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Spider-Man is back, finally. It's been five years since we last saw "Spidey" on the big-screen. The Sam Raimi directed Spider-Man trilogy from 2002 - 2007, captivated audiences worldwide and generated $2.5 billion in box office gross.
|Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone star in Sony Pictures 'The Amazing Spiderman'|
Spider-Man fans awaited the fourth installment, when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced to the world in 2010, their decision to reboot the franchise. Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) was tapped to direct, with Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) cast to replace Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. As if that wasn't enough, the reboot focuses on Gwen Stacy as the love interest for Peter Parker, not Mary Jane Watson. Peter Parker/Spider-Man without Mary-Jane?
Actually, yes. In fact, the Gwen Stacy character portrayed by Emma Stone, might end up being the difference maker in this reboot. Gwen Stacy, is not a new character in the Marvel comics Spider-Man. In the comics, Gwen Stacy has a profound effect on the life of the teenager Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Director Marc Webb sums it up best:
Gwen Stacy in 'The Amazing Spider-Man' film, is beautiful, popular, loves science and is the valedictorian of her class. Sounds like a girl that would interest Peter Parker, right? Of course, the challenge is how does an orphaned teenager with a less than solid sense-of-self, and a big secret, attract his dream girl?
As much as Spider-Man is about the adventures and battles of a high school student with amazing arachnid superpower, it's also always been about a boy and his love for a girl. Marc Webb is a director that knows how to capture the ebb and flow of relationships between the sexes. Intelligent, beautiful, strong-willed females and the impact they have on the men in their lives is a specialty of Webb. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man have genuine chemistry in the film. Take a look at this clip from the film:
Sony's decision to reboot the beloved Spider-Man franchise is a bold move. Will the Gwen Stacy/Peter Parker relationship coupled with a tweaked backstory be enough for Spider-Man fans worldwide? Will audiences embrace Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in Marc Webb's reboot?
'The Amazing Spider-Man' opens on July 3, 2012 at 12:01 a.m on Imax screens across the country.