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Marc Webb on not wanting to reboot Spider-Man; discusses villains in ASM 2

Mar. 10, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

While at SXSW on Saturday, director Marc Webb had an interesting conversation with The Playlist about his initial thoughts on rebooting Spider-Man, and shared some information about the villains appearing in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2.

One big concern many fans have about THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is the amount of villains, and they are worried it's going to end up being a mess similar to Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN 3. Several villains will definitely appear in the new film, but Webb says the main antagonist is Jamie Foxx's Electro, and that Paul Giamatti's Rhino will only be in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 for about four minutes.

"It's about writing. We're aware of those movies and the complaints people had. The main villain is Electro. Every other villain emerges around that. We were careful to make sure the stories entertained. You had to make sure to create obstacles that were difficult to overcome. We wanted to make the physical and emotional obstacles difficult. Rhino is in it for four minutes so it's a legitimate comparison, but when you see the movie, I'm confident.”

Many weren't too thrilled with the idea of rebooting Spider-Man in the first place, and Marc Webb says he initially thought it wasn't the greatest idea either.

“It was the stupidest idea I had ever heard. [Sony chief] Amy Pascal brought it up to me and I thought it was crazy! But of course I was a Spider-Man fan, but more of Peter Parker. It was a tricky time. I had just finished ‘500 Days of Summer.’ I didn't know what to do next. And those movies, which are really sacred to people, weren't that old. They gave me a script I didn't like. And Amy said, "You can't turn down Spider-Man." And she was right. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. But to build that up, it was an adventure. Not only being a fan of Spider-Man is one thing but I was really curious about the process and work with people who were up-and-coming like Andrew Garfield but also Sally Field. The opportunities were extraordinary. I'd wake up every day and think about what I'd done right in a past life."

Marc Webb also goes on to say he held back a bit with the CGI in the first movie, and hopes to have fixed that with the sequel.

"In the first movie I was a little too reserved with the CGI, quite frankly, because I didn't want it to look too weird or awkward. There was a moment deep in the production process where a giant lizard smashes through a wall and I was like, ‘This is not grounded.’ And I made a decision that in the next movie I would embrace the spectacle and not be beholden to smallness. Not to reject the emotional stuff but I wanted it to be big and express and command that feeling you had as a kid reading the comics—that color and that bravado. I think in the second movie we've really maintained the grounded, emotional texture and combined it with spectacle."

Why do I have the feeling some of you aren't going to like these comments from Marc Webb? It does look like the director has "embraced the spectacle" with THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, but will fans? Some have been extremely critical of the new movie and it hasn't even been released yet. I'll admit there are some things about the sequel I'm not digging, however I'm also willing to give it a chance, and hopefully THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 will be...um, amazing.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper, Colm Feore, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz and Sally Field, and will hit theaters on May 2nd, 2014.

Source: The Playlist

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6:43PM on 03/11/2014
You can't judge a movie until you see it. I get so annoyed with people saying this movie is gonna be a mess because it has too many villains. Rhino has a very small role in the movie and I'm sure Green Goblin isn't gonna play a huge part in the movie because Electro is the main villain. I wish people would stop assuming shit and just wait and see the movie.
You can't judge a movie until you see it. I get so annoyed with people saying this movie is gonna be a mess because it has too many villains. Rhino has a very small role in the movie and I'm sure Green Goblin isn't gonna play a huge part in the movie because Electro is the main villain. I wish people would stop assuming shit and just wait and see the movie.
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6:33PM on 03/10/2014
James Cameron should have rebooted Spidey.
James Cameron should have rebooted Spidey.
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4:41PM on 03/10/2014
No thanks. The last one was horrid enough.
No thanks. The last one was horrid enough.
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4:27PM on 03/10/2014
he definitely didnt hold back on the cgi this time, it looks like a videogame
he definitely didnt hold back on the cgi this time, it looks like a videogame
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4:27PM on 03/10/2014
This is the first Spider-Man story that I've read in a while. Trying to watch the movie free of any opinions...though admittedly, I didn't like the first movie...and loathed Riami's third installment. I'm still waiting for a Spider-Man film that I think my years of devotion deserve. For now, that position goes to the complete first season of Spectacular Spider-Man. Anyhoo, may be my attempts to stay away from all Amazing Spider-Man 2 related stories and trailers will pay off for the good.
This is the first Spider-Man story that I've read in a while. Trying to watch the movie free of any opinions...though admittedly, I didn't like the first movie...and loathed Riami's third installment. I'm still waiting for a Spider-Man film that I think my years of devotion deserve. For now, that position goes to the complete first season of Spectacular Spider-Man. Anyhoo, may be my attempts to stay away from all Amazing Spider-Man 2 related stories and trailers will pay off for the good. Incidentally, Spider-Man movies will always make money so I've given up hope of Marvel ever getting their hands on the rights again. I'm pretty sure it's why Disney are so intent on making Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon so sh*t.
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1:45PM on 03/10/2014
Well I was about to quote the exact same thing and pretty much had a very similar comment as the person that commented two before me, Chino you beat me to it!

