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Marc Webb talks The Amazing Spider-Man and what we can expect from his new interpretation

07.19.2011

While director Marc Webb and company prepare for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN panel that takes place this Friday at the geek onslaught that is Comic Con, the young filmmaker took some time to talk to the LA Times about his cinematic reinvention of Marvel's beloved superhero.

While we've heard rumblings for sometime now that Webb's version will be very character-centric, what exactly does that entail? The director hits on some interesting and heartening points:

"Peter Parker is a science whiz. If you look back to the early Stan Lee and Steve Ditko comics, he’s a nerd with big glasses. The idea of what a nerd is has changed in 40 or 50 years. Nerds are running the world. Andrew Garfield made a movie [called 'The Social Network'] about it. Nerds are no longer pariahs and knowing how to write computer code is no longer a [mocked] quality. What was important in those early comics was this notion that Peter Parker is an outsider and how we define that in a contemporary context. That, I think, was one of the challenges for us — getting Peter Parker’s outsider status to be current. Peter Parker is a real kid. He’s not a billionaire. He’s not an alien. He’s a kid who gets picked on and gets shoved to the outside. The 90-pound weakling, that’s who Spider-Man is when he gets bit. So much of the DNA of the character is the fact that he was a kid when he got bit. He is imperfect, he is immature and has a bit of a punk rock instinct. In his soul he’s still a 90-pound weakling even after [the transformative bite]."

As for talks of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN taking a more "real" approach to its depiction of Spidey and his surrounding world, its seems Webb is taking a page out of the Christopher Nolan book of comic book filmmaking:

"One of the things we tried to do was keep the stunts more grounded physically and that was a huge challenge because you have a character whose abilities are superhuman. How do you do that in a way that’s convincing and real? We spent months and months and months developing rigs so he could swing in a way that wasn’t computer-generated. Obviously there’s going to be enhancements and CG [sequences], but it’s based in a physical reality and that’s a new technique [for this film brand]. When you walk out of the theater, I want the world you see to resemble what you saw on the screen. Part of the joy of cinema [is that] you make the impossible look real. I wanted it to be more grounded and more realistic and that went for the emotion of the scenes, the physical action and wardrobe. It’s less based in Steve Ditko world and probably closer visually and more influenced by 'Ultimate Spider-Man' but it is also very much a world of our own devising."

Finally, as to Webb's approach to this week's Comic Con panel where he'll come face-to-face with his most ardent critics...

"Legends of Hall H — people should write songs about it. A lot of our credibility is based on fan perception in some way. I’m really excited to connect with the fans. I feel like we’ve been a little bit under the radar in terms of our communication. I think it’s a great way to announce the new qualities that we’re putting out there and just connect with the audience in a way that we haven’t before."

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN opens July 3, 2012. You can check out the full LA Times interview RIGHT HERE.

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Extra Tidbit: A bootleg is online already if you dig around, but the official teaser trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is said to be premiering this week in front of select prints of CAPTAIN AMERICA.

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11:29AM on 07/20/2011
The problem with what I've seen so far in this trailer is that Dark & Gritty just doesn't fit the Spiderman world.

Dark & Gritty fits Batman, and Nolan's prowess made great use of that.

But some superheroes just aren't Dark & Gritty, nor should they be.

If Nolan takes the Dark & Gritty approach with their Superman movie, it will suck as much as this one looks like it does.

In the end, this Spidermen retread looks like sophomoric emo drivel.

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The problem with what I've seen so far in this trailer is that Dark & Gritty just doesn't fit the Spiderman world.

Dark & Gritty fits Batman, and Nolan's prowess made great use of that.

But some superheroes just aren't Dark & Gritty, nor should they be.

If Nolan takes the Dark & Gritty approach with their Superman movie, it will suck as much as this one looks like it does.

In the end, this Spidermen retread looks like sophomoric emo drivel.

