Marc Webb Won't Direct THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 4

Sony has already set a release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in 2018, but Marc Webb intends to wrap up his tenure as director with the third instalment in 2016. The source? Webb himself! He also touches on expanding the Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, Dane DeHaan's Green Goblin, and more...

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By Josh Wilding - 3/15/2014

"I’d like to be involved as a consultant," Marc Webb told The Daily Beast when they asked him whether the deal he has in place to direct the third instalment of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise will be his last Spider-Man movie or if he'd return for the fourth. "I’ve already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else." That's a pretty definitive answer, and it leaves a lot of questions as to where the story will now go when 2018 rolls around if Webb intends to wrap it all up as part of a trilogy. Talk then turned to how the studio is currently going about expanding Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, and when he was quizzed on whether or not he wishes that the iconic Marvel superhero could assemble alongside The Avengers, Webb responded: "We’re building out a more complicated Spider-Man universe with characters that people haven’t seen in other Spider-Man movies—The Sinister Six, Venom, and more. We’d all love to overlap with other studios, but it’s beyond my pay grade."

Finally, after claiming that "it felt wrong" to introduce Mary Jane Watson as a potential love interest for Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Webb had this to say about Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn. "I wanted him to be as smart as Peter Parker. James Franco is a very intelligent man, but his Harry Osborn was a little bit dopey. This Harry Osborn is incredibly sharp. Harry and Peter are bound by the loss of their fathers and their abandonment issues. In Raimi’s film, Harry is trying to protect Peter from getting bullied or whatever, and in this one, they’re more like brothers." As for how Harry becomes the Green Goblin, the director would only say: "Yeah. There will be some "creature of the night" popping up." What do you guys make of these comments? Are you disappointed that Webb won't be returning to helm The Amazing Spider-Man 4? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts on this news in the usual place!
Source: The Daily Beast
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TheRationalNerd - 3/15/2014, 4:14 PM
I wonder who the villains in the Sinister 6 film will be?
BatManHeisenberg - 3/15/2014, 4:15 PM
Whaaat? Well, a million fan-casts, here we go!
DrDoom - 3/15/2014, 4:16 PM
Shit director

Shit franchise
McNyagano - 3/15/2014, 4:18 PM
Yeah he's right, let someone take over.:) He's a good director with a great future ahead of him. Hope he gets more jobs after TASM3.
npamusic - 3/15/2014, 4:19 PM
"his harry osborne was a little dopey"

ALegendaryPanda - 3/15/2014, 4:19 PM
I think 3 films is enough for Webb. I wonder who they'll get next though.
thewonderer - 3/15/2014, 4:20 PM
Wow, taking a jab at Raimi?

TASM was worse than Spider-Man 3. STFU Webb.
COREYxYEROC - 3/15/2014, 4:20 PM
he said the same with one. he will be bacck with the right price. they all do.
Marvel1997 - 3/15/2014, 4:22 PM
Wait I'm confused.... So is. TASM4 the Sinister Six? Or are they going to be two seperate movies? It's really confuses me what it is they are doing for this franchise over at Sony... Well at least they aren't as bad as FOX
McNyagano - 3/15/2014, 4:23 PM
"James Franco is a very intelligent man, but his Harry Osborn was a little bit dopey....In Raimi’s film, Harry is trying to protect Peter from getting bullied or whatever.

What? o_O Did he watch the Raimi's trilogy or he's just making that up?
Marvel1997 - 3/15/2014, 4:23 PM
@thewonderer- lmao
Deathlok - 3/15/2014, 4:24 PM
Webb has been really disappointing. I wish they had stayed away from the Ultimate versions of these characters. I'm tired of hearing about how grounded a comic book movie needs to be.
Spideyshawn - 3/15/2014, 4:24 PM
Webb is a great director as long as they keep him as a consultant I think 3 is fine lets him tell his vision. Hopefully Andrew Garfield stays for 4.
Marvel1997 - 3/15/2014, 4:24 PM
BTW has Tobey Maguire ever come out to share his thoughts on TASM? Has he even seen it?
VIRILEMAN - 3/15/2014, 4:24 PM
I love Webb. But three movies is enough. I love letting new blood come in and giving us a slightly different take on Spidey. We would have never gotten the version we have now if we kept Raimi. And Raimi's was nothing like the comics.
Cap1 - 3/15/2014, 4:24 PM
the second ones not even released yet never mind the 4th one!
Marvel1997 - 3/15/2014, 4:25 PM
Sam Raimi will come back ;)
VIRILEMAN - 3/15/2014, 4:25 PM
@Marvel

