The Spiderman Teaser Trailer
July 13, 2001 12:56 PM   Subscribe

The Spiderman Teaser Trailer has just been released, and does it look cool! Too bad that we have to wait until May '02 to see it.
posted by Sal Amander (40 comments total)
May '02? Sheesh, that's a long time for my Spidey sense to be tinglin'.
posted by bilco at 1:01 PM on July 13, 2001

hmmm looks good! - saw this yesterday. Anyone know if this is the start of a good ol' sequal merchandise tap, or will he actually have someone nasty to deal with....

posted by monkeyJuice at 1:04 PM on July 13, 2001

He's supposedly fighting the Green Goblin in the first installment (played by Willem Dafoe). Coming from Sam Raimi (everything from Evil Dead 2 to A Simple Plan), prospects are mixed at best, but the fanboys should eat it up anyway. More information here.
posted by almostcool at 1:07 PM on July 13, 2001

If this is the teaser trailer where the helicopter gets caught, I saw it last night at FF. Sorry to burst your bubble, but everyone in the theater pretty unanimously burst out laughing at how silly it was. (I was one of those people.) His shiny eyes did look cool, though.

Of all the trailers we saw the best was for an upcoming Disney movie where monsters are scared of kids (it was funny + cute) the worst, and I’m talking AI-level crap, was for an Ice Cube-on-Mars flick. One of the few times I’ve seen people throw popcorn at the screen in disgust, and the only time I’ve seen it thrown because of a trailer.
posted by capt.crackpipe at 1:11 PM on July 13, 2001

yep, mosters inc looks like the 2nd best film for the rest of this year - 1st being HARRY POTTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!! (go harry, go harry, go harry)
posted by monkeyJuice at 1:15 PM on July 13, 2001

i think i'm gonna puke.
posted by jpoulos at 1:27 PM on July 13, 2001

I think jpoulos pretty much summed this up for me, too. Thanks.
posted by barkingmoose at 1:29 PM on July 13, 2001

I think Oakley did a good job on the eyes.
posted by riffola at 1:35 PM on July 13, 2001

Yeah, that was pretty silly. When has Spidey every been able to stop a helicopter with his webbing? Come on! Nice product placement with the Nokia phone, too.
posted by starvingartist at 1:36 PM on July 13, 2001

fool! Although the strength of spidey's webbing tends to ebb and flow as the years go by, he's stopped tougher stuff than a helicopter. Like the Hulk.
posted by sonofsamiam at 1:39 PM on July 13, 2001

Uh, monkeyjuice, not to be a big meanie head, but I'd shelve "Harry Potter" behind "Lord Of The Rings" anyday. :)
posted by almostcool at 1:41 PM on July 13, 2001

Of all the trailers we saw the best was for an upcoming Disney movie where monsters are scared of kids

I think you're speaking of Monsters, Inc. from Pixar (and Disney).
posted by Sal Amander at 1:46 PM on July 13, 2001

Better link for Monsters, Inc. HERE.
posted by Sal Amander at 1:48 PM on July 13, 2001

you know, I think CG has good applications and all, but there's still something very fake about it being used in conjunction with live action like that. I think they could have made a much more realistic (dare i say creative?) costume for an actor to wear rather than just go for the CG. It's almost getting to be like unnessecary flash intros, just cause the technology is there doesn't mean it should always be used. I mean, spiderman aside, didn't the scale models form "the empire strikes back" look better than the pod racers from "episode one"? Maybe it's just me, but I'd love to see what they could do by combining the two technologies rather than going for the newer, hipper, more exensive one. Can i get an amen?
posted by Hackworth at 1:55 PM on July 13, 2001

You guys are forgetting one hotly anticipated title this year: Peter Jackson's version of Fellowship of the Ring, which comes out in December. Raimi and Jackson have a similarly flamboyant visual style. But, whereas Raimi's last two films have been clunkers (For Love of the Game and The Gift), Jackson, i.e. if you love The Frighteners as much as I do, hasn't let us down yet.
posted by ed at 1:56 PM on July 13, 2001

The Ice Cube on Mars movie is "Ghosts of Mars", John Carpenter's latest flick. My, how the mighty have fallen.

As for Spidey, the only cool thing about the helicopter sequence was the twitching of the rotors. It make it seem like a giant fly caught up in that big web. Other than that, I had Darkman flashbacks. Uhhh. The swinging sequences looked really good, but as long as the final battle isn't anywhere near Spawn (where a CG Spawn fought a CG Malbogia(sp?) in a CG rendered Hell), it should do okay.
posted by Cavatica at 2:02 PM on July 13, 2001

Made, not make. (Mental note: Remember the Spell check.)
posted by Cavatica at 2:05 PM on July 13, 2001

I saw it Wednesday night, and some teenager behind me said "Remember everything I was worrying about in this movie? I take it all back."

