Tantalizing Spider-Man details revealed at Tokyo press conference

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Dec 16, 2012

The producers of The Amazing Spider-Man really want you to like their movie. They, along with stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, recently traveled to Tokyo to do some overseas promotion. They wanted everyone to know that Spider-Man is back and that they've made some changes (for the better).

It's only been five years since Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 appeared in theaters. That's not a lot of time to forget the actors or their interpretation of the characters. But producer Avi Arad believes The Amazing Spider-Man will make quite the impression.

When it comes to story, he revealed that there's a strong connection among the villain, hero and love interest.

"We introduce our villain, Dr. Connors, and in the great tradition of Marvel, Dr. Connors is going to be connected to Peter Parker, and in our case even more interesting, to Gwen Stacy," said Avid. "Right there, the challenge of having to deal with a villain that is also your mentor and the only one who you can look at and say, 'So what really happened to my dad?' That's a very hard person to fight."

The relationship between Peter and Connors is interesting, but wasn't there a similar hero-villain connection in Spider-Man 1? Peter had a pretty good relationship with Norman Osborn (his best friend's dad) before he went coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs. We guess The Amazing Spider-Man's advantage is that they rope in Peter's parents.

As for the lady in Peter's life, Arad considers Gwen Stacy his true love. But what about poor Mary Jane Watson? Emma Stone, who plays Gwen, said, "We haven't even met Mary Jane at this point."

In terms of action and special effects, director Marc Webb stayed away from heavy CGI. Andrew Garfield says most of "the stunts are practical and grounded in reality."

He continued, "I would exhaust myself every day and get into near-death experiences every hour on the hour. ... I collaborated with [the stunt team] not only on the big stunt set pieces but also on what happens to Peter's body when he gets bitten. What happens to his DNA and how that affects the way he moves and the way he interacts with objects.

"The idea that he has spider DNA running in his system. What that will do to his sense of space. What that will do to the sensitivity of his skin. To have an opportunity to play in that forum with creative and talented people was a real opportunity and gift."

So overall, The Amazing Spider-Man will have a hero-villain connection, Peter's true love and better stunts.

The Amazing Spider-Man opens everywhere July 3.

What do you think? Are you buying what they're selling? Is The Amazing Spider-Man must-see material?

(via Coming Soon)