No but Stan Lee has, and he said he likes the new one more.
Tony93 - 3/15/2014, 4:25 PM
only good spidey film was Spiderman 2. and that seems a bit dated now
FOOM - 3/15/2014, 4:26 PM
@Dr Doom
@the wonderer

Completely agree. Webb has absolutely no understanding of Peter Parker or the entire Spider-Man franchise. Anyway, Twilight is so passe.
VIRILEMAN - 3/15/2014, 4:27 PM
@Marvel

Have you read what Raimi had in mind for Spider-Man 4? He was so close to completely wrecking the character on screen. I'm glad he left.

He was prepared to make Peter a dead beat father who was out fighting crime instead of staying at hom with his wife and son. The movie would have been utter crap.
SuperCat - 3/15/2014, 4:27 PM
Didn't care for TASM but I'm going to give this next one a chance. Not sure yet how I feel about him not directing the 4th one.
Kurne - 3/15/2014, 4:27 PM
Oh so sad... Anyway, lol with the creative consultant thing again :P
DrDoom - 3/15/2014, 4:27 PM
'Spider-Man Cinematic Universe'

There is no such thing
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 3/15/2014, 4:28 PM
How about not making a fourth and rebooting this right after the third
JJJameson - 3/15/2014, 4:28 PM
If The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is as good as it looks, I hope Sony persuades him, Marc Webb is a great character director and if he proves himself with an epic Spider-Man film, I hope he gets to tell more than one trilogy.

Good finding, this interview is awesome. Truly recommend to check out the full thing. Here are some excerpts:

Much of the success of your first Spider-Man film hinged on the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, who are now a real-life couple. How did you know they’d pop onscreen?

With Andrew and Emma, we screen tested them together, and it was obvious. There was a sense of vibe and chemistry. Emma’s great power, and I think why she’s so beloved, is because she’s accessible, and that comes from being very aware and present in a scene. Emma had this great experience with comedy, and Andrew had such emotional depth from drama, and they complemented each other perfectly. It’s just magic.


In Raimi’s second Spider-Man flick, the toll becomes too much and Peter Parker quits being Spidey. Where’s your Parker’s head at in The Amazing Spider-Man 2?

He knows he has to be Spider-Man and he’s contemplating the sacrifices Peter Parker has to make. His relationship with Gwen is the central engine of the film, but just from a dramaturgical standpoint, you’ve got to come up with villains and obstacles bigger than any he’s had to face, and he’s learning things about OsCorp that are more dangerous than anything he could’ve imagined. It’s just about throwing crazy shit in front of your hero and seeing how that changes him, and how he evolves.


And it looks like you’re throwing plenty of crazy shit at Spider-Man in this one. How did you land on Electro and Rhino as the villains?

Electro’s really the main villain in the movie. Rhino makes a brief appearance. With Electro, he has enormous cinematic potential—the way he looks is cool—and how do you stop that guy? I thought it was a worthy adversary for Peter Parker, and it was always something I was fascinated by in the comic books, about how you’d render that visually. But I thought there was enormous potential in exploring the character of Max Dillon before he becomes Electro, and enormous pathos. You feel for this guy who’s been pushed into the shadows and whom no one listens to. He’s humiliated and feels shame and emerges, through his transformation, in a darker and more destructive way. Feelings of shame and unworthiness are universal precursors to one of two things: an act of destruction and an act of heroism. Heroes and villains have so much in common. Peter caused the death of his uncle and has been abandoned by his parents, but he approaches that in a positive, more constructive way.


I imagine one of the toughest tasks was rendering Electro’s powers. The images I have in my head of people shooting bolts of energy are pretty cheesy from an effects standpoint—The Emperor in Jedi or even the ridiculous Opera Man in The Running Man.

