EXCLUSIVE: Video Interview With Marc Webb; The Director Of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Last month, I got the chance to sit down with Marc Webb to talk about the Green Goblin, whether he'll return for the sequel, deleted scenes, humour, the absence of J. Jonah Jameson and The Daily Bugle in The Amazing Spider-Man and much more. Check it out!

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By Josh Wilding - 7/2/2012

Back on June 18th, I was lucky enough to visit the Soho Hotel in London to talk to Marc Webb about directing The Amazing Spider-Man. Using a combination of my own questions and a few submitted by some of my followers on Twitter [@Josh_Wilding], I talked to the director about everything from the Green Goblin to deleted scenes and the absence of J. Jonah Jameson and The Daily Bugle in this film. Check out the interview below and be sure to click HERE to read my 4* review of the film. We're also still offering UK fans the chance to win a poster for the movie signed by Marc, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans and producer Matt Tolmach, so click HERE for details on that. Many thanks to Rachel Masuku for setting up the interview.



Norman Osborn is mentioned a few times in the movie. Should we expect to see him actually appear in the sequel?

I wanted to create a world that had nods and acknowledgments of the greater Spider-Man universe which we are all of course fans of. But I think you should expect to see a little bit more of Norman Osborn in future.


If you do bring the Green Goblin in, will it be the classic version in the costume or the Ultimate version?

Well, [Laughs] you're a little ahead of me! You know, I think we've got to finish with this one first.


So, are you going to be back for the sequel?

We'll see. I just want to finish this movie and then clear it out of my system and then make plans for the future.


As for deleted scenes, I noticed that there were a few scenes in the trailers and TV spots that didn't make it into the film, so do have any idea how much we should expect when it comes to the Blu-ray?

There'll be, I think, three or four deleted scenes probably. There was a scene that I really liked, there were a lot of scenes that I really liked, but I wanted the movie to have a certain pace so, you know, if it's not absolutely necessary, I didn't want to indulge myself too much. So, there'll be a few deleted scenes on the DVD.


What was it like for you to go from something like (500) Days of Summer, obviously a much smaller film, to working with motion capture and 3D?

Listen, I like technical stuff; I like tinkering, I like working with people who have a technical nature and that was a really fun and exciting part of it. But really, at the end of the day, the access point for me was the characters. And I think Peter Parker, as we all know, I think one of the reasons that we all like Spider-Man - I'm assuming you like Spider-Man?


Yeah, as long as I can remember...

Yeah, he's relatable! He's just this kid like any other kid and I wanted to build the movie on a foundation of simple human relationships and the small little intimate details that happen between people. And in the first part of the movie there's a lot of that. Particularly in the first half of the movie. That's really quite similar to the emotional texture of (500) Days of Summer. Obviously there's a lot more action and a little bit more craziness. We didn't have a Lizard in my last movie but that was what my access point was and what made it intuitive to do.


I saw a recent interview where you said Mark Bagley inspired a lot of the poses, because throughout the film there's obviously a lot of iconic looking poses, and I was wondering if there were any other artists you looked at?

Well, Ditko obviously. Romita. I just picked and chose from different comics, but the Bagley art is...there was something alive about that body type that I think was really interesting and I wanted to use as as inspiration.


Quite a lot of people will be curious because The Daily Bugle and J. Jonah Jameson weren't in this film, so again, is that something you would think down the road of bringing in?

I would think so. You know, J.K. Simmons played such an iconic version of that. So boisterous, it would be hard to replace that right off the bat. I think that we didn't have enough real estate in the story to get that. But he is a fascinating character and obviously crucial.


Humour played a big part in this film and was that another important aspect for to include?

Again, one of my favourite things from the comics was the wisecracks and the quips and I wanted to make sure that that came from an organic place. To me, the movie starts off with Peter Parker getting left behind by his parents and that creates a certain kind of character dynamic. He's got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. And I liked that. That's where the sarcasm comes from. He's a little bit distrustful of the universe and when he puts on the mask, he gets a little more courage to have that biting wit. So that was something that I thought was exciting and new and totally in the DNA of Spider-Man.


For our readers who are obviously looking forward to the film, what would you say to them if you had to sell the film to them?

