This afternoon, Sony previewed new footage from the you're-anticipating-it-more-than-you-think-you-are reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, "The Amazing Spider-Man." The event was simulcast in four cities -- New York, Los Angeles, London and Rio de Janiero -- but only the post-Super Bowl crowd in the Big Apple was treated to an in-person visit by star Andrew Garfield. Here are seven things we learned from viewing approximately 4 percent of The Amazing Spider-Man.
Andrew Garfield is not Daniel Radcliffe.
When Garfield was introduced to the New York crowd, a heckler shouted, "Daniel Radcliffe!" A visibly confused Garfield fired back, "Daniel Radcliffe? What? No!" before his microphone was temporarily cut off. But it's true: Andrew Garfield has officially confirmed that he is not Daniel Radcliffe.
Spider-Man's story has never been told before.
In Los Angeles, director Marc Webb was introduced as "the man who will bring you the untold story of Spider-Man." OK? Well, except for those three other movies that all came out within the last 10 years. To be fair: this story delves into what happened to Peter Parker's parents. So I know what they mean, but it's slightly ... odd. Speaking of!
The three Spider-Man movies that you've already seen no longer exist.
There's an obvious attempt by everyone involved to distance themselves from the three prior movies (two of which you liked). Webb said his Spider-Man is more "realistic" and "naturalistic" then what we've seen before. In other words, forget those other movies that you liked. Speaking of!!!
The new Spider-Man may actually make you forget about the three prior films.
OK, look, this remains to be seen. And "Spider-Man 2" is still one of the best superhero movies ever made. But, I have to admit, the footage from the new film is pretty great. Whereas Tobey Maguire played Peter as a nerdy peon, Garfield captures the character's smart-ass charm. In one scene, a car thief pulls a knife on Spider-Man, who responds with a sarcastic "Oh, no, not a knife!" -- and then faux-sneezes spider webs all over the guy. Honestly, having seen footage from both "The Avengers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man," I think people will not like the former quite as much as they think they will, and will like the latter more than they expect to.
Emma Stone was not pleased with the question that she was asked.
Each star took a "fan question," (which were pre-approved and might not have been actual fan questions). Emma Stone, who appeared at the Rio event, was asked, "How is Gwen Stacey different than Mary Jane Watson?" Stone, who plays Gwen Stacy in the new movie, did not attempt to hide her disdain for that question. I'm not sure why, but I think she thought it was too boring. (Her answer had something to do with "yin" and "yang.")
Peter Parker masturbates to Gwen Stacey in his bedroom.
In one of the clips that were shown in full, Peter's is confronted at school by his uncle (Martin Sheen) after getting into a scrap with a school bully named Flash Thompson. During their discussion, Gwen Stacey walks by and Uncle Ben takes the opportunity to point out, to Stacey, that Peter has photos of Gwen on his computer. "Touching" jokes soon follow.
Rio de Janeiro is not really that excited for a new Spider-Man movie.
While the crowds in New York, Los Angeles and London seemed genuinely enthused about the footage (New York especially -- but that may be a Super Bowl afterglow thing), the audience in Rio might as well have been watching the final scene of "Schindler's List." It got so bad that the New York crowed started to openly mock the Rio crowd.
Mike Ryan is the senior writer for Moviefone. He has written for Wired Magazine, VanityFair.com, GQ.com, New York Magazine and Movieline. He likes Star Wars a lot. You can contact Mike Ryan directly on Twitter