I almost stood up, hit him over the head, and yelled, "It's a stupid teaser trailer! It means nothing!"

Of course, I have no plans on seeing it in the first place.
posted by Pinwiz at 2:12 PM on July 13, 2001

Spell check wouldn't have caught that anyway, as "make" is a perfectly good word too. Just the wrong one...

The reason movie makers use CG is because it's starting to be cheaper now: not just cheaper than it used to be, but cheaper than doing miniatures and other "traditional" effects. When it's done well, you can't tell. For instance, in The Truman Show, they added a whole second story to a lot of the buildings in the main town square. Same trick with the coliseum in Gladiator.

Given a few more years of development, it will soon be impossible to tell when CG is used for an effect unless it is done incompetently (or if the effect is just something that wouldn't be possible otherwise).
posted by kindall at 2:12 PM on July 13, 2001

Having watched the trailer now, i think it's possible, maybe even likely, that the bank robbery and helicopter escape isn't actually in the movie, but was instead filmed for the teaser. This is a Big Budget Picture, after all.
posted by kindall at 2:17 PM on July 13, 2001

not to be a big meanie head, but I'd shelve "Harry Potter" behind "Lord Of The Rings" anyday. :)

Industry gossip: New Line put all their eggs in Frodo’s basket. If LOTR doesn’t do stellar business, they’ll go bankrupt.

Hackworth, Disney writers are one with your sentiment. They’ve been pissed since Katzenberg left and that accountant Eisner took over. All the movies have been pretty lame-brained CG fests.
posted by capt.crackpipe at 2:22 PM on July 13, 2001

For those who just want to download the trailer without having to hassle with the rest of the site, here are links to the small, medium, and large Quicktime videos.
posted by RylandDotNet at 2:22 PM on July 13, 2001

It's definately possible. Filming a movie trailer isn't all that different these days from filming a Nike Commercial (That 'Tag' one alone could have been a trailer for something). What's interesting is the trend for putting a trailer on the beginning of a film. Before Ep. 1's teaser aired before "Meet Joe Black", I don't think Hollywood even cared.

Nowadays, you know what trailer's coming out, when it's coming out and what movie it's tied to. Even worse, the film companies can tie a trailer to a movie that sucks and still hope to get a bit of an opening box office, if nothing else.

SW: Episode II's trailer is supposedly tied to Planet of the Apes, and Rush Hour 2 has the teaser for "The Fellowship of the Ring" playing before it.
posted by Cavatica at 2:27 PM on July 13, 2001

Is it just me or does Ice Cube just look like a grown-up (umm larger that is) version of Gary Coleman stuck in that perpetual "Willis whatcha talking about" look? I have yet to take him seriously as anything but a rapper. I got my fill of the stoic street smart black guy in Pitch Black. Don't walk, run from that movie.

I liked the Spider-man trailer, its almost nothing but CGI which I think reflects how much work is ready for release right now. As far as the believability of stopping a helicopter goes, lets just stop right there. He sticks to walls and has superhuman strength not to mention spider sense. If those aren't ridiculous I don't know what is. I don't think you can have a superhero movie that makes too much sense without spoiling it.

"Yeah so I woke up with all these powers and decided to sew some brightly colored tights together and help mankind."

If superheroes didn't exist, gay parade planners would have invented them.
posted by skallas at 2:47 PM on July 13, 2001

Capt.Crackpipe: funny thing... I was at a showing of FF last night, too, when I saw the trailer. My reaction, and the general reaction of the audience was very positive to the trailer... as for FF, man! that movie blew chunks. Worse than Cats and Dogs, and almost as bad as the last Batman movie!
posted by silusGROK at 3:08 PM on July 13, 2001

The Spidey trailer was very cool. While I'm no expert on Spidey (talk to me about Superman) he does have the "proportional strength of a spider" which would probably allow for the hoisting of a helicopter.

My question is who's going to be the GenX/Y band that does the 2002 remix of "Spider Man, Spider Man does whatever a spider can"?
posted by owillis at 3:11 PM on July 13, 2001

Blink 182, if they can't get a hold of Alien Ant Farm or Staind. I'm pretty certain of it.
posted by Cavatica at 3:23 PM on July 13, 2001

SW: Episode II's trailer is supposedly tied to Planet of the Apes

Nope. Most likely before Harry Potter in November. Remember, we don't even have a proper title for Ep2 yet.
posted by toddshot at 4:03 PM on July 13, 2001

Moxy Fruvous already did it.

