Yesterday I posted the new Spider-Man trailer and it got me thinking…
What are some major differences between this new Spider-Man and the 1st three movies?
Not only is there a new actor behind the mask in the lead role – Andrew Garfield from “The Social Network” takes over from Tobey Maguire — there’s a new romantic interest, a new villain, and a new approach to Peter Parker’s backstory.
This movie looks to be putting more of an emphasis on Parker’s scientific prodigy side. Like in the original comic books, you see Peter constructing his mechanical web-shooters, unlike the one’s that grew out of his wrists in the first three movies.
The biggest departure, though, seems to be in the handling of Peter Parker’s family relationships. In the original films, Peter’s deceased parents were barely mentioned. Here, we get flashbacks to young Peter saying goodbye to his father and mother before they disappeared. What happened to them seems to be a major factor in the story.
One way Peter’s relationship with new girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is different is that she seems well aware that he is actually Spider-Man. That puts her in an especially tight bind because her father is police captain George Stacy, who has it out for the webslinger.
The villainous character of Dr. Connors/The Lizard appeared briefly in the second and third movies as Peter’s college professor, but here we get a radically different take on the man and the beast he becomes.
I’m very curious to see how this all plays out.