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Six observations about the new ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ images

Six observations about the new ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ images (photo)

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Columbia Pictures kicked off a new week by releasing six high-res images from “The Amazing Spider-Man” featuring Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging superhero Peter Parker and Emma Stone as his first love, Gwen Stacy. While the images don’t offer much new information about the film, there’s at least one good question, observation, or prediction that each photo suggests.

What are they? Well, I’m glad you asked…

You can check out each photo below, with some notes below each image:

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When it was announced that the upcoming reboot of the Spider-Man franchise was going to feature Gwen Stacy instead of Mary Jane Watson, there was a lot of speculation regarding the sort of updates the character would receive. A product of the swingin’ 1960s, Gwen was Peter’s first love in the Marvel Comics universe, and some fans worried that the tweaks necessary to bring her into modern world. While we got to see some footage of Emma Stone as Gwen in the “Amazing Spider-Man” teaser, this photo offers a nice indication of how the updated character will look — complete with the iconic black headband she was always pictured with in the comics.

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While this image offers a nice look at the redesigned logo Spider-Man will sport on his costume, it also provides a nice, up-close look at the mask he’ll wear, too. Spidey’s new headwear appears to feature smaller, goggle-style eyes instead of the large, white eyes used in the previous franchise’s Spider-suit.

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After a poster seen at Comic-Con revealed a red logo for Spider-Man’s costume, then a second poster showed off a black logo, fans weren’t quite sure what to think about the final design for Spidey’s rebooted suit. In this photo, we see that the red logo is on the back of the costume (with the black logo appearing in the previous photo on the front of the suit). Mystery solved! Moving on…

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Possibly the most question-provoking image of the bunch, this pic shows Gwen tending to Peter’s wounds. What we don’t see, however, is any sign of the Spider-Man costume. Were Peter’s wounds inflicted during that brawl with The Lizard we heard about during the Comic-Con panel? Does Gwen know Peter is Spider-Man? These are the questions that bother me so…

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There’s been much debate about the casting of Andrew Garfield, but it’s easy to see in this image that he fits the mold of the wiry, wall-crawling, nerd-turned-superhero Peter Parker. Originally intended to be your classic 98-pound weakling, Peter took on a more average-guy build in the studio’s prior Spider-Man films starring Tobey Maguire. In the new film, skinny Peter is back. This photo also offers another nice look at the meshy, streamlined version of the costume we’ll see in the film.

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The other big thought-provoking image of the bunch is this shot of Peter Parker clinging to the ceiling of a subway car. Why is he out of costume? And what is he looking at? Given my own subway-riding experience, I’m actually not surprised the person in the background is sleeping through the entire scene, but still… what is going on here?!

What do YOU think of the new images? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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