Comic-Con: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Panel Recap; Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, and More Talk Electro, Gay Spider-Man, THE AVENGERS, and More

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We had to wait until Friday evening to see a major superhero panel in Hall H at Comic-Con, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicked things off with a bang. During the film’s panel, we were treated to an extended look at footage from the sequel along with a rather elaborate entrance from Spidey himself, Andrew Garfield. Along with Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, director Marc Webb, and producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad, Garfiield discussed facing off against Electro, the villain’s transformation, juggling the multiple characters in the ensemble, Garfield’s comments about a possibly bisexual Spider-Man, the prospect of joining The Avengers, and much more.

Hit the jump to read my full recap from the Comic-Con panel for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

the-amazing-spider-man-2-costume-posterSony began the panel by opening up the side screens in Hall H, just as Warner Bros. did last year, signaling The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as the first big, big movie here in Hall H.

Andrew Garfield made a memorable and heartfelt entrance last year, and Sony tried to do something similar this year by playing a video in which Spider-Man is trying to get into Hall H but is denied by the security guards. He does his crawly, web-slingy thing and makes it in, but there was a timing issue when the lights came up and Garfield was a tad late appearing on the stage in full costume.

Spidey (Garfield) took his palce on the panel with Marc Webb, producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn), and then they ran a video message from Emma Stone who is busy filming a movie with Woody Allen in France. In the middle of her message, the video started cutting out and we saw Jamie Foxx’s Electro cutting in, singing his own take on “Itsy Bitsy Spider” backed by some electricity cackling. Foxx then took the stage to the musical stylings of Kanye West’s “Power,” with Garfield/Spidey greeting him by saying, “I liked you in Django Unchained.” Not missing a beat, Foxx replied, “I like the way you die boy.” Continuing on with the Chris Farley Show-inspired bit, Garifeld—still in character as Spider-Man—brought up Any Given Sunday and he and Foxx broke into a spontaneous rendition of Foxx’s “My name is Willy, Willy Beaman” song from the Oliver Stone film. It’s obvious that the two have some great chemistry, and I’m eager to see their interplay in the film.

Getting to the actual panel, the moderator asked Garfield (still in character as Spider-Man) about playing Spider-Man:

  • the-amazing-spider-man-2-jamie-foxx“It all gets to be a little old hat after a while; you get kind of irritated by the banality of the swinging,” Spidey continued, saying that once he’s hanging from a tall building, he gets to thinking that he wishes they had Wi-Fi up there.

Choosing Electro as the villain:

  • “It’s extremely fun to play the villain, you don’t have to color inside the lines,” said Foxx. His three-year-old was having a Spider-Man birthday at the time that he got the call that Sony wanted him to be in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

  • Foxx said the character of Max Dillon is great as an actor because Dillon’s father left him as a kid and his mom was overprotective. They don’t show it in the movie, but Dillon was married previously and now he lives with his mom

  • “We wanted to take away three things from Max: love, his family, and then his work.” We see Max on his birthday and even his mom doesn’t remember his birthday.

  • Foxx wanted Electro to be “a serious individual that wants to burn the city down and burn Spider-Man along with it,” adding that there’s no hokey-ness to his performance.

  • amazing-spider-man-2-jamie-foxx-electroDid Foxx worry about getting into the comics costume? Foxx said you want to be true to everything, but you also want to be a pioneer in your vision for the character.

  • Foxx said that Dillon is hurt, and when Spider-Man saves him and calls him “his partner,” Dillon starts to kind of worship Spidey as a hero.

What was it like to be freed after having already told the origin story?

  • Webb wanted to build a universe that was a little more elaborate and that would build out over a few movies. Once he finished the origin story, he felt liberated and a sense of exhilaration.

  • At the beginning of the sequel, Spider-Man is having fun being Spider-Man. There’s a level of virtuosity in his abilities, but when he gets a little cocky they wanted to bring Electro in to teach him a lesson or two.

