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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.
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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