As Sony continues to pummel the public with new trailers, images, posters, promo clips, etc. for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, many fans have started to express concerns over the amount of villains in the film. We were initially led to believe that Electro (Jamie Foxx) was the primary baddie in the Spidey sequel, but as more materials have been released, additional big Spider-Man villains have been revealed to have a presence in the follow-up. Director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 suffered from antagonist bloat, so it’s understandable that fans are worried Amazing Spider-Man 2 might have the same problem.
While speaking at SXSW in Austin this weekend, director Marc Webb addressed concerns that there are too many villains in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and explained why this isn’t the case. In the process, he revealed that Rhino only appears in the film for a few minutes, discussed what he’s improving upon for the sequel, and talked about his initial reluctance to direct the first film. Read on after the jump.
While speaking at SXSW (via The Playlist), Webb talked about why The Amazing Spider-Man 2 won’t suffer the same fate as Raimi’s third Spidey film:
“It’s about writing. We’re aware of those movies and the complaints people had. The main villain is Electro. Every other villain emerges around that. We were careful to make sure the stories entertained. You had to make sure to create obstacles that were difficult to overcome. We wanted to make the physical and emotional obstacles difficult. Rhino is in it for four minutes so it’s a legitimate comparison, but when you see the movie, I’m confident.”
So far, the confirmed villains for Spidey 2 are Electro, Rhino (Paul Giamtti) and Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), with the possibility of a few more popping up in a surprise capacity. But from Webb’s comments, it sounds like maybe the idea was to simply flesh out the Spider-Man world further by introducing villains that will have larger roles in future films. With The Sinister Six and Venom films in the works at Sony, that’s not too hard to believe.
“In the first movie I was a little too reserved with the CGI, quite frankly, because I didn’t want it to look too weird or awkward. There was a moment deep in the production process where a giant lizard smashes through a wall and I was like, ‘This is not grounded.’ And I made a decision that in the next movie I would embrace the spectacle and not be beholden to smallness. Not to reject the emotional stuff but I wanted it to be big and express and command that feeling you had as a kid reading the comics—that color and that bravado. I think in the second movie we’ve really maintained the grounded, emotional texture and combined it with spectacle.”
I personally didn’t feel a whole lot of CGI reservation in the first movie (the entire third act is basically an animated film), so I’m not too sure about increasing the amount of computer-generated effects in the sequel. That said, Webb did show considerable skill in the web-swinging sequences, so hopefully the CG is put to good use in the follow-up.
“It was the stupidest idea I had ever heard. [Sony chief] Amy Pascal brought it up to me and I thought it was crazy! But of course I was a Spider-Man fan, but more of Peter Parker. It was a tricky time. I had just finished 500 Days of Summer. I didn’t know what to do next. And those movies, which are really sacred to people, weren’t that old. They gave me a script I didn’t like. And Amy said, ‘You can’t turn down Spider-Man.’ And she was right. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. But to build that up, it was an adventure. Not only being a fan of Spider-Man is one thing but I was really curious about the process and work with people who were up-and-coming like Andrew Garfield but also Sally Field. The opportunities were extraordinary. I’d wake up every day and think about what I’d done right in a past life.”
Webb is already signed on to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3, so he’s not departing the franchise anytime soon. We’ll see how the series progresses when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters on May 2nd.