Then Webb revealed some footage, which was esentially an extended trailer with some unfinished effects. It opened up with Spidey chasing down Paul Giamatti’s Rhino through the streets of New York (before the villain’s character transformation), and in the midst of the chase Spidey ends up saving Max Dillon’s life—he picks Dillon up, makes him lick his hand, and fixes Dillon’s comb over in that charismatic Spidey way. It appears that Rhino will be a secondary character used to motivate Spidey and Electro’s meet-cute, though clearly Webb and Sony are opening the universe up to many possibilities further down the road. There was some humorous interplay between Garfield and Sally Field, an ominous shot of Emma Stone looking at a bridge (don’t go there, Gwen), and then the tease of Max Dillon’s transformation into Electro.

the-amazing-spider-man-2-dane-dehaanWhen plugging in a cable at what I assume is Oscorp, Dillon electrocutes himself and falls many stories into a tank full of eels, thus beginning his transformation into Electro. We also saw shots of DeHaan as Harry Osborn visiting his sickly father Norman in the Ravencroft Institute, played by Chris Cooper. The footage ended with an action sequence in Times Square, where Electro starts shooting lightning out of his hands while seemingly levitating. The final shot was Electro sending out a powerful electrical pulse that cuts off all the electricity in the area.

Foxx’s Electro looks pretty great in action, and the lighter side of Peter Parker that we glimpsed in the first film is still on display. However, the darkness in the film comes from the complication of Parker’s human relationships.

Garfield then took the stage as himself and the floor was opened up to audience questions:

  • Garfield earnestly talked about how great it feels to be back in Hall H, talking about having “the fondest memories” of being in this room last year.

  • amazing-spider-man-2-andrew-garfield-emma-stoneRegarding the Peter/Gwen relationship, Garifeld said that “intimacy issues abound as time passes,” and “it’s complicated as everything is in Peter’s life.”

  • Webb said there’s an “operatic theatricality” to the spectacle in the film, but at the base of it is strong intimate character relationships, which is where his talented ensemble comes in.

  • A fan asked how Garifeld tones down his swagger as Peter Parker, noting that Tobey Maguire’s performance was more nerdy. Garfield said the fan was mistaken: “Tobey Maguire was a sex machine in my eyes.”

Harry Osborn:

  • In this version of the story, Harry and Peter are childhood friends whose friendship was cut off when Harry was sent to boarding school due to family difficulties at a young age. When they graduate high school, Harry has to come home and reconcile his relationship with Peter.

  • “The appearance of Harry complicates Peter’s life in a significant way,” said Webb.

The comics influence:

  • amazing-spider-man-2-jamie-foxx-andrew-garfieldThey try to find precedent in what they’re doing by looking at the comics, and Webb said that he’s a big fan of the Ultimates.

  • Garfield was asked about which comics storyline he would like to tackle in the future, and he said “I’d like to be part of The Avengers….but I’m not allowed to say that.” Obviously the crowd erupted into thunderous applause, but the prospect of Sony ever sharing rights with Marvel/Disney is very, very, very slim.

Garfield on his previous comments about a bisexual Spider-Man:

  • Garifeld was asked by a fan about opening Parker up to the possibility of a gay interracial relationship. Garfield said Spider-Man stands for everybody, gay, straight, black, white, Asian, but “it wouldn’t make sense if in the third movie suddenly I was with a black guy; we haven’t really established that.” He said his comments were a philosophical question that’s worth asking, adding that Spider-Man is a hero and anyone could be under that costume.

Are there too many characters in the film?

  • amazing-spider-man-2-paul-giamatti-rhinoWebb said that Giamatti’s Rhino is used to establish a fun tone, but Electro is the main villain. Webb enjoys that Electro is godlike; how do you fight someone where if you touch him, it’s like touching a third rail?

  • Webb also confirmed that Electro can travel through electrical sockets.

Closing thoughts:

My favorite moments in The Amazing Spider-Man were the intimate character scenes, and I’m happy to say that there appears to be a strong focus on character in this sequel. Electro looks to be a formidable villain, but I’m even more excited about the prospect of seeing an antagonist that doesn’t have to be created entirely using CG. The inclusion of Norman Osborn, Harry Osborn, and Rhino complicate things greatly, but Webb emphasized that the main villain of the story—and thus the focus—is Electro. He’s an incredibly tough villain to defeat, and it sounds like his transformation from admirer to foe will impact Peter Parker greatly. Overall, I’m encouraged by the rough footage we saw and I’m eager to see a character-centric Spider-Man film with The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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  • Strong Enough

    Andrew just got jungle fever for a minute and wanted Michael B Jordan. its common with certain white people. no biggie

  • Strong Enough

    Andrew just got jungle fever for a minute and wanted Michael B Jordan. its common with certain white people. no biggie

  • Lex Walker

    “When plugging in a cable at what I assume is Oscorp, Dillon electrocutes himself and falls many stories into a tank full of eels, thus beginning his transformation into Electro.” I read this and initially assumed this was meant as a joke. But it’s not. Holy hell that’s one of the dumbest villain origins ever.