Marvel fanboys may now emotionally hyperventilate and frantically click thumbs down in response.
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9:19AM on 07/20/2011
I had a blast with the first two spidey films, the third wasn't great but I wasn't harsh with it, it's a fucking movie about a fucking spider-man. Too soon for a reboot, McGuire is my default spidey
I had a blast with the first two spidey films, the third wasn't great but I wasn't harsh with it, it's a fucking movie about a fucking spider-man. Too soon for a reboot, McGuire is my default spidey
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5:41AM on 07/20/2011
It amazes me how many people don't spell Spider-Man with a 'hyphen'...
It amazes me how many people don't spell Spider-Man with a 'hyphen'...
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10:28AM on 07/20/2011
It amazes me how many people still like & respect Metallica.
It amazes me how many people still like & respect Metallica.
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5:23AM on 07/20/2011
holy shit. is that photo a "real" one?
if so, that's the best looking spiderman ever. better than any other movie combined. and probably the first spiderman im actually looking forward too. awesome, awesome design.
holy shit. is that photo a "real" one?
if so, that's the best looking spiderman ever. better than any other movie combined. and probably the first spiderman im actually looking forward too. awesome, awesome design.
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10:30AM on 07/20/2011
Holy shit! Have you not been on the internet for the past year?
Holy shit! Have you not been on the internet for the past year?
12:38AM on 07/20/2011

I really want

him to be the wise cracking spiderman, dark is fine i guess, but at the same time, spidey is really known for talking mess while fighting. besides his superhuman abilities his other and very handy ability is him just getting into the person(s) he's fighting head.i probably will end up seeing this maybe. but idk, as of yet i am in no hurry to go see it
him to be the wise cracking spiderman, dark is fine i guess, but at the same time, spidey is really known for talking mess while fighting. besides his superhuman abilities his other and very handy ability is him just getting into the person(s) he's fighting head.i probably will end up seeing this maybe. but idk, as of yet i am in no hurry to go see it
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8:47PM on 07/19/2011
what the director says of course is what peter parker himself is but i still have my doubts about this movie, maybe the trailer will help sway my way towards being more anticipated towards it.
what the director says of course is what peter parker himself is but i still have my doubts about this movie, maybe the trailer will help sway my way towards being more anticipated towards it.
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6:12PM on 07/19/2011

Code of the Rebooters

Everytime I hear somebody involved in a reboot give an interview, its always the same story. "We tried to make it more character-centric. We're going to fix everything that was wrong with the previous movies." Sometimes its true, but more often it isn't. I'd be ok with this movie if it wasn't the origin story again.
Everytime I hear somebody involved in a reboot give an interview, its always the same story. "We tried to make it more character-centric. We're going to fix everything that was wrong with the previous movies." Sometimes its true, but more often it isn't. I'd be ok with this movie if it wasn't the origin story again.
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4:57PM on 07/19/2011
This film is just going to be great it sounds great and looks great judging by the trailer. i cant wait to see it in front of Cap.
This film is just going to be great it sounds great and looks great judging by the trailer. i cant wait to see it in front of Cap.
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3:28PM on 07/19/2011

Now thats fuckin amazing..

and sounds way better then the shit films rami made. By a long shot. I love when directors use REAL stunts, I hate CGI. It's good for somethings like transformers, stuff like that. But this sounds amazing, what makes it even more amazing it comes out on my B-DAY, best b-day gift ever. :) thanks.
and sounds way better then the shit films rami made. By a long shot. I love when directors use REAL stunts, I hate CGI. It's good for somethings like transformers, stuff like that. But this sounds amazing, what makes it even more amazing it comes out on my B-DAY, best b-day gift ever. :) thanks.
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5:42AM on 07/20/2011
Thank you. I completely agree with you.
Thank you. I completely agree with you.
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1:56PM on 07/19/2011
Webb not only has the perfect name to direct Spidey, he is saying just the right things. Focus on the characters and the story and make it believable. Hopefully Parkers persona will be a lot more lively like in the comics, he certainly cast an actors who looks a lot more appropriate.
Webb not only has the perfect name to direct Spidey, he is saying just the right things. Focus on the characters and the story and make it believable. Hopefully Parkers persona will be a lot more lively like in the comics, he certainly cast an actors who looks a lot more appropriate.
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11:55AM on 07/19/2011

Sounds good....

I do like where Webb is going with this. I don't think Webb necessarily means "grounded in reality" as in dark and gritty, less over-the-top stunts. It's more like a bigger focus on practical effects, which is good, since the previous movies suffered from a bit of overreliance of cheesy CGI.
I do like where Webb is going with this. I don't think Webb necessarily means "grounded in reality" as in dark and gritty, less over-the-top stunts. It's more like a bigger focus on practical effects, which is good, since the previous movies suffered from a bit of overreliance of cheesy CGI.
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11:05AM on 07/19/2011
I just saw the bootleg teaser, this movie looks insanely legit!
I just saw the bootleg teaser, this movie looks insanely legit!
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10:43AM on 07/19/2011
As long as there's no Super Emo Peter from Spider-Man 3, I'm cool with it.
As long as there's no Super Emo Peter from Spider-Man 3, I'm cool with it.
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10:37AM on 07/19/2011
I watched the teaser trailer--it looks decent. Not a lot of Spidey in action yet, but a lot of POV..

