Just a week after a trade association of movie theater owners asked movie distributors to limit movie trailers to 2 minutes (at least for ones meant to be seen in theaters), Sony broke out a 3 minute, 50 seconds long trailer for May’s Amazing Spider-Man 2.
As unusual as a nearly four-minute trailer is, ironically it’s about 1.5 seconds worth of the 230 total seconds that might have spoken the loudest when it comes to perhaps the biggest question surrounding the sequel within fan circles.
The above, of course, is the standout image from the trailer’s 3:06-07 mark, a clearly distraught Peter Parker wearing his Spider-Man costume screaming in what looks like pain… or is it grief?
Though some fans seem reluctant to or skeptical of making the connection so soon into the film series, it’s fairly clear Sony wants audiences to anticipate the death of Gwen Stacy in part 2.
First there is the matter of Emma Stone’s Gwen appearing in clothing very reminiscent of the clothes the comic book character wore in 1973’s The Amazing Spider-Man #121-123, the story arc featuring her death. Sites like Screen Crave already did the side-by-side detective work long ago.
Then just last week while promoting Sunday’s trailer, Stone herself said, “I think the intention the whole time has been to tell Gwen’s story as closely to the comic as possible.”
Now comes the 3:06-07 mark of the new “Enemies Unite Sizzle” trailer (below), which curiously begins and ends with very light-hearted moments between Peter and Aunt May.
In context, there doesn’t appear to be anything – or anyone – else to elicit such a reaction from Peter. The death of Gwen (or Aunt May, to be fair) would certainly be the first thing that comes to mind, and from a basic storytelling standpoint the conclusion of the film series’ second act would also make logical timing for what’s almost certainly Gwen’s inevitable death.
That all said, trailers can certainly be and often are very deceiving, and a literal 1 to 2 seconds can definitely be manipulated to look like anything a skilled editor wants it to look like. But given the already quite visible trail of breadcrumbs Sony has left, it appears the studio is intentionally ratcheting up expectations and trying to inflame anticipation.
So watch the trailer again, pay close attention to the 3:06-07 mark and then head over to our Facebook page and let us know – do you think Gwen dies in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, yes or no?