Amongst the most interesting of these images are those showing our hero, in a few different variants of his iconic costume. When you see the rippling muscles shown in these pictures, it is difficult to imagine how weedy nerd Peter Parker could ever look as heroic and muscle-bound as the Spidey in this concept art.
Put simply, Andrew Garfield could not have pulled this off. But that doesn’t matter because Spider-Man isn’t about the appearance of physical strength. He’s not strong because he’s muscly: he’s strong because his DNA has fused with that of a genetically engineered arachnid. So overall, I’m very glad that the eventual film focuses more on Parker’s mental strength than the brute force these images seem to promote.
The concept images also feature Curt Connors in his Lizard guise looking a lot like a slightly more reptilian version of Voldemort… perhaps as if he and pet Nagini had decided to produce some bizarre cross-breed offspring. Many of these concepts actually look a lot better than the rather flaky CGI that eventually ended up in the film.
It certainly offers a slightly different way of looking at the characters and shows what the film could have been.
The Amazing Spider-Man is out in the UK right now.