I would say try to see it in IMAX 3D because that's the way it was designed. I think it has the best Stan Lee cameo in a Spider-Man movie, maybe any Marvel movie. I'm just saying! I hope they enjoy it. I mean, I'm really excited to get it out in the world after working on it for so long.


Well, good luck. I'm sure it's going to be a hit because it's absolutely fantastic.

Thank you man.


I really enjoyed it - it's the perfect Spider-Man film!

Oh good, that's awesome to hear! [Laughs]







The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.


STARRING:

Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors/The Lizard
Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben
Sally Fields as Aunt May
Denis Leary as George Stacy

RELEASE DATE: July 3rd, 2012.


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SpideyBat33 - 7/2/2012, 12:15 PM
Nice interview,loved the bit at the end
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/2/2012, 12:15 PM
Was that you josh?
saymekian - 7/2/2012, 12:17 PM
It really was the best Stan Lee cameo they have done yet.

The movie was really good, and Andrew Garfield blew Tobey out of the water.

But I don't know if it was too soon or what, but something wwas just missing. The magic and excitement of the first three weren't there.

Also, it had the worst post-credits scene EVER.
Jolt17 - 7/2/2012, 12:18 PM
Too bad he doesn't answer that which Green Goblin will he go with question...it will be very interesting. But, of course he won't. Anyhow, great stuff, Josh!
spidey1994 - 7/2/2012, 12:20 PM
Great interview Josh! :D
SpideyBat33 - 7/2/2012, 12:22 PM
Man i wanna see it,and saymekian you saying that andrew garfield is better than tobey gets me even more excited.But ill have to decide my opinion on Andy myself.
Jolt17 - 7/2/2012, 12:27 PM
Just if there weren't so much footage in the video, though - I've successfully avoided any of the clips, TV spots, etc., until today, so most of those footage are new to me! Oh, well; only a few hours until I see the movie myself. :D
MovieMaster - 7/2/2012, 12:28 PM
@Spidey31- No, it's me.










:P
MarkJulian - 7/2/2012, 12:31 PM
I second teabag 's comment. :P
rebellion - 7/2/2012, 12:31 PM
sucking up to him i see....
superotherside - 7/2/2012, 12:31 PM
Very interesting interview! Great interviewing Josh!
Johnem95 - 7/2/2012, 12:33 PM
Is that Josh? :O
PeterParker1991 - 7/2/2012, 12:38 PM
Can't wait. I'm so excited. Wish I could go to the midnight screening
Hawksblueyes - 7/2/2012, 12:41 PM
Fantastic interview Josh. Very good stuff.
6of13 - 7/2/2012, 1:08 PM
Nice interview Josh.
NateBest - 7/2/2012, 1:34 PM
Great job Josh!
JoshWilding - 7/2/2012, 2:12 PM
Thanks guys! :) And yes, that really is me.
mgeoff88 - 7/2/2012, 3:10 PM
Great interview Josh! I'm excited for this movie.

Marc Webb's take on Spider-Man is more like the character from the comics. I missed his quips in the Sam Raimi films.
Jollem - 7/2/2012, 3:37 PM
good stuff.

i would have asked, "how do you deal with the death threats from potential psychotics?" :)

and, "can you see to it that at LEAST all the deleted scenes make it on to dvd seeing as how most of the blu-ray features can usually go on dvd anyway?"
BIGBMH - 7/2/2012, 3:39 PM
Sooo glad to hear him mention Bagley! He's the artist that helped to make me into a comic book fan!

CoolantTech - 7/2/2012, 3:48 PM
good review, just know this movies gonna be awesome
Kazaam - 7/2/2012, 4:16 PM
Great interview. Josh kissed his ass at the end hahahah, but that's ok.
AmazingFantasy - 7/2/2012, 4:29 PM
Nice interview.
angus666 - 7/2/2012, 4:40 PM
Just read a review for this... 1.5 stars out of five. Needless to say my expectations have been lowered.
Gamma022 - 7/2/2012, 5:02 PM
There is a Bugle Newspaper in the film
thingrock4 - 7/2/2012, 6:06 PM
COOL DUDE!
valeriesghost - 7/2/2012, 7:29 PM
Great interview josh! And I don't think it's kissin ass if you mean it
scrappybuttons - 7/2/2012, 7:49 PM
I just wish this guy would nut up and commit to the franchise. This 'maybe I will, maybe I wont' return stuff is real annoying. Why not just stay? Consider its a guaranteed job with a sweet check for at least the better half of a decade, telling a super hero what to do! Not many of us can say that.
thewolfx - 7/2/2012, 8:54 PM
"I really enjoyed it - it's the perfect Spider-Man film!"


