The marketing machine behind The Amazing Spider-Man, the upcoming reboot of Peter Parker’s coming-of-age origin tale, hasn’t been giving us much to chew on lately. It was all the way back in July when they released the first teaser trailer for the film and here we are, entering a new year and still only teased. Though there is no indication of when the studio might release a meatier trailer with more finished effects work, so we can get a better idea of how this movie is really going to look, there were a handful of still images recently released via the movie’s official Facebook page.

These new images don’t focus so much on Spider-Man and his battles with the villainous Lizard, but they do give us a glimpse into the sequences where he’s figuring out his powers. There seem to be scenes where he discovers that he suddenly has what it takes to fight back against bullies, that he has mad ups on the basketball court, and that it’s not so hard to swing around on suspended chains at abandoned construction sights as it used to be. I think it’s all a metaphor for puberty.

Also there’s a shot of Emma Stone all decked out in her Gwen Stacy garb and holding some hefty books to remind us that Gwen Stacy is and forever shall be a prettier, smarter, less annoying romantic interest for Peter to pursue than that catchphrase-spewing ball of drama Mary Jane Watson.

Oh yeah, and there’s also the matter of Spidey’s mechanical web shooters. We get a pretty close shot of them here, so that should once again stoke the flames of the great Internet debate over which webbing is better: organic or mechanical? When Sam Raimi’s first movie came out there was quite the uproar about Peter’s wrist-mounted inventions being taken away. Has enough time passed between now and then that a new generation of kids who grew up with organic webbing will rally against a mechanized version? Let the great debate begin again; this is a very serious matter that needs hashing out. [Facebook, via Cinema Blend]


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