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Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, The Amazing Spider-Man

Three New Clips for The Amazing Spider-Man Revealed

Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, The Amazing Spider-Man

Three new clips from the upcoming Spider-Man reboot has been launched thanks to Kellogg’s new tie-in promos. The clips can be found by aiming your smartphone at Peter Parker on the back of specially marked Kellogg’s and Keebler products. You can also see the three clips below.

The official plot of the film follows:

Peter Parker, a teenager who is an outcast from high school and abandoned by his parents when he was young and is now living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, spends his days trying to unravel the mystery of his own past and winning the heart of his high school crush, Gwen Stacy. Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase belonging to his dad which leads him to his dad’s former partner, Dr. Connors. The discovery of his father’s secret will ultimately shape his destiny of becoming “Spider-Man” and brings him face to face with Connors’ alter ego, the Lizard.

Coming to 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on July 3, the Marc Webb-directed action adventure stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field.

 

 

The cast of the upcoming film includes:

  • Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
  • Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
  • Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors / The Lizard
  • Martin Sheen as Ben Parker
  • Sally Field as May Parker
  • Denis Leary as Captain George Stacy
  • Chris Zylka as Flash Thompson
  • Irrfan Khan as Dr. Ratha

The Amazing Spider-Man Viral Hunt Comes to an End

What began as a viral marketing campaign has ended with cities covered in (authorized) graffiti. It’s lead to websites and Twitter accounts, all wrapped in more riddles and clues. So what was the payoff? Some cool Spider-Man swag and an opportunity to get all meta with the Spider-Man storyline.

You can read about the initial hunt here.

The viral hunt that lead to websites and Twitter accounts, contained more cryptic clues and locations. Then it lead to some pretty cool gifts that fans could take home. Some of the cool stuff included Spider-Man hoodies and cellphones that sent them instructions via calls and texts on what to do next.

I think this is how official supporters got selected to put up the marks of the Spider-Man around the city.

“We’re supporting Spider-Man,” Abigail Flynn told MTV News of the campaign in New York. “We’re putting up the mark of the Spider-Man around the city to spread awareness and spread his message.”

That’s right. Even MTV covered the news in New York about the appearance of supporters for the masked vigilante known as Spider-Man. You know how they’ve always been a reliable news source. Heh. It’s all very meta though and very well done. The idea is that these Spider-Man supporters are needed to remind whoever the Spider-Man is that he’s made a difference. Especially in light of the Daily Bugle constantly thrashing him. I really wouldn’t be surprised if some of this footage appears in the movie; or maybe a reenactment of the graffiti vandalism.

In addition to New York, these events also took place in Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Seattle. To ensure that no one screwed it up or that separate professionally trained graffiti artists weren’t needed for each location, stencils were handed out. Tape up – Spray red – Tear Down – Pose for pictures. Easy enough right? I’m still having problems coloring within the lines.

Just to be sure everyone is on the same page though, the Mark of the Spider-Man official marketing website had this to communicate:

“These activities were conducted by trained and supervised persons acting with all necessary permissions and authorizations. Columbia Pictures does not condone or support the propagation of unauthorized graffiti and must insist that no one attempt to recreate, re-enact or perform such activity without all required permissions and authorizations.”

Which hopefully frees them for legal issues if by chance a street gang adopts the signature as their own. Like the black spiders in “The New Guy.” Actually, I think that was a comic book storyline entitled, “Spider-Island” where everyone in New York gained the power set of Spider man and a bunch of thugs dressed as Spider-Man. They ended up using their great power for great larceny, so other Marvel superheroes crossed over and laid the smack down on everyone; including Peter Parker.

If the Spider-Man supporters ever got out of hand, I’m sure the riot police wouldn’t have problems gassing them all. Just like the superheroes would do! It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Columbia Picture’s The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters this July 3rd.

If you go to the official viral marketing site and click on the red image of Mark of the Spider, it’ll take you to a trailer.  Check out the trailer below!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tnxzJ0SSOw

The Amazing Spider-Man Has a New HD Game Trailer

A new HD trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man video game has been released. The tie-in to the upcoming movie already had a trailer back in December, but this one contains new footage. Not unlike a new Malibu Stacey doll; except she has a new hat; this has caught the attention of fans and haters alike.

