Marc Webb Talks New Story & Universe in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'
Coming only five years after the end of Sam Raimi's take on Spider-Man, audiences have been wondering just what kind of film we can expect with The Amazing Spider-Man, the franchise reboot from director Marc Webb. The teaser poster recently released touts "The Untold Story," and while that doesn't seem possible since the story of Spider-Man has been told countless times in comic books, TV series and films, Webb recently spoke with Empire (via Comic Book Movie) about how the story and universe offer a different feel for the wallcrawler so that this new film isn't simply a remake of the franchise from the last decade.
Here's what Webb had to say about how this new franchise compares to Raimi's work with Tobey Maguire:
"It's not a remake, we're not making Sam's movie again. It's a different universe and a different story with different characters. There are certain mythological obligations people have in any story, but it's so radically different in terms of tone and what Peter Parker experiences that I'm very comfortable with the movie occupying a different space. The movie starts off pretty small and gradually merges into something that's more fantastic and vibrant and filled with scope. I wanted to start from a place where it felt like, if you walked into the theatre, that it was the same universe you lived in. Which is difficult when you have a giant lizard running down the street…"
Speaking of the villain, even though he's the more fantastical part of the film, which on the whole seems like a more grounded approach to the story (or at least as grounded as a teenager with spider-like super power can be), there's still a very human part of him at the core. Webb talks about Rhys Ifans as The Lizard saying:
"He's the literal embodiment of the theme of the movie, which is we all have a missing piece. He has no arm. Peter has no parents, and he fills that void with Spider-Man. Curt is not as strong as Spider-Man on the inside, but he wants to get back his arm and fill that void, and essentially he becomes a big bully."
It's easy to see why Dr. Curt Connors has a quick bond with Peter, aside from their love for science, as they've each been missing an important part of their lives, thus making them a bit of an outcast in different ways. With Peter, this time we see less of the traditional geeky kind of outcast, and moreso just an awkward, skateboarding, anti-social teenager who's awkward around girls like Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). However, Webb wants to point out that it's not all up close and personal:
"People may assume because it's me doing Spider-Man, it's more intimate. And it is, but one of the reasons I wanted to do it was to fucking blow shit up, swing through the air and kick some ass."
Sounds good to me! If anything, it sounds like Webb is making the Spider-Man story more easy to relate to and a little less of a fantasy. It likely won't be as dark and gritty as Christopher Nolan's franchise, but it's not the bright, shiny, geewhiz kind of story that came through in Raimi's take on Spider-Man. Frankly, I can't wait to see what Webb does with The Amazing Spider-Man when it hits theaters on July 3rd, 2012.