The teaser for (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb’s re-boot of Spider-Man hit the Internet today, and its sure to ignite flame wars on message boards and forums for weeks. There looks to be a lot of teen angst and brooding in the teaser, but the real surprise is the opening sequence showing Peter’s parents leaving him with Aunt May and Uncle Ben and disappearing forever. So, right away it’s clear that this re-telling of Peter Parker’s origin is going to differentiate itself from Raimi’s films by having a bit of a darker tone, and focusing on Peter’s abandonment issues.
In terms of special effects, I really love the vertigo-inducing POV shots of Spidey swinging through the steel canyons of New York. It’s a thrilling and interesting way to show Spider-Man’s abilities, and much different than anything Sam Raimi’s effects team ever did. Still, one has to wonder why this re-telling of Spidey’s high school tribulations is necessary, when we just sat throgh it a mere nine years ago. Couldn’t we just have moved on with Garfield taking over from Maguire and battling the Lizard? What did you think of the teaser?