SPIDER-MAN Graces The Cover Of SFX Magazine, Andrew Garfield Says Spidey Is Like An Internet Troll

The latest SFX Magazine has an all new, in-depth feature on the Spider-Man reboot starring Andrew Garfield. The Amazing Spider-Man producer Matt Tomach also discusses The Lizard's iconic lab coat.

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By Mark Julian - 4/2/2012
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Producer Matt Tolmach on The Lizard's lab coat or rather the lack of The Lizard's lab coat:

TOLMACH: “Choosing the villain is always a huge conversation,” shares Tolmach. “The cool thing about Spider-Man villains is that they’re not just villains – they usually play a bigger dramatic role. In this case Peter has a very powerful relationship with [Curt] Connors [the alter-ego of the Lizard]. There’s a connection between Connors and Peter’s past. There’s something there that you’ve never seen before, and there’s also a sense in which there are two paths you can go down – the path of the hero or the path of the weaker man.

“We made a real concerted effort to tell a different story. And this is a villain that serves the story we’re telling about, ‘Who am I? Where did I come from?’ There are thematic reasons why Curt Connors is the right villain for this movie. Sometimes a movie is made or broken by its villain, and a great villain is somebody who is as inextricably tied into the story as the lead. They are often the personification of the thing that the lead is trying to overcome. And that’s what this is.”

Purists may be irked that the movie sheds the Lizard’s iconic croc-in-a-lab-coat visual. “Look, this is the big screen interpretation of it,” argues Tolmach, keen to defuse any potential fanboy ire. “You have to think about it – on the one hand we’re making a decision to tell a story that lives very much in the real world. That was a big part of the conversation – to ground it in our world, a world where there’s gravity, where the laws of physics apply. There’s a tangible explanation for how things are done.

“And in that world there has to be a Lizard. So how do you do that? You have to make the Lizard something that could come from this world. And that’s where you depart – literally – from the pages of the comic book.”

Andrew Garfield compares Spider-Man to an internet troll:

GARFIELD: “You feel the power of it, the power of not being seen, the power of the mask. Peter becomes witty when he’s got that protective layer. It’s like he’s on a message board. He’s got the anonymity of the Internet within that suit, and he can say whatever the hell he likes, and he can get away with anything. He can f**k with people and there’s no consequences because nobody knows who the hell he is. We all know how powerful and potentially dangerous that anonymity is.”




The latest issue of SFX (#221) will go on sale Wednesday, April 4th.






Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: July 3, 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone, Sally Field and Martin Sheen.
Directed by: Marc Webb
Written by: James Vanderbilt (initial screenplay),Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves (revised draft)

Click here to read a rundown of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN spoilers for 2011.



The Amazing Spider-Man is an upcoming American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the comic book of the same name and starring Andrew Garfield as the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. It is the fourth Columbia Pictures film that portrays Spider-Man in film and is a reboot of the film series that stars the superhero. The cast includes Garfield as Peter Parker and his alter ego, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors. The film will portray Parker as his super powers are evolving in high school.

The film's development began simultaneously with Sony announcing the cancellation of Spider-Man 4. Opting for a reboot with the same production team rather than another sequel, the studio announced a July 2012 release date for what was now titled The Amazing Spider-Man. James Vanderbilt was hired to write the script while Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves helped fine-tune the script. Filming started in December 2010 in Los Angeles before moving to New York City with the help of RED Epic camera. The film entered post-production in April 2011.

Sony Entertainment has focused its marketing campaign with a promotional website with released images, 2 theatrical trailers, a prologue screening in certain cities and a video game tie-in being developed by Beenox among other products. The Amazing Spider-Man is scheduled to be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on July 3, 2012. A sequel of the film is being planned for release in 2014 with James Vanderbilt hired to again write the screenplay.





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Jolt17 - 4/2/2012, 6:09 AM
Very cool cover. And, although I'd still love to see the lab coat (I can image that version of Lizard covered in a lab coat; it should be great in it), well...that's pretty acceptable. Yeah.
MB007 - 4/2/2012, 6:11 AM
Dude, Sweet!! :-)
spidey1994 - 4/2/2012, 6:34 AM
Internet troll! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Love it!
drfate - 4/2/2012, 6:55 AM
These guys try to "ground" comic fantasy in reality and that's what ends up making the movie suck. That's the difference between Marvel's movies and Fox or Sony's comic movies. Marvel is not apologizing for the "fantastical", and when they do, they will begin to suck too. So, Marvel: don't make this mistake!

I can't wait to see the X Men take on the Shi'ar! THAT would be a great movie: a paraplegic f@cking a human-size chicken? A purple will powered mohawk man pounding a man made of steel? That's what comics are about!

Let's hope Spiderman retains the comic element; but from this guys comment it appears not.

