Along with a pretty spiffy look for the new site, the online home of the 2012 film also features a bunch of new images, character bios, and some interesting elements that eagle-eyed fans will certainly take note of. For example, here’s the studio’s synopsis of the film:
Like most teenagers his age, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. In his journey to put the pieces of his past together he uncovers a secret that his father held… a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man. This is the first in a series of movies that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story. On July 3rd, 2012, the untold story begins.
Not only does the synopsis put a heavy emphasis on Peter’s parents factoring into the film’s plot, but it also describes “The Amazing Spider-Man” as “the first in a series of films.” If there was any doubt that Sony is thinking big when it comes to Marc Webb’s reinvention of the wall-crawler and star Andrew Garfield, this should make it official.
Peter Parker’s parents are brought up again in his character bio, which also offers a slight clue as to how they’ll fit into the larger plot of the film:
Ever since Peter’s parents disappeared 13 years ago, he has struggled to find his purpose in life. Now, on the brink of unlocking the mystery about what happened to them, he must face the ultimate challenge — one that has been created within the laboratories of Oscorp.
In the Marvel Comics universe, it was revealed in the ’90s that Richard and Mary Parker were C.I.A. agents who disappeared while on a mission to investigate one of the various incarnations of Red Skull. Given that Red Skull was introduced in “Captain America: The First Avenger” — part of the Marvel Studios line, not Sony Pictures — the characters’ history will probably be changed for their big-screen debut next year.
Along with some interesting bits about Peter Parker, his parents, and the future of the franchise, the new website also features some cool shots of Peter (both in costume and out of costume, playing basketball) and Rhys Ifans’ character, Dr. Curt Connors. The bio for the latter character hints at the circumstances behind his transformation into The Lizard, Spidey’s nemesis in the film.
You can check out smaller versions of a few of the images from the site below: