Marc Webb chats about The Amazing Spider-Man 2

News Glen Chapman 10 Mar 2014 - 06:50

Director Marc Webb addresses the criticism that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has too many villains in it.

There's potentially a minor spoiler for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in this story, if you don't happen to know who the villains in the movie are.

We're just over a month away from the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which sees Andrew Garfield reprising the role of the world's most famous webslinger. Inevitably, there's been quite a lot of chatter about the movie as its unveiling gets closer and closer. And there's been concern raised over just how many villains appear to be populating the movie.

After all, there's Jamie Foxx playing Electro, Paul Giamatti as Rhino, Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn (and alter ego), and further hints at Doctor Octopus and Vulture. How do you fit that lot in?

Well, whilst attending SXSW, director Marc Webb has been addressing these concerns. "We're obviously familiar with the complaints people had. We're very careful to make sure the stories intertwine", he told The Hollywood Reporter. "For Peter Parker, it's very important that you create obstacles that are difficult to overcome... I'm going to embrace the spectacle. I'm not going to be beholden to smallness. I want it to be fantastic, to be big, to command and express that feeling when you're a kid and reading the comics".

Webb added that Giamatti's The Rhino would only be appearing in the film for "four minutes". That would tie in with the suggestion that this is very much a film that sets up further chapters of the story, and the already-confirmed spin-off movies.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a release date of April 18th in the UK.

The Hollywood Reporter

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I've always thought a good way to use multiple villains in these type of films would be to have the opening five-ten minute scene be the hero defeating a villain not involved in the story. Sort of like how in the last two of Nolan's Batman films we saw what Joker and Bane were up to you could have, say, Spidey stopping a plot by Shocker to do something bad. Let's you get another villain in, please the fans with a villain they want in the film and doesn't crowd the story.

Yeah, I've had the same thought. The first five minutes of a superhero film should be like a Bond film, with the hero finishing off the last mission.

My concern isn't that there are too many villains in the movie.
My concern is that they're throwing in at least 4 villains with the set up for at least 2, when they couldn't even get ONE villain right in the first movie.
It's like trying to run a marathon when you've not even started walking yet.

Even in the comics,multiple villain storylines are seldom more than effective than one which concentrates on one or two villains. Give me Kraven's Last Hunt over anything with the Sinister Six in it.
They messed up with the Lizard with an actor like Rhys Ifans in the first movie, but seem confident enough to cram three or four villains and set up another two or three in this movie. I don't know whether to admire that or facepalm myself bloody.
The proof will be in the seeing, but I'm convinced that this movie will be just like the first; an enjoyable enough movie with a much better one struggling to come out of it.

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