In the original three “Spider-Man” movies, we got a good look into the life of Peter Parker. But in the first trailer for next year’s new version, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” we actually get to see through his eyes as he runs, climbs, and swings across the skyscrapers of New York City.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” takes the character of Peter Parker — played this time by Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”) — back to high school before he was bitten by a spider and given superpowers. But certain elements of his story are different than in the original movies. His crush is not Mary Jane Watson, but Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone). In the comic books, Peter met Gwen before he was introduced to Mary Jane.
The first trailer focuses mostly on Peter’s backstory, including a scene with his parents who died when he was just a boy. Their deaths, which was never addressed in the original trilogy, looks to be an important story element here. After Peter was orphaned, he was raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). The preview also gives a look at Dr. Curt Conners (Rhys Ifans), but it only shows him before he’s transformed into the movie’s monstrous villain, The Lizard.
The preview shows Peter getting bit by the spider, developing his powers, and beginning to climb walls. But the big moment comes at the 1:40 mark, when you get a long point-of-view shot as Spider-Man races across rooftops. He leaps over city streets from one building to another, crawls across walls, and finally leaps and swings through the air. It’s one unbroken shot, culminating with Spidey running into his own reflection in the mirrored glass of a skyscraper.
Watch the trailer in the video player below, two days before it hits movie theaters. And if you go see “Captain America: The First Avenger” this weekend, you might also catch the trailer playing in 3D before the movie. “The Amazing Spider-Man” opens on July 3, 2012.