The game which takes place after the events of the movie seems to be based on robotic insects created by Oscorp. This is a rehash of the Spider-Slayers, robots that were commissioned to seek out and exterminate Spider-Man; as long as they didn’t actually do it in the printed pages as per the comic code authority. J. Jonah Jameson was that rich that he could have scientists whip him up that kind of technology on the fly, but he couldn’t pay for Peter Parkers photos full price. The first appearance of cheesy bipedal spider-slayers occurred in Amazing Spider-Man issue 25. The story has long since been upgraded and re-imagined to be slightly more realistic. Now more of a high tech mass produced robot workforce gone awry than steam punk accident. As ill conceived as the original idea appeared to be, the storyline of spider-slayers has been reused continuously. So far they’ve appeared as plots in games for SNES, Sega and Game Boy, Spider-Man cartoons, and alternate Marvel comic universes. Nick Fury even had spider-slayers built as contingencies in case Spider-Man ever went rogue.

It’s unclear if the new trailer is called the “Rhino” trailer as a code name, or someone had confused a mammoth screaming spider robot as the Rhino. Some video game related websites such as Gamestop have clearly labeled it as such. While some websites have gone so far as to say, “webslinging his way across New York to take on Rhino.”

This is where I descend slightly into madness.

Is the giant spider like robot in the end of the trailer called Rhino? If so, then someone in the writing department must have not read any Spider-Man comics or watched any of the cartoons. The Rhino is a Spider-Man villain who’s a muscle bound guy in a Rhino outfit; sometimes enhanced by tech, drugs or breeding. How can this be though? The narrative was crafted by Hollywood writer Seamus Kevin Fahey. The only reason I know that he’s got the writing chops is because he did episodes of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena; no I don’t watch “Battlestar Galactica”, so no points there.

Next, why does the robot spider scream at the end? Yes, it sounds like a Godzilla era monster ready to rumble which is awesome for game play tone, but it’s still a robot spider. I know I’m suppose to suspend my belief as Spider-Man swings on a thread in his new official Spider-Man shoes, but unless the robot is using echo location; or it’s a oversized prototype of a sonic screwdriver; there’s no reason for it to scream.

So it leaves me with two realistic options. Either the trailer is coded named Rhino to throw people off the sent or inspire this exact type of chatter. Or someone plain didn’t understand what was happening and is making the game out to be Spider-Man versus the Rhino.

Also the shoes that Spider-Man wears in the movies, which are probably designed to work with his spider powers of sticking to things, seem to be really focused on. Trailers, viral treasure hunts, video games, they all want you to see the shoes. Is there a line of official Spider-Man novelty shoes coming out?

The HD trailer is almost the same as the VGA quality trailer that came out before it. It contains hower 8 seconds of new footage of Spider-Man going down a zip cord and 20 new seconds of credits. The game which is in development by game studio Beenox features free-roaming web-slinging across the city of Manhattan which looks more crisp than other Spider-Man video games I’ve seen; trailer wise that is. Too bad this qualifies as a superhero based video game, so it’s going to be compared to Batman: Arkham Asylum. No contest. Nothing beats Batman. Not even future Batman; yes, it’s cannon.

Check out the new HD trailer below; now with a new hat!

The Hunt for The Amazing Spider-Man is On!

What began as a launch for the new trailer for the upcoming movie, The Amazing Spider-Man, has quickly turned into a scavenger hunt gone viral.

Within the trailer, obscured by quick moving lights and explosion of sound, there were hidden words that read, “Mark of the Spider-Man” If you go to the website for “markofthespider-man.com”, you’ll end up at a website with six static filled screens and the new rebooted spider-man logo. I’m not sure who’s goal in life it is to find these things, but day-uhm! There’s no way I could have seen that with my ADHD. This type of marketing has been reminiscent of last years viral treasure hunt for the movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Using the same words, you can find the site’s matching Twitter feed @MarkofSpiderman, which has been tweeting longitude and latitude coordinates for several major US cities. Each of these coordinates pointed to a comic book shop accompanied by the message, “Propery of Peter Parker… Lost”.

In a turn of luck for one comic book reporter; not me, never me; one of the shops turned out to be a local area distributor, Secret Headquarters in Silverlake, Los Angeles. The SuperHeroHype’s reporter made a quick sprint down the street to find a discarded backpack.

