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Opening Today: “The Amazing Spider-Man” (7/3/2012)

It’s time to spin that web but first a classic song for sure…….

“Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can. Spins a web, any size, catches thieves just like flies….Look out! Here comes a Spider-Man. Is he strong listen bud, he’s got radioactive blood. Can he swing, on a thread? Take a look overhead, hey there….there goes a Spider-Man. In the chill of night, at the scene of a crime, like a streak of light he arrives just in time…..Spider-Man, Spider-Man, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man; Wealth and fame. He’s ignored. Action is his reward. To him, life is a great big bang up. Whenever there’s a hang up; You’ll find the Spider man”.

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Max Charles portrayed Peter Parker as a 5-year-old.
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard
Denis Leary as Captain George Stacy
Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben Parker
Sally Field as Aunt May Parker
Irrfan Khan as Dr. Rajit Ratha
Chris Zylka as Flash Thompson
Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz as Richard and Mary Parker

PiercingMetal Thoughts: The super-hero maven in me is still on a little bit of a high thanks to the couple of months ago release of “The Avengers” and it was during the previews that were shown before the film that film that I got a better glimpse of the now opening “Amazing Spider-Man”. I’ll admit to you that while I am pretty much a lifelong fan of the character (almost as long as Batman actually in terms of overall year), I am not crazy about the notion that this fourth Spider-Man film does not continue the characters tales and instead starts all over once again and gives us the origin, and introduction to his powers. I will reserve judgement of course and still see it.

The first three films found Spidey duking it out with The Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, The Sandman, Venom and even a vengeance seeking Harry Osborn who was using Green Goblin tech to smite the web-spinner. The new film will pit him against The Lizard and in my humble opinion they did not need to start the whole thing from scratch to do that. Spider-Man is one of those heroes who has a wonderful rogues gallery and probably an equal one to that of Batman. They could have easily kept films going and going and interesting the audience without needing to go back to the beginning of the character. Oh well. I cannot say much more since I did not see an advance showing nor think that I will be getting to it right away. There are a couple of heavy hitter concerts on my immediate agenda and they take priority over stuff like this. When I do see it, I guess I will offer up the blog readers a little review to add to the discussion but to avoid leaked plot lines, surprises and of course major spoilers, I have closed the comments for this posting. I surely don’t want anyone messing up the fun for me or anyone else.

Learn more about the film from its official Wikipedia entry but be forewarned that if you read this after the film opens up that the entry might contain a lot of spoilers.

Official Film Wiki:

To say that there is a LOT of super cool Spider-Man trade paperbacks to enjoy would be an understatement so I picked and embedded codes to a bunch of the ones that I have in my own collection and can safely recommend to you along with some other interesting treats. Dig in.

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