    • 97point6

      Versus the near Shakespearean origin story of being struck by lightning while working on power lines? (Amazing Spiderman #9, 1964)

      • Lex Walker

        Not saying that’s any better, but there’s an inherent sense of the absurd about doing some electrical work above a tank of eels. When writing that, you have to know the audience is thinking “Really? You think you’ll just change that lightbulb while standing precariously on a catwalk several stories over a tank of live eels.” Neither is Shakespeare, but one is just dumb.

      • Daniel Rivera

        like getting bit by radioactive spiders is so realistic……. its fiction.

      • Lex Walker

        Who said anything about realistic?

      • Nerdgasm

        Yeah I agree with everyone here other than Lex. Plus I don’t think there’s anything precarious or weird of him being SEVERAL stories above a tank of eels. You don’t know the context. He may not know it’s there. Plus the eels may have nothing to do with his transformation. it could just be Electricity mixed with water. The eels may just be a subtle nod about whats to come.

      • Christopher

        “Electricity mixed with water.”

        Wow.

      • Lex Walker

        Whatever the context is, it strains even superhero movie logic. Because either he’s falling through floors into a tank filled with eels (at which point it’s a miracle the tank doesn’t break) or he’s falling through air into a tank filled with eels (at which point he’d have to know it’s there, and thus we’re back where we started: doing electrical work above it is just a dumb idea). I’ll be happy if this whole plotpoint isn’t just incredibly silly, but I’m skeptical. Dr. Connors/The Lizard at least made sense in a kind of out there but believable context.

      • Pk

        Marc webbs movie is supposed to be a realistic take of spidey…

      • Lex Walker

        Then how is falling in a tank filled with electric eels more “realistic” than a lightning strike?

      • Dan

        Realistic (more logical than the first 3)

      • Lex Walker

        I’d say more logical than maybe 1 and a half of the first 3 considering the first one was just a defense contractor who went insane, and the second one was a scientist whose high-tech gizmo shorted out, (though it did happen while trying to make a sun on the surface of the planet which is a really bad idea). And then number 3 was just ridiculous. By contrast Amazing Spider-man has a giant lizard man who looks like the koopas from the Super Mario Bros. movie. Realistic is a dangerous word to play with when it comes to Spidey movies.

      • Nerdgasm

        Your missing the point I think here. He doesn’t do this to himself on purpose it is all an accident. You don’t know the context of what happens in the scene. You don’t have all the variables. Your rant makes no sense. Calm down and wait for the movie.

      • Lex Walker

        I didn’t miss any point, I never said it was on purpose (in fact that was never even brought up), and I even admitted to not knowing the context or the variables. If you can’t make “sense” of that “rant” then you’re the only one here who missed the point: it takes a lot of effort and suspension of disbelief to craft a plausible scenario where that summary can happen. It’s overcomplication to the point of stupidity. Make sense of it that time?

      • 97point6

        I understand your points, given the clean slate this movie represents, a bit more effort could have been made.

    • 97point6

      Versus the near Shakespearean origin story of being struck by lightning while working on power lines? (Amazing Spiderman #9, 1964)

  • Lex Walker

    “When plugging in a cable at what I assume is Oscorp, Dillon electrocutes himself and falls many stories into a tank full of eels, thus beginning his transformation into Electro.” I read this and initially assumed this was meant as a joke. But it’s not. Holy hell that’s one of the dumbest villain origins ever.

  • Rubbergutts

    Hopefully a trailer of some sorts soon. I loved The Amazing Spider-Man and as tough as it possibly is this one sounds even better, however I think it should be called Spectacular Spider-Man.

