Marc Webb Talks With Rolling Stone On THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: 'I Want The Audience To Be *Thwipping* Thrilled'

The director talks with the legendary Rolling Stone magazine about the lessons learned with the first film, channeling his inner Bay, what to expect from Hans Zimmer and Magnificent Six score and much more after the jump!

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By JJJameson - 3/13/2014

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Recently, Marc Webb was the fourth and final keynote speaker for the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival. While in Texas, the filmmaker sit down with Logan Hill for a Rolling Stone's interview, revealing a vision for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (opening May 2) that is bigger, more spectacular, and less tethered to reality than its predecessor. Read excerpts of the interview below and make sure to click the link at the end of the article to read the full interview.

Addressing the first film's criticism:

The Amazing Spider-Man was so much bigger than anything you'd made before. What did you learn?

There was a lot of trial and error — I was learning a lot of things. The visual effects took a long time. I wasn't efficient, and I made a lot of mistakes, honestly.


What kind of mistakes do you think you made?

Philosophically, the grounded quality of things was important for the performances, but I think it limited some of the visual effects. I wasn't as confident in the process of animating Spider-Man. But there's this idea about mastery: You just want to get better at all the things you do.


A lot of filmmakers don't admit that they make mistakes.
I have enormous confidence in this film, so it's easier to talk about the process. For example, in the first movie, when we designed the Spider-Man suit, I wanted a suit that a kid could make out of materials he finds himself. That's why the goggles were made of sunglasses. But they were too small; I didn't quite understand how important those big iconic eyes were to people. This time, I threw away the idea that it had to be super-real. I thought, "It's got to invoke the iconography of Spider-Man that people love." And that was liberating, in a way.



About making the sequel more of a spectacle:

It's always cool at a press conference to say, "I'm going to be so grounded," but really, when you walk into the Spider-Man universe, you're walking into a dream world. There are monsters and creatures that come out from under the bed — and they are made of electricity and will kill you if they touch you. But it's also important to start from a real place. In the first movie, we got a lot of flack for retelling the origin story, and nobody really wanted me to do it. But I felt it was crucial because I wanted the audience to experience everything that Peter Parker experienced, so that their connection was fluid and deep. I thought the texture of his character was different than the Parker of Sam Raimi's movies, so I knew I had to redefine that.



About unleashing his "inner Bay":

Trailer movements correspond to spectacle, and the bigness of the story you're trying to tell. I don't think about it in terms of a trailer, but I want the audience to be fucking thrilled. I told my friends I want to "unleash my inner Bay."

As in your inner Michael Bay?
He's a brilliant visualist who does something very few people in the world can do. In this film, there is a spectacle to things I want to embrace. If that's used in service of creating drama for that character, and exploring a physical or emotional dilemma, then it feels great.



Regarding Hans Zimmer and the Magnificent Six scoring the soundtrack:

At the keynote, you revealed some of the soundtrack: Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Mike Einziger, and Johnny Marr all worked together on the theme for Electro, played by Jamie Foxx.
I really wanted to embrace the electronic nature of Electro. I told everyone I wanted to make Skrillex throw up his arms and retire because it would be so awesome. Then Hans plays me a Henry Purcell opera from the 17th century, an aria called "The Cold Song," about a spirit that's been summoned from the cold against its will and is begging to return. There's this stuttering kind of vibrato that the character is using, and Hans immediately gravitated towards the idea that he's being electrocuted. That shiver was the electronic pulse being sent through his veins. It started off as a nod to an opera, sped it up, and it ended up as a dubstep rave track that rattles the soul with a big sub-woofer.


Make sure to click here to read the full interview and make sure to sound off your thoughts in the comment session below, true believers.

Official International Trailer #2:



Official Websites: The Amazing Spider-Man | Enemies Unite | The Daily Bugle
Running Time: In post production
MPAA Rating: This Film Has Not Yet Been Rated
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Jamie Foxx, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, Dane DeHaan, Chris Cooper and Martin Sheen.
Directed by: Marc Webb
Written by: James Vanderbilt (story),Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Jeff Pinkner (screenplay)

Official Synopsis:
"We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp."


Source: Rolling Stone
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JoJo1982 - 3/13/2014, 6:29 PM
Marc Webb I'm proud of ya
JoJo1982 - 3/13/2014, 6:29 PM
Admitting when he must up and what he had to improve on
Sagealamode - 3/13/2014, 6:38 PM
Marvel studio fans will hate it.
sKeemAn - 3/13/2014, 6:41 PM
At least he's admitting his mistakes. Its a step in the right direction.
MrCBM56 - 3/13/2014, 6:59 PM
So awesome of him. I have no doubt TASM2 will be any thing other than amazing.

