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Director Marc Webb dishes on yesterday's Jamie Foxx villain rumors and his general plan for Amazing Spider-Man 2

Nov. 2, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

The Amazing Spider-Man chest closeup

Yesterday brought the possible news that Jamie Foxx was in early talks to play a villain in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, news which has since been followed up by an officially vague statement from returning director Marc Webb while at at a promotional event for next week's Blu-ray/DVD release:

"I think Jamie Foxx is electrifying!" Webb laughed when asked if the actor would, indeed, appear in the sequel. "I think Jamie Foxx is one of the best actors around today. He's such a great character actor and he's a really brilliant guy. I would love to work with him and you'll be hearing more on that shortly, I'm sure." Which is of course non-committal on every level imaginable - not that anyone should have expected anything more, really.

Going along with the Electro rumor - which is something I didn't start, as it has been around since James Vanderbilt wrote his two-part Spidey script back when this whole reboot became a real thing - Webb had this to say when asked about what characters he particularly liked from Spider-Man's universe: "I like Electro.  "I'm fascinated by Norman Osborn and the different inflections of him. And Harry. Mary Jane and Gwen are always interesting to me."

Marc Webb directing Andrew Garfield

But at the end of the day for Webb, what's most important to him to nail for the upcoming sequel is 1) how the villain is connected with Spider-Man on a person/human level, and 2) the clean slate it gives him with which to explore the world: "What makes villains interesting to me is what they bring out in Peter.  What challenges they provide for him. What's great about Marvel and other comics is that often there's a pre-existing relationship... It's not just about the physical conflict he has, but the emotional ones as well.  What's exciting about moving forward is that, in the first movie, I had to still honor some of the important elements of the origin story.  But I also wanted to redefine the context of it because I'm building a different universe than what we've seen before. A lot of the nuance is quite different. Now, as we're approaching the sequel, it's really exciting because I feel quite liberated. I have a universe that's my own. I don't have an obligation to the origin story. It's pretty fun and exciting and I can dig deeper into the parents."

So there it is: the parents are coming back, hopefully with a greater presence so that the whole "Untold Story" element of the marketing campaign can get its due.  And, as potentially teased in the credits, Norman Osborne and Harry may be well on their way to making an appearance.  Which is... sigh.  I understand why they matter to Spidey's story, but I still liked it better when I heard the arguments in favor of the mysterious visitor in the credit scene being Morbius the Living Vampire.  It was a long shot, but an infinitely more interesting one than retreading the same general ground as Raimi.

Look for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 to be swinging into theaters on May 2nd, 2014.

Emma Stone in black and white on couch

Extra Tidbit: On the technical side of things, Webb also teased that certain sequences and such for the sequel may be shot in IMAX.
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8:27AM on 11/05/2012

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Amazing was anything but.Foxx has a ton of talent and can brighten up a sequel but after the letdown of Webb's first outing, I aint strappin on my webshooters just yet.
Amazing was anything but.Foxx has a ton of talent and can brighten up a sequel but after the letdown of Webb's first outing, I aint strappin on my webshooters just yet.
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3:42AM on 11/04/2012

The Amazing Spiderman sucked.....

and um.... on the scale of 1 to 10 being a really REALLY bad idea... this being off the charts.
and um.... on the scale of 1 to 10 being a really REALLY bad idea... this being off the charts.
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12:01PM on 11/02/2012

I'll wait and see

I was initially upset with this news until I realized I don't have strong feelings towards Electro. My only fault with ASM was that it felt redundant, and that's sonys fault for choosing to reboot so soon. (I know, the rights would have reverted back). Webb was fine, nothing spectacular, the important part was that it felt like Spidey. I don't think this casting will be as inspired as Ledger's joker, but I also don't think it'll be as bad as Topher Grace's Venom. I'm not the biggest Foxx fan,
I was initially upset with this news until I realized I don't have strong feelings towards Electro. My only fault with ASM was that it felt redundant, and that's sonys fault for choosing to reboot so soon. (I know, the rights would have reverted back). Webb was fine, nothing spectacular, the important part was that it felt like Spidey. I don't think this casting will be as inspired as Ledger's joker, but I also don't think it'll be as bad as Topher Grace's Venom. I'm not the biggest Foxx fan, but bottom line they're attracting talented actors.
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8:10AM on 11/02/2012