A "real" lizard man would sleep 22 hours a day!
SheldonCooper - 4/2/2012, 7:06 AM
Garfield is THE shit! Such a cool, grounded guy, he gets it totally.
heisei24 - 4/2/2012, 7:11 AM
Dev7 - 4/2/2012, 7:38 AM
What da hell are you talkin about mothman?
6of13 - 4/2/2012, 7:43 AM
How can a man who mutates into a giant lizard man and be like anything that comes from this world.
Also I am still trying to see how Peter can stick to the ceiling in the train or a wall with those shoes? If you wanted to make it more realistic then Spidey should have just a thin layer between his feet and the wall etc.
Seriously, a man dressed like a vulture and flying around with a synthetic wing is more plausible than a guy who mutates into a lizard man and then presumably mutates back to human again.
Dev7 - 4/2/2012, 7:53 AM
If you look at the Riami series though most of the villains he used are grounded as well. Most of them were human villains with abilities (Goblin, Dr. Octopus, Sandman) except Venom who had a completely non-human look.
Sanderman - 4/2/2012, 8:00 AM
I still think they'll do a nod to the lab coat the first time he transforms into the lizard. I just see him ripping it off and that'll be the end of it
95 - 4/2/2012, 8:07 AM
He makes a great point!
breakUbatman - 4/2/2012, 8:21 AM
Dumb Dumb Dumb, "realistically" speaking shouldn't the transformation result in Hulk type torn clothes?

Anyways I'm looking forward to this though the shoes bug me
NextHero08 - 4/2/2012, 8:21 AM
My Spider-senses are tingling...The Avengers is gonna get owned by Spiderman and his terrible outfit. O_o
CaptainAmerica31 - 4/2/2012, 9:09 AM
Some ppl fail to notice when they say " realistically" they mean ground it as much as possible for a comic book movie. They are trying to bring the human side out of PP and Gwen, that is why spiderman is a vigilante and the cops hate his guts they ate trying to make the situation real as if HE was real. For a character like spiderman grounding him in reality is going to be hard B/C he can [frick]in stick to walls. So in conclusion I believe they are grounding him as much as possible and that requires only character changes.
OnLeatherWings - 4/2/2012, 9:32 AM
because a mutated lizard man is gona go out and buy a lab coat. hes gona look in the mirror and say, damn this lab coat looks bad ass on me....

"There’s a tangible explanation for how things are done." because an audience composed mostly of people who dont go on websites and bitch about cbm's is gona be watching this. we all know that this is the "the Lizard" im sure there are going to be a million other nods to the spidey universe. we've got all the right characters got the right look and feel so far. and it looks like this is shaping up to be a very good story not a fluff superhero flick.


why does the lizard have no lab coat. same reason thor has no helmet, cap's mask is off half the time, bane doesn't where a luchador mask.
OnLeatherWings - 4/2/2012, 9:46 AM
Also this pic is pretty freaking awesome. although we cant see those leg stripes which i havent really been a fan of.....
CaptainAmerica31 - 4/2/2012, 9:50 AM
@marvel87 nobody wants to see a giant green penis
CaptainAmerica31 - 4/2/2012, 11:04 AM
@loganxxx he is dark in ultimate spiderman? And Andrew Garfield said their not trying to make him batman
CaptainAmerica31 - 4/2/2012, 11:20 AM
Judging from these new clips it does look like they are blending between dark and classic Spidey so I would say this is taking some ques from ultimate spiderman.
SpiderFan35 - 4/2/2012, 11:31 AM
Garfield's comment completely misses the mark imo. The Spidey I love makes witty comments that are A) actually funny and amusing and B)are used to tease and infuriate villains.

But I never got the feeling that he was being a douchey a-hole because he is hiding behind a mask. I think this site is a good example of the difference between people that are genuinely witty and funny and poke fun in an amusing way and those that are mean and insulting and not funny because they are hiding behind a computer.

I think Peter Parker should be just as witty without his mask, he just doesn't get the chance to use it much. The mask may give him more confidence but it does not change his personality.
thewolfx - 4/2/2012, 11:42 AM
wow the reasoning for lizard not to have a labcoat is so [frick]in stupid it makes me want to vomit

a giant lizard is unrealistic with a labcoat and pants yet a naked lizard whos half human with no penis is the epitome of realism

GO [frick] YOURSELF TOLMACH

i do like the internet troll aspect of spidey though
LoneShadow99 - 4/2/2012, 1:07 PM
Lol! Spidey is a internet troll....I lol'd to that!
CaptainMaximum - 4/2/2012, 2:16 PM
can people find a word other than "witty"
CaptainAmerica31 - 4/2/2012, 4:29 PM
Okay he's not witty but at least he's doing something funny not being boring, adding some humor.

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