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03.26.2004

I’m back from Sin City, nursing a wicked hangover and popping Advil like it’s going out of style. Nevertheless, because I’m such a trooper, I’ll fight through the constant, throbbing pain to offer all you schmoes a little recap of the gala Sony/Columbia SPIDER-MAN 2 trailer event, held at the Bally’s Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. That’s how much I love you guys.

As expected, the event was packed, primarily with theater owners in town for the annual ShoWest convention. As the crowd slowly filed in to the theater, performance artists – presumably on loan from Cirque du Soleil – descended from the theater ceiling on wires, providing entertaining, vaguely spider-like aerial acrobatics. As soon as everyone was seated, the lights dimmed and Sony Vice Chairman Jeff Blake emerged. He provided a brief intro before unspooling the new Spider-Man 2 theatrical trailer, due out on April 9th. Basically, the trailer expands on the teaser introduced a few months ago, giving more clues about the film’s storyline: Peter Parker is conflicted about his relationship with Mary Jane, Harry Osborne obsesses about revenge, Mary Jane decides to marry some other dude, Peter Parker doesn’t want to be Spider-Man anymore, etc. Oh, and there’s this Dr. Octopus fella...

After that, more Sony execs trotted out and said a few words before handing the mic over to director Sam Raimi. Sam introduced what came to be the highlight of the evening: the surprise unveiling of an entire scene from the upcoming film, a climactic battle between Spidey and Doc Ock that, from the looks of it, takes place during the latter half of the film. Though still raw (a lot of the shots featured unfinished CGI elements), it still rocked the house. Here’s a recap of the scene. It includes some potential spoilers, by the way, so cover up your eyes if you’re averse to such things.

SPIDEY vs DOC OCK FIGHT CLIP!!!

It starts out with a spinning New York Post, featuring the headline “He’s Back!” in big bold letters. Spider-Man comes swinging through, making his way through Manhattan to the top of a skyscraper that features a giant clock. It’s there that he finds Dr. Octopus waiting.  They exchange pleasantries, with Spidey demanding to know Mary Jane’s whereabouts (one assumes that she’s being held captive by the evil Doctor). Strangely enough, Ock won’t divulge the info, and it’s time to brawl. They go at it at the top of the skyscraper for a little bit before the both of them fall off the roof, still fighting as they plunge toward the street below.

They land on top of a subway train running above-ground (I swear it’s the B train) where the battle continues. Ock throws everything at him, including some hapless passengers he fishes out of the subway car, but he can’t topple our hero. Sensing a stalemate, Ock tosses some crap into Spidey’s eyes, effectively distracting him while he takes out the train’s brakes and flees the scene. What a jerk.

His eye-holes mangled, Spidey is forced to rip off his mask in order to regain his vision. Ock has vanished and Spidey now has to deal with the subway train, which is speeding toward the end of the track – and certain disaster – at an ever-increasing pace. Remember the climax of the Marge vs. The Monorail episode of The Simpsons? It’s kinda like that. Anyway, Spidey manages to stop the speeding train just in the nick of time by using his webs as a makeshift tethering device, just like when a fighter jet lands on an aircraft carrier (referred to as a “tailhook landing”). Exhausted, Spidey passes out in the subway car, and the relieved passengers gaze admiringly at an unmasked, now-vulnerable Spider-Man. Spidey wakes up and, touching his face, realizes that a few dozen New Yorkers now know his true identity. Two kids emerge from the crowd. “We found something,” says one kid, and they hand him his mask. Some other dude says, “We won’t tell nobody,” and a kid, expressing the crowd’s consensus, remarks, “It’s good to have you back.”

Just as Spidey dons his mask, Dr. Octopus returns to crash the party. Still weak after the whole stopping of the renegade subway train, he’s no match for the dastardly villain, and is knocked out by a single blow. The end.

MY THOUGHTS ON THE CLIP

  • The whole “He’s Back!” headline obviously means that at some point during the film, Parker decides to quit the whole Spider-Man gig altogether.

  • The first thing that hit me as I watched the clip was that the action is a lot faster, a lot more kinetic than what we saw in the first film. You can definitely tell that they upped the ante, as far as the action sequences are concerned, with the sequel.

  • The scene also integrates a lot more of the features that are unique to New York City, like the skyscrapers and the subway.

  • Molina looks impressive as Dr. Octopus. It’s great having a villain whose dialogue isn’t muffled by a crappy mask. Though I liked the first film, I had major problems with that damn mask worn by the Goblin. I felt that the filmmakers squandered all of the shadiness that makes Willem Dafoe such a creepy guy (and such a great villain).

  • Doc Ock’s metal arms remind me a lot of the ones seen on the sentinels in the Matrix films. Remember the Matrix trilogy? You know, the movies with Keanu Reeves and that hot chick dressed in leather? No? Oh well, never mind. Anyhoo-

Well, that’s about all that my frazzled brain can come up with for now. Many thanks to the kind folks at Sony Pictures Digital for making my presence there possible. I’d also like to thank the people at Bally’s Paris for those tasty frozen margaritas served in giant Eiffel Tower-shaped containers – delicious, classy, and a bargain at only $12.50. Worth every penny!

Source: JoBlo.com
Tags: Hollywood

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