Total Film caught up with Marc Webb at Comic-Con to talk about The Amazing Spider-Man.
With some people questioning the need for a new Spidey movie so soon after Sam Raimi’s trilogy, the aptly named director is confident about his revival: “Spider-Man is part of our culture, he’s a perennial character. He belongs on the big screen.”
The 500 Days Of Summer director has pretty big red rubber boots to fill, but he’s not worried: “Spidey is constantly re-examined and there’s way too many versions of him in the comics… That was something I thought we could do cinematically.”
And he’s got a hell of a source to work from: “There’s just so much fantastic material that comes from the comics, whether it’s Gwen Stacey [the hero’s new love interest, played by Emma Stone] or The Lizard [aka Dr Curt Connors – Rhys Ifans’ scaly, Jekyll-and-Hyde villain]…
"His relationship with Connors, who is both mentor and adversary, I think makes for a really beautiful and interesting story.
“I was a little sceptical at first – you feel the presence of those other movies. But then I was like, ‘How could I walk away from this? What an opportunity!’ What better cinematic character is there than Spidey!”
Having never helmed a blockbusting actioner, Webb is enjoying the challenge, not least when it comes to the 3D, telling us, “I wanted to shoot certain things very specifically for 3D.”
“There’s an experiential component to 3D that’s really fantastic and we’re experimenting with generating that point of view so you feel how Spider-Man feels when he’s jumping over these buildings.
“We made a conscious effort to do those effects practically and we had an incredible stunt team. We built this whole rig – hundreds of feet long – in Harlem, and we actually swung a man through traffic down the street.
“I thought that was really exciting, not to mention an incredible level of acrobatics!”
The Amazing Spider-Man opens 3 July 2012.
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