We're still five whole months away from the feverishly anticipated The Amazing Spider-Man reboot starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans (in 3D!). But that didn't stop Sony from getting the Peter Parker party started early today; the studio gathered fans in four cities and three countries to bring out its stars, show fresh footage and even answer a few questions ahead—way ahead—of its July 3 release.
Here are five things we learned:
1. Emma Stone isn't Kirsten Dunst, got it? If you're looking for Stone's blond Gwen Stacy character to be anything like Dunst's Mary Jane, forget it. "I keep saying Gwen is the yin to Mary Jane's yang," she told fans via live linkup in Rio De Janiero. "They're polar opposites in every way...Gwen falls in love with Peter Parker, Mary Jane falls in love with Spider-Man."
2. Think Spider-Man meets The Dark Knight: Look for darker, more sarcastic humor, a more antagonistic relationship with law enforcement, and more of a self-made hero. And in this version, Parker gets some of his web-slinging studliness from his own talent for invention—as it was in the original comic books. "We wanted to treat Peter Parker in a more realistic way," director Mark Webb told fans from Los Angeles.
3. Or think Spider-Man meets The Dark Knight meets...Star Wars? No, the Lizard is not Spidey's Dad (we hope), but there are a lot of daddy issues wrapped around the hero-villain dynamic. Dr. Curt Connors, aka the Lizard, the villain at the center of the tale, holds the key to Peter Parker's questions about a mysterious past. "With Dr. Curt Connors, what makes him a more emotional presence in Peter's life is that he had a very close relationship to Peter's father," said Rhys Ifans, who plays the villain and who was speaking to fans from London. "That makes the connection a very complex and emotional one."
4. The new Spider-Man is totally scared. "I'm terrified right now," Andrew Garfield admitted while speaking to fans from New York. "It's so overwhelming to be representing this symbol ... but it's a reverent terror." As for why he took the role, knowing the great responsibility that comes with it, he quipped, "I'm not an idiot."
5. The next Spider-Man will be... Garfield imagines Spider-Man evolving in a very interesting way in the future. "Hopefully next time he'll be a half-Hispanic, half African-American actor," he told fans.
So what do you think, people? Are you excited for the next iteration of the popular character?