-Man without the campy, self-parody quality... kinda like what both Brosnan and Craig have been shooting for...

Posted by Sammo21

I think it's weird to wonder if his parents were SHIELD agents...obviously SHIELD isn't in the Spider-man movie-verse. Secondly, there was actually an unfilmed scene for the first Spider-Man where he was almost captured by police in a subway; it could have been really cool.

I'm excited for the movie now, frankly. Before...I was not. Looks as if this Spider-Man will actually be funny. I am going to be a little bummed that Spidey will no longer have started out as the wrestler that Raimi used for the first movie. I think that is a cool angle for an origin.

Posted by Mr. Dead Pool

Personally I'm very excited for this. So far it seems to have everything Raimi's version didn't. Spidey used to be a major favorite for me as a kid, but I eventually lost interest after One More Day and Brand New Day. It's that reason Spidey isn't a permanent fixture in my hall of favorites.

Posted by movieartman

@Gambit1024:

thats a very good thing as Gab draws a supurb spider-man

Posted by faceforest

@sky-pirate: I think Venom is way too big a part of Spidey's back story for them to leave him out.

Posted by pspin

This movie looks so good!!!!

"Sorry Uncle Ben, you need to die." Kind of mean but completely true.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Good breakdown, now make one for the Avengers trailer!

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Posted by Malonius

Such a pain that Marvel and Sony can't get together and link up the Marvel Movie Universe. It would make so much sense to have SHIELD involvement or for Richard Parker or Curt Connors to be mentioning Bruce Banner's work.

Posted by SpidermanWins

@Gambit1024 said:

Oh! Spider-Man's suit (or his mask, anyway) reminds me of Gabriel DelOtto's Spider-Man. I knew it looked familiar. And yeah, Uncle Ben needs to die or it's not a real Spidey movie.

Also, I think there's gonna be a link between Peter's parents' "disappearance" and Norman Osborn in a sequel. And I think Richard Parker will be partly responsible for the inevitable appearance of the Venom symbiote.

Same, since it is following some of the ultimate spider-man storyline Richard Parker will definitely be partly responsible for Venom.

Posted by FinalDasa

I don't understand why they released this midnight on the Pacific coast, or at midnight at all. Seems like you would want all the twitter and facebook buzz.

Posted by weaponx25

I wish they would stick to animated movies and get the facts straight.

Posted by JJRage

I imagine the reason they're not blasting us with Spidey origin scenes like the spider bite and Uncle Ben's death is simply because those events are well-known, and the last trilogy is still fresh in people's minds. This trailer wouldn't be nearly as exciting if they spent the first 60 seconds of it showing us bits and pieces of the origin.

Posted by XevenMoons

@Archlord: Ditto!

Posted by _Zombie_

You know, this movie is actually starting to look interesting..

Posted by Asok

Who is the other large, non reptillian enemy featured in the trailer?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@weaponx25 said:
I wish they would stick to animated movies and get the facts straight.
What?
Posted by King Quisling

@fodigg: Why on Earth should the Web-Shooters be steampunk!? Do you know what steampunk is?

Posted by k4tzm4n

@G-Man:

Gwen Discovers Peter's Secret?

There's also the scene with Peter in bed (and with a wound on his torso) and he says to Gwen, "I gotta stop him, 'cause I created him." This more than likely refers to how he helped create the Lizard by assisting Curt with his work (which leads to becoming the Lizard).

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Posted by Chibi-Iroh

Why does one of these not exist for the Avengers trailer.

Edited by cattlebattle
@Chibi-Iroh said:

Why does one of these not exist for the Avengers trailer.

Maybe because it wasn't a full trailer, Its under a minute long and doesn't really reveal anything 
 
I believe there was already one for the first trailer that came out several months ago
Posted by goldenkey

@Asok:

what??? what other reptilian???

Posted by weaponx25
@spiderbat87:  I am referring to the different superhero movies that come out which mix up the story lines and ruin the characters while the animated movies are great and show the characters true powers/abilities.

Posted by laflux

@ZombieBigfoot: true

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Posted by BlackArmor

@CRTrobinson said:

Where is the Avengers breakdown???

Posted by Asok

@goldenkey said:

@Asok:

what??? what other reptilian???

NON reptillian. At about 1:29 and 1:55 You can see that he doesn't have the pointy lizard snout.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Asok said:

@goldenkey said:

@Asok:

what??? what other reptilian???

NON reptillian. At about 1:29 and 1:55 You can see that he doesn't have the pointy lizard snout.

That's not a "non" reptilian that is the Lizard.
Posted by Masha2932

I prefer the idea of natural web shooting compared to the idea that peter uses web shooters. I mean where does he get the material for the high tensegrity web fluid. Also he's a student where does he find the money to procure the web fluid material. I like the idea that the webbing is natural and can be affected by his mood.

Spiders naturally produce webbing so why shouldn't spiderman?

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@spiderbat87 said:

@Asok said:

@goldenkey said:

@Asok:

what??? what other reptilian???

NON reptillian. At about 1:29 and 1:55 You can see that he doesn't have the pointy lizard snout.

That's not a "non" reptilian that is the Lizard.

Really? It doesn't really look like him, other than being green. No apparent scales, and he doesn't have a snout. He looks kind of like the Abomination from the 2008 Hulk movie, except without the protruding bones.

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