The Amazing Spider-Man panel was by far one of the most anticipated panels for WonderCon 2012. Though the panel lacked lead actor Andrew Garfield or any big reveals, a several minute long trailer gave some deep insight into the film’s emotional elements.
At a glance the film looks to be dealing with Peter as a young man who has lost his parents and the emotional repercussions of such an event. That is not to say the trailer did not have some incredible action choreography laced throughout. Of note were a few never before seen scenes of Peter training in what looked like an abandoned warehouse, with his newfound powers. Most of the new scenes involved Spider-Man swinging through city streets and one scene in which Spider-Man taunts a would be car thief. The trailer (description below) encompassed everything that is Spider-Man.
During the panel, when asked about the relationship that Gwen and Peter have, actress Emma Stone explained that what makes Gwen different from Mary Jane or any other of Peter’s loves, is that she is in love with Peter Parker and not Spider-Man.
The dichotomy of Captain Stacy (played by Dennis Leary) and Spider-Man was also brought up during the panel. Director Marc Webb explained that what makes Captain Stacy and Spider-Man such compelling rivals is that they both want the same thing, however, they both believe that the other is going about it wrong.
Webb also went on to illustrate that what makes Spider-Man such a dynamic figure is that he is not a billionaire nor is he an alien, he is a kid who at his core is scared and alone, “something” Webb said “that is incredibly identifiable.”
Webb went on further to speak about the time he spent speaking with Stan Lee while trying to dissect the character that is Spider-Man. When Webb asked Lee why all these characters’ parents died, Stan simply said, “I just needed to get them out of the house.”
The footage shown begins with Peter Parker (in true Peter Parker form) standing up to the notorious bully, Flash Thompson. As Flash and Peter have it out, it becomes clear that Peter will always win because of his wit and cunning. After the stern but fair Uncle Ben chastises him, Peter is met in the halls by his long-term crush, Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone). In this moment we see the emotional aspects that director Marc Webb has been pushing since the film was announced.
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