EARLY WORD: Time To Get Your Spider-Man On

Spidey senses are tingling. On July 3rd, Sony Pictures releases “The Amazing Spider-Man”, the much-anticipated reboot of the popular superhero franchise minus Toby Maguire. The new Peter Parker is Andrew Garfield from “The Social Network”. The new film features a few elements from the Spider-Man comic books that the Toby Maguire series lacked. Firstly, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) does not have the power to shoot webs out of his forearms but creates mechanical webslingers to do so. The filmmakers also chose to not use Mary Jane as Peter’s love interest but Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Gwen Stacy was Peter Parker’s first love in the comics who was killed by the Green Goblin. The main villain is Dr. Connors/The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and not Norman Osborn, which suggests that Gwen Stacy will survive this movie and there is a sequel already scheduled for production. In other Spider-Man news, next week will see The Amazing Spider-Man “Secrets Unmasked” Truck Tour visit local Walmarts to build up excitement for the new movie. The tour will feature plenty of activities for kids to come out and had fun. Walmarts will have advance demos of The Amazing Spider-Man videogame and giveaways of the latest Spider-Man toys. The event will also offer photo centers for parents to take home a pic of their kids at the tour. Other entertainments and giveaways include a climbing wall (at select locations), temporary tattoo stations, and Spider-Man themed Kellogs snacks. The tour is coming to a friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart near you starting June 10th at the Walmart Supercenter (275 N. Gulph Road). in King of Prussia from 11am-2pm and ends on Thursday June 14th at the 9745 Roosevelt Blvd. Wal-Mart, with stops in Elverson, Harleysville, and Warminster in between. But remember, with great big box discount super-shopping comes great responsibility. — RICHARD SUPLEE