LAS VEGAS – Choosing not to parade any talent onstage for its presentation, Sony Pictures Entertainment instead used its CinemaCon event to show a lengthy amount of footage from one of its upcoming films. The studio was the first to screen a significant part of a summer tentpole, playing about 30 minutes of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the Las Vegas crowd.
Sony Pictures Releasing president, worldwide distribution, Rory Bruer, hosted the event, going over Sony’s summer slate and highlighting some projects from the rest of the year and into 2015.
Four segments of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, were shown to the crowd.
“This movie represents a turning point for Peter Parker,” said Bruer of the sequel, which will hit theaters May 2. “Nothing will be the same after this.”
The first segment was the opening of the movie, which starts to explain what happened to Peter Parker’s parents. It was a scene set on a plane, with Peter’s father attempting to protect valuable information on a laptop.
The second clip showed Spider-Man chasing down a hijacked truck containing radioactive material. He’s late for his own graduation because of the high-speed chase in New York.
The next was all about Gwen and Peter, who reunite after not seeing each other for a year. Their reunion is short-lived, however, as Peter is called away to deal with a menacing force known as Electro (Jamie Foxx). Electro has wandered into Times Square and, confused by his new powers, threatens to wreak havoc.
The final scene introduced viewers to Dane DeHaan‘s Harry Osborn. The character goes to free Electro so that they can work together to kill Spider-Man.
Before the Amazing Spider-Man 2 footage was shown, Bruer introduced a sizzle reel featuring clips from many of the studio’s upcoming films, including comedies 22 Jump Street, Think Like a Man Too, Sex Tape, The Interview and action-thriller The Equalizer.
The first footage from Fury, David Ayers‘ WWII tank drama, was screened. It centers on Brad Pitt as the leader of a closely knit tank crew that adds a new member to its ranks.
The footage showed explosive battle scenes and tense moments between members of the crew and some of the civilians they interacted with during the war.
Shia LaBeouf, who stars as one of the crew members, has several emotional moments in the trailer, reciting Bible verses and, at one point, screaming at Pitt’s character, who has decided to stay and fight a massive, fast-approaching army of German soldiers.
“Ideals are peaceful,” said Pitt’s character. “History is violent.”