New Story Nuggets Regarding 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

Thursday, 19 January 2012 08:56 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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New Story Nuggets Regarding 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

As the reboot of a hugely successful franchise that saw its last installment reach theaters just five years ago, The Amazing Spider-Man faces a peculiar challenge.  The film has to set itself apart from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films in the public consciousness, but not too far apart.  This is compounded by the fact that the new film retells Spidey's familiar origin story.  At a Japanese press conference for The Amazing Spider-Man, stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, along with producer Avi Arad, spilled some beans as to how this film will be different, while of course remaining coy about the details.

With the wonders of modern technology, you can watch the entire press conference below, but that's only if you've got just under an hour to burn.  Thankfully, the good folks at Coming Soon collected the most salient quotations.

Like Spider-Man himself, most of the villains in his stable of comic book bad guys are victims of science gone horribly awry, and are often start out as decent guys who descend into nastiness.  Arad, who also produced all three Raimi Spider-Man movies, commented on the new villain, Dr. Curt Connors, played by Rhys Ifans, saying, "We introduce our villain, Dr. Connors and in the great tradition of Marvel, Dr. Connors is going to be connected to Peter Parker and, in our case even more interesting, to Gwen Stacy. Right there, the challenge of having to deal with a villain who is a mentor and the only one who you can look at and say, 'So what really happened to my dad?' That's a very hard person to fight."

You'll notice the bit about fatherhood.  Though he is deceased, Peter Parker's dad, played by Campbell Scott, plays a more significant role this time around.  Before he and Pete's mom, played by Embeth Davidtz, disappeared, Richard Parker was employed at Oscorp, where Connors works and Gwen Stacy is employed. 

Speaking of Gwen Stacy, the ill-fated love interest of Peter from Marvel mythology, she's the one and only love interest this time around.  Though the relationship between the web-slinger and red-headed Mary Jane was the crux of the previous trilogy, Emma Stone commented, "We haven't even met Mary Jane at this point."

Arad chimed in, "In our movie, [Peter] finds his true love. Gwen Stacy was always the true love of Peter Parker... We found a very, very good story about what makes a human being. About what sets their destiny."

The last three films made extensive use of some huge visual effects, and the big moment at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man's teaser trailer (included at the bottom of the page) gives the impression that director Marc Webb is taking a similar approach.  After presenting footage for the Japanese press, though, Andrew Garfield discussed the film's more grounded effects.

"As you can see, a lot of the stunts are practical and grounded in reality," he said. "That was something that Marc, the director, really wanted to make sure happened in this movie to set it apart from previous ones... I would exhaust myself every day and get into near-death experiences every hour on the hour... I collaborated with [the stunt team] not only on the big stunt set-pieces but also on what happens to Peter’s body when he gets bitten. What happens to his DNA and how that effects the way he moves and the way he interacts with objects. The idea that he has spider DNA running in his system. What that will do to his sense of space. What that will do to the sensitivity of his skin. To have an opportunity to play in that forum with creative and talented people was a real opportunity and gift."

With that, here's the press conference:

Unlike many 3D features, which are post-converted into the format, The Amazing Spider-Man was shot in 3D, and you'll want to pick up some Rogue 3D Eyewear to experience it fully when it arrives in theaters on July 3rd.

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