The film retells the origin story for Spider-Man, taking a more grounded and realistic approach than the previous versions. Brilliant science student Peter Parker gets bitten by a modified spider in one of the Oscorp labs. He starts to develop spider-like abilities including enhanced strength, and the ability to cling to walls. He takes up the superhero persona Spider-Man when a strange, mutant Lizard threatens the city of New York. Peter tries to discover the secrets behind his father's mysterious work before his death, tracing it back to Dr. Curt Connors, a scientist that works at Oscorp. The film began development after the cancellation of Spider-Man 4 in 2010, with Sony Pictures Entertainment opting to reboot the franchise rather than continue Sam Raimi's series. It premiered on June 13, 2012 in Tokyo, and was released in US theaters on July 3, 2012. The film has proved successful, both critically and financially, although it has not matched its predecessors, being the only Spider-Man film to gross under $780 million. The first of at least two sequels is scheduled for release on May 2, 2014.
While playing hide and seek with his father Richard, young Peter Parker stumbles upon his father's study, which was ransacked by unknown perpetrators. After Richard saw the study himself, he left home with his wife Mary and Peter, along with some of his documents. Richard and Mary left Peter to the care of his aunt May and uncle Ben, and then left to continue their research. Under the care of Ben and May, and without a word from both his parents, Peter grew into a teenager, enrolled in Empire University. There he was a somewhat of an outcast, and was continuously bullied by jock Flash Thompson, who knocked Peter down for defending a fellow student that he was picking on.
After the beating, Peter became acquainted with Gwen Stacy, who admired Peter's act of bravery. After class, Peter went home for lunch, and helped his uncle Ben in fixing a broken pipe down the basement. While cleaning up, and being asked of how by Ben on how he got the bruise, Peter happened upon an old leather briefcase, belonging to his father. Bringing it up, much to Ben and May's surprise, Peter inspected the briefcase and found a small newspaper clipping of his father and a fellow scientist. Ben encouraged Peter to inspect it further in his room, which he did.
After a thorough inspection, he found more of his father's notes and belongings, including a pair of glasses and a notebook that detailed a formula: the Decay Rate Algorithm. Ben came to Peter's room and confronted him about his findings, trying to comfort Peter about his parents. He also revealed the name of his father's co-worker: Dr. Curtis Connors. After Ben left, Peter immediately searched the internet for information about Richard and Connors' work, which lead him to the discovery of his parent's death due to a plane crash. Continuing his search on Connors' alone, Peter was able to locate him at Oscorp, and decided to head there. Peter sneaks into Oscorp as one of the interns and locates Dr. Connors. Peter manages to sneak inside the biocable lab by shoulder surfing the combination lock's sequence and one of the modified spiders bite him. He starts developing spider-like powers such as enhanced strength and ability to cling on walls. He humiliates Flash in a one-on-one basketball game by repeatedly teasing him to steal the ball and ends up breaking the basketball ring with his slam dunk. As a result Uncle Ben must change work shifts and Peter forgets to pick up his Aunt May. When he heads home, he gets into an argument with his uncle and stroms out. Uncle Ben searches for Peter only to be shot by a thief; the thief escapes and Peter finds his uncle dead on the sidewalk.
Enraged, Peter searches New York City for his uncle's killer. While being chased he falls through a roof and sees a luchador poster and gets inspired to create a mask to hide his identity. He also adds a spandex suit and he builds mechanical web-shooters out of old watches. Gwen invites Peter over for dinner and Gwen discovers Peter is Spider-Man and they kiss for the first time on the roof. After the success of regeneration of the mouse, Ratha demands that Connors start human trials or else he loses his job. Desperate, he tries the serum on himself and is able to regenerate his arm but starts to become a lizard hybrid. He tries to intercept Ratha at the bridge and tosses cars over the bridge. Peter saves each car with his biocable webbing and he saves a child and calls himself "Spider-Man".
Peter suspects that Doctor Connors is the Lizard and he tells Captain Stacy about his suspicions. After an unsuccessful confrontation in the sewers, The Lizard discovers Spider-Man's true identity and attacks Peter in school. In response Captain Stacy launches a man hunt for Spider-Man and the Lizard. The police are able to corner Peter and Captain Stacy discovers Peter is Spider-Man. The Lizard plans in making all citizens of New York human lizards by releasing a chemical cloud from Oscorp Tower. Spider-Man eventually changes the cloud into an antidote cloud but not before the Lizard fatally claws Captain Stacy. The dying Captain makes Peter promise to stay away from Gwen for her own safety. He does so but later suggests that they resume their relationship.
In the post-credits scene Doctor Connors, now in jail, speaks with a mysterious person who asks if he told Peter the truth about his father. Connor replies "No", and demands Peter be left alone. Lightning flashes and the man in the shadows is gone.
The Amazing Spider-Man received a PG-13 rating for sequences of action and violence by the M.P.A.A. The film is rated 12A by the B.B.F.C. for moderate violence and injury detail.
- Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man
- Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
- Sally Field as Aunt May
- Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben
- Rhys Ifans as The Lizard
- Denis Leary as Captain George Stacy
- Chris Zylka as Flash Thompson
- Irrfan Khan as Dr. Rajit Ratha
Video Game adaption
A video game tie-in developed by Beenox was released on June 26, 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS. Beenox had said that, "The fact that our game is based on the movie, and the movie is re-approaching the universe in a completely different way - a more grounded, more realistic approach - gives us an incredible setting to play with."
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The film was scored by James Horner. Horner's score was said to be "spectacular" by director Marc Webb. Webb also said, "I wanted to create a score that felt massive and huge but also intimate and small." The british rock band Coldplay also provided some music for the film.
Reaction to the film among critics was generally positive. The film currently holds a 73% rating, based on 265 reviews, on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic gave the film an average score of 66 out of 100, which signifies "generally favorable reviews". Many critics found the film satisfying and entertaining, while unnecessary so soon after Sam Raimi's trilogy.
The film is currently the fourth-highest grossing film of 2012, with a total gross of $748,605,830, trailing only The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and Ice Age: Continental Drift. It is last among all Spider-Man films in terms of highest gross, but is the seventh-highest grossing Superhero movie ever made.
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- Marc Webb said that he "wanted the suit to look like it was made by a teenager".
- Tobey Maguire, previous portrayer of Spider-Man, says that he's excited to see Andrew Garfield in action, despite most fans that think Maguire is disappointed by Garfield's performance.
- Many scenes were cut from the movie, one of which featured Dr. Ratha, Spider-Man, and the Lizard in the sewer lab. This caused a lot of controversy because this is the scene that had many people excited about the "untold story" theme, and included Dr. Ratha's quote: "Do you think what happened to you, Peter, was an accident? Do you have any idea what you really are?" Many people wonder if this scene was cut in response to negative reaction of fans because of Peter's new origin, therefore changing the planned origin, or if it was cut so that not much of Peter's new origin is revealed in the first movie.
- Gwen Stacy has the novel "Seabiscuit" with the movie poster on the cover. "Seabiscuit" is a 2003 film with Tobey Maguire, the original Spider-Man.
- Stan Lee makes a cameo-appearance in this film as a librarian who is unaware of a contention between Spiderman and The Lizard going on behind him.