Peter Parker’s untold story begins in “The Amazing Spider-Man”
Spider-Man returns to the big screen for the untold story of Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures’ new action-adventure The Amazing Spider-Man.
Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter story, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man is directed by Marc Webb and screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves.
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment and secrets.
As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance — leading him directly to OsCorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
In beginning a new chapter in the Spider-Man saga, it was important to the filmmakers to show a side of Peter that moviegoers haven’t seen before.
Avi Arad, former head of Marvel Studios and now a producer who has shepherded the Spider-Man films from the very beginning, says, “Spider-Man has filled thousands of pages of comic books with hundreds of stories since he debuted fifty years ago. That’s a deep vein of resources to mine as we look to continue the story of Peter Parker on the screen.”
“Since we were re-establishing Peter Parker, we had to build the audience’s relationship with him from the ground up,” shares director Marc Webb. “In order to do that legitimately, we begin the story with Peter Parker as a seven-year-old boy. We see him before his parents left, before they handed him off to Aunt May and Uncle Ben. This allowed the audience to experience the significant emotional cues in his life.
“This Peter Parker is a little different: he’s still an outsider, but he’s an outsider by choice,” continues Webb. “He has a chip on his shoulder — he’s the kid who rejects people before they can reject him. The humor, the sarcasm, the rebellious streak emanate from that little kid who got left behind so long ago.”
Opening June 29 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, 2D and regular theaters, The Amazing Spider-Man is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.