THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Director Marc Webb Talks Sequels and His Original Villain Creation: The Mime; Plus, Two New Posters

     July 2, 2012


Director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man is primed for a big Fourth of July weekend opening, but that doesn’t stop him from thinking ahead.  In a recent interview, Webb talked about potential sequels for the superhero film, saying that he departed from canon just enough to allow successive iterations to “withstand…[and] anticipate future storylines.”  Who does Webb think would be a good villain for Spidey in the future?  Well, he does stress that Spider-Man already has an impressive rogues gallery, but also suggested an original villain of his own creation.  You can find out who that would be after the jump.

The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field and Denis Leary opens July 3rd.

Check out the new posters below and click on them to embiggen (via IMPAwards).  In an interview with Heat Vision, Webb suggested the following villain for an eventual sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man:

“I do think it would be tricky to totally invent a major villain, but if I did that it would be The Mime.  My big contribution would be a villain called The Mime. That’s a joke, by the way. A joke.”

the-amazing-spider-man-posterIn case you didn’t hear him, Webb is joking, so don’t get your Spidey-tighties in a bunch.  He went on to further comment on classic Spider-Man villains:

“I think you have to be pretty protective of the canon when it comes to villains.  And Spider-Man has a great rogue’s gallery, so there’s a lot to choose from.”

Whether Webb will be around to direct a sequel or not depends on a lot of variables, but he did seem content with the world he set up in the rebooted origin story:

“I wanted to create a universe that works in and of itself for one movie, but I wanted to create a universe that not only can withstand but anticipate future storylines.  Movies like this tend to have sequels, [although] ultimately the audience will tell us if they want one. But I kind of thought it was an interesting thing to anticipate those storylines and think about the back stories and how we can parlay those into an ongoing story.”

He concluded by comparing his work in preparing the film for future interpretations to that of serialized comic books:

“That’s something I love about the comics — the serialized nature of them.  And then certain storylines we’ll pick up and characters that we’ll expand upon, but it’s all part of the mythology that we spent a lot of time developing early on.  I think there’s obligations to canon that were fun to explore, but the future is bright,” he says. “I think there’s a lot of possibility there.”

While you ponder whether or not there needs to be a sequel (many are still arguing whether there needed to be a first movie), you can read up on Matt’s review of The Amazing Spider-Man here.



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  • Strong Enough

    After this trilogy they should do a spider-man with Kingpin as the central villain and have it as grounded in reality as possible. Make Peter older and tired from fighting crime with his life in complete shambles Have the kingpin involved in all 3 movies and save him for last so it comes full circle. :)

  • Night Gwen Stacy Died

    They better be setting up to a night gwen stacy died plot line, or this will be a complete waste of a sequel.

    • Scurvy

      Only if they can find a way to work in the Scarlet Spider

      Oh, and let’s not forget the low but consistent murmur calling for Maximum Carnage.

      • JVBeek

        F*ck the 90s and the clone saga

    • Narner

      Anybody that likes spiderman clones is a dumbass. That was the worst thing that ever happened in spiderman history and I think most people would just like to forget it. The Black suit was cool and venom was cool but it should have stopped there. No clones no carnage!

  • Pocketses

    Carnage would be an abysmal nightmare, he’s an awful character to begin with, just like Venom. I get Venom looks cool and all, but he’s really a weak villain. And Raimi botched that to hell and back, so I would not anticipate any sort of Symbiote storytelling in this new series.

    • Austin

      Did you see the movie yet? They’re clearly hinting towards a potential venom appearance. We’re all wondering what happened to Peter’s parents, and why it was all so secretive. (His dad was working on the venom suit)

    • Grayden

      Because Venom isn’t a villain. At all. He’s an anti-hero. He’s called the ‘Lethal Protector’ for a reason. He protects innocents, but hates Spider-Man because Brock hates Peter Parker. He could be a really good character if he was placed in the right capacity. Like ‘Maximum Carnage’ where Brock/Venom had a vested interest in seeing Carnage brought down, since he was born from Venom’s symbiote. Otherwise, yes, if he were used like he was in Raimi’s failure of Spider-man 3, he would be terrible.

  • SwampTing

    Oh, hey look, Marc Webb is talking about a mime… zzzzzzzzzzzzz…

  • Lance

    Spidey needs to go back to Marvel, so he can play in the same universe as the Avengers. ‘Nuff said.

  • oBI

    Seriously, did we need another origin story. The Amazing Spiderman is like Raimis Spiderman and they swapped the Green Goblin for the Lizard. Gimme a break.

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  • Collin V.

    Shocker should be the next villain…

  • Spock Jenkins

    Allow any of the hogwash ’90s villain/storyline suggestions.

    Spidey’s got an awesome classic Rogues’ Gallery, so let’s choose from that.

    Would love to see the showman Kraven the Hunter take on Spidey through the streets of New York.

    And f**k Venom btw, he’s a load of codswallop.

  • Sprinkles!

    Marc Webb looks like that dumb brother from My Name is Earl.

  • Typhoon

    There are plenty of villains to choose from the list. As long as Marc Webbs continue keep his Spidey grounded, wisely crack than ever. This TASM will be “Amazing Universe”