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Director Marc Webb on secret characters and setting up a Spidey world with The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Jul. 25, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Isn't Marc Webb a great guy? He's shared so many tweets while filming THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 and has had no problem filming in front of loads of people who are snapping possible spoiler photos that end up on sites like this one. Webb isn't like like directors J.J. Abrams or Christopher Nolan who keep secrets and hides things from fans, right?

Sorry to burst your bubble but Marc Webb is a sneaky, lying bastard.

Yes, I'm exaggerating a bit and from what I've heard Marc Webb is an awesome dude. But in a new interview with Total Film the director admits that he hasn't been completely truthful when he was asked if the reason why some actor's characters haven't been revealed yet is because they are familiar to fans:

Hmmm... Well, how do I answer that? [Laughs] How about this? Anything you expect, you'll be surprised. To be totally honest, I intentionally conceal these things because I want people to be engaged and surprised when they see the film and experience it for the first time. It's not like Harry Potter or Twilight necessarily where you know the stories. And we are constructing them from elements of the comics obviously, from the canon, and we pay homage and are very protective of certain elements of the canon, but we want people to experience it for the first time in the theater and I think that’s an experience that it often robbed from the audience, so you’ll forgive me being coy [grins].

"Intentionally concealing" what things Webb? Like denying or not commenting on those rumors about Colm Feore and Felicity Jones' characters in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 perhaps? Marc Webb goes on to say that it can be difficult keeping things a secret when working with such a high profile property like Spider-Man since fan's already know the character's history, and that can lead to plenty of rumors when they see a set image or (as mentioned before) there are people taking pictures while he's filming.

It’s tricky, you have to plan it out beforehand. Like when we shoot outside people are going to take photos and people make speculations so we have to be very protective of where we shoot things, how we shoot things and what the actors are talking about just to preserve a level of excitement and enthusiasm and curiosity about that, about what’s going to happen when you go into that theater.

Marc Webb was also asked how much of the plot for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 and 4 has been already mapped out since Webb and Sony are building a large cinematic universe for Spider-Man with these films:

We’ll see, I’ve got to finish this movie first. But yes there are certainly elements that we have considered and thought about, even from the first film, that are going to play out in time. I think there are a lot of answers that people will be curious about that will be answered in this film. They’ll also be things, that if you pay attention in this film, you’ll get some indication of where this world is going.

Webb was asked in the interview about which character's might potentially be villains (Norman Osborn was brought up), and like some of his previous comments he talked about how the storyline and characters for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 will evolve over time.

Again, one of the fun things about this movie and with the first one was to set up a world over multiple films, and part of that is introducing characters and committing to them before they totally unfold. And that was something we did in the first movie, you didn't even get to meet him you just felt the enigma of him, and in this movie you'll get to meet him for the first time. And when you first meet him, it's a really provocative situation in which you get to engage with Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn.

I'm still not as high on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 as others, however I've become a little bit more optimistic about the film after reading about its panel at Comic-Con. I think some of the elements in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 and the sequels are going to divide a lot fans regardless, but the most important thing will be if the movie is any good and I'm certainly hoping it will be.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper, Colm Feore, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Felicity Jones, and B.J. Novak is in theaters May 2nd, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Marc Webb is apparently a big fan of the Spidey villain The Gentleman.
Source: Total Film