Why the neutral? If I had a chance to direct a Spider-Man film based off a script I didn't like I wouldn't say no, after cameras get rolling scripts change pretty quick. Just look at Amazing Spider-Man 2... They filmed for months with Woodley before cutting her out of the movie completely... My point, things change. If you go in with
Well I was about to quote the exact same thing and pretty much had a very similar comment as the person that commented two before me, Chino you beat me to it!

Why the neutral? If I had a chance to direct a Spider-Man film based off a script I didn't like I wouldn't say no, after cameras get rolling scripts change pretty quick. Just look at Amazing Spider-Man 2... They filmed for months with Woodley before cutting her out of the movie completely... My point, things change. If you go in with good intentions your motives will show in your work. If the studio is at the point where they are shopping a script to new and non-expirenced directors and they are calling it bad, it's obvious Sony don't care if the person making it likes the script, it's a dream job for any director comming off one small film/movie, so better Marc a true fan of the character than whoever else would have been on the list...
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1:38PM on 03/10/2014
He left out the fact that they paid him a shit load of money to make this shit.
He left out the fact that they paid him a shit load of money to make this shit.
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12:51PM on 03/10/2014
This seems to be the best representation of today's Hollywood filmmaker.
"I didn't like the script." But he made it anyways.
This seems to be the best representation of today's Hollywood filmmaker.
"I didn't like the script." But he made it anyways.
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4:28PM on 03/10/2014
He didn't like the version of the script they FIRST showed him.
Ever heard of those magic things in Hollywood called REWRITES, DIRECTOR'S NOTES or 2nd DRAFTS?? No one said that he did shoot the material he was first shown. That is why they have 3 Screenwriters credited for the script. Big Budget Studio movies get rewritten all the time.
He didn't like the version of the script they FIRST showed him.
Ever heard of those magic things in Hollywood called REWRITES, DIRECTOR'S NOTES or 2nd DRAFTS?? No one said that he did shoot the material he was first shown. That is why they have 3 Screenwriters credited for the script. Big Budget Studio movies get rewritten all the time.
12:46PM on 03/10/2014
Definitely went overboard with the CGI really fast. There was a lot I disliked about the first one but at least it didnt look so video gamey
Definitely went overboard with the CGI really fast. There was a lot I disliked about the first one but at least it didnt look so video gamey
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11:50AM on 03/10/2014

Hmmmmm......

I doubt it'll be one of those movies you see over and over, but definitely worth a look in the theaters. It won't be a top priority for me like DOFP, Captain America, GOTG, & Godzilla.
I doubt it'll be one of those movies you see over and over, but definitely worth a look in the theaters. It won't be a top priority for me like DOFP, Captain America, GOTG, & Godzilla.
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11:35AM on 03/10/2014
I did like the look The Amazing Spider-Man had, I think it did benefit from Marc Webb's experience shooting music videos. He certainly was an interesting choice of director, having had (500) Days of Summer as the only feature under his belt. I was won over by the first film. I was dead set against it but did enjoy it, thanks in no small part to the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. There were things that didn't work (the design and CG execution of the Lizard in particular) and
I did like the look The Amazing Spider-Man had, I think it did benefit from Marc Webb's experience shooting music videos. He certainly was an interesting choice of director, having had (500) Days of Summer as the only feature under his belt. I was won over by the first film. I was dead set against it but did enjoy it, thanks in no small part to the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. There were things that didn't work (the design and CG execution of the Lizard in particular) and the main thing that bothers me about the sequel this point is how silly the villains seem to be. That said, I'm still looking forward to it, just cautiously.
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11:04AM on 03/10/2014

I actually liked his comments

Whatever flaws AMAZING SPIDER-MAN had, the relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy was the best part of it. He gave Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone a lot to work with, and they rocked those roles a lot better than Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. And I like Dane DeHaan much better than James Franco.

And yes, making this movie about Electro but slowly bringing in the other Sinister Six makes sense.
Whatever flaws AMAZING SPIDER-MAN had, the relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy was the best part of it. He gave Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone a lot to work with, and they rocked those roles a lot better than Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. And I like Dane DeHaan much better than James Franco.

And yes, making this movie about Electro but slowly bringing in the other Sinister Six makes sense.
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12:49PM on 03/10/2014
WHAT? He didn't give them anything to work with. He even said "I didn't like the script."
WHAT? He didn't give them anything to work with. He even said "I didn't like the script."
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10:37AM on 03/10/2014

Thank you sir

You gave us the best SM movie yet and I look forward to the sequel.
You gave us the best SM movie yet and I look forward to the sequel.
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10:41AM on 03/10/2014
No, no he didn't. The first two Spider Man films from Raimi are still the two best Spider Man films of all time.

It's funny how before the Dark Knight films came out and the Avenger films came out, Spider Man 2 was regarded as the greatest comic book film ever. Now it seems people have forgotten that.
No, no he didn't. The first two Spider Man films from Raimi are still the two best Spider Man films of all time.

