As part of the Showest event held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sony Pictures Wednesday night held a trailer event at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Studio executives, theater owners, and members of the press were invited to the unveiling of the final trailer before the films hits theaters later this year.
First, a couple of announcements were made regarding the film. The film will now officially open on June 30th , two days earlier that previously announced and the third film now has a release date, May 4th, 2007. In attendance at the screening were Producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst who all took the stage to thank the exhibitors in attendance for helping to make “Spider-Man” one of the most successful films of all time.
The unveiling of the new trailer was next, set to debut in theater’s April 9th, and for those concerned about spoilers, we’ll keep them to a minimum, but there are revelations made below that fans sensitive to spoilers might want to avoid.
The trailer revealed a lot about the film’s story and the maturing of the main characters. Peter is uncertain about the powers he has and the affect they have not only on himself, but those closest to him. His responsibilities as Spider-Man are affecting his personal life, hurting his studies at University and his friendship with Mary Jane and Harry Osborn. In fact, at one point Peter decides being Spider-Man just isn’t for him anymore. Mary Jane’s found success as a model in New York City and has made some important decisions about her future that involve Harry Osborn. Naturally, Harry Osborn is back and still holds that grudge against Spider-Man for “killing” his father, intent on exacting his revenge. There’s a focus on character development that should help solidify the characters ever that much more for fans of the film. And then, there’s the action, which appears to have upped the ante when compared to the first film. As impressive as most fans found Spider-Man’s web slinging through New York City in the first film, the trailer showed Spider-Man’s flying scenes are improved and even smoother than the first. Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus is convincing, with his mechanical arms seeming a very natural extension of his own body.
Following the trailer, Sony treated those in attendance to an approximately five-minute action sequence, a battle between Spider-Man and Doc Oc. While the footage was unfinished, what we saw was an impressive display of CGI and real world action that takes place in an above ground portion of the New York City subway. Doc Oc pulls no punches, brutally taking it to Spider-Man who gives his all to capture his opponent and to safe guard the lives of the commuters. Spidey gets knocked around quite severely by the Doctor, at one point having to take off his mask in order to see properly. This sets up an emotional moment towards the end of the sequence, where commuters see Spider-Man’s face, one remarking, “He’s just a kid.” It’s a touching moment that shows the respect these people have for the man who just saved their lives. A young boy comes over and returns the mask to Spider-Man, telling him that his secret is safe with them. It appears that this scene is likely the second to last major action sequence in the film and it’s a very strong sequence at that.
Following this sequence, Maguire and Dunst come out to thank the exhibitors for all their support and everyone takes the stage together for one final bow and to say the whole crew will be back for a second sequel May 4th, 2007.