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8:04PM on 07/25/2013
film-buff87 - For the record, none of the Spider-Man films have done it for me and I was a comic collector from the late 1980's to the forgettable clone crappy saga. But if I had to pick my favourite two movies at gun point...it would be Raimi's first two efforts - Uncle Ben's death was done better - Parker was someone I really felt sorry for in those movies and not in the pathetic fashion I felt sorry for him in the third movie. The depressing tones in Part 2 (Aunt May's financial problems,
film-buff87 - For the record, none of the Spider-Man films have done it for me and I was a comic collector from the late 1980's to the forgettable clone crappy saga. But if I had to pick my favourite two movies at gun point...it would be Raimi's first two efforts - Uncle Ben's death was done better - Parker was someone I really felt sorry for in those movies and not in the pathetic fashion I felt sorry for him in the third movie. The depressing tones in Part 2 (Aunt May's financial problems, his inability to manage a job, studies and being Spider-Man....all good stuff). The only bit I recall being impressed by in TAS is the fight with Lizard (Stan Lee cameo - possibly his best to date) and the one scene where he crawls all over the Lizard in brilliant Spider fashion. I fail to see how a comic book fan could confidently say TAS is the better movie though I accept I stopped well before the Ultimates and am not sure how much of TAS is from that interpretation. Incidentally, I for one loved the organic web shooters made perfect sense. Im still unsure how Parker is getting his webbing in TAS is he buying it from Oscorp????
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5:18AM on 07/26/2013
Ehhh got a couple of things to say, Toby mcguire is dreadful as peter parker, kirsten dunst is awful as mj, BOTH goblins where crap, venom was shat all over, the sandman too. The second film is incredibly boring and longwinded. All 3 have aged terribly. The only good thing i can remember is doc ock from 2 and dafoe as osborn. The orig tril also took one of the most famous parts of the comics and totally farted on it. At least TAS get peter parker and gwen right, thats more than raimi ever did.
Ehhh got a couple of things to say, Toby mcguire is dreadful as peter parker, kirsten dunst is awful as mj, BOTH goblins where crap, venom was shat all over, the sandman too. The second film is incredibly boring and longwinded. All 3 have aged terribly. The only good thing i can remember is doc ock from 2 and dafoe as osborn. The orig tril also took one of the most famous parts of the comics and totally farted on it. At least TAS get peter parker and gwen right, thats more than raimi ever did.
5:12PM on 07/25/2013
ASM was a good film.. looking forward to the ASM 2!
ASM was a good film.. looking forward to the ASM 2!
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4:14PM on 07/25/2013
ASM was a good film.. looking forward to the ASM 2!
ASM was a good film.. looking forward to the ASM 2!
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2:04PM on 07/25/2013
What questions from the first film? Like what happened to his parents? Is that what he's talking about? There's nothing in the first movie that resonated as a mystery that needs to be explored more for these Spiderman stories. I'm anxious to see how the world they created unfolds and develops and how Peter Parker grows more as Spiderman, but there are certainly no lingering questions from the first movie that I need answered.
What questions from the first film? Like what happened to his parents? Is that what he's talking about? There's nothing in the first movie that resonated as a mystery that needs to be explored more for these Spiderman stories. I'm anxious to see how the world they created unfolds and develops and how Peter Parker grows more as Spiderman, but there are certainly no lingering questions from the first movie that I need answered.
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1:55PM on 07/25/2013
I hope studios don't pull this "larger universe" gig too much and run it to the ground. I like Spider-Man as it is because he lives in his own cozy lil' environment of Manhattan and does his own thing. No need to force-expand a universe that doesn't have any characters worth expanding it for.
I hope studios don't pull this "larger universe" gig too much and run it to the ground. I like Spider-Man as it is because he lives in his own cozy lil' environment of Manhattan and does his own thing. No need to force-expand a universe that doesn't have any characters worth expanding it for.
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4:55PM on 07/25/2013
As a huge fan of the 90s Spider-Man cartoon, which was a parade of Marvel crossovers, I deeply disagree.
As a huge fan of the 90s Spider-Man cartoon, which was a parade of Marvel crossovers, I deeply disagree.
12:43PM on 07/25/2013

As far as introducin caracters.......

I would love to see the PUNISHER be introduced into the Spider-Man universe just as he was in the comics in The Amazing Spider-Man #129.
I would love to see the PUNISHER be introduced into the Spider-Man universe just as he was in the comics in The Amazing Spider-Man #129.
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12:41PM on 07/25/2013
Still on the fence about this one.

I'm a die hard Spider Man fan so I would love for this movie to prove my doubts wrong and end up being totally awesome.
Still on the fence about this one.

I'm a die hard Spider Man fan so I would love for this movie to prove my doubts wrong and end up being totally awesome.
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12:52PM on 07/25/2013
You are not a die hard, spider-man fan. You have watched tomoz fipms and think you are a die hard fan. Die hard fans tend not to enjoy the first three films.
You are not a die hard, spider-man fan. You have watched tomoz fipms and think you are a die hard fan. Die hard fans tend not to enjoy the first three films.
1:12PM on 07/25/2013
@filmbuff87 speak for yourself. i started reading Spidey comics with the first issue of Web of, watched the toons, even the Electric Co mute Spidey...and i loved the first two films. true, i hated the third and TAS, but dont lump everyone into your hate speech. in fact, i dont know any "die hards" that dislike Raimi's first and have never heard ANYONE talk down about the second. and, judging by your "87" tag, ive been a webhead since before you were born.
@filmbuff87 speak for yourself. i started reading Spidey comics with the first issue of Web of, watched the toons, even the Electric Co mute Spidey...and i loved the first two films. true, i hated the third and TAS, but dont lump everyone into your hate speech. in fact, i dont know any "die hards" that dislike Raimi's first and have never heard ANYONE talk down about the second. and, judging by your "87" tag, ive been a webhead since before you were born.
3:07PM on 07/25/2013
I started reading ASM with a two-part Hulk story (#119) immediately before the death of Gwen Stacy in the early '70s. I own every issue of Amazing, Spectacular, Web, etc. from #1 onwards. I'd say that's pretty die hard.

