The much awaited re-boot of The Amazing Spider-Man is out in theaters this week (Friday, June 29, 2012). The film is based on the popular Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man, a character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The character first made an appearance in the comic book Amazing Fantasy in the 1960s, and since then has become one of the more iconic and recognizable superhero characters to date. Spider-Man has also been a commercial success. As the main image mascot for Marvel Comics, the character has, through the years, transcended the pages of comic books to television screens, newspaper funnies, a Broadway musical, and more popularly in recent time, a series of big-budgeted films directed by Sam Raimi, with Toby Maguire as the friendly neighborhood superhero.
This release will not be a fourth installment in the film series, but rather a reboot to the whole franchise. Taking a page from the success of Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, the film will reintroduce Spider-Man in a darker setting, and will be delving deeper into the origins and humble beginnings of the character.
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Andrew Garfield is looking like a good choice to play the lead. The actor has impressed audiences early-on in his career, with breakthrough performances in The Social Network and Never Let Me Go, and has enough humor, charm, and serious talent to portray the character convincingly. There is no lack in supporting talent here as well, and you can expect some top-notch performances from actress Emma Stone, who plays Peter's love interest Gwen Stacy, and the always entertaining Welsh actor Rhys Ifans, who plays the films main villain Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard in the film.
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