It's funny how before the Dark Knight films came out and the Avenger films came out, Spider Man 2 was regarded as the greatest comic book film ever. Now it seems people have forgotten that.
10:58AM on 03/10/2014
unfortunately no soloist. Spidey 1 and 2 WERE good back in the day. They have aged absolutely terribly. Not in terms of effects, but acting, writing etc. They are increeeeeeeeeeedibly cornball now. I rewatched all 3 recently. Borderline unwatchable (3rd one is unwatchable). Amazing Spiderman is the spidey movie we should have gotten way back in the day.
unfortunately no soloist. Spidey 1 and 2 WERE good back in the day. They have aged absolutely terribly. Not in terms of effects, but acting, writing etc. They are increeeeeeeeeeedibly cornball now. I rewatched all 3 recently. Borderline unwatchable (3rd one is unwatchable). Amazing Spiderman is the spidey movie we should have gotten way back in the day.
11:00AM on 03/10/2014
Also, your comment is about as relevant as. Before Godfather, Star Wars, The Dark Knight and Shawshank Redemption people used to think that Citizen Kane was THE best movie ever made. People seem to have forgotten that. No, no they havent. Time moves on and some stuff is done better than old stuff. While Spidey 2 is still ok it aint nowhere near being the GREATEST comic book film ever anymore.
Also, your comment is about as relevant as. Before Godfather, Star Wars, The Dark Knight and Shawshank Redemption people used to think that Citizen Kane was THE best movie ever made. People seem to have forgotten that. No, no they havent. Time moves on and some stuff is done better than old stuff. While Spidey 2 is still ok it aint nowhere near being the GREATEST comic book film ever anymore.
11:05AM on 03/10/2014
I'm going to let by gone's be by gone's. I'm always going to consider Raimi's trilogy the best Spider Man films of all time and if other people don't think so, and enjoy the newer ones then that's fine and it's their right.

I just think the new rebooted franchise was done way too quickly and I think the first rebooted film had too many problems and was not handled with enough care. It had its moments, but the die hard Spider Man fan in me was not happy with it at all. I'll admit the new one
I'm going to let by gone's be by gone's. I'm always going to consider Raimi's trilogy the best Spider Man films of all time and if other people don't think so, and enjoy the newer ones then that's fine and it's their right.

I just think the new rebooted franchise was done way too quickly and I think the first rebooted film had too many problems and was not handled with enough care. It had its moments, but the die hard Spider Man fan in me was not happy with it at all. I'll admit the new one looks better and looks like an improvement over the first rebooted film, but there's nothing this new franchise could ever do that could ever top Raimi's franchise for me.
11:15AM on 03/10/2014
What if ryan reynolds showed up?! Jk jk
What if ryan reynolds showed up?! Jk jk
10:32AM on 03/10/2014
"It was the stupidest idea I had ever heard..."

"...until I came up with my own stupid ideas for the movie."
"It was the stupidest idea I had ever heard..."

"...until I came up with my own stupid ideas for the movie."
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10:41AM on 03/10/2014
Yep.
Yep.
10:01AM on 03/10/2014
So he thought it was a bad idea and did it anyway? I guess money speaks louder than words for him (it's not like he's the first or will be the last person to ever do this).

And this bad idea definitely showed in the first Amazing Spider Man. At least the sequel looks much better.
So he thought it was a bad idea and did it anyway? I guess money speaks louder than words for him (it's not like he's the first or will be the last person to ever do this).

And this bad idea definitely showed in the first Amazing Spider Man. At least the sequel looks much better.
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10:17AM on 03/10/2014
I think you missed the point dude. He said the idea of rebooting spidey so soon was a bad idea but he took it and made it his own regardless. He was an indy director and was given his big break. "Money talks"? Well considering its a dream for most directors to get this kind of job. He would be stupid to turn it down. Hed probably still be kicking around in indy fare if he didnt accept it. Alot of people prefer ASM1 over Spidey 1 (now that a few years have elapsed). People were just pissed that
I think you missed the point dude. He said the idea of rebooting spidey so soon was a bad idea but he took it and made it his own regardless. He was an indy director and was given his big break. "Money talks"? Well considering its a dream for most directors to get this kind of job. He would be stupid to turn it down. Hed probably still be kicking around in indy fare if he didnt accept it. Alot of people prefer ASM1 over Spidey 1 (now that a few years have elapsed). People were just pissed that we were retreading old ground so soon.
10:37AM on 03/10/2014
I understand that since he took it, it has opened up more doors for him in Hollywood. I just don't like the fact that he said it was a bad idea to do it so soon, but ends up doing it anyway.

I love (500) Days of Summer and I would rather have seen another indie from the guy then another Amazing Spider Man film.
I understand that since he took it, it has opened up more doors for him in Hollywood. I just don't like the fact that he said it was a bad idea to do it so soon, but ends up doing it anyway.

I love (500) Days of Summer and I would rather have seen another indie from the guy then another Amazing Spider Man film.
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