Spider-Man Trailers Side by Side

The trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man has just been released and bears interesting comparison to the previous 2002 blockbuster version.

YouTube Doubler is a website that allows you to play two videos at the same time and compare them side-by-side.

The two Spider-Man trailers make an interesting case study as they reveal the similarities and differences of the respective films.

The 2002 trailer is snappier and has no problem featuring Peter Parker as Spider-Man, whereas as the 2012 one doesn’t really reveal the iconic suit until the very end in an extended POV epilogue, which appears to be a showcase for the film’s 3D visuals (the CGI looks like it needs to be refined).

Notice how the lengths are almost identical.

YouTube Doubler

For the record, I think the trailer for the 2002 film is much stronger, although it’s hard to fully judge until the new film comes out.

The Amazing Spider-Man is out on July 3rd 2012, just 9 days ahead of The Dark Knight Rises, which suggests Sony are pretty bullish about this film having a massive opening weekend.

> Watch the two trailers side by side at YouTube Doubler
> The Amazing Spider-Man official site
> More on the Spider-Man character at Wikipedia

Amusing News

Obama teams up with Spider-Man

Obama Spiderman coverPresident-elect Barack Obama has teamed up with Spider-Man.

Marvel have announced a special tribute issue:

To celebrate the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama, Marvel is proud to present an all-new story teaming up one of the world’s most recognizable political figures with the world’s greatest super hero as President-Elect Obama joins Spider-Man in “Spidey Meets the President!”

Written by Zeb Wells with art by Todd Nauck and Frank D’Armata, the story takes place in Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day and finds one of Spider-Man’s oldest foes attempting to thwart the swearing in ceremony of the 44th President of the United States.ย 

Obama reportedly collected Spider-Man comics as a child, so Marvel wanted to give him a ‘shout-out back’ by featuring him in a bonus story, said Joe Quesada, Marvel’s editor-in-chief.

Spidey even gets a fist bump from the incoming president:

Obama Spidey fist bump

The Obama story is a bonus in Marvel Comic’s Amazing Spider-Man #583, available in comic book shops on January 14th and is expected to sell out, with half the covers devoted to Obama.

But can I suggest Marvel do another special issue for the outgoing vice-president?ย 

Maybe a teamup withย Kingpin?

Dick Cheney and Kingpin

Marvel describe the bald-headed Spidey villain (aka Wilson Fisk) as:

…a criminal mastermind who is involved in extensive illegal activities such as drug running, smuggling, murder, and so forth.

Despite this, he has no criminal record and an army of lawyers to keep it that way, and is a criminal financial strategist without parallel.ย 

Remind you of anyone?

> Official Marvel announcement
> AP report on the story