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Marc Webb talks The Amazing Spider-Man and what to expect


Story by Jack Foley

MARC Webb has been talking about how The Amazing Spider-Man will both build on and break away from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.

The director spoke to US journalists following a presentation on Saturday (March 20, 2012) at WonderCon in Anaheim, during which he also discussed the movie’s main villain, The Lizard.

Asked how much the universe created by Raimi in the previous Tobey Maguire trilogy had helped to inform his version of the story, Webb said: “It’s a totally independent universe, and we make different assumptions about certain parts of the character without subverting the iconography of Spider-Man.”

He added: “There are certain obligations we have – like he wears a suit and he gets bitten by a spider – but the context surrounding that is new and different and set off by an event that happens years before. And it’s a new story in that sense.”

Webb believes that The Amazing Spider-Man‘s origins approach differs from that of Raimi’s in that it’s the story of a kid who grows up looking for his father and finds himself.

“That’s something we haven’t seen before, but everything emerges from that, and I wanted to define the movie according to those terms,” he said.

Webb also credited leading man Andrew Garfield with putting a different spin on Peter Parker, especially in his slightly more lippy attitude.

“Andrew is really funny and has this kind of lippy thing, but that comes from this sort of irreverent thing, which I think is also a symptom of the orphan story,” he said.

Commenting on The Lizard, played by Rhys Ifans, Webb said that he felt the character was open to interpretation given the different iterations that appear in the comics themselves.

But the important thing for the director was to allow “Rhys [Ifans]’ character and humanity to show through The Lizard itself”… “and that meant having a visage that you could see the nuance of Rhys and that performance quality in there”.

Hence, a lot of work has been done using performance capture.

Read the full interview here

The Amazing Spider-Man opens in UK cinemas on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

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