Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, the stars of the upcoming ‘Amazing Spider-Man’, were at a press conference in Tokyo yesterday. Also in attendance were the film’s producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach. The interview (which can be seen in the video below) is quite lengthy but, thanks to SuperHeroHype, we have the quotes that you’d be watching for anyway.
‘Amazing Spider-Man’ is yet another retelling of the Spider-Man origin story starring Garfield and Stone as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy respectively. Despite the origin tale, which has been done to death, the tagline on the teaser poster says that this is “The Untold Story”, so expect history to be rewritten a little bit to keep things exciting.
To that end (and this isn’t a surprise to comic book fans), there isn’t a Mary Jane Watson in this version of Spider-Man. Instead, ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ skews closer to the comic book by having Gwen Stacy be Peter Parker’s love interest. This fact was brought up when Avi Arad answered the question as to how this new movie will differ from the previous films from director Sam Raimi. Arad had this to say:
“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 biggest change to Spider-Man history comes in the form of the film’s villain, Dr. Curt Connors (aka the Lizard). In the comics, Connors was one of Peter’s professors who turns himself into a monster after an experiment to regrow his lost arm goes awry. The new film gives Connors a new mythology that ties the character to Peter, Gwen, and possibly even Peter’s Parents. When asked about Connors’ character (played by Rhys Ifans), Arad explained:
“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.”
Speaking of Gwen Stacy, interviewers asked Emma Stone if there would be any iconic kissing scene in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ that might be on the level of the now classic upside-down-in-the-rain kiss from Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’. Stone was coy in her answer and didn’t reveal much.
“You don’t want to know! You want to watch the movie and find out. Plus, it would be weird if we were like, ‘There’s something iconic coming up!’ You’ve got to decide if it’s iconic or not. But there is a nice first kiss and it’s different than the upside down one. And we liked it.”
It sounds like ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ might finally be the Spider-Man movie that I’ve been waiting for since… well… forever. Raimi’s films, while they had their moments, were far from perfect. Here’s hoping that, this time around, Hollywood gets it right and that ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ will herald a new golden age of movies for everyone’s favorite web-slinger.
‘Amazing Spider-Man’ is directed by Mark Webb, stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, and Dennis Leary. It comes to theaters in 2D, 3D, IMAX, and IMAX 3D on July 3, 2012.