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Bendis was called into the office of Sony chair Amy Pascal, and asked – in front of a large group of producers – if Spider-Man’s webshooters should be organic (like in the Raimi films) or mechanical (like in the comic books). Being as how Brian Michael Bendis is a legit Spidey expert, he told them, “Mechanical.” What happens next makes us laugh, with sorrow.
I always find it fascinating when an actor admits that they haven’t seen a film that they worked on. Johnny Depp is one of those performers who notoriously claims to have never seen a film that he acts in (at least, from start to finish). What, then, is the point?
It would seem that there is a very bright future in store for the Spider-Man villain known as Kraven The Hunter. First gaphics from the end credits of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hint that the character will end up being one of the main villains that the web-slinger will have to face in the upcoming Sinister Six movie, and now director Marc Webb is strongly hinting at his desire to use the character in an upcoming movie.
We’re still celebrating the incredible accomplishment Webb achieved with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is part of the reason why Sony invited me and my 10-year-old son, P.J., to New York City for the domestic press day on the studio’s film.
While the countdown still sits at 43 days until the film arrives in theaters nationwide, earlier this week I had the pleasure of getting a very special early look at the new blockbuster. Along with a cadre of other film journalists, I was invited to enter the Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Los Angeles, and not only did I get to watch a little over of 30 minutes of footage, but also participate in a question and answer session with Marc Webb.
The hook of the story is essentially how to be a homemade spy. The mysterious collaborator on the book was a common man who essentially taught himself the tools of espionage, and eventually worked with authorities in the FBI to bring down an undercover Russian operative.
When you think about it, it's pretty rare for the same director to helm a full trilogy of modern superhero movies. Tim Burton only made two Batmans, Jon Favreau only made two Iron Mans, and Bryan Singer only made two X-Men. There are some exceptions to this of course, two being Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) and Christopher Nolan (Batman), but today we learn that list is about to become one name longer.
“Marc and I were talking about Spider-Man,” Zimmer said in the statement, “and as the word got out, so many of our friends and musicians started calling us up, wanting to be a part of it, because they love Spider-Man…With all of these hugely talented people wanting to join us, it was Marc who said, ‘Why not start a band?’"
Set in the film's editing room, the photo comes with the message "Andrew Garfield kindly showing editor Pietro Scalia how it's done," and has the lead actor of the film motioning to some monitors. It's a fun tiny look at the post-production process and it's cool that Garfield would want to come in to see what's happening with the movie, but the coolest thing about this image is what is on display in the background:
For now, Spider-Man fans are encouraged to keep an open mind. The footage shown in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con was incredible. Webb is laying a foundation for a strong story to tell, and if Spidey 3 takes shape the way I think it’s going to take shape, we’ll have a new take on the classic Green Goblin story to enjoy
Arad, Webb and Tolmach are the trio currently driving the current big screen interpretation of Spider-Man, and they came to San Diego Comic-Con with fresh footage and a wealth of information under their arms. Here are the five most interesting things I learned about the ongoing Spider-Man universe from Tolmach.
"I’m a fan of The Sinister Six. I’ll say that," Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb tells us. "I think if you pay attention to the second movie, you’ll see hints of what’s to come."
Our intrepid Spider-Man obsessive Sean O'Connell is wandering around San Diego buzzing like a hornet right now, having just interviewed The Amazing Spider-Man 2's director Marc Webb and producer Matt Tolmach. He got a ton of great information, and will be bringing it all to you this afternoon as Sony prepares to kick off their big Hall H panel for the movie, but for now we can tell you that Webb helped us clear up a major rumor that was circling online
Set up in Hall H this afternoon at Comic-Con is Entertainment Weekly's Visionaries panel, which celebrates some of Hollywood's current "uncompromising directors" who have been electrifying audiences with their work, and who have some highly anticipated projects coming up. For Marc Webb, it's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
As many have noted, the most notable change in the costume is the eyes on the mask. In The Amazing Spider-Man, Webb decided to go for a smaller design with a yellow tint - but that apparently went out the window for the new movie. Instead, the eyes take up almost half of the mask and are bright white - just like in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics that have inspired the rebooted series thus far.
Parker looks so troubled in the 3-second clip, slouching his shoulders and dropping his head into his hand as Webb’s cameras pan over the (safely harnessed) actor from above and on all sides. Could he still be lamenting the loss of Capt. Stacey (Denis Leary) from the original film? Or did Peter go back on his death-bed promise to keep Gwen safe … with disastrous results?
If we assume for a moment that Jones is playing Black Cat, what does that mean for Gadon's potential role. If I had to guess my money would be on Betty Brant, the secretary to J. Jonah Jameson at the Daily Bugle. If Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) ends up getting a job there in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 it would make plenty of sense to have an actress on board for the role, even if it is just a "brief" appearance.
Where does this leave Mary Jane, as a character? We thought she might surface in the background of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but now that sounds like the immediate sequel will be devoted to the Peter-Gwen storyline – a classic that deserves all the time it needs to develop.
Now, I’d want to say that this is carnage created by The Rhino, who will be played by Paul Giamatti in Webb’s sequel. But it also could be the work of Electro (Jamie Foxx) or any number of other villains whose names are surfacing with regard to Amazing 2.
Scripted by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 brings back Andrew Garfield as the titular hero and sees him going up a slew of new villains, including Electro (Jamie Foxx), Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Emma Stone, Sally Field, and Martin Sheen will return as their characters from the previous film, while other newcomers include Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn and Colm Feore, Felicity Jones and B.J. Novak in unrevealed roles.
The Tweet followed up an early picture that Webb posted in his abnormally active Twitter feed documenting Day 39 from the ongoing shoot, putting himself into an action sequence where he’s laying on … something. And he’s in the middle of a device that might be … well, we really don’t know.
If one were to picture how Novak could sprinkle laughs into the film, one probably wouldn’t picture him looking deviously professional with black-rimmed glasses and gelled-back hair. Webb’s accompanying message to this latest Twitter post certainly doesn’t change that outlook.
This looks like a warehouse scene, which has been green-screened to likely allow Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) to swing through the skies of New York City. That’s what “Dramamine” means, right? I’m trying to figure out what that cylinder-shaped device is in the monitor, because in the background, it only looks like gridwork to support equipment.
It’s clear that Oscorp, which was introduced in the initial film, will continue to be the driving force behind the threats facing Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man. Peter’s parents worked for Oscorp. So did Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), who morphs into the Lizard. And if the rumors of The Rhino come true, he’ll likely be a product of Oscorp experiments.
Thanks to his work on the Spider-Man trilogy Sam Raimi is only one of two filmmakers to actually direct all three movies in a superhero trilogy - the other being Christopher Nolan - and now Marc Webb is at the very least on his way to matching that feat. Columbia Pictures has announced today that Webb has officially signed on to direct the upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, and will have Andrew Garfield returning as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.