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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Amazing Spider-Man" dropped in on hundreds of fans Monday.

Sony Pictures teased the latest incarnation of the web-slinging superhero adventure, which doesn't hit U.S. theaters until July 3, at preview events held at movie theaters in 13 cities around the world, with the cast and filmmakers appearing in Los Angeles, New York, Rio de Janeiro and London.

The event began with the debut of the 3-D full-length "Amazing Spider-Man" trailer, which will hit theaters this weekend and debut online Wednesday. The trailer featured footage of Andrew Garfield as a charmingly awkward Peter Parker being bullied at school, testing out his new gadgets and battling the villainous Lizard.

Director Marc Webb said the film "starts off with Peter Parker and his parents, which is something we've never really seen before."


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