"Spidey the fun-licker!"
posted by kindall at 4:52 PM on July 13, 2001

I saw Final Fantasy opening night at SF's Metreon, where the fanboys tend to come out in force. The Spiderman trailer got applause and one very enthusiastic "MAY 3RD 2002, I AM THERE!" from the crowd.

And as for FF itself, I enjoyed it. The story was a little shaky, but it was internally consistent. And it sure was pretty. The design for the aliens and the devices was impeccable. The pace was brisk and I found the ending uniquely satisfying, in that they chose not to go with the predictable, feel-good conclusion. I thought it was a good film.
posted by Zettai at 6:17 PM on July 13, 2001

Whoa, for a minute there I thought FF referred to "The Fast and the Furious." Whew!

Hackworth: Amen. Less CGI, more realistic effects. And those flying/jumping monkeys in POTA look stoopid.
posted by mecran01 at 7:21 PM on July 13, 2001

Anybody else looking forward to next installment of X-Men? That movie really surprised me - exciting without being hyper-frenetic, it introduced the theme & characters in relatively believable tones & situations, and there were actual characters (Storm excluded - WTF?) that developed. This from someone who had never read a X-Men "graphic novel" or seen more than a few seconds or two of the animated series. I'm sold on the next movie - just hope it develops a lil' bit faster than #1, since we have already dispensed with introductions.

And re: Spidey - ah, memories! Back in late 70s/early 80s, he was probably the "hippest" of the mass-market superheroes. Looking forward to the movie, but prepared to be disappointed.
posted by davidmsc at 7:47 PM on July 13, 2001

Storm excluded - WTF?

NO KIDDING! What the HELL was up with that stupid line she had, the dumbest in the movie, about "Do you know what happens to a toad when it's struck by lightning?" Ugh, that was the worst.

Other than that, great movie. Gotta love Hugh Jackman.
posted by Zettai at 11:44 PM on July 13, 2001

Anyone know what that music was in the Spidey trailer? I was thinking it was something from the Matrix.

As for FF, real dorky plotline and ending. Good action and truly unbelievable CGI. The time they must have spent in the 3D modeling phase alone. I just sat there in awe most of the time.
posted by quirked at 6:43 AM on July 14, 2001

I just saw the Spider Man trailer, and while I'm not usually given to falling into the hype for these fanboy movies, I haven't been filled with such childish glee in a long time. Looks perfect to me.

Btw, The song used in the trailer is a song called "Leave You Far Behind" by Lunatic Calm, and it was in The Matrix.
posted by dong_resin at 7:20 AM on July 14, 2001

On a very indulgent note: While the character of Storm was shallow to the Nth degree, and utilization of same was lame, that one tiny little scene when she emerged from the elevator, eyes glazed, with the lightning/electricity crackling, her cape whipping around her, and you just knew that she was going to use her awesome (if underutilized) superpowers to do bad things to a bad guy...that was at least a great visual, one that truly made me feel like I was watching a REAL superhero in action, not sitting in a theatre watching a good movie. Then the moment was gone. But it was there, for a second.
posted by davidmsc at 7:49 AM on July 14, 2001

Spiderman is by far the coolest superhero ever invented. He has the best suit at least, that's for sure. Anyone who can provide a convincing argument for a better superhero would be, well, wasting their time as far as I'm concerned. And I even hate spiders . . .
posted by dopamine at 8:24 AM on July 14, 2001

Superman rules all. Spidey is a good #2 or 3 though (Batman is in there somewhere).
posted by owillis at 9:33 AM on July 14, 2001

Anybody else looking forward to next installment of X-Men?

Oh my God, when I came out of the theatre, I was ready for the next one. I read the first 200-300 or so issues before I moved onto other things in life (girls) and I was really surprised at how well they did. I was a little bummed that at the following:
  • They combined Beast and Jean Grey into Dr. Jean Grey
  • Wolverine and Rogue weren't a little closer in age (and romantically involved) but I guess they're setting it up for the third or fourth sequel.
  • Toad and Mystique weren't nearly that good at fighting
That said, Mystique's costume (or the lack thereof) made things easier to digest.
posted by fooljay at 5:50 PM on July 14, 2001

Batman, got to love him, esp. the revamped version in Batman: The Animated Series, Batman & Robin, and The New Batman/Superman Adventures. I wasn't too happy with the goody two shoe revamp of Superman, but I hear they will make him more mature in the new JLA series. Even Batman has been revamped to look like the way he did when he first appeared on the scene. Bruce Timm's version of the JLA, is something I am definitely looking forward to.
posted by riffola at 7:18 PM on July 14, 2001

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