Coming Soon: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
The first official trailer for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ made its way to the interwebs this week. You can watch it below.
As a big fan of the ‘Spiderman’ films starring Tobey Maguire (‘Spiderman 3’ excluded), I was initially hesitant about this film. When it was first announced they were making it I thought, “Already? They’re already making another Spiderman movie and it’s only been 4-5 years since the last one? Why doesn’t anyone have any original ideas anymore?”
But after seeing ‘The Social Network’ and joining the Andrew Garfield love parade, and after seeing the photos from the set, I started to come around. But what really sold me on this movie was not this trailer or the fact that Emma Stone looked surprisingly good with that platinum blonde hair. It was the video from last summer’s ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ panel at Comic Con in which Andrew Garfield, dressed in a cheap Spider-Man costume, rushed to the mic pretending to be a crazed fan only to eventually rip off his mask and give a heartfelt speech detailing what this film meant to him as a fan. You can watch the video of that event here.
Here’s his speech in its entirety:
“You have no idea how much this means to me. I’ve always wanted to come here as a fan, and this is my first time, so here I am, as a fan. I just want to say a couple of things. I’m Andrew Garfield and I’m going to be here introducing this panel, this Amazing Spider-Man panel.
“Stan Lee says that the reason why Spidey is so popular is because all of us can relate to him, and I agree. I needed Spidey in my life when I was a kid, and he gave me hope. In every comic I read, he was living out my and every skinny boy’s fantasy of being stronger, of being free of the body I was born into, and that swinging sensation of flight. And upon receiving his power, unlike most who have become corrupted, he used it for good. And I think that we all wish we had the courage to stick up for ourselves more, to stick up for a loved one more, or even a stranger you see being mistreated, and Peter Parker has inspired me to feel stronger. He made me, Andrew, braver. He reassured me that by doing the right thing, it’s worth it. It’s worth the struggle, it’s worth the pain, it’s worth even the tears, the bruises, and the blood.
“And, and, and I wouldn’t be able to stand here in front of you guys right now without feeling that Spider-Man was here with me with his reassuring hand on my shoulder, making sure I don’t fall over and concuss myself. He has inspired countless people: girls, boys, men, women, all of us, and he’s saved lives. And he’s saved my life. And I owe Webhead a lot and I owe Stan the Man a lot and I’m humbled to be here, like you do not know, to share the work that we’ve done with all of you. And this is my first Comic-Con. This is definitely the coolest moment of my life and thank you for being here to share it with me.”
To hear how much this film meant to him, not just as an actor, but as a fan and a human being made me want to see this movie more than any of the set photos or teaser trailers or even the promise of an entire movie starring Andrew’s (masked) face. I think sometimes we forget that actors and actresses are people too. They’re fans just like the rest of us. And when I hear that an actor or actress is as happy and proud to be a part of a film as Andrew appeared to be in the Comic Con clip, it makes me more excited for the film than anything else. In this case, July can’t get here fast enough.