It confirms the Studio is asking Jamie Foxx to play Electro

but he could say no or have scheduling conflicts. I think it would be great. He is a good actor and a character like this is out of his comfort zone. It'll be truly interesting and nice to see.
but he could say no or have scheduling conflicts. I think it would be great. He is a good actor and a character like this is out of his comfort zone. It'll be truly interesting and nice to see.
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8:06AM on 11/02/2012

So this pretty much confirms Foxx as Electro

I wish they picked someone else to play Electro, I think Matthew Fox would have been a better option, and I wish Mary Jane wasn't being introduced so early because it indicts Gwen's inevitable fate coming by the third film.
I wish they picked someone else to play Electro, I think Matthew Fox would have been a better option, and I wish Mary Jane wasn't being introduced so early because it indicts Gwen's inevitable fate coming by the third film.
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7:53AM on 11/02/2012
Webb states, " I had to still honor some of the important elements of the origin story. But I also wanted to redefine. . . . . I feel quite liberated. I have a universe that's my own." In the Amazing Spider-Man, did you STILL have to honor something, Mark? Was there a canon and an existing pliot that had to be honored? But, you just did not feel like doing so. Is the Marvel Universe now your own? And, do you, Webby, feel now free of all those fan expectations for a Spider-Man franchise?
Yeah,
Webb states, " I had to still honor some of the important elements of the origin story. But I also wanted to redefine. . . . . I feel quite liberated. I have a universe that's my own." In the Amazing Spider-Man, did you STILL have to honor something, Mark? Was there a canon and an existing pliot that had to be honored? But, you just did not feel like doing so. Is the Marvel Universe now your own? And, do you, Webby, feel now free of all those fan expectations for a Spider-Man franchise?
Yeah, boy. Your disrespectful attitude (disrespectful of the fans and the literature) and your hack approach are why I am not adding The Amazing Spider-Man to a DVD collection. Your arrogant bastardization of the Spider-Man legend is why I shall not be seeing Amazing Spider-Man 2. And, I am not alone in these two boycotts. So, hack, tell your Sony bosses that. Mark Webb, you loser, just go back to making teen soap operas on the CW.
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8:02AM on 11/02/2012
I wholeheartedly agree with you.
I wholeheartedly agree with you.
8:13AM on 11/02/2012
He honored the emotional side of Peter's past, Qwen Stacy, the Spider bite, the personality of Spider-man. So the first villain was different, if they had gone with Green Goblin again then there would be a much larger outrage that this is a remake.

I'm in the boat that this was actually a better film than the first Raimi Spider-man. But still not as good as Spider-man 2
He honored the emotional side of Peter's past, Qwen Stacy, the Spider bite, the personality of Spider-man. So the first villain was different, if they had gone with Green Goblin again then there would be a much larger outrage that this is a remake.

I'm in the boat that this was actually a better film than the first Raimi Spider-man. But still not as good as Spider-man 2
9:10AM on 11/02/2012
He was a hell of a lot more faithful to the source material than Sam Raimi, while also doing his own thing. He brought back the artificial web shooters, the wit (something that was sorely lacking last time around) and make Peter Parker feel more like an actual outcast, in real life, than a nerdy caricature that never felt real. Clearly you didn't like the movie, but to say that he ignored everything about Spider-Man and royally fucked it up is unfair as he was much closer than Raimi ever got,
He was a hell of a lot more faithful to the source material than Sam Raimi, while also doing his own thing. He brought back the artificial web shooters, the wit (something that was sorely lacking last time around) and make Peter Parker feel more like an actual outcast, in real life, than a nerdy caricature that never felt real. Clearly you didn't like the movie, but to say that he ignored everything about Spider-Man and royally fucked it up is unfair as he was much closer than Raimi ever got, yet he (Raimi) gets more love for being first. I gaurantee you that if Sam didn't screw up so badly with Green Goblin (including the bridge scene but no Gwen and no death) then we'd have an even more faithful movie here, but Webb did what he could with what he had.

As far as the origin story elements he's talking about, I believe he's referring to Uncle Ben dying and Peter being bitten by a radioactive spider and changing as a person and going on the journey to becoming a hero, something that doesn't happen overnight. Things that people complained about having seen before and things that had to be gotten out of the way again, limiting the directions he could go. And like all sequels, he's now free to move forward and do his own thing a lot more. Look at most superhero movies. X-Men, Batman Begins, even Fantastic Four. The first film HAS to get the origin story out of the way and spends a lot of time doing so, and then in the sequel they get to have a lot more fun with the characters.
11:28AM on 11/02/2012
Spot on ghostman, spot on. nicely said.
Spot on ghostman, spot on. nicely said.
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