Amazing Spider-Man Director Marc Webb Talks Movie's Romance and Web-Shooters
08.03.11 by Ryan
The 2011 Comic-Con was a big time for Sony's Spider-Man franchise reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, with a trailer being released prior to the the Spider-Man panel. Since then, news has been quiet about the upcoming movie, though two new posters have been released for the movie, one that shows the back of Spidey's costume and the other which shows the front.
Outlets have finally released the entire discussion at the panel, offering new insights into the movie. According to SuperHeroHype, director Marc Webb talked about the romance between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his first love interest, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
Romance — that's one of the things that I think has made Spider-Man really unique in terms of the comics: there is a real tender, romantic quality to it. Certainly that's something that's always fascinated me about the cinema, good romance. That was something that was really fun to explore with it. Andrew and Emma had done such great work onscreen. We'd just finished shooting and I'm having so much fun putting together the scenes with Andrew and Emma. There's such a tenderness and honesty in that, and that's one of the reasons that I wanted to make the film, to explore that very important part of the Spider-Man mythology. So, yes, expect great things from them.
The romance is one of the things that inspired Webb to want to take on the challenge of the reboot after the already well-known and successful Spider-Man trilogy. As Webb explained, "Spider-Man is a part of our culture."
He's a perennial characters. He's something that's constantly reexamined and there are so many versions of him in the comics that it was something that I thought that we could do cinematically. He belongs on the big screen. There's just so much fantastic material that comes from the comics, whether it's Gwen Stacy and the Lizard and Dr. Connors' relationship with her clients. She's both a mentor and an adversary. I think that was a really beautiful and interesting and exciting and exhilarating story. I remember that I was thinking about it and I was a little skeptical at first because you feel the presence of those other movies in a way, but it just kept being to me like this dream.
Besides using a romance that isn't Mary Jane Parker and a villain that wasn't a featured part of the original trilogy, another new element in the reboot is Spider-Man's web-shooters. A prominent part of the character's comic book history, director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies had the webs emanate from Tobey Maguire's wrists. In Amazing Spider-Man, Webb will introduce the web-shooters and told The LA Times that he spoke to the character's creator to discuss the importance of the contraptions.
I had a meeting with Stan Lee and we talked about the web-shooters. I was curious about the incarnation of them [because] of course in the previous films [they went away from them] and we wanted to reestablish ourselves. That was one thing but the other thing was the fact that the web-shooters were able to dramatize Peter’s intellect and I thought that was really cool... It was in the comics and we have a different design but it’s a cool element to have. It’s not something we over-use or over-exploit. To me, it’s something I remember from when I was a kid and thinking "It would be cool if I could build those."
Webb says the web-shooters became an integral part of the design of Spider-Man's costume, which Webb said ultimately "paid attention to the question of 'How would a kid make it?'"
With the costume and the web-shooters we wanted to emphasize that these are things that Peter Parker made and that he is special himself even if he feels like he’s an outsider.
Adapted by James Vanderbilt, with rewrites by Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves, Amazing Spider-Man co-stars Campbell Scott and Julianne Nicholson as Richard and Mary Parker, Irrfan Khan as Van Atter, Denis Leary as Capt. George Stacy, C. Thomas Howell as Ray, Chris Zylka as Flash Thompson, Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben and Sally Field as Aunt May.