Too Many Villains in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'? Marc Webb Not Worried
We're still a couple months away from seeing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hit theaters, but while director Marc Webb was down at South by Southwest, he participated in a Q&A where the webslinging hero came up, and there's a couple interesting tidbits that fans will be interested in hearing. First of all, anyone who has seen the countless trailers knows that there's a lot of villains in this sequel, and that's something previous superhero franchises suffered from, including Sam Raimi's adaptation of the webcrawler in Spider-Man 3. But Webb isn't worried about overkill, and is confident they've done it right.
When asked about the potential of too many villains in the sequel, Webb told SXSW (via The Playlist):
“It's about writing. We're aware of those movies and the complaints people had. The main villain is Electro. Every other villain emerges around that. We were careful to make sure the stories entertained. You had to make sure to create obstacles that were difficult to overcome. We wanted to make the physical and emotional obstacles difficult. Rhino is in it for four minutes so it's a legitimate comparison, but when you see the movie, I'm confident.”
So it sounds like this really is more of a set-up for villains to come back in sequels, and not every villain will need to be dealt with definitively in this single sequel. And honestly, that's in the spirit of comic book movies anyway, where the villains always escape to wreak havoc another day. That's the one thing that's always difficult about comic book movies, because more often than not, a villain only gets one movie to create problems for the heroes. And the number of villains is just the beginning of Webb upping the ante this time. There's going to be much more spectacle and visual effects wizardry to behold. Webb says:
“In the first movie I was a little too reserved with the CGI, quite frankly, because I didn't want it to look too weird or awkward. There was a moment deep in the production process where a giant lizard smashes through a wall and I was like, ‘This is not grounded.’ And I made a decision that in the next movie I would embrace the spectacle and not be beholden to smallness. Not to reject the emotional stuff but I wanted it to be big and express and command that feeling you had as a kid reading the comics—that color and that bravado. I think in the second movie we've really maintained the grounded, emotional texture and combined it with spectacle."
We just hope that the action doesn't get too crazy, and the special effects still look good. There's been some brief snippets in the trailers where it looks more like a video game than a film. The film certainly seems to have a cool story to tell with this unique approach to the background of Peter Parker's, and that's where this franchise can stand out. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will set the tone for the sequels to come, so hopefully fans find something to love about it when it arrives on May 2nd early this summer.