The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

USA, 2010-2011
digital video; 35mm film; 70mm film Imax; 3D, colour (DeLuxe), 2.35:1
Dolby Digital, SDDS, Datasat Digital Sound, English

An American science fiction film directed by Marc Webb.

Plot Summary

Peter Parker is dealing with the usual problems of being a teenager when he’s bitten by a radioactive spider and inherits some of its powers. As the costumed superhero Spider-Man he fights crime in New York before tangling with his father’s former partner Dr Curt Connors and his villainous alter-ego The Lizard.


Directed by: Marc Webb
© 2012 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. is the author of this film (motion picture) for the purpose of copyright and other laws
Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Entertainment, Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach production
Executive Producers: Stan Lee, Kevin Feige, Michael Grillo
Produced by: Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach
Screenplay by: James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves
Story by: James Vanderbilt
Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Director of Photography: John Schwartzman
Editors: Alan Edward Bell, Pietro Scalia
Music Composed by: James Horner
Production Mixer: John Pritchett
Costume Designer: Kym Barrett
Spider-Man Costume Manufactured by: Cirque du Soleil
Makeup Department Head: Ve Neill
Hair Department Head: Kathrine Gordon
Lizard Special Effects Makeup by: Legacy Effects
Design and Prosthetics Supervisors: Lindsay Macgowan, Shane Mahan
Special Effects Supervisor: John Frazier
Visual Effects Supervisor: Jerome Chen
Special Visual Effects and Animation by: Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc., Culver City, California; Sony Pictures Imageworks India
Visual Effects by: Pixomondo
Additional Visual Effects by: Pixel Playground
Additional 3D Conversion by: Gener8; Legend3D
Production Designer: J. Michael Riva

Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man/Peter Parker)
Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy)
Rhys Ifans (The Lizard/Dr Curt Connors)
Denis Leary (Captain Stacy)
Campbell Scott (Richard Parker)
Irrfan Khan (Rajit Ratha)
Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben)
Sally Field (Aunt May)
Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker)
Chris Zylka (Flash Thompson)
Max Charles (Peter Parker (age 4))
C. Thomas Howell (Jack’s father)
Jake Ryan Keiffer (Jack)
Kari Coleman (Helen Stacy)
Michael Barra (store clerk)
Leif Gantvoort (cash register thief)
Andy Pessoa (Gordon)
Hannah Marks (Missy Kallenback)
Kelsey Chow (hot girl)
Kevin McCorkle (Mr Cramer)

Alternative Titles

The Amazing Spider-Man 3D – advertising title
A Csodálatos Pókember – Hungary
Cudesni Spider-Man – Croatia
O Espetacular Homem-Aranha – Brazil
O Fantástico Homem-Aranha – Portugal
Fiona’s Tale – fake working title
Hämmästyttävä Hämähäkkimies – Finland
Neverovatni Covek-Pauk – Serbia
Nuostabusis Zmogus Voras – Lithuania
El sorprendente hombre araña – Chilea, Colombia
Spider-Man 4 – working title
Spider-Man 4: The Amazing Spider-Man – working title
Untitled Spider-Man Reboot – working title

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)


Empire no.278 (August 2012) pp.42-44
Marc Webb’s film […] never goes full Nolan in terms of darkness or complexity (nor should it), but it never feels like it should be re-titled The Totes Amazeballs Spider-Dude, either. Instead it takes the high school bit of Raimi’s flick, expands it into three acts, then sutures in a scientist/green alter-ego thread, this time in the shape of Rhys Ifans’ Curt Connors/The Lizard. The result is a mixed bag, beset by muddy plotting and decent (not jaw-dropping) action set-pieces but enlivened by a focus on people and strong performances especially from Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. […] Webb doesn’t import much of the visual whimsy and filmmaking ingenuity he brought to (500) Days [of Summer]; this is a slightly heightened but basically realistic universe. Save the now De Rigueur Stan Lee Cameo (his best yet) full of nutty comic energy and recurring Spidey POV (Webb cam?), this is solid rather than spectacular blockbusting filmmaking. […] [W]here The Amazing Spider-Man does find freshness, and its feet, is in its believable, touching central relationship. There are dedicated teen flicks that don’t do awkward conversations in high school corridors as well as Garfield and Stone deliver them. – from an illustrated review by Ian Freer



  • Empire no.278 (August 2012) pp.42-44 – illustrated review (by Ian Freer)
  • Total Film no.178 (April 2011) p.15 – illustrated preview (by MaM [Matt Mueller])