Final Trailer For THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Abandons Reality Entirely

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Final Trailer For THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Abandons Reality Entirely
Oy. As a longtime fan of Peter Parker and Spider-Man, dating back to a childhood reading the comic books and then watching the animated TV show, I have built up a great deal of tolerance for his various incarnations. 

Watching the latest and, reportedly, final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, however, has completely alienated me from the character. I realize it's only part of a massive marketing campaign, and is intended to lure folks away from whatever else they were intending to do on opening weekend -- as early as April 16-18 in Australia, parts of Europe and Latin America, and in North America on May 2 -- but this strikes me as the most artificial, least human, least appealing manifestation of a big-screen superhero tale to date. 

Is that appealing to you? To moviegoers in general? In a best-case-scenario, I hope that I'm entirely wrong and that the movie, in its entirety, will prove to be a pleasant surprise that prizes Peter, Gwen, Harry, and other characters over and above the physics-defying computer flying stunts and whiz-bang whooshing that sounds like a billion souls being sucked out of their bodies. 

Meanwhile, here's that trailer. Help yourself.
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JoeInTheBoxMarch 19, 2014 5:24 PM

I don't know that I have as extreme as a reaction as you did, but if anything I'm more left with as indifferent as a feeling as I did from the marketing of the first film. I'm neither excited or turned off by what I'm seeing, just that it feels like I've seen way too much of it. It's becoming one of those movies that I forget is coming out.

Peter MartinMarch 19, 2014 5:47 PM

Thanks for your comment. The first film left me feeling indifferent, which no doubt has influenced my reaction to the prospect of the second. And I agree that much of the film has already been laid out, it appears, through the glut of promotional material, which has left me exhausted.

GuestMarch 19, 2014 5:55 PM

I feel like any Marvel movie that's produced outside of Marvel Studios never leaves me with a feeling like they "got it right". X-Men: First Class came the closest for me.

RawBeardMarch 19, 2014 7:21 PM

I enjoyed the first Amazing Spider-Man more than I thought I would, in fact I it is a marked improvement over the Raimi films. I did not like the Lizard design or his final plan which felt random. The threat should have been more personal and not a city wide threat.

But the trailers for this film have me really excited. It looks like for the first time they have got the tone right for Spider-Man with his witty quips and movement and I certainly don't get the reaction Peter Martin had. I agree that there has been too many trailers for this though.

billydakingMarch 19, 2014 7:31 PM

Gotta disagree...the first two Raimi movies are still the best Spider-Man on film, and the second one is still up there with the best superhero movies made. Their effects may seem somewhat creaky now (go figure, slightly a decade old), but the story and the characters are there. Raimi messed up with the third movie, and with this trailer, I'm seeing some of the same mistakes.

And for me, the first Amazing simply wasn't.

RawBeardMarch 19, 2014 7:54 PM

that's cool and I respect your opinion on that... don't get me wrong I do think the Sam Raimi movies each had their moments, the birth of Sandman, Doc Ock (and the brief but underused Tentacle POV) being stand outs for me.

I love Sam Raimi's work but apart from a few moments in the 2nd film he was never let loose, probably shackled by the studio and I don't blame him for the 3rd film. I found all 3 films to be lacking in some way or the other and just felt frustrated by them all. Also apart from JJ Jameson, Doc Ock and maybe Aunt May, I felt like everyone was miscast. Maguire looked bored and on the verge of tears, plus Dunst was unconvincing as MJ.

Amazing Spider-Man wasn't amazing agreed but for me it was a huge step in the right direction and Spider-Man actually felt more like the Spider-Man I grew up reading.

jacklaughingMarch 19, 2014 8:28 PM

I honestly don't get the title of this article. "Abandons reality entirely?" Maybe you mean it abandons your mental picture of a Spider-man movie, but otherwise it doesn't look any more far-fetched or surreal than anything I've read in any of the many Spider-man related titles, whether they're classic Stan Lee or more modern MacFarlane or Bendis. The secret lab hidden under the subway looks asinine, but the whole rejiggering of the Spider-man origin in the first film was equally miserable.

tman418March 19, 2014 8:30 PM

I think this is the best trailer so far for TAS2. And I can't wait!

