New details revealed for The Amazing Spider-Man

The cast talk stunts, villains and romance

The press bandwagon for The Amazing Spider-Man got well and truly underway yesterday, with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and producer Avi Arad attending a Tokyo press conference, and answering a whole range of questions about the film.

For starters, this new take on the friendly neighbourhood web-slinger will be a more romantic affair than Sam Raimi’s creation, at least according to Avi Arad.

“In our movie, [Peter] finds his true love. Gwen Stacy was always the true love of Peter Parker… We found a very, very good story about what makes a human being. About what sets their destiny.”

“We introduce our villain, Dr. Connors,” continued Arad, “and in the great tradition of Marvel, Dr. Connors is going to be connected to Peter Parker and, in our case even more interesting, to Gwen Stacy. Right there, the challenge of having to deal with a villain who is a mentor and the only one who you can look at and say, ‘So what really happened to my dad?’ That’s a very hard person to fight.”

Speaking of fighting, Andrew Garfield went on to explain that grounding the action sequences in reality was of paramount importance to director Marc Webb.

“That was something that Marc, the director, really wanted to make sure happened in this movie to set it apart from previous ones,” says Garfield. “I would exhaust myself every day and get into near-death experiences every hour on the hour…”

“I collaborated with [the stunt team] not only on the big stunt set-pieces but also on what happens to Peter’s body when he gets bitten. What happens to his DNA and how that effects the way he moves and the way he interacts with objects The idea that he has spider DNA running in his system. What that will do to his sense of space. What that will do to the sensitivity of his skin? To have an opportunity to play in that forum with creative and talented people was a real opportunity and gift.”

Finally, Emma Stone hinted at a romantic interlude between her and Garfield that will rival the upside down kiss between Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

“You don’t want to know [what’s coming],” she teased. “You want to watch the movie and find out. Plus, it would be weird if we were like, ‘There’s something iconic coming up!’ You’ve got to decide if it’s iconic or not. But there is a nice first kiss and it’s different than the upside down one. And we liked it.”

The Amazing Spider-Man opens in the UK on 4 July 2012.

Are you excited for the new film, or is it too soon after the Raimi films? Tell us, below.


    • KingofSpain

      Jan 19th 2012, 11:47

      I think it's an impossible task to top THAT kiss.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 19th 2012, 12:18

      Spiderman 2 is the defintive Spiderman movie, everything else is just weak sauce.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 19th 2012, 13:52

      every other spiderman movie I should say.

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    • Indianabones

      Jan 19th 2012, 20:25

      Spiderman 2 was very good, and by far the best out of the 3 Raimi made, but I think there is room to make an actual 'definitive' Spiderman Movie, and while i don't think the first will be definitive, if this goes the way I believe it will, then it will get there! Just out of curiousity, as I have read many of your comments Hadouken76 and you seem quite on the ball, have you read much of The Spiderman Comics? I know i defend this film to crazy lengths, but I truly believe this will be a more truer version of Spiderman......

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 19th 2012, 22:49

      I have to admit I had read a handful of comics when I was a kid and then drifted into books when I got older . This film does seem a more 'Nolanesque' feel to comics, with the emphasis on reality and web 'gadgets' are faitful to the comic .I have nothing against the 'reboot', I just dont see the point of it. Its not like Bond when Die Another Day made such a laughing stock of the franchaise, that they had to back basics with Casino Royale to win back the fans and critics. Spiderman 3 wasnt great but it wasnt a complete disaster, Hayden-Church as Sandman was a terrific but they fumbled the ball with Emo-Parker and Venom (you have fanboys to thank for that), and not letting Dylan Baker become The Lizard. This is what I dont understand, they had already built up the surrogate father/ mentor relationship with Dr Connors and Peter over 3 films, so why didnt they just let (Baker as) Connors become the lizard in the fourth movie? It seems like a wasted opputunity. Once again Garfield is too old to be a teenager, they could have used that guy from Percy Jackson.. I do go on lol

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