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No, what makes me nervous about this is the tone and the small glimpses at the new, reworked origin story. On the "tone" side, it looks exceedingly drab and dour. Peter Parker being less of a nerd and more of a withdrawn loner I can deal with - but Peter Parker as a sulky, mopey sourpuss? No, thank you. The whole thing feels uncomfortably Batman-ish, as though the filmmakers didn't get the memo that superheroes don't all need to be Batman anymore.

As to the story, the big red flag detail here is that Spider-Man's biological parents are going to be a factor. We see them dropping the toddler-aged Peter off with Aunt May and Uncle Ben as they head out for some dark and sinister errand from which - obviously - they will never return. As an adult, we're shown Peter finding an old satchel of his dad's that seems to contain lots of documents and photos. I lack the room to really get into it here, but suffice it to say that Richard and Mary Parker having been badass CIA and/or S.H.I.E.L.D. double agents or (in the "Ultimate" universe) super-scientists whose work is connected to Peter's spider powers is just about the most consistently stupid part of Spider-Man's ever-changing backstory; it's a bummer to see it make its way into the movies. I'm dreading the idea of a Spider-Man series where "solve/avenge the conspiracy of my parents death" is a key motivation plotline.

It also looks like they're leaning much more heavily on the "half-spider" aspect of his transformation, as he tries to eat a fly at one point. I kinda like that. Playing around with the obvious connections between this story and The Fly actually would be a welcome change of pace. What I'm getting a much stronger sense of is the idea that the creation of Spider-Man and The Lizard are connected (re: both guys with nonhuman DNA additions), which if accurate is the laziest kind of adaptation shortcut for connecting two characters (see: Joker kills Batman's parents in the Tim Burton movie - ick!). A big plus of the original Spider-Man was that it didn't do this bit - Green Goblin was just mad that Spider-Man kept getting in his way.

Also, Gwen Stacy is apparently a scientist now, which is ... whatever, and interestingly, while "everybody knows" that the bad guy in this one is The Lizard, notice that the branding for all the science stuff in this says "OsCorp." Hey - you wanna bet their cribbing from Batman Begins extends all the way up to borrowing the "Hey! The popular villain is in the next one!" final reveal?

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