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The Amazing Spider-man sequel may be Webb-less

Jul. 19, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Looks like we may have another big budget movie director not returning for the sequel. While THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN did not do as well at the box office as THE HUNGER GAMES, it was definitely not a bomb. But, according to Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad, Marc Webb may not be back for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2.

But, the reasoning is not what you would think. Columbia wants to get THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN sequel going right away and Webb has a commitment with 20th Century Fox for two movies, the first of which was his (500) DAYS OF SUMMER. Assuming a deal can be struck, it sounds like Webb would be welcomed back.

I didn't hate THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, but I also don't think Webb brought anything irreplaceable to the story. I think his best work in the movie was the relationship scenes between Peter and Gwen. The action was blah at best.

Belgrad also referenced a couple of other successful films released recently by Columbia. He mentioned that the sequel to 21 JUMP STREET would begin shooting this fall. That seems like a no brainer. He also says that due to the success of MEN IN BLACK III that they are looking to a fourth film in the series but are not sure how to tackle it yet. That could mean they are trying to decide how to do it without Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones.

What do you think of the possibility of a Webb-less SPIDER-MAN?

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2:50AM on 07/21/2012

Do the math:

Garfield's acting + Emma Stone + Sam Raimi + Carnage = FUCK DC!!
Garfield's acting + Emma Stone + Sam Raimi + Carnage = FUCK DC!!
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8:06PM on 07/19/2012
My favorite film series will always be those where a single director did all the films, and worked to develop the characters and stories across multiple films. That's why I'm so excited for Nolan's conclusion to Batman. I'm not saying new director's can't be good, but I feel the series as a whole lacks that special something that binds the series together when they change directors.
My favorite film series will always be those where a single director did all the films, and worked to develop the characters and stories across multiple films. That's why I'm so excited for Nolan's conclusion to Batman. I'm not saying new director's can't be good, but I feel the series as a whole lacks that special something that binds the series together when they change directors.
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4:00PM on 07/19/2012
...Was I the only one who thought the action sequences were pretty awesome?
...Was I the only one who thought the action sequences were pretty awesome?
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4:22PM on 07/19/2012
You were not, sir. I thought they captured Spidey's speed and agility in a way that hadn't been done before.
You were not, sir. I thought they captured Spidey's speed and agility in a way that hadn't been done before.
8:01PM on 07/19/2012
Hell no. I thought the battle in the school in particular was leaps and bounds better than the confusing physics and overall blandure of Raimi's action scenes.
Hell no. I thought the battle in the school in particular was leaps and bounds better than the confusing physics and overall blandure of Raimi's action scenes.
8:01PM on 07/19/2012
Double post.
Double post.
3:48PM on 07/19/2012
Marc Webb is a fantastic director, but Spider-man just stretched a little too far from his territory. I can see him doing a badass heist movie, though.
Marc Webb is a fantastic director, but Spider-man just stretched a little too far from his territory. I can see him doing a badass heist movie, though.
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3:17PM on 07/19/2012

Wait...

...are they really going to call it Amazing Spider-Man 2? Because that would be kinda stupid. It should obviously be titled Spectacular Spider-Man, followed by Ultimate Spider-Man. Just makes more sense that way. Oh, and also, Webb did a pretty good job, but not one that cant be improved on. The man lacks a signature touch which may act as a good thing in this scenario. That way a new director could come on board and have a go at the franchise and probably make it pretty badass. Or he'll
...are they really going to call it Amazing Spider-Man 2? Because that would be kinda stupid. It should obviously be titled Spectacular Spider-Man, followed by Ultimate Spider-Man. Just makes more sense that way. Oh, and also, Webb did a pretty good job, but not one that cant be improved on. The man lacks a signature touch which may act as a good thing in this scenario. That way a new director could come on board and have a go at the franchise and probably make it pretty badass. Or he'll f**k-up and make it suck.
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2:46PM on 07/19/2012

I thought he did very well.

Aside from having to sit through a retelling of the origin (albeit excellently handled) and the Lizard being a weak villain, the movie was very well done. While the action set-pieces weren't too memorable, I feel like this was the best cinematic representation of Spidey's fighting style.
Aside from having to sit through a retelling of the origin (albeit excellently handled) and the Lizard being a weak villain, the movie was very well done. While the action set-pieces weren't too memorable, I feel like this was the best cinematic representation of Spidey's fighting style.
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2:43PM on 07/19/2012

never cared abt this spiderman

i'ven't watched Amazin spiderman.now i can see y it didnt work at the boxoffice.to me,Spiderman is not Spiderman without Tobey Maguire.Enjoyed 21 JS,wud like to see a sequel and also enjoyed MIB:3,but i dont think its a gud idea to do sequel for it.i think MIB:3 ended greatly with a sweet climax.
i'ven't watched Amazin spiderman.now i can see y it didnt work at the boxoffice.to me,Spiderman is not Spiderman without Tobey Maguire.Enjoyed 21 JS,wud like to see a sequel and also enjoyed MIB:3,but i dont think its a gud idea to do sequel for it.i think MIB:3 ended greatly with a sweet climax.
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7:55PM on 07/19/2012
so two fully respnd tu this, i hit self in hed with hammer 1st.