perfect my ass
Ironnick - 7/2/2012, 10:11 PM
Very cool interview, and we got to see what Josh looks like.
valeriesghost - 7/2/2012, 10:45 PM
I knew him when he was a wee CBM lass. Just JoshW back then *wipes tear from eye
BenRielly - 7/3/2012, 12:49 AM
Just came back from seeing it and it was by FAAAAAR EVERYTHING I COULD HAVE EVER WANTED IN A SPIDEY MOVIE THIS MOVIE IS AMAZING... I'm a life long spider man fan and i will say with out a single doubt Andrew is the Peter Parker we've all been waiting for. My only nit pick with the film was that i felt that they could have thrown in a couple extra day shots to even it all out a bit more however they found other ways to do that through the use of humor. They also could have humanized the villain a bit more...

Whoever hates on this film after seeing it is truly not a spider man fan and simply a Sam Raimi fan.

THIS ISNT THE REBOOT WE NEEDED, BUT IT'S THE ONE WE DESERVED

I give this movie 5 out of 5 Stars.
Jollem - 7/3/2012, 1:08 AM
@ValeriesGhost - "And I don't think it's kissin ass if you mean it"

i second that. what's the problem with a fan of comics and cbm's enjoying said entertainment? nothing, if i were to be asked.

@BenRielly - i just saw the movie myself. i'm pretty much in the same boat you are in.

my review, in a way that is far more juvenile than i'd like it to be(but somehow fits with the hating)is;

eat it, preemptive haters.

please mr. webb, direct the sequel(s)

GodzillaKart - 7/3/2012, 6:51 AM
Great interview! Already highly anticipated, I think this movie is going to exceed expectations
CloserPleasures - 7/3/2012, 7:40 AM
yea that stan lee cameo was funny. this movie could have been so much better andrew is perfect as spiderman and peter parker but this movie just didnt feel as big as it should have
CloserPleasures - 7/3/2012, 7:41 AM
its a good start thats it
WruceBane - 7/3/2012, 2:09 PM
I saw this last night, and it was phenomenal.
Was it perfect? No. But the things it got right outweighed whatever vague complaints I may have had.

I think people are sentimentally attached to raimi's films/tobey the same way a lot of people were to the Christopher Reeves Superman.

Garfield is Peter Parker, and the rest of the cast nailed their performances. Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben was an inspired bit of casting. Dennis Leary as Captain Stacy worked surprisingly well.

Can't wait for more from this franchise.
Aiiwolf - 7/3/2012, 7:21 PM
THANK YOU MARC WEBB, for putting a Smile on my face MIDNIGHT of July 03, 2012. I absolutely LOVE this film, I will buy the blu-ray when it comes out....I will buy your trilogy if you make a trilogy....Please come back for the sequel Webb.

Best Spiderman movie ever made (IMO)....Loved it so much!
Aiiwolf - 7/3/2012, 7:25 PM
@ thewolfx

You're so negative lol...It may not of been perfect, because no movie really is...But, I by far loved it alot more than Raimi's spiderman movies. I just dhelike how the negative reviews are butching about it being the same story, and a reboot. So much Biase reviews. It wasn't really the same story, except for the origins part, I dont recall the lizard as the villian in the first movie. Also, Garfield naild Peter parker/spiderman...and Tobey was just way to EMO, and Raimi ruined his origins when they made Spiderman 3.

4.5/5 stars in my books. :P
AmazingFantasy - 7/4/2012, 5:11 AM
5/5 for me.

I loved it. Garfield spot on as Peter/Spider-Man, the visuals, the acting all round and The Lizard was a killer bad guy. The cinematography was great and so was the 3d, along with some truly amazing fight scenes and actions/movements of Spidey we haven't seen in a Spider-Man film before.

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