Also, Webb so far seems to "get" how to modernize Parker--he's right, the geek persona has changed a lot since Stan and Steve's day..
I watched the teaser trailer--it looks decent. Not a lot of Spidey in action yet, but a lot of POV..

Also, Webb so far seems to "get" how to modernize Parker--he's right, the geek persona has changed a lot since Stan and Steve's day..
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10:18AM on 07/19/2011

The only way Spidey meets the Avengers...

is if NO ONE goes to see this movie. Otherwise, never gonna happen.
is if NO ONE goes to see this movie. Otherwise, never gonna happen.
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10:42AM on 07/19/2011
I've been trying to get everyone to boycott Marvel super-hero movies that aren't made by Marvel Studios for two years now. I'm glad the idea is spreading.
I've been trying to get everyone to boycott Marvel super-hero movies that aren't made by Marvel Studios for two years now. I'm glad the idea is spreading.
10:03AM on 07/19/2011
Wow just saw the teaser bootleg. I was so skeptical of this movie but after the trailer this movie looks Insane !!!
Wow just saw the teaser bootleg. I was so skeptical of this movie but after the trailer this movie looks Insane !!!
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9:44AM on 07/19/2011
I love marc webb he has the right idea about tackling the franchise, he wants to put his stamp on the brand as many writers, directors and actors have done for so long I eagerly await his take
I love marc webb he has the right idea about tackling the franchise, he wants to put his stamp on the brand as many writers, directors and actors have done for so long I eagerly await his take
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9:10AM on 07/19/2011

kind of impressed with the grittiness

I watched the teaser online just now. It started out really different, in a good way, but the end of the trailer was balls. Its 2:26 long. The video was just taken down.
I watched the teaser online just now. It started out really different, in a good way, but the end of the trailer was balls. Its 2:26 long. The video was just taken down.
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7:32AM on 07/19/2011

i believe...

if my intuition is as sharp as i'd like it to be.............. expect spiderman to somehow be slipped into the avengers plot line. remember, comic book fans know, spiderman has a huge role to play in the avengers. he eventually becomes a member temporarily. i would not be surprised. this is partially why you have a reboot, and why its trailer is in front of captain america. no spoilers, just a hunch.
if my intuition is as sharp as i'd like it to be.............. expect spiderman to somehow be slipped into the avengers plot line. remember, comic book fans know, spiderman has a huge role to play in the avengers. he eventually becomes a member temporarily. i would not be surprised. this is partially why you have a reboot, and why its trailer is in front of captain america. no spoilers, just a hunch.
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10:41AM on 07/19/2011
There is no way possible in the current setup that Spider-Man will be in the Avengers. Sony has the production rights to all things Spider-Man, and the Avengers is being made by Marvel Studios. The only reason Sony is making this crapfest is to hold on to the rights. They will continue to churn out tripe every few years just to hold on to them. Why do you think we're getting a second Ghost Rider? Why did Fox make X-Men: First Class? It's all about money.
There is no way possible in the current setup that Spider-Man will be in the Avengers. Sony has the production rights to all things Spider-Man, and the Avengers is being made by Marvel Studios. The only reason Sony is making this crapfest is to hold on to the rights. They will continue to churn out tripe every few years just to hold on to them. Why do you think we're getting a second Ghost Rider? Why did Fox make X-Men: First Class? It's all about money.
7:31AM on 07/19/2011

i believe...

if my intuition is as sharp as i'd like it to be.............. expect spiderman to somehow be slipped into the avengers plot line. remember, comic book fans know, spiderman has a huge role to play in the avengers. he eventually becomes a member temporarily. i would not be surprised. this is partially why you have a reboot, and why its trailer is in front of captain america. no spoilers, just a hunch.
if my intuition is as sharp as i'd like it to be.............. expect spiderman to somehow be slipped into the avengers plot line. remember, comic book fans know, spiderman has a huge role to play in the avengers. he eventually becomes a member temporarily. i would not be surprised. this is partially why you have a reboot, and why its trailer is in front of captain america. no spoilers, just a hunch.
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8:14AM on 07/19/2011
That's impossible, sir. The Spiderman film property is owned Sony Columbia and The Avengers film property is owned by Disney. Sadly this means we will never see Spiderman in The Avengers and since 20th Century Fox owns The X-Men we will never see any mutants in The Avengers films either.
That's impossible, sir. The Spiderman film property is owned Sony Columbia and The Avengers film property is owned by Disney. Sadly this means we will never see Spiderman in The Avengers and since 20th Century Fox owns The X-Men we will never see any mutants in The Avengers films either.
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7:23AM on 07/19/2011