First. When are we going to stop judging films we haven't seen? Second. When are we going to stop judging Spiderman based on the first film trilogy? I dug those films (well, first two), but to be honest, 'Amazing Spiderman' was more faithful to the comic. I'm not saying they can't both be appreciated. I'm just saying either A) Judge the films in a vacuum and don't compare them to one another or B) Judge the films as adaptations
so two fully respnd tu this, i hit self in hed with hammer 1st.

First. When are we going to stop judging films we haven't seen? Second. When are we going to stop judging Spiderman based on the first film trilogy? I dug those films (well, first two), but to be honest, 'Amazing Spiderman' was more faithful to the comic. I'm not saying they can't both be appreciated. I'm just saying either A) Judge the films in a vacuum and don't compare them to one another or B) Judge the films as adaptations of the comic.
1:59PM on 07/19/2012
I hope both Catching Fire and the Spidey sequel will be good not only in spite of the original directors leaving, but because of it. Now, both Webb and Gary Ross did great work, but I feel it was a laying of the groundwork, and another director should step into the breach to continue the story for both franchises. Francis Lawrence sounds like a good choice for Catching Fire, Water For Elephants was a gorgeous-looking movie even though the leads had no chemistry. Marc Webb's music video
I hope both Catching Fire and the Spidey sequel will be good not only in spite of the original directors leaving, but because of it. Now, both Webb and Gary Ross did great work, but I feel it was a laying of the groundwork, and another director should step into the breach to continue the story for both franchises. Francis Lawrence sounds like a good choice for Catching Fire, Water For Elephants was a gorgeous-looking movie even though the leads had no chemistry. Marc Webb's music video aesthetic actually gave The Amazing Spider-Man a really slick, watchable visual style - but I certainly wouldn't mind if it were toned down a little, and a director with more action flick experience was drafted in for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
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1:48PM on 07/19/2012

Alex Maidy and other reviewers...

...obviously never read the comics. The difference between Marvel and DC is that Marvel has stories absed on the man BEHIND the mask. That's why the movie was great as a comic book movie. Because it cared more about the people and less about the costume. The action was spot on and a lot better than in the Raimi trilogy. Spider-Man was taken right from the comics, including physical appearance. The movie cared more about the Peter-Gwen-Dr Connors triangle and less about tights and scales. This
...obviously never read the comics. The difference between Marvel and DC is that Marvel has stories absed on the man BEHIND the mask. That's why the movie was great as a comic book movie. Because it cared more about the people and less about the costume. The action was spot on and a lot better than in the Raimi trilogy. Spider-Man was taken right from the comics, including physical appearance. The movie cared more about the Peter-Gwen-Dr Connors triangle and less about tights and scales. This is not a DC movie, this is a Marvel movie. Don't criticize it if you never read the source material. I'm a Batman fan but I have to say I saw ASM twice so far and I never really cared when he puts on the suit, it was just that good ! If they replace Webb, its gonna bomb big time. There's a reason why people call this movie "Spider-Man Begins". And it lives up to its name. I say Marvel should be patient and wait for Webb.
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2:11PM on 07/19/2012
"...obviously never read the comics". I would just like to express my distaste for comments such as this. It comes across as pretentious as "I know everything about such-and-such and you don't". There are different variations and takes on every character. Don't assume that how you define a character based on what comics you've read, that everyone sees the character in the same light based on the comics they've read. It's possible that certain reviewers haven't read the comics, but its just
"...obviously never read the comics". I would just like to express my distaste for comments such as this. It comes across as pretentious as "I know everything about such-and-such and you don't". There are different variations and takes on every character. Don't assume that how you define a character based on what comics you've read, that everyone sees the character in the same light based on the comics they've read. It's possible that certain reviewers haven't read the comics, but its just as possible that they have and simply appreciate the character through a different lens.
1:00PM on 07/19/2012

Good!!!

Get somebody who will turn this romcom hipster shit into a real comic book series. Maybe someone who knows how to direct action instead of two kids being awkward for 2 hours.
Get somebody who will turn this romcom hipster shit into a real comic book series. Maybe someone who knows how to direct action instead of two kids being awkward for 2 hours.
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