Marc Webb Talks THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Whether They’ll Recast Shailene Woodley, Easter Eggs, If He Will Direct AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3, and More

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Shortly before hitting the stage at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb.  He talked about promoting the film while not revealing the big secrets, why Mary Jane Watson was moved to the third film, whether they will recast Shailene Woodley, how they came up with the architecture for three Spider-Man films when they were planning the first one, his uncertainly about the story for The Amazing Spider-Man 4 except that “there’s a lot of ancillary characters that have a lot of cinematic potential that could exist in their own right,” and much more.  He went on to talk about Easter Eggs, the editing process, deleted scenes, what will be on the eventual Blu-ray, the challenges faced with getting Spider-Man, The Avengers, and Wolverine in the same movie, and when I asked if he has already signed on to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Webb  said:

“I’m incredibly excited about the possibility of a third movie.  I had a blast making this and working with Andrew and Emma has been one of the great delights of my career, and Sally and Jamie and Dane and Chris.  It’s really, really fun and it’d be hard to resist not doing it again.”

Hit the jump to watch the interview with a full time index.

amazing-spider-man-2-marc-webbMarc Webb Time Index:

  • :03 – Teasing fans and not spoiling the experience of learning the film’s secrets when watching the movie.
  • 1:05 – Mary Jane being moved to the third film.  Says he wanted to focus on the relationship between Peter and Gwen and didn’t want to distract from that.
  • 1:54 – Are they recasting Shailene Woodley for The Amazing Spider-Man 3?
  • 2:12 – They came up with the architecture for three Spider-Man films when they were planning the first one.  He’s not sure what they’ll be doing in the fourth film, but “there’s a lot of ancillary characters that have a lot of cinematic potential that could exist in their own right.”  Says if you pay attention to Spider-Man 2, you’ll notice some directions they might go in future films.
  • 3:16 – Easter Eggs.  Says there aren’t any in Peter’s bedroom this time around, but there are some in Oscorp.
  • 3:45 – They’re testing the waters in Spider-Man 2: “There are elements of the story that may raise eyebrows and that may be a fun thing to play with in the future.”
  • 4:00 – They edited while shooting, which is how he made the decision to move Mary Jane to the third film.
  • 4:33 – How long is the assembly cut?  Talks again about Mary Jane.  Says her character wasn’t a big deal, “just a simple script nod.”
  • 5:12 – Have there been any other scenes that they have completely cut out already?  Talks about allowing his actors to improvise some of the scenes.
  • 6:10 – He loves the idea of having the studios team up and getting Spider-Man, The Avengers, and Wolverine in the same movie.
  • 6:33 – What characters would he like to play with from other Marvel series?  Talks about the cohesion problem presented by the different universes that have been established in the other franchises.
  • 7:13 – On directing The Amazing Spider-Man 3: “I’m incredibly excited about the possibility of a third movie.  I had a blast making this and working with Andrew and Emma has been one of the great delights of my career, and Sally and Jamie and Dane and Chris.  It’s really, really fun and it’d be hard to resist not doing it again.”
  • 8:05 – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray.
  • 8:41 – Are there deleted scenes from the first film that haven’t been released yet?

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  • Merlin235

    I have to admit, doing this type of interview would be very hard for me because I’d be geeking out of my mind….. but I have a hard time listening to interviews like this where the journalist is making the interview more about him and his own ideas than the person who he is interviewing. Other than that, I really liked the questions he was asking.

  • evinrude

    I enjoyed Steve calling out Bad Robot and the STAR TREK 2 crew for lying to the audience about the story they were telling with that movie.Glad he vocalized the bad taste left in the mouths of fans by that whole deal.

  • GunzOfNavarone

    I wasn’t too bothered by JJ lying about Kaan. When he lied, I kind of dismissed the idea altogether so it came as a sort of surprise when the reveal did happen. I think the stories for some movies get way too much exposure before you’ve even made it to the cinema. So I don’t hold any grudge against him for telling a white lie.

  • Matt1

    The first one was awful. I’d rather watch Raimi’s Spiderman 3 again!
    Soooo… why bother continuing?
    WB realized a sequel to Superman Returns wouldn’t work so why can’t Sony realize nobody really liked Amazing Spiderman???

    • Nerdgasm

      Nobody is pretty bold. I hated Raimi’s take on the character. it’s like watching the cartoons. Spiderman is a dark character. his “jokes” in teh comics were rooted in darkness, crude and borderline evil taunting. They were tongue adn cheek jokes or swing your elbow tap your knee jokes. Spider-Man is mean… its not that he’s a kid or fast moving that other heroes hate him. it’s because he’s mean. so as the movie fell flat i liked this spiderman better than the others. So i am hoping the sequel puts spark into it.

    • Nerdgasm

      Nobody is pretty bold. I hated Raimi’s take on the character. it’s like watching the cartoons. Spiderman is a dark character. his “jokes” in teh comics were rooted in darkness, crude and borderline evil taunting. They were tongue adn cheek jokes or swing your elbow tap your knee jokes. Spider-Man is mean… its not that he’s a kid or fast moving that other heroes hate him. it’s because he’s mean. so as the movie fell flat i liked this spiderman better than the others. So i am hoping the sequel puts spark into it.

      • Crazy Artist

        I agree. They were MUCH closer with Amazing Spiderman, in fact it was close to perfect. I can’t see how people thought it was boring. Raimi’s Peter Parker was no where near the comic book. I think the reaction overall would be way more positive on the new version if Raimi’s didn’t exist in the first place.

      • http://moviefy.net/ Yahzee

        … Spider-Man… dark? really?

    • Tony

      Well, no. A lot of people, especially in the General Audience, liked TASM. The movie also earned around $750 million. Superman Returns was a bore fest, and TASM was much, much better. Please don’t compare them.

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