The new Amazing Spider-Man!

The Amazing Spider-Man reboot

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You know, I rarely post anything on my blog related to upcoming movie releases, but this new press image released today by Sony Pictures has really gotten me (and millions of other geeks) really excited.

The Sam Raimi Spidey movie franchise had gotten tired by part III – it was long, overdrawn and had too many villains crowding the screen. Tobey Macguire was fine in the beginning but was getting annoying by the last movie with his wide-eyed look.

And I’ve never liked Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane because she always looks like she wants to fall asleep.

So the new reboot, which caught many by surprise, is a refreshing breath of fresh air. The costume itself is really impressive because of one thing:

MECHANICAL WEB SHOOTERS! 

In the comics, Spidey originally came up with his own mechanical web shooters, befitting his nature as a super nerd with a penchant for chemistry. He had to constantly refill his shooters with new webbing chemicals before every hero mission.

Raimi made the webbings organic (coming from Parker’s own body) and that allowed for plot twists like Spider-Man 2 where Peter lost confidence in himself and couldn’t shoot web strands for a period.

But I have a childhood fondness for the cheesy 1970s series (starring Nicholas Hammond) where in some episodes, Spidey used big fat mechanical shooters that looked like funky bracelets. See the top left picture in the image below:

old spidey

Other cool bits about the costume is the Spider-Man 2044 styling where the red trimmings are continuous and you’d also notice that the webbing pattern is now straight instead of curved. Very modern and very chic!

Can’t wait for the movie in 2012!

Here’s the official press release from Sony:

"THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN(tm)" TO BE RELEASED JULY 3, 2012

CULVER CITY, Calif., February 14, 2011 – Columbia Pictures announced today that the title of the next Spider-Man film will be The Amazing Spider-Man.

The studio simultaneously released a photo of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, the first shot of Garfield in the famous full mask and suit.

The film, which is now in production and is being shot entirely in 3D, will be released on July 3, 2012. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the Marvel Entertainment production for Columbia Pictures. The executive producers are Stan Lee, Kevin Feige, and Michael Grillo. The film’s official website is http://www.TheAmazingSpiderMan-movie.com.

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