Watch the trailer for Spider-Man: The Musical

Despite countless delays in production, the Spider-Man musical is still set to hit the stage in January 2011.

Julie Taymor, the director of Across the Universe and The Tempest , is calling the shots on the production, which was once set to star Evan Rachel Wood (who dropped out as a result of the ongoing delays).

Green Goblin and Carnage are appearing as the villains, in what looks like a very stylised take on the material, and U2's Bono and The Edge are taking care of the music.

It's hard to judge it properly at this stage, as the trailer contains a lot of non-costumed rehearsal footage, so we're not getting a totally accurate feel for the end result.

However, it's difficult to imagine how they're going to successfully mesh comic-book superheroics with stage musical trappings, and it seems possible that it'll end up leaving both theatregoers and fanboys unsatisfied.

Check out the footage below:

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.