IS THIS AN UNRELEASED 2001 PROMO TRAILER FOR RAIMI’S ‘SPIDER-MAN’?
Normally, a previously unseen promotional trailer for a 12-year-old film that screened once for theater execs and exhibitors wouldn’t be worth mentioning, but this one is a little different. ComicBookMovie.com posted this trailer for Sam Raimi’s original 2002 Spider-man film, which they claim was shown at the 2001 Electronic Expo.
The clip has a professional studio narrator, graphics that were actually used in the film’s marketing, and familiar (unifnished) CGI shots of Spidey swinging and wall-crawling that appeared in the finished movie. The biggest shocker in the clip is the footage of Tobey Maguire wearing mechanical web shooters on his wrist, which tells us that – if this trailer is indeed legit – Raimi was still considering the mechanical web shooters over the organic ones as late as a year from the film’s release:
So, yeah, this is cool and all, but does it make me a terrible Spider-man fan if the organic web shooters never bothered me? I honestly never thought about them once, during any of Raimi’s Spider-man films – that’s what good storytelling and character building does. It’s not like Marc Webb handled the mechanical web-shooters well in Amazing Spider-man, anyway. They were a contrived afterthought, and Peter didn’t even create the webbing – he simply bought it outright from Oscorp, which is absolutely ludicrous. How does a broke 16-year-old purchase large quantities of an experimental material from a major scientific development and research corporation? Don’t you need corporate purchase order authorization? Tax exempt status? Wouldn’t you have to order it in bulk? Where did he keep the stuff?
Wow. I’m thinking way too much about this. If only I had put this much thought into my freshman Algebra class, then I might be developing breakthrough technologies like unbreakable fibrous webbing instead of blogging about Jim Carrey holding hot dogs and posting video of Mario decapitating koopas…*sigh*