Yeah, lightning bolts! We knew that was one of the tricky things. We did a lot of R&D, and came up with a cool, plasma-like energy field that shot out of his hands. It has a St. Elmo’s Fire-y, colorful texture to it and looks pretty great in 3-D. For Electro, we had to build 3-D models of that character and apply it to every single shot. There’s a nervous system—many, many layers of tissue, veins, and electrodes on his head which come to fruition in 3-D—as well as how he moves, shoots, and walks. We shot Jamie on set performing and merged those elements in.



You got Bridesmaids director Paul Feig to write some jokes for the first one. Did you employ anyone else to lend a helping hand in No. 2?

We did a comedy table and got a bunch of comedians to talk out joke suggestions, because Spider-Man is known for his quips. I’m not allowed to say who it was, but really wonderful comedians. We wanted that wit and humor to come across.


Dane DeHaan’s an impressive young talent. How does his Harry Osborne differentiate from Franco’s?

I wanted him to be as smart as Peter Parker. James Franco is a very intelligent man, but his Harry Osborne was a little bit dopey. This Harry Osborne is incredibly sharp. Harry and Peter are bound by the loss of their fathers and their abandonment issues. In Raimi’s film, Harry is trying to protect Peter from getting bullied or whatever, and in this one, they’re more like brothers.

And we’re going to see your Harry go all Green Goblin, right?

Yeah. There will be some "creature of the night" popping up.



Do you want to see more cross-pollination between Spidey and the other characters in the Marvel universe, like The Avengers?

We’re building out a more complicated Spider-Man universe with characters that people haven’t seen in other Spider-Man movies—The Sinister Six, Venom, and more. We’d all love to overlap with other studios, but it’s beyond my pay grade.


PLEASE Marvel and Sony, seal the deal!!
cwarrior - 3/15/2014, 4:28 PM

That's funny FOOM cause I don't you have a complete understanding of the character

Peter didnt mature until the 80's you were saying?
VIRILEMAN - 3/15/2014, 4:29 PM
@Foom

How does Webb not get the character? He understands the fact the character is driven by guilt and a sense of responsibilty. He understands that Spider-Man is a trickster and gets off by making fun of the criminals he catches. He understands he is an orphan that misses his parents and Uncle, but finds love with his aunt. He understands that Peter needs to know what happened to his parents.

Raimi didn't get any of that.
m0th3r - 3/15/2014, 4:31 PM
"creature of the night" Morbius?!??
MarcelJ - 3/15/2014, 4:32 PM
TASM > Raimi's entire trilogy.

Even Spiderman 2, a movie I loved as a teen, literally makes me cringe when I watch it in my adulthood. It was cool back then, but now doc ock is the only thing tolerable about the entire franchise.
theowl - 3/15/2014, 4:32 PM
I think it's not good for a director to stay in a franchise for more than 2-3 movies.. with creativity and all that. New ideas and all that;)

BUT with that said... He's been really great so far!!
cwarrior - 3/15/2014, 4:32 PM

Peter doesn't learn responsibility that fast even in the comics he's still learning lessons of responsibility
TheDarkLord - 3/15/2014, 4:32 PM
Wonder how this cinematic universe will play out???
MarcelJ - 3/15/2014, 4:32 PM
Oh and Jonah J. Best casting in any CBM ever....
Wildaniel - 3/15/2014, 4:33 PM
In what world do we live in, in which were talking about who will direct the 4th movie, when the 2nd one aint even out yet, lol. AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!!!
VIRILEMAN - 3/15/2014, 4:34 PM
I will give this new franchise the winners ribbon just for the simple fact it's giving us the real Gwen and the real, funny Spidey.

Also, WEB SHOOTERS!
marvel72 - 3/15/2014, 4:35 PM
wow i actually agree with thewonderer,i rate the amazing spider-man exactly the same as i rate spider-man 3,both had their moments good & bad.
VIRILEMAN - 3/15/2014, 4:36 PM
@Marcel

I agree. Although I still love his action scenes in Spidey 2 and 3. Webb clearly understands the character much better than Raimi ever did.
FOOM - 3/15/2014, 4:36 PM
@cwarrior

You remember me saying that? God,that was some time ago and I'm amazed you even remember it. You're right and I can see where you're coming from. Doesn't change view on Webb and TASM though but very well played.I'm impressed.
VIRILEMAN - 3/15/2014, 4:37 PM
Raimi's films relied on eye candy. Webb's films rely on character development.
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