Andrew Garfield, Marc Webb And Kym Barrett Talk THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Suit Design

Andrew Garfield, Marc Webb And Kym Barrett Talk THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Suit Design

Andrew Garfield, Marc Webb And Kym Barrett Talk THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Suit Design

Andrew Garfield, Marc Webb and costume designer Kym Barrett all talk about the creation of the suit worn by Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man, revealing the inspiration behind the mechanical web-shooters and much more.

"We were trying to create a suit that looked and felt as if Peter could make it himself, and it was important for the suit to enhance the lean physique of Spider-Man, and for him to have a rather spidery quality about him," reveals The Amazing Spider-Man's costume designer Kym Barrett. "I began with the idea that Peter Parker creates the spider costume in his computer. Marc wanted to present an electronic world, with evidence of technology everywhere, so our Spider-Man suit needed to become part of this world. We used Andrew Garfield’s physique to determine how and where the lines flowed across the body for the suit, so the lines had geometric form from any angle."

"We found that we could print shadows on the fabric of the suit, and that gives the suit real density and depth on the screen," Barrett says about how the production team looked for ways to incorporate a texture which would really take advantage of the fact that the movie was shot in 3D. The lenses for the mask were actually created by the same company that make sunglass lenses for the military and NASA. These were then coated to reduce reflection and feature a blue-tinted optical lens with a gold hexagon mirrored pattern printed on top. All this effort was not lost on the man who spent 20 minute a day struggling to get into the suit; Andrew Garfield. "The first time I saw the suit, I thought it was so cool, and Kym did an incredible job reimagining the suit while remaining true to what Steve Ditko originally drew. The first time I put on the suit, it was kind of surreal and joyous, because you see yourself embodying something that’s meant so much to you."

The creation of the mechanical web-shooters was equally as important to those who worked on the film, and director Marc Webb knew that it was vital to ground them in reality. "It fits in with our goal to make Peter’s world seem real," he says. "Peter Parker is very much a kid of today. He wouldn’t wait around for someone to invent web-shooters; he’d be on the internet, doing research and figuring out how to make them himself. He’s got a head for this stuff naturally – designing the web-shooters is just the next logical step for him." Barrett echoes these thoughts and explains that she was influenced by the wide leather watch bands which have plastic covers that snap over to protect the face. "We thought Peter would think these were perfect. Take out the watch and you have a great housing for the web-shooters. Snap the cover over it to hide it, and when you’re walking down the street, it just looks like you’re wearing a watch."

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.


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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