[Movies] Roberto Orci Talks About Oscorp’s Role in the Creation of the Villains in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.15.2014
Plus his thoughts on the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off films…
IGN recently spoke with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-writer Roberto Orci about the film. Below are some highlights.
Orci on if what is currently labeled as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be the fourth movie or focus on Venom or the Sinister Six: "There were three superheroes I loved when I was a kid: Superman, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man. I think it's such a popular character, and when I see my friend's kids, I remember why somehow, it sinks into kid's brains. So no, I think with Spider-Man 4, the intention is for it to be ‘Spider-Man.'"
Orci on how you deal with a villain-centric story involving the Sinister Six in their planned spin-off movie: "That's the discussion we're having right now; how exactly do you do that, and how do you do it without betraying the audience and making them all mean? Drew Goddard [Cabin Fever] is going to be writing that one, so it's kind of his problem. [Laughs] I'm kidding. We're all working on each other's stuff. So we want to be true to it, but there are some antiheroes in this day and age. There's been examples of that even on TV -- Vic Mackey on The Shield, one of the great antiheroes of all time. There are ways to milk that story. Audiences have seen everything. They've seen all the good guys who never do anything wrong. Is there a story in seeing the other side? That's the challenge, and that's the fun. I'm not sure how we're going to do that yet.
Orci on if the audience will be primed enough with Eddie Brock for a Venom spin-off movie, or if this Venom will be Flash Thompson instead: "I think they're ready to have things shaken up. I think we've all seen everything. You've seen everything. You can probably predict the ending of most things even better than a general audience, but a general audience is still pretty good at it. They can see it all coming. So we have to shake it up. You can't just keep telling the same stories every day."
Orci on Oscorp's role in the creation of the three villains in The Amazing Spider-Man 2: "Yeah. Oscorp plays an important part in how our villains get created, obviously, in the first one. So because Peter becoming Spider-Man came out of that, rather than saying, "And then this alien came from space," or whatever, they're doing human-hybrid, weird stuff at Oscorp. That's where Gwen Stacy works anyway as well. So the idea of it representing the good and the bad of science, that it can do great things, but it can also mess you up and do weird things and transform people -- as all science can be used for good or bad. So it's nice to have that organizing principal, but it wasn't like, "We must keep it at Oscorp." It flowed naturally from the story development."
On the challenge of maintaining focus on the central characters while introducing a lot of new characters: "The way we do it is to make sure that their presence is based on a character thing that necessary for the theme of the movie. You can't just throw somebody in there to show up and make it harder on Spider-Man. The stories that we have for these guys, they're tragic villains, you're going to find out, a little bit. It's not as simple as "Evil dude shows up." Jamie Foxx has some very touching scenes. As long as I can describe their stories and character terms, then I feel like it's okay. If you can't, then you know you're having them crash-land out of nowhere, and what's that about?"