    • Nerdgasm

      I am sorry. These comments are dumb. If you are a comic fan then you know that Amazing, Spectacular, Ultimate and the new one…superior? Are not a transcendence of the same character. They are different arcs in differetn goddamn universes. So no. These aren’t nicknames like Batman and That Dark Knight. So anyone who thinks this are dumb and are not real fans of the character. It would be like naming the second Avengers movie The Ultimates or The New Avengers. Doesn’t work.

      • eternalozzie

        I need to put on my geek hat for a second … back in the 90s spectacular spiderman and amazing were the same character in the same universe so it’s not out of the realm of movie naming … whats with the name calling? are you 7 or just dumb and stupid? “a real fan?”

      • http://www.pcass.co.uk Andrew Shaw

        Comic fans would know that the titles – Amazing, Spectacular, Friendly Neighborhood, and Peter Parker – were historically all different series about the same character. They told different stories parallel to one another but they were the same character and the same continuity. Ultimate and Superior are the only ones not technically about Peter Parker. Nice try, though.

      • http://www.pcass.co.uk Andrew Shaw

        And don’t call people stupid when you can’t even use the word “transcendence” properly.

      • Nerdgasm

        Number one thank you mister English teacher…I used the word correctly read it again. Secondly yes they were all universe 616 storylines BUT Amazing Spider-man, Spectacular Spiderman and The Web Of Spiderman were series that ran at the same time ( Along with his team up title.) with stories considered canon to the TITLES ONLY being as they featured storylines that did not match up to each other and paid no attention to what the other titles were doing. They were other stories that clashed with each other and were never meant to be read together in any way shape or form. Which is why many fans believe there to be more than just one 616 universe making them different iterations of the same character like Ultimate and Spiderman: india as I believe Superior actually operates in 616 as a title swap for Amazing after his death in which Doc Oct took over his body. The Amazing Spiderman is the one mainly considered to be original and the others are just fun adventures if you got bored waiting for the next Amazing to come out but didn’t follow in toe or anywhere around Amazing. And to correct you further Ultimate and Superior are about Peter Parker. One is in the ultimate universe and one is Otto Octavias in Spidie’s body. I could be wrong but I believe that Spider-Man 2099 is the only iteration to not be called Peter Parker nor does he have any personality traits that pair with the Peter Parker we know. All others are named Peter Parker and act like the Parker we know even Spider-man Noir and Spider-man India. but thanks on all that. His name in Spider-man India isn’t directly Peter Parker but phonetically it is and he’s a nerd who gains special powers.

      • Doug_101

        It’s true that the three titles (Amazing, Spectacular, and Web) all told separate stories, but they crossed over a lot in the 80′s. “Kraven’s Last Hunt” was told across all three titles in two months. And since they were all considered canon, they referred back to each other. No, they weren’t crossing over every month so that you had to buy three books, but they all became part of Spider-Man’s history and, thus, were connected.

      • Christopher

        The only title adjective you used that is actually part of a different universe is Ultimate Spider-Man. Amazing Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man, Peter Parker: Spider-Man and a few others I’m probably forgetting were all part of the 616 universe, and featured frequent crossovers with one another; Spider-Hunt, Identity Crisis, The Gathering of Five, etc.

    • Nerdgasm

      I am sorry. These comments are dumb. If you are a comic fan then you know that Amazing, Spectacular, Ultimate and the new one…superior? Are not a transcendence of the same character. They are different arcs in differetn goddamn universes. So no. These aren’t nicknames like Batman and That Dark Knight. So anyone who thinks this are dumb and are not real fans of the character. It would be like naming the second Avengers movie The Ultimates or The New Avengers. Doesn’t work.

    • bahweepnahbahn

      I don’t think you even need to see the movie. You have about 100 news articles every other week to tell you everything since last year. Expect the same awesome armchair coverage with Amazing 3 in about a few months or if you’re lucky seconds!

  • Rubbergutts

    Hopefully a trailer of some sorts soon. I loved The Amazing Spider-Man and as tough as it possibly is this one sounds even better, however I think it should be called Spectacular Spider-Man.

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  • God’s Diamond

    that picture above with electro before his powers with spider-man in the background reminds me of the Riddler in Batman Forever

  • harrybonar

    We know whats been spoiled in Amazing Spider-Man 2 for several centuries, Someone start the Amazing 3 spoiler machine and put into overdrive. And go!

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