In the comics, the Mephisto deal killed my interest in Spidey. In the movies, Webb's reboot killed my interest in Spidey. I see them both as betrayals.
I started reading ASM with a two-part Hulk story (#119) immediately before the death of Gwen Stacy in the early '70s. I own every issue of Amazing, Spectacular, Web, etc. from #1 onwards. I'd say that's pretty die hard.

In the comics, the Mephisto deal killed my interest in Spidey. In the movies, Webb's reboot killed my interest in Spidey. I see them both as betrayals.
4:19PM on 07/25/2013
yeah, one more day never happened.


and soloist can you go 1 day without being hated on and defended at the same time?
yeah, one more day never happened.


and soloist can you go 1 day without being hated on and defended at the same time?
12:19PM on 07/25/2013
The most satisfying movie experience for me is a good time at the theater watching the story unfold as the director intended. A lot of people like spoliers and that's fine, as long as they keep quiet around me. Glad Webb is big on keeping things secret.
The most satisfying movie experience for me is a good time at the theater watching the story unfold as the director intended. A lot of people like spoliers and that's fine, as long as they keep quiet around me. Glad Webb is big on keeping things secret.
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11:27AM on 07/25/2013
This film doesn't really interest me. Love me some Spidey, but don't care for this incarnation.

I do find it interesting that with Marvel's success of building a cinematic universe how many other franchises are looking to that same strategy for success. As fans we love to see contiguous stories, characters from one movie mingling with characters from the next. Also, we hate continuity conflicts. They are irritating rashes that studios in the past had little concern keeping contained.
This film doesn't really interest me. Love me some Spidey, but don't care for this incarnation.

I do find it interesting that with Marvel's success of building a cinematic universe how many other franchises are looking to that same strategy for success. As fans we love to see contiguous stories, characters from one movie mingling with characters from the next. Also, we hate continuity conflicts. They are irritating rashes that studios in the past had little concern keeping contained. However, Marvel has designed a universe where characters can be explored individually or together and where continuity matters, and audiences are eating it up as fast as they can get it.

I hope Marvel's success continues to influence other studios to respect these important factors in inter-connected movies. We, the fans, can only benefit from it.
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11:23AM on 07/25/2013

cant wait

Until batman/superman was announced this was my must see comic book movie.

I loved TAS for all the reasons i dislike the orig tril. Cannot wait for this to hit screens. Ive said this about 50 times but it finally seems like we are getting a complete spidey picture.
Until batman/superman was announced this was my must see comic book movie.

I loved TAS for all the reasons i dislike the orig tril. Cannot wait for this to hit screens. Ive said this about 50 times but it finally seems like we are getting a complete spidey picture.
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11:15AM on 07/25/2013
Who gives a shit about "secret" characters when they can't even get the main ones right?
Who gives a shit about "secret" characters when they can't even get the main ones right?
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11:02AM on 07/25/2013
Colm Feore is very, very likely the Vulture. And you know what, that's a good casting choice.
Colm Feore is very, very likely the Vulture. And you know what, that's a good casting choice.
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10:50AM on 07/25/2013
I love how people say oh no too many characters in this film it's gonna blow, the film will be over two hours and if a cartoon can have lots of characters in 30 mins I think the film will be just fine, this movie will own next year
I love how people say oh no too many characters in this film it's gonna blow, the film will be over two hours and if a cartoon can have lots of characters in 30 mins I think the film will be just fine, this movie will own next year
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10:45AM on 07/25/2013
J.J.J. And/or Daily Bugle...
'nough said
J.J.J. And/or Daily Bugle...
'nough said
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7:40PM on 07/25/2013
'Nuff said
'Nuff said
10:43AM on 07/25/2013

I like Webb's enthusiasm

It's rare, these days, you find a director who is genuinely interested in doing things that are unpredictable and exciting for the audience. I surprisingly enjoyed TASM for what it was and look forward to where Webb intends on taking the characters in the sequel and beyond.
It's rare, these days, you find a director who is genuinely interested in doing things that are unpredictable and exciting for the audience. I surprisingly enjoyed TASM for what it was and look forward to where Webb intends on taking the characters in the sequel and beyond.
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10:36AM on 07/25/2013
Still not sure on this... such was my "meh" feeling with the first movie... but I'm a sucker for comic book movies and hey...they say they have a plan... so I'm holding on to the hope that this will be a much better effort.
Still not sure on this... such was my "meh" feeling with the first movie... but I'm a sucker for comic book movies and hey...they say they have a plan... so I'm holding on to the hope that this will be a much better effort.
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1:03PM on 07/25/2013
I think comic fans preferred TAS over the raimi efforts and general movie fans preffered raimis. Much like batman comic fans would pick begins over TDK.
I think comic fans preferred TAS over the raimi efforts and general movie fans preffered raimis. Much like batman comic fans would pick begins over TDK.
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