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“The Amazing Spider-Man” website debuts new images and character bios

“The Amazing Spider-Man” website debuts new images and character bios (photo)

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Sony has launched the new, official website for “The Amazing Spider-Man,” its upcoming reboot of the wall-crawling character’s movie franchise.

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:

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What do you think of the “Amazing Spider-Man” website? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…