Spider-Man swings into Tokyo for "Amazing" premiere

Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:11am EDT
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By Chris Gallagher and Elaine Lies

TOKYO (Reuters) - Andrew Garfield and the stars of "The Amazing Spider-Man" swung into Tokyo on Wednesday, bringing the comic book crime-fighter back to the big screen in the world premiere of one of the summer's most anticipated movies.

Fans swarmed around the red carpet in Tokyo's posh Roppongi Hills area for a glimpse of Garfield, co-star Emma Stone and other cast members as a stuntman dressed as Spider-Man swung over the crowd, then scaled a wall into a large "web."

Garfield, who plays Peter Parker said the role had appealed for many reasons.

"Spider-Man has always been the only teenage superhero, and the most human one in my humble opinion, and that's just one of the things that sets him apart," he told Reuters.

"He's all too human, that's what's wonderful about him."

The Amazing Spider-Man, which opens on limited release in Japan on June 23 and hits North American theaters on July 3, reboots the franchise that started in 2002 with Tobey Maguire in the lead role.

Now it is Garfield, 28, who dons Spider-Man's famous red-and-blue suit in a story that explores the origins of teenager Peter Parker and how he became a superhero.

Stone, who portrays Gwen Stacy, Parker's first love interest and has been linked romantically with Garfield off-screen, said the change offered fresh perspective on the tale.   Continued...

Director Marc Webb (L) poses with cast members Rhys Ifans (2nd L), Andrew Garfield (C) and Emma Stone and producer Avi Arad at the world premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man" in Tokyo June 13, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao