Director Marc Web Discusses The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Wanting to Use Electro, More
Posted by Larry Csonka on 04.29.2014
Webb opens up about the film…
- Director Marc Webb recently spoke about The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Here are the highlights…
On Using Electro, Harry Osborne, More: I really wanted to do Electro, so he became the main adversary for Peter Parker and for Spider-Man. After a while, it's really about revealing different facets of Peter and Spider-Man's personality. For me, I want to push my characters to the extremes. I want to see them experiencing great joy, but also I like to see them crack open, because that's what it takes to move me. There's a purpose for each one of those characters, and they display something different. Like Rhino or Alexsei at the beginning of the movie, it's about embracing that humor, that funny bombastic character that you love from the comics. That Spider-Man that's like colorful and bright, and he's just great at fighting crime and he's having fun doing it, and he's so good at it. He's not just clubbing these guys, he's telling them jokes and he's asking them to stop, but he's being what Spider-Man was, which is a more clever superhero.
Then, Max Dillon actually, there's a different facet of Peter Parker that we learn about, which is he's an empath. The first time he meets Max Dillon, Max is like, "How do you know my name? I'm a nobody." Spider-Man stops for a second and says, "You're not nobody. You're a somebody. You're my eyes and ears." He recognizes a part of himself, and he's like, "You're an underdog like me. Like, I'm a nobody, you're a nobody…" That's the great power of Spider-Man is to enthuse and encourage and inspire people, and it's what in the first movie, when he talks to that kid: "Put on the mask. It's going to make you strong." He tries to make people the better versions of themselves and helps want them to find their own gifts and need to be a little bit broad about it. Even in Times Square, he does what nobody else is willing to do. Like he talks to him. He listens to him. There's that moment of him trying to empathize with that character. That's fundamentally Spider-Man, which is different than Iron Man, it's different than Thor. I think that humanity is a really misunderstood and overlooked part of that character. So that's Max Dillon and Electro, and then there's obviously physical challenges that character presents, which I think are fun to resolve.
Harry is his best friend, and Harry has access to Peter Parker in a way that none of the other guys do. He knows what makes him tick. The vulnerabilities of the heroes are what make them interesting. Superman has his Kryptonite and love is Spider-Man's Kryptonite. That's where he's most vulnerable. It's so relatable that that's I think one of the reasons why he's still lasted as long as he has. So each of those things have a different inflection. The wound that makes him aware and able to connect with people that is so important, that wound comes from his parents abandoning him, so we're dealing with that, too. So there's all these different inflections. For me, all those are such pivotal important parts of the movie that they require attention, and then there's the Aunt May part of it and the issues with Aunt May. If the family wasn't there, he probably could've ended up like Electro, you know?
On Using Oscorp: Well, the thing again is that all crazy sh*t in this universe comes from Oscorp, that obsidian blade on the New York skyline is a kind of Pandora's box. Even though that technology helped create Spider-Man, it's also unleashed a terrifying assortment of villains on New York City. It's true, there's a lot of baddies that come from that, but really, there's one super villain, and that's Oscorp.
On Planning Ahead: Well, I think I had an idea of what the arc, the general broad strokes of the universe, were. Harry and that character, the man in the hat, I mean, we left ourselves a little bit open to interpret that later, but the reality is his identity is the same as it was in the first movie, and it was because he's related to the Sinister Six. The broad strokes of the stories have really stayed really pretty consistent in all of those.
On The Film's Improved Visual Effects: It may have been! Yeah the people at SPI (Sony Pictures Imageworks) are doing our visual effects, and I've worked with them obviously and we've gone through the ringer a few times and learned what it took to push it to as close to real as you could possibly make it. I think I learned in the first one that I got to turn those sequences over earlier and we had more time to work with. That Times Square scene, for example, we started that sequence before we started shooting. We were photographing Times Square and building that in 3D before we even started shooting. That was an effort to make them as authentic as possible.