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No one wants to see a "Spider-Man" reboot, you say? Tell that to the thousands and thousands of fans who helped Peter Parker web up an amazingly impressive $7.5 million midnight opening!

Deadline reports that Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man" roped in that number from midnight showings across slightly more than 3,000 theaters nationwide. The $7.5 million midnight performance is on par with "Spider-Man 3" and others including "Iron Man 2" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." Not too shabby, bug boy! Looks like your friendly neighborhood wall-crawler is going to have himself a very fruitful Fourth of July!

Stay tuned to Splash Page and MTV News for more box office updates as they're available.

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You know that Spider-Man reboot that you don't quite understand? That one you said was way too soon? The one that tells the origin story of the wall-crawler again?

Well, it's actually pretty good.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" has been silencing doubters online for a few weeks now, but as the movie opens wide today, we figured we'd sneak in our five reasons to check out the latest visit from your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Because This Spider-Man Acts More Like Spider-Man
Of all the superheroes in all of the publishing houses, multi-verses, and movie adaptations, no hero has a physicality as specific and unique as Spider-Man. For a hero who only came to the big screen in the last decade, his movements have always translated particularly well from the page to the imagination of readers. Whether it was the limitations of technology or a more creative issue, the movement of Raimi's Spider-Man never seemed as fluid or kinetic as the ink on the page. That problem no longer exists with Webb's take on Spidey. He's far more nimble than in the previous series, and he also whips his witticisms with as much ease.

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Happy "Amazing Spider-Man" day! After years and years of talking about Peter Parker's return to the big-screen, the day has finally arrived. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone's reboot of the iconic superhero has been met with mostly positive reviews, and few are expecting it to flop at the box office. But just how much money can Peter web up on his fourth trip to theaters? Can he topple the enormous records set forth by "The Avengers," or at least come close to meeting that Marvel movie's success?

MTV News reached out to box office experts to get their thoughts on the matter and more. Click here to read their "Amazing" box office predictions, and stay tuned to Splash Page all day long for more "Spider-Man" action!

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Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone know a thing or two about successful chemistry. The two "Amazing Spider-Man" stars first met on the set of the upcoming Marvel superhero flick, after all — who could possibly ignore love life tips from the on-screen Peter and Gwen?

With that in mind, MTV Movies' Josh Horowitz happily asked Andrew and Emma for dating advice. (You know, for all you hopeless romantics out there, not for our benefit. We're... we're doing just fine.) Check out the results in the video below!

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Although we've already expressed a few thoughts about why "The Amazing Spider-Man" is a must-see movie and how Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker trumps that of Tobey Maguire's, there is one element of Sam Raimi's originals that is sorely missed: J.K. Simmons as the memorable, easily irritated Daily Bugle EIC, J. Jonah Jameson.

When MTV News caught up with "Amazing" director Marc Webb recently we asked him why they chose to exclude the character from this movie and whether we can hope to see him again in future installments.

"J. Jonah Jameson was rendered so perfectly in the previous movie it was hard to bring that to bear," Webb said. "And of course I wanted to explore Captain Stacey, played by Dennis Leary, who is fantastic, and he plays the authority figure he’s always made fun of. The Daily Bugle is a very important part of the cannon and I’m sure that will be explored in the future, if there is a future."

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by Ryan Rigley

With great power comes great responsibility. And with great villains come some not so great villains. The release of Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man" is almost upon us and with plans for a sequel already in the works, fanboys all across the country are wondering which Spider-Man villain we'll see pop up next.

The Lizard was an interesting choice of antagonist: he's not as well known as Venom or Doctor Octopus, perhaps, but he's not obscure, either. And if one thing is certain, it's the fact that the Lizard has proven to be a very serious threat to Spider-Man in the past. But that's not to say that every one of Spider-Man's enemies are threatening. In fact, some of them aren't very threatening at all.

Here are five Spider-Man villains that would make the "Amazing" sequel look like a joke.

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"The Amazing Spider-Man" is not the last you'll see of Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker. The web-slinging hero will be back before long, as a sequel is already planned for release on May 2, 2014, with writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci handling script detail.

Exactly where the "Amazing" sequel will take Peter's story next is anyone's guess. Here's one thing you won't see in the movie, however: a time jump. Even though Garfield is several years older than his high school-aged hero, the next "Spider-Man" movie won't push Peter through the years to match his actor's age.

"Eventually, who knows? But the next movie will take place in relative proximity to this one," producer Matt Tolmach confirmed to MTV News about the "Spider-Man" sequel. "We have more business to do here [and now] with the character."

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From all appearances and rumblings from advance screenings, the reason to see "The Amazing Spider-Man" is for Andrew Garfield's performance as Peter Parker (and Emma Stone's as Gwen Stacey, but that's a story for another day).

One of the most interesting tidbits we've gleaned from Garfield about his preparation for the role is not all the weights he lifted to get in shape, but the fact that he spent time studying the movements of spiders.

"One of our classes [in drama school] was animal study, where you study those animals and anthropomorphize those animals into human form," Garfield told MTV News at the "Spider-Man" premiere in Los Angeles last week. "You turn them into characters. Famously, I think Robert De Niro's character from 'Taxi Driver' was anthropomorphized from a crab. I may have just made that up, but it sounds good!"

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Emma Stone really likes her "The Amazing Spider-Man" character, Gwen Stacy. Like, really likes her, as she has repeatedly said in interviews leading up to the movie's release. The big question, though, is how film audiences will respond to the character when they formerly only knew Mary-Jane Watson as Peter Parker's love interest.

Judging by the initial reactions to "The Amazing Spider-Man," viewers seem to like Stone's Gwen a lot as well. It could partly be because her relationship with Andrew Garfield's Peter is authentic or it could just be that she's a great actress, but people are liking what they're seeing. MTV News had the chance to catch up with Stone at the movie's premiere and asked her how people have responded to her about the role and her performance.

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Spider-Man and Venom are about to enjoy their very own "Avengers"-inspired shared universe, if producers get their way. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, who both produced next week's "Amazing" reboot and the forthcoming "Venom" movie, recently expressed their desires to see some connective tissue between the solo "Venom" film and the newly relaunched Spidey movies.

That connective tissue might have a name, too: Chris Zylka.

Zylka stars in "Amazing" as Flash Thompson, the high school bully that wails on Peter but worships at Spider-Man's altar. Though the Venom character is most commonly associated with disgruntled Daily Bugle photographer Eddie Brock, there's also an ongoing arc in the comics right now where Flash himself is wearing the living, soul-sucking suit: following a war injury that claimed both of his legs, Flash was tasked by the government with wearing the Venom symbiote and working on their behalf. A dream come true for the kid who always adored his friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!

So, even though the upcoming "Venom" movie will supposedly center on Brock, there's absolutely precedent for the movie to focus on Flash instead — and Zylka, speaking with MTV News, is more than aware of that fact.

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