The Amazing Spider-man (Film)


Title: The Amazing Spider-Man (Film)

Director: Marc Webb

Production Company: Columbia Pictures

Release Date: 2012

Plot Summary:

Peter Parker is an average teen living with his aunt and uncle after his parents mysteriously disappear in the night. One day, Peter finds some research papers concealed by his father that link him to the company, Oscorp. Intrigued by what he has discovered and wanting to know more, Peter sneaks into an Oscorp lab where he is bitten by a radioactive spider. Shortly after, Peter begins displaying superhuman, spider-like abilities. Eventually he finds his father’s former partner, Dr. Connors, and gives him the missing piece of his research. Shortly after, a family tragedy drives Peter to embrace the life of a vigilante. After an experiment goes terribly wrong, he is faced with a foe that has unique superhuman abilities as well.

Critical Evaluation:

This film did well in the box offices, but the casting was mediocre. I personally prefer the cast of the Spider-man movie released in 2002. Although generally a fan of Emma Stone, I was not impressed by her version of Gwen Stacy. Andrew Garfield portrayed a convincing Peter Parker, appropriately nerdy with a boy next door appeal, but I did not find him particularly interesting to watch. The special effects were very good, as has come to be the expectation for modern day superhero movies.

Viewer’s Annotation: Geek by day. Superhero by night.

About the Director:

Marc Webb was born on August 31, 1974. He is a director and producer, known for The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), (500) Days of Summer (2009) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).”

Genre: action, adventure, fantasy

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Discussion Ideas:

  • Discuss “dream” casting choices for the main characters.

Rating: PG-13

Challenge Issues: violence

Defense File:

Violence in the Media: A Joint Statement: 2000-2001 CD #19.3

Justification of Selection: Marvel comics have wide appeal among teen boys.


IMDB. (n.d.). Marc Webb biography. IMDB. Retrieved from

The Amazing Spider-man (Film)

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