More From Marc Webb On TASM 2; Says Fourth Film "Might Not Just Be A SPIDER-MAN Movie"

Further discussing why Mary Jane Watson (Shailene Woodley) was cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and her "very minor" role, director Marc Webb also discusses casting Paul Giamatti as The Rhino and suggests that the confirmed fourth installment will be much bigger than the franchise's usual.

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By Paul Romano - 7/24/2013


Speaking with Crave Online at San Diego Comic-Con, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb talks more about what to expect from the highly anticipated sequel and beyond. He reiterates prior comments about Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson being cut from the film to focus on Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy's relationship (as for whether or not she could pop up in a post credits scene, he says, "Not in this one. Well, maybe. I don't wanna give the plot away."), and he also discusses casting Paul Giamiatti as Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino, praising his enthusiasm for the role. He then comments on how the villain is featured in the sequel's storyline, and also dodges the question of whether his take on he's inspired more by the Ultimateor 616 version. Finally, Webb teases just how big the recently announced fourth installment (which is set for a May 4th, 2018 release, while the third movie will debut June 10th, 2016) will be by the time so many characters have been introduced in the first three films, saying that it might not just be a Spider-Man movie. Could we see other heroes fighting alongside the Web-Slinger by then? It has been widely speculated that the Sinister Six will battle Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man 4. What do you think?

On Why Mary Jane Watson Was Cut From The Amazing Spider-Man 2 And Just How Small Her Role Was:
"The character was just teased. It was a very minor inflection and I felt it was important to really focus on Peter and Gwen's storyline. It was hard because I love Shai. I think she's such a brilliant actor and such a lovely, wonderful warm person. That was hard and having her presence in a movie is great but I thought it was important to focus on Peter and Gwen. I'm excited to see Spectacular Now, though."


On Casting Paul Giamiatti As The Rhino:
"Listen, it's not the whole storyline. It's not deeply integrated into the plot. He's not distracting, I think he's really elemental and fun to play around with and incredibly justified but it also allows, I think, hardcore fans a chance to see what we do with him, with that character in a way that has enough nuance to feel real but doesn't distract from the film.

"I'll tell you what I like about both of them [616 and Ultimate versions of the character]. The real truth is, I saw Paul Giamatti on Conan O'Brien, talking about The Rhino and how much he loved it and I was like, I love Paul Giamatti and I think he's such a brilliant actor, so, I wanted to incorporate that enthusiasm that he had in the movie. As you might now, the introduction to that character is before the suit."


On What To Expect From A Fourth Movie And Introducing Multiple Characters In The Series:
"Well, I think this was conceived of as a trilogy so there was a defined architecture to the story we were telling and we had sort of a rough outline of what was going to happen. I think [for] the fourth movie, what we've discovered is there are so many ancillary characters, that have enormous, cinematic potential that there may be other ways to exploit those characters, in a way that is exciting and fun and worthwhile. It might not just be a Spider-Man movie.

"I think there's… You know, what was fun about the comics is that there's an entire sort of encyclopedia of characters and stories and histories and nuances and idiosyncrasies and off-shoots. I think that that is something that seems to be really successful and has a lot of potential so it's sort of, as yet, undefined, but intentionally so."


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper, Felicity Jones and Sally Field. The film is set to hit theaters May 2nd, 2014.


Source: Crave Online
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Transforminator - 7/24/2013, 12:08 PM
After the Avengers and Batman/Superman, a shattered dimension type crossover could just be the new kind of crossover GA will flock in to see.
TheSuperguy - 7/24/2013, 12:16 PM
@LEVI That would be awesome!

What I thought, when he said TASM4 wasn't totally a Spider-Man film, was that it had Venom in it and they were setting him up for a solo film.
JediPhilosopher - 7/24/2013, 12:17 PM
Spiderman. This is your conscience speaking. Go back to Marvel.
jlabatman - 7/24/2013, 12:21 PM
Spiderman, this is your future, Don't drop Gwen!
mcminnjb1990 - 7/24/2013, 12:27 PM
All I want to see is Kraven come to the big screen
spidey1994 - 7/24/2013, 12:29 PM
A Shattered Dimensions movie would be badass.
comiccow6 - 7/24/2013, 12:30 PM
LEVI Just make it a Venom movie. Spider-Man: Lethal Protector. I can see it now...
superotherside - 7/24/2013, 12:35 PM
Oh... just go back to Marvel please? Sigh...
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/24/2013, 12:36 PM
Huh? Kraven the last hunt?
Bread - 7/24/2013, 12:37 PM
Crossover with Tobey would be awesome. But I would love to see a symbiote-focused movie with Venom and Carnage.
Bread - 7/24/2013, 12:37 PM
An adaptation of Carnage USA would be [frick]ing great.
thewolfx - 7/24/2013, 12:38 PM
If venom isnt in these movies by the 3rd film i will burn this franchise to the ground with pure hate!
O5L1N - 7/24/2013, 12:39 PM
Maximum Carnage!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
superotherside - 7/24/2013, 12:40 PM
Levi DOFP is almost exactly like SMSD. Future heroes and past heroes team up with alternate versions of each other to save the future.

So by the time DOFP is out that won't be a new thing at all.

That said, I guess I wouldn't mind it. I love the original one so why not? But yeah, Sony would probably mess it up some how so I wouldn't both with it honestly. But if they must they must.

