Here it is, the actual release of the trailer that I had a very bad version of yesterday. Now you can see all the details that you might have missed before. I'm curious what you all think about this trailer. Marc Webb gave an interview the LA Times about his reinvention of the character and his vision for the film. Hit the jump to read more about what he said and why I am excited.
Ever since the reveal of the costume and the new long-legged Spider-man logo I've had the feeling that they were going for a more punk rock version of Peter Parker. When Marc Webb is asked about his reinvention of the character he touches briefly on why that decision was made:
"Peter Parker is a science whiz. If you look back to the early Stan Lee and Steve Ditko comics, he’s a nerd with big glasses. The idea of what a nerd is has changed in 40 or 50 years. Nerds are running the world. Andrew Garfield made a movie [called "The Social Network"] about it. Nerds are no longer pariahs and knowing how to write computer code is longer a [mocked] quality. What was important in those early comics was this notion that Peter Parker is an outsider and how we define that in a contemporary context. That, I think, was one of the challenges for us — getting Peter Parker’s outsider status to be current. Peter Parker is a real kid. He’s not a billionaire. He’s not an alien. He’s a kid who gets picked on and gets shoved to the outside. The 90-pound weakling, that’s who Spider-Man is when he gets bit. So much of the DNA of the character is the fact that he was a kid when he got bit. He is imperfect, he is immature and has a bit of a punk rock instinct. In his soul he’s still a 90-pound weakling even after [the transformative bite]."
It seems that Marc Webb has acknowledged that we live in a bit of a post-The Social Network world. I'm not sure if this was a contributing factor to his casting of Andrew Garfield but it is an interesting bit of almost meta-commentary. It seems that in order to get back to Lee/Ditko's version of Spider-man it needs to be updated and changed to fit a modern context.
Spider-man was famously updated and released in a modern world in 2000's "Ultimate Spider-man," a book which just ended its 2nd volume with the death of the titular character. The influence of "Ultimate Spider-man" seems apparent. Marc Webb addresses it here:
"I love a lot of the 'Ultimate Spider-Man' artwork and story lines, there’s a lot more of an adolescent, playful quality. And I think that’s a big part of Spider-Man universe and hasn’t really been explored cinematically before."
"It’s less based in Steve Ditko world and probably closer visually and more influenced by 'Ultimate Spider-Man' but it is also very much a world of our own devising."While the trailer features an almost entirely CGI ending, inspired by the video game Mirror's Edge, Marc has pointed towards a different kind of action and choreography in the film:
"One of the things we tried to do was keep the stunts more grounded physically and that was a huge challenge because you have a character whose abilities are superhuman. How do you do that in a way that’s convincing and real? We had a really great stunt team, the Armstrongs, who were vigilant in the creation — with Andrew — of a physical language that felt grounded but also extraordinary. We spent months and months and months developing rigs so he could swing in a way that wasn’t computer-generated. Obviously there’s going to be enhancements and CG [sequences], but it’s based in a physical reality and that’s a new technique [for this film brand]. When you walk out of the theater, I want the world you see to resemble what you saw on the screen. Part of the joy of cinema [is that] you make the impossible look real. I wanted it to be more grounded and more realistic and that went for the emotion of the scenes, the physical action and wardrobe."You can read the rest of the article here. What do you think of this new trailer and the relaunch?