First Pic of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man

Here it is: your first official look at actor Andrew Garfield wearing the brand new Spider-Man suit from director Marc Webb’s reboot of the film franchise. The Spidey-suit has clearly been completely redesigned with an even more textured look than Tobey Maguire’s. (Click the image to zoom in to a super-high-res version, where you can scrutinize every last detail.)

The new, untitled Spider-Man film is said to share no continuity with the Sam Raimi films, instead hewing closer to the comics with an origin story that depicts Peter Parker as a teenage high schooler who pines after a very much still-alive Gwen Stacy. Some reports indicate that the super-secret plot is taking a lot of inspiration for its look and tone from Marvel’s modernized Ultimate Spider-Man comics.

The scene shown in this first photo obviously shows us a dark moment in the wall-crawler’s early career, perhaps after a nasty tussle against the Lizard (heavily rumored to be the film’s main villain).

What do you think of the new suit? How about that new spider symbol, and all the heavy texturing? And what about Garfield? Does he look the part? He looks pretty lean, and that suit is skin-tight; do you think he should have buffed up a bit more like Maguire did? Do you suppose the web shooters this time are mechanical instead of biological? And what do you make of Sony’s no-doubt strategized decision to show us this new Spider-Man from a particularly dark moment? Is this a portent of the tone of the new film? Does Marvel finally have some good publicity on its hands for Spider-Man to take our minds off of that accursed musical?

The new Spider-Man makes his theatrical debut on July 3, 2012.

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