WonderCon 2012: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

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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All photos by Mr. BabyMan for Geeks of Doom

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  1. Honestly – I am not concerned with the actors inspirations to create an actors impression of what we all love in the Lizard. They could have went 100% CGI and he would not have mattered to that character develpoment and you could have kept the coat and the snot withtall those teeth. I love this character and before Venom in the Spider-man universe was one of the hardest and toughest characters that would continue to beat Spidey’s butt everytime. I am not concerned about what the actor wanted to protray here. I know I’m a geek on this and yet a true fanboy to this as well, but in the short run if they don’t really focus on what the actor wanted and just played the role it would have all and can still work itself out. I am going with an open mind and of course I will love it but just ranting about what was ment or felt or what he wanted to do with a pretty easy role, other than the human aspect of him, then they could have gone to the actor in human form. CGI would have given him that fast fluid movement that rivals Spidey but I could be in the minority here on this?

    Comment by NHL Jerseys — March 19, 2012 @ 3:40 am

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