Unfortunately for The Amazing Spider–Man, their trailer leaked a tad early, leading Columbia Pictures to just release it for all to see (unfortunately for them, maybe, but good for those of us excited about the movie!). Surely if the trailer hadn’t have leaked they could have wowed everyone at Comic–Con with it before releasing it, but they still were sure to bring a little something extra to show off.
The panel kicked off with said trailer, this time in 3D to add a little bit new to the mix, before someone dressed in a low–budget Spider–Man costume came up to the microphone going on about how excited they were to be there. After a bit, the person removes their mask to reveal that it’s the new Spidey himself, Andrew Garfield, who then talks about how much the superhero means to him and how much it changed his life growing up.
Garfield then introduced the rest of the panel—his co–star and female lead, Emma Stone, director Marc Webb, and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach—before removing the costume and joining them. Co–star Rhys Ifans was the surprise guest later in the panel.
Keep reading for new footage descriptions and to check out some pictures from the panel. You can also see a video of Garfield’s speech after he revealed himself as the costumed fan!
The footage they brought wasn’t entirely completed as filming just wrapped a few weeks ago.
They begin with Peter Parker walking the halls of his high school when the bell rings and a ball hits him in the head. He’s then late for class, which his teacher calls him out for, making for a pretty terrible day. We then see Peter eying Gwen Stacy from across the room, clearly fond of her.
To make the bad stuff a little worse, he’s also being beaten up at school, to which we later see him responding with a beating of his own. He’s the one that gets in trouble, though, forcing the school to call his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) to come in. They tell him Peter attacked another student, and Ben asks him later if it was true. Peter tells him yes, but that he was just sticking up for himself.
Uncle Ben makes Peter feel bad by telling he had to switch shifts with someone at work in order to come to the school, so Peter is going to have to pick up his Aunt May (Sally Field). This could possibly be setting up what happens to Ben, and how Peter feels about it.
After Uncle Ben leaves, Gwen comes over to Peter and there’s a little awkward flirting before Peter gets up the courage to ask her out, to which she accepts as though she’s been waiting for him to ask for a long time now. Peter then skips away happily.
Back at home, Peter finds an old briefcase belonging to his father. He goes through it, finding some glasses that he puts on, an old Oscorp badge, and some various files. Aunt May comes in and says to him “Your father was a very secretive man.”
We then cut to Peter waking up, and now he’s very strong. He accidentally smashes his alarm clock, he squeezes way too much toothpaste out, then tries out his new–found strength by going on the subway, acting weak, and then hitting a thug.
Then some clips of him playing around with his abilities: testing out his web–slingers, beating people up, him trying out one of his costumes, and a funny altercation with a car thief. Some more about his father and how he believed it was your responsibility to help people if you were able to. There’s a shot of an accident on a bridge and then Spidey swinging in; we see a spider symbol. Then to the Stacy house where Gwen’s father, George (Denis Leary), saying he’s going to catch the spider guy.
Next up is a quick glimpse of the wrestling scene and then Aunt May asking where he’s getting all the bruises from. We see an arrest warrant being issued for the “vigilante known as Spider–Man,” and then Aunt May again, saying “Peter, secrets have a cost” to end this bit of footage.
The next footage focuses on something completely different: Dr. Curt Connors, or as you might better know him, The Lizard. Peter is on a field trip to Oscorp, where Connors works. The actor playing Connors, Rhys Ifans, is wearing a green arm sleeve which will later be removed as Connors is missing an arm.
Peter responds to something Connors says before Connors leaves in a hurry and goes to a lab. When there he takes some sort of strange serum, puts it in a machine, takes it out, and then injects himself with it before starting to writhe in pain and change.
We then see a couple of girls in a public bathroom complaining about boys, about to burn a picture. But when they flick the lighter on, a burst of air blows it out and the toilet begins to rattle and shake, then caves in through the floor. Then, bursting through the floor where the toilet was, appears The Lizard. The girls try and run, but Lizard corners them getting very close a la Alien, and then sticking out his tongue and grunting as the girls scream.
As for how the giant reptilian man looks, it seems to depend: some hate it, some think it’s all right, and some love it. Only you can judge! The one noticeable catch is that his long face/snout from the comics is not used, and that his face is more flat/man–like. Our crew in attendance at the panel felt that the CGI work, which is most likely still being worked on, is not up to par at this time and The Lizard is coming off so far looking like The Hulk.
Here’s the promised video and images. No matter what you think of this movie or how it looks, you can’t deny how awesome Garfield’s appreciation for being able to play the character is. His surprise appearance and speech is one of the highlights of this year’s Comic–Con.
Check it out, found on the Twitter.
[Photos by Dave3; additional reporting by Empress Eve.]