Now if we could just get a really great Spider-man movie... one where he can go though a whole film without revealing his ID to everyone... XD

;P
WawelDragon - 7/24/2013, 12:40 PM
Not just Spider-man? Thats simple how To make it: Black Cat, Silver Sabre, Venom (Flash) and Spidey Team-up...
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/24/2013, 12:40 PM
Or a carnage movie? Glad they're expanding
WYLEEJAY - 7/24/2013, 12:41 PM
Spider man, Black cat, Venom, Morbius team up! Vs Carnage!
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/24/2013, 12:41 PM
Spidey is too big for the MCU
ekrolo2 - 7/24/2013, 12:43 PM
@superotherside

Marvel sold partial rights to the character himself to Sony, hes never coming back to Marvel.
WYLEEJAY - 7/24/2013, 12:43 PM
And I thought Trav got banned again? Dudes got more lives than Michelle Pfeifers Cat Woman.
beane2099 - 7/24/2013, 12:52 PM
They could always do Spiderman 2099.
WawelDragon - 7/24/2013, 12:53 PM
WYLEEJAY -> Morbius is part of Blade franchise, and Blade already returned to Marvel...
airbeyonder18 - 7/24/2013, 12:53 PM
Spiderman 4: Team-Up Meeting the Fantastic Four..
superotherside - 7/24/2013, 12:56 PM
ekrolo2 Sad but it may be true. Let's hope not though!
ekrolo2 - 7/24/2013, 12:57 PM
@superotherside

Im not too heart broken over this, Marvel has been [frick]ing Spider-Man in the ass in animation and in the comics for a while now so yeah Spidey being at their mercy in the movie space is the last thing I want right now.
jlabatman - 7/24/2013, 12:59 PM
Have to agree, Bring on Kraven!
UltimaRex - 7/24/2013, 1:00 PM
...

OK look, All of you guys who want Spider-man back at Marvel?

Ignore this movie.

I don't just mean "don't watch it", I don't mean "boycott it", I mean ignore it.

Every time you even mention this movie good or bad is more interest generated. More interest means more box office. More box office means Sony (or whoever gets him if Sony does leave the movie biz ie: not Marvel) will NOT let go.

Yes Sony has a big marketing machine but if every member of the GA notices their CBM-loving friend/relative is not talking about this movie then that'll dampen things. Never forget that the reason these movies even exist is because there is an installed fanbase.

It'll hurt but if we take one for the team we'll see Spidey on the team.
ekrolo2 - 7/24/2013, 1:02 PM
@UltimaRex

Yeah keep telling yourself that buddy because it wont work. Marvel sold partial rights to the character himself to Sony, not just the movie rights like they did to Fox, Sony actually owns the ENTIRE property known as Spider-Man, hell Marvel needs to ask them for permission when they want to do anything with Spidey outside the comics (like making the new show).
Mrsinister - 7/24/2013, 1:02 PM
There's so many story lines they could do. You guys are crazy. The clone saga was amazing. The NEW scarlet spider is amazing. Vernon and carnage are great stories. Venom as a hero is a great story with many layers. Also I've always loved heaven the hunter and morbias is an awesome villain
Luis75 - 7/24/2013, 1:03 PM
Venom!
WeaponX93 - 7/24/2013, 1:05 PM
I bet they introduce Miles Morales at some point. Perhaps Spidey, Miles, Venom, and even Miguel in a WEB OF SHADOWS type situation. While not an Avemgers or X-Men universe, Spidey has a wide variety of people to team with. Along with the names above, there can be Prowler, Flash as Venom, Silver Sable, Black Cat, a reformed Harry Osbourne, etc?
wcwpoet - 7/24/2013, 1:06 PM
Look the only allies that I'd want to even see in a Spider-Man movie would be The Avengers seeing how you can't do that who are you going to team him up with? Silver Sable? Man please, even Daredevil isn't available.
CherryBomb - 7/24/2013, 1:07 PM

If he knows what's good for him he'll bring Shailene Woodley back in the 3rd movie.
She's a really talented, beautiful actress who actually looks like a teenager.
UltimaRex - 7/24/2013, 1:09 PM
@ekrolo2

Wait, does Sony have partial rights or ENTIRE rights?

If partial, then actually yes it could work as Sony only really cares about the return on investment.

If ENTIRE, then yeah the situ is boned. *sigh*
ekrolo2 - 7/24/2013, 1:11 PM
@UltimaRex

They cant own the entire rights because Marvel would lose Spider-Man completely, they do have partial rights though and thats enough for them as they make money from everything Spider-Man related (minus the comics I think). On the bright side Sony is far more cooperative with Marvel Studios and I think they would be far more likely to cross over.
HeadPool420 - 7/24/2013, 1:13 PM
Every time I see Foxx as Lectro I see Mr Freeze. Note I said Lectro not Electro. :P
StrangerX - 7/24/2013, 1:14 PM
I want to see a different look at the Spider man universe. I want Guys like Tombstone Vermin and Kraven.
WYLEEJAY - 7/24/2013, 1:14 PM
@Waweldragon. Um......he was introduced in Spider man comics. Hes had a lot of adventures with Spidey and Blade, just because he's a vampire doesn't mean he belongs to Blades rights agreement. He isn't even an actual vampire, psudo vampire.
UltimaRex - 7/24/2013, 1:15 PM
@ekrolo2

Bah. Forget I said anything then.
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/24/2013, 1:16 PM
Okay this is what I hate about savage fanboys. " don't watch this film, boycott it, ignore it! Or else the rights will never go back!!" God that is so stupid. Don't watch a movie just because you want anothe removed production company to make it is absolutely ridiculous. This is why I hate savage fanboys
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