Yes, secret hidden messages, codes to break, a country that is overtly suspicious of packages and then a discarded backpack in one of six major U.S. Cities.

Instead of returning the backpack or trying to find them; it clearly says Property of Peter Parker on it; the contents were looted. Inside contained: Safety goggles (They do nothing!), Physics and Chemistry textbooks, keys, a MetroCard, a notebook loaded with class notes, sunglasses, drawing pencils, a pencil sharpener, a sketchbook, a binder, film canisters, photo contact sheets and a small canister of what appear to be watch parts; probably to make his web shooters look all steam punk. There are even running shoes in the bag, all modified of course for, uhm… special needs. I would like to take this opportunity to note that the sketchbook which contains preliminary drawings of the Spider-Man costume has a mask that looks like Strong Bad’s of Home Star Runner. Also the bag does not contain any sewing equipment or space age costume material that I have gripped about. You can read that article here.

Parker also collected some well crafted Daily Bugle clippings about a certain masked vigilante, including one that reads, “This letter will be the first of many, and the first letter is always key.” When applying the cipher of first letter to the black block of text, it reads “slashprepare” which I can only assume is a reference back to the viral website. So here I went typing in /prepare. This sent me to a a screen that looks like its telling you to click on the six screen in a particular order.

I did that. Nothing. Turns out that it’s already been triggered and each screen now shows the name of the cities in question and an ominous countdown timer for each.

Meanwhile, in another part of town… The film is set for release on July 3rd and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. Directed by Marc Webb; heh, Webb of Spier-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man arrives with a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel comic by Stan Lee.

Here’s the official movie synopsis for The Amazing Spider-Man:

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

Check out the images of what they found over at SuperHeroHype

 

Look Out! Here Comes the Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

A new trailer was released by Sony for The Amazing Spider-Man that includes some new footage. The trailer which is best seen in 3D has at times a striking resemblance to the video game trailer for Mirror’s Edge. The film which will be released on July 3rd will be available in theaters in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Sally Field.

The first things I noticed in this new trailer was Captain Stacy being played by Denis Leary; he really plays a convincing… Well if you’re old enough, you know. The next thing to hit me was the realization that Emma Stone was playing Gwen Stacy; who I agree with the internet in saying that she would have been a more convincing Mary-Jane Watson.  Stone already did well as a red head in Easy A.

How exactly does a science obsessed teen know how to sew that well? One of the things that’s never addressed in the films is how Peter Parker manages to sew together such a complicated body suit. Whether it’s the raised texture from the original films or the ribbed for his pleasure version in the new film, both materials are not off the shelf fabrics. Maybe Parker created the fabrics with science, owing to the radioactive blood again for passing on the ability to weave complicated webs to produce high tech fabrics. I’m still having problems fixing the ends of my pants ’cause they’re too long and being destroyed by my boots. If this new suit is any indication of the movie, it appears that the new take will be darker and gritty compared to that of Rami’s Spider-Man.

So what annoyed me in the original film is how the webs are organic and come out of Spider-Man’s wrists; rather than other orifices that would approximate a spider’s anatomy better. Which is annoying, because some of the best bits in the comics is when Spidey runs out of web fluid and has to change his cartridges out before going splat; or chuck them into the maws of a lizard who punctures the canisters in his mouth. In this trailer, you clearly see Parker experimenting with mechanical web-spinners.

Also what annoys me to this day are my failed web spinners I tried building as a kid. Wrist mounting a re-purposed supersoaker, filled with a rubber cement mixture solution does not spin webs, it clogs sinks. The only good part of my experiment; that got me severely disciplined for ruining the sink; was how I created the pressure release trigger for the device. A few months later I saw it built into the official Spider-Man wrist mounted silly string shooters. I nerd raged in the Toys R Us that day.

Check out the new trailer below:

The Amazing Spider-Man Website Gets Updated

The official website for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot has been updated with new wallpapers, avatars and character sheets courtesy of Columbia Pictures. We have included some of the new images and character sheets at the bottom! Continue reading

Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, The Amazing Spider-Man

The Official Synopsis for The Amazing Spider-Man Revealed

Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, The Amazing Spider-Man

The actual plot of the new reboot of Spider-Man has been kept a secret for months now, with only vague ideas of where it was headed. Now, finally, Columbia Pictures has released the official synopsis for the film. Fans can finally know the who and what and where of this new production.  Continue reading