IMAX 3D for me!

bobbyMarch 19, 2014 8:35 PM

looks rubbish. cheesy. uncharismatic. lead isn't even attractive. CGI looks terrible for spider suit.

60hzMarch 19, 2014 8:49 PM

loving this trailer - some of the best web slinging i've ever seen... not sure why it's a surprise that a comic book movie is unrealistic though... and who cares a bout character development when you got ACTION like that!

Peter MartinMarch 19, 2014 11:50 PM

I've read a fair sample of Spider-Man comic book titles from the past 10 years or so, and every story arc touches base with reality -- Peter Parker's home and work life establishes the stakes that are involved and the changes and stresses that he's experiencing.

Now, granted, this is only one trailer, and I realize that it's packing as much action as possible into its limited running time. But the action that's featured doesn't communicate to me any sense of danger or abandon or pain or peril or joy or pleasure or, in fact, any human emotion; it's just a blur of motion and graphics, which, in this case, does not appear to have any connection to reality as I have known it, nor is it an appealing fantasy to me. Obviously, however, as others comments reflect, it is quite appealing to others.

Joe BloggsMarch 20, 2014 1:30 AM

This trailer may induce epilepsy if you are photosensitive.
Viewer discretion is advised.

KashSeffMarch 20, 2014 2:47 AM

Y'know, it's a fun trailer to watch but what strikes me is how this trailer makes the entire first movie redundant. Why couldn't Sony have rebooted the series from here when every one knows how Peter Parker gets his super-powers?

Skipping the origin story would have saved both the studio and movie-goer a ton of money.

leonMarch 20, 2014 4:09 AM

It's spider-man if one wants character development and realism he or she should go and watch twelve years a slave. A movie about a guy with spider powers fighting extremely strong super villains has no connection to reality. I find that pretty funny something for an article at the onion maybe. Trailer looks amazing i know the background story so throw me into the action already i for one can't wait.

ZetoMarch 20, 2014 7:10 AM

I thought that Hollywood abandoned reality a long time ago!

WhoreWhispererMarch 20, 2014 9:06 AM

Fuck this movie.

davebaxterMarch 20, 2014 5:15 PM

If it has no connection to reality, then why does it take place on a planet, called "Earth", with bipeds, called "humans" or "people", with recognizable people names and places, that all obey general laws of nature outside of a cherry picked few instances (i.e. "spider-powers"). Don't tell me we have to have one or the other. That's b.s.

davebaxterMarch 20, 2014 5:25 PM

The action in this one is starting to look MAN OF STEEL-y, just lots of city-wide destruction which doesn't really fit the powers or tone of Spider-Man, I'm kind of baffled by the comments that say this is finally the dead-on version they've been waiting for. In WHAT Spider-Man product does so much mass damage occur and only Spider-Man saves the day?

And I'm a little turned off by the sky-diving version of web-swinging they went with - especially since it looks at one point like he sky dives in a steep arc which culminates in his scooping up a pedestrian. Even in the comics they pointed how people would in fact die if Spider-Man did shit like that (Gwen Stacy, anyone?). And the pointless corkscrewing and crazy heights beyond normal heights, it's just Generic Unstoppable Super-hero visuals. It seems to have nothing to do with "Spider-Man" specifically, except for the standard web-swinging shots we already had in the Raimi films.

billydakingMarch 20, 2014 5:42 PM

"...actually felt more like the Spider-Man I grew up reading." That's pretty much where we differ, I think. I didn't recognize Peter Parker at all in the newer film, and found the new version pretty irritating, while Raimi's films nailed the character I grew up reading.

Best thing about this? It got me to pull out my DVD of the first movie and watch it again. So much goodness....