A Look Back at Spider-Man Trailers
The Spider-Man movie series will now be rebooted for the second time since 2012, as Marvel and Sony have released the trailer to Spider-Man: Homecoming. This reboot will be the sixth Spider-Man film since 2002, when Tobey Maguire graced the silver screen as the first ever live-action Spider-Man on the big screen. Since we obviously cannot compare all three film series yet, here are comparisons for all three of the trailers for the first part of each reboot.
Set for release in 2017, this recently rebooted Spider-Man series will be part of “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Feature Film series. Even though Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were supposed to portray Spider-Man as a teenager, the fact that they were 27 and 29 when the movies came out, audiences let their ages slide since it didn’t feel as important. Now that we see 20-year old Tom Holland as Peter Parker, it only feels right to see Spider-Man portrayed with such a young actor. This movies looks like it will be fun and steer away from the darker tones that were set with its predecessors. With Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in the fray, as well as Michael Keaton billed as the Vulture villain role, along with Donald Glover and Marisa Tomei, this movie has great potential.
The Amazing Spider-Man
This 2012 Marc Webb film is the first reboot of the film and first without Tobey Maguire. It had a very dark tone to it, as we once again see that the audience will have to go through Spider-Man’s past and him coping with his powers. This film needed to set itself apart from the early 2000s series, which was beloved by many. The series only lasted two films, as Sony and Marvel decided to go with a different voice moving forward. When asked about how he felt being replaced, Garfield said, “I’m just really excited to just be a fan again, as opposed to bearing the weight of it. There is a lot of pressure playing any superhero in today’s Hollywood, and even though Garfield has said it was a childhood dream to play Spider-Man, he quickly understood the pressure that comes with.
This was really the first time we all saw Spidey slinging through New York City and becoming a beloved New York City. This trailer didn’t’ leave much the the imagination, as the 2:30 minute trailer shows how Peter Parker got his powers, who the villain is, the upside down kiss with Mary Jane, and the interweb (no pun intended, well maybe) of Peter Parker and Harry Osborn’s relationship. The film would be followed by two sequels, as it was truly the first successful superhero movie of this generation, setting the bar for all future superhero movies following it.
Bonus: Spider-Man (1977)
You will for sure get a good laugh out of this 1977 trailer for the made-for-television film. No backstory here or no true plot, just Spider-Man climbing buildings and beating up bad guys. The television series The Amazing Spider-Man followed in 1978.