just watched the bootleg trailer

definitely intrigued. i hope they take more than 5 minutes to have him get bit, which the trailer makes it seem like they do. For someone who wants a movie grounded in reality, maybe don't pick the Lizard for your villain but then again that was always the problem with Spiderman villains.
definitely intrigued. i hope they take more than 5 minutes to have him get bit, which the trailer makes it seem like they do. For someone who wants a movie grounded in reality, maybe don't pick the Lizard for your villain but then again that was always the problem with Spiderman villains.
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8:59AM on 07/19/2011
The Liazrd was a result of genetic experiments Doc Conners preformed on himself in an attempt to regrow his missing arm. It may not be proven science but it was science that made him so its more grounded then Venom or even Electro.
The Liazrd was a result of genetic experiments Doc Conners preformed on himself in an attempt to regrow his missing arm. It may not be proven science but it was science that made him so its more grounded then Venom or even Electro.
6:56AM on 07/19/2011
Hope this guy brought his A game to this project, because after writing off on that POS costume, he already got enough fans waiting to tear him a new one if he got a bit too inventive for his own good.
Hope this guy brought his A game to this project, because after writing off on that POS costume, he already got enough fans waiting to tear him a new one if he got a bit too inventive for his own good.
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7:10AM on 07/19/2011
The costume isn't that bad, I can do without the mismatched fingers though. At least we got mechanical web shooters.
The costume isn't that bad, I can do without the mismatched fingers though. At least we got mechanical web shooters.
10:10AM on 07/19/2011
that costume screams change for change sake. It's ugly and over-textured, and still doesn't look like a high school science nerd made it.
that costume screams change for change sake. It's ugly and over-textured, and still doesn't look like a high school science nerd made it.
3:05PM on 07/19/2011
Question: Do you like or prefer the last Spidey suit to this new one?
Question: Do you like or prefer the last Spidey suit to this new one?
6:03AM on 07/19/2011
The kid was bitten by a radioactive spider, no need to ground that so much in reality. I hope they at least let Andrew Garfield crack jokes as Spidey, that was sorely missing from the Raimi films. Just because realism and doom and gloom works for Batman, doesn't mean it translates well to every comic book character.
The kid was bitten by a radioactive spider, no need to ground that so much in reality. I hope they at least let Andrew Garfield crack jokes as Spidey, that was sorely missing from the Raimi films. Just because realism and doom and gloom works for Batman, doesn't mean it translates well to every comic book character.
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10:53AM on 07/19/2011
I remember there being quite a few groaners in Toby's lines. If he's gonna be cracking jokes, I hope they won't be cheesy as hell. They worked in the old cartoons, but cheese just doesn't translate very well unless it's written and executed brilliantly.
I remember there being quite a few groaners in Toby's lines. If he's gonna be cracking jokes, I hope they won't be cheesy as hell. They worked in the old cartoons, but cheese just doesn't translate very well unless it's written and executed brilliantly.
2:26PM on 07/19/2011
Thats not what I took from his statements at all. 1) The use of practical effects for Spidermans power rather than that distracting animated spiderman and 2) Spiderman has always been a doom and gloom world. Its the fact that he overcomes that rather than brood over it that has made him such a sustaining hero.
Thats not what I took from his statements at all. 1) The use of practical effects for Spidermans power rather than that distracting animated spiderman and 2) Spiderman has always been a doom and gloom world. Its the fact that he overcomes that rather than brood over it that has made him such a sustaining hero.
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5:59AM on 07/19/2011

Ugh...

They want to make Spiderman's more real. When I was younger reading The Amazing Spiderman his moves were unreal, and that's why I read the comic books. I'm really going to have to see if this is possible.
They want to make Spiderman's more real. When I was younger reading The Amazing Spiderman his moves were unreal, and that's why I read the comic books. I'm really going to have to see if this is possible.
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5:43AM on 07/19/2011

I feel

we're gonna have another X-Men First Class situation on our hands here. And I mean that in an entirely good way!
we're gonna have another X-Men First Class situation on our hands here. And I mean that in an entirely good way!
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