He's right about Bay too. The Chicago battle really set a new height of action and spectacle.
GizmoEl - 3/13/2014, 7:04 PM
This is actually a great interview.
Chloefornication - 3/13/2014, 7:07 PM
It sucks when someone pretends to be humble and admitting his mistakes and that is what he is doing.

From ALL the horrible things in TASM he decided to mention his big mistake: Spider-Man's eyes were too small.

Ooooh, how sad! That was definitely the major problem with that film. Anyway, good interview. He seems to have learned a lot. When you work with Spidey you need big action sequences. You need the spectacle. He's a fantastic acrobat. He is supposed to be in great action scenes. I'll trust you on this one, Webb. Don't disappoint me again.
RichardBoldly - 3/13/2014, 7:18 PM
I would apreciate Michael Bay much more, if he let me see what the [frick] is happening is his action scenes.

Still love The Rock and Pain & Gain. The rest is pure shit.

P.S.:I didn't see Armageddon yet.
RichardBoldly - 3/13/2014, 7:22 PM
Lots of stupid directors think that because the camera is shaking as hell, it means good action.
SuperiorMrGod - 3/13/2014, 7:50 PM
He forgot to mention the shitty writing.
SuperiorMrGod - 3/13/2014, 7:51 PM
Or the Lizard looking like he belonged in a live action Ben 10 cartoon.
MexicanSuperman - 3/13/2014, 8:08 PM
I love TASM and I can't wait for TASM 2. This interview has me even more pumped for the film.
faver - 3/13/2014, 8:46 PM
Good interview.
Luminus - 3/13/2014, 8:48 PM
"less tethered to reality than its predecessor"

^THIS. Someone finally gets it with these movies.
batmanvsuperman - 3/13/2014, 10:15 PM
The first movie was awesome loved it since day one the suit was amazing and different I liked it people need to get use to change how can we evolve if we don't except change
AC1 - 3/14/2014, 12:17 AM
I think what most people see as the "problems" with TASM1 is the lack of over the top action, and the fact that it focused more on Peter outside of the costume, but criticizing it for that is like criticizing Spider-Man: Blue for not having enough action when it's more focused on Peter reflecting on Gwen's life after her death. It's just that TASM1 wasn't about that (although there were some great action sequences, especially the High School fight). I really liked that he went smaller for the first one, not only giving a more intimate version of Peter's story, but allowing room to get bigger in a sequel, which he is evidently doing.

It's cool that he's acknowledging the lukewarm reaction TASM1 had from fans and admitting his 'mistakes' in that regard, but honestly, I can't actually think what those mistakes were... Sure, the film wasn't perfect, but no film is perfect, and I think it was a solid reboot. The only problems I can think of are little nitpicky things, like Peter being bitten on his neck instead of his hand, or the suggestion (but this still isn't clear) that Peter may have been more than just a normal kid even before the spider bite.
YoungThanos - 3/14/2014, 5:58 AM
"Marvel studio fans will hate it."

I was actually willing to give this film the benefit of the doubt but nothing about it says "Run and buy a ticket". None of the villians look good or even decent IMO.

It's a rental at best which is still more than I'd invest in that hack Singer's crap. At least it does kinda feel like Spider-man. "Wolverine and Friends" gives you anything but a X-men vibe.

YoungThanos - 3/14/2014, 6:06 AM
"It's funny how Michael Bay gets so much flack, but we've had directors like Christopher Nolan and Marc Webb giving him praise for his accomplishments in the visual realm of filmmaking."

@AnnoDomini
It's hard to make a case for Bay when he and a few of the previous cast where bashing the films themselves.

I personally had no problem with Bay until he started slapping random G1 names on crappy aluminum foil figures and calling them Transformers.


theowl - 3/14/2014, 7:58 AM
Goog goood... Let the butthurt flow trough you.
notmuchtotellreally - 3/14/2014, 8:24 AM
Amazing director
2204dt - 3/14/2014, 10:34 AM
TASM 2 = Fine Director, Amazing Cast, Stupid Producer, Disaster Marketing, Money-Eater Film Studio
MercwithMouth - 3/14/2014, 2:31 PM
Zauri, I'm proud of you! You wrote an article without plastering your opinions all over it!

Great interview, Webb knows what he's doing. TASM2 should be awesome.

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