Okay, look, this new Amazing Spider-Man TV spot is going around the nerdosphere, and everyone says there’s a bit of new footage in it, but I don’t know what the new footage is, because it all looks like the same shit we’ve seen before. Really, it’s an advertisement for a much longer, presumably better Spidey preview that will air during America’s Got Talent, which I find almost as annoying as all this “SPIDER-MAN’S GREATEST SECRETS THAT PRACTICALLY NO ONE KNEW OR CARED ABOUT BEFORE WILL BE REVEALED” jive. You know, the more I think about it, the more I just want some kind of cheat code to replace Andrew Garfield with Stan Lee in the actual movie. Sure, watching Stan the Man make out with Emma Stone would be kind of gross, but everything else will be… well, amazing.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.