How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
With the opening of The Amazing Spider-Man still more than five months away, the studio, producers and cast alike have been keeping plot details close to the vest, parceling out tidbits about “a different side of the Peter Parker story,” “the untold story,” and Gwen Stacy as Peter’s “true love” without providing much more than a vague overview of the story.
However, that changes with what certainly looks like an official synopsis from Columbia Pictures that appeared first in The Times of India before circulating more widely:
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance — leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
Oh, sure, there aren’t any major revelations, but the new breakdown helps to connect the dots in director Marc Webb’s franchise reboot.
The Amazing Spider-Man, which opens July 3, also stars Denis Leary, Irrfan Khan, Chris Zylka, C. Thomas Howell, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz and Annie Parisse.