The Amazing Spider-Man trailer throws its weight around

Columbia Pictures has released a new international trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man.

Intended for Australian audiences, the longer trailer offers us new footage from a few scenes we haven’t seen yet.

Most interestingly, the relationship between Peter and Gwen is given a bit of substance. Judging by the trailer, it appears Peter will be sharing his secret with Gwen, who will seemingly be in girlfriend status from the get-go, freeing up our hero to do more world-saving, and less girl-chasing/identity-hiding, a strategy which worked well in Joss Whedon’s recent Avengers. He also seems to have no qualms using his powers on the girl, and in general, fields less control of his spider reflexes compared to past depictions of the character.

The new trailer also provides an example of Spider-Man’s web-slinging, which makes me wonder how often this particular gimmick will appear. If done poorly, it could really turn a lot of people off.

The overall plot will probably have more to do with Peter’s parents than with Uncle Ben this time around, which is interesting, as the comics never really spent much time exploring what the relationship between Peter’s parents and Spider-Man, as they’ve always just been gone. 

The style boasts some changes as well. The colors are more muted, and the characters seem somehow more plain-looking. It’s in keeping with modern superhero trends – both in books and film – to make everything a bit darker, and so far, it looks like they’ve hit the right level here.

The synopsis for the film is thus:

“The Amazing Spider-Man” is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters July 3rd, 2012.