If you’re not at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, I’m sure you feel like you are with the large amount of tweets, pictures and videos coming out of the convention. The meeting of all things sci-fi and superhero has brought out a slew of celebs including those previewing their new films to fans who are dying of anticipation to catch a glimpse of what’s to come. The Spider-Man reboot aptly titled The Amazing Spider-Man had it’s preview yesterday and fans were not disappointed.
Before showing a preview of the film through the newly released trailer, the panel made up of cast and production sat in on a Q&A session to give fans a little more insight on the film. But the highlight was when star Andrew Garfield took his turn at the mic, dressed in a spidey-suit. His emotional speech had everyone in the crowd rooting for the underdog. Check out some highlights of what he said below:
“I needed Spider-Man in my life as a kid and he gave me hope. He was living mine and every skinny boy’s fantasy.”
“He saved my life.” – In reference to how the character of Peter Parker made him braver, stronger and showed him how the bruises sustained in a struggle are worth it.
“This is my first Comic-Con and this is the coolest moment of my life!”
“I’m approaching this like it’s Shakespeare or modern myths. We still want to see these stories, we still want to see these characters. It’s another chapter in a comic book story that means so much to so many people.”
Emma Stone received quite the enchanting uproar from the crowd who humbly paid respect to the fans when talking about playing the iconic role of Gwen Stacy. She says, “I can’t play a character without making it my own a little bit. So hopefully it’s all right that I’m playing her.” The crowd cheered and whistled in approval.
After the panel wrapped up, the crowd was treated to the first look at the film. Scenes of Garfield as Peter Parker being bullied in school and more are synched up to the sound of Coldplay’s Every Teardrop is a Waterfall which makes us believe that this film will go beyond the broad brushstrokes of a comic book story and dive into the heart and soul of these characters.
Other scenes involving Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Peter Parker’s aunt and uncle tug at our heart strings. And then, the crowd receives their first look at the flicks villain, Lizard played by Rhys Ifans. While the story seems to be the key to separating this film from its predecessors, it’ll be interesting to see if they can shape Lizard in a way that is unique to this film vs. every comic book movie monster.
I have high hopes for this film and am really looking forward to seeing it when it hits theaters July 3rd, 2012. After an emotional speech and loud crowd approval, The Amazing Spider-Man Comic-Con panel has become the should-have-been-there event of the convention.