'The Amazing Spider-Man': Movie, Starring Andrew Garfield, Name Announced

Spider-Man's future gives a nod to its past.

Sony Pictures announced the title of the new Spider-Man movie today, revealing that the series reboot will be called "The Amazing Spider-Man." That's the name of the original comic book (well, after Spider-Man debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15), and it's appropriate, because the film will take viewers back to Peter Parker's early days as the wall crawler.

Andrew Garfield will play the geeky Parker and conflicted, guilt-ridden Spider-Man (whom he had to bulk up to portray), while Emma Stone will play Gwen Stacey, his high school girlfriend (before he dated the iconic Mary Jane). The film is being directed by Marc Webb. Shooting has already begun.

The full release is below, followed by a new image released by the studio (geek note: you may notice on Spider-Man's wrists that he is wearing mechanical web shooters, as he wears in the comics; in the last round of movies, he was portrayed as naturally shooting web from his own wrists):



CULVER CITY, Calif., February 14, 2011 - Columbia Pictures announced today that the title of the next Spider-Man film will be The Amazing Spider-Man.

The studio simultaneously released a photo of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, the first shot of Garfield in the famous full mask and suit (see attachment).

The film, which is now in production and is being shot entirely in 3D, will be released on July 3, 2012. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the Marvel Entertainment production for Columbia Pictures. The executive producers are Stan Lee, Kevin Feige, and Michael Grillo. The film's official website is http://www.TheAmazingSpiderMan-movie.com.

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