The summer of 2014 was jammed with massively successful super hero movies, kicking off with Marvel’s hugely successful ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, followed by Fox’s long-awaited ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, which many hailed as the best X-Film yet. Of course, the kicker was another Marvel film, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ which wound up as the highest-grossing film of the year so far.
But also in the mix was Sony’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′, which, while not a huge dud like ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For,’ was the lowest-grossing Spider-Man movie yet. The movie got weak reviews, poor word of mouth from those who did see it and as a result, it plummeted from the #1 spot and faded quickly from theaters.
Was it Jamie Foxx’s weird and unlikable portrayal of Electro? Was it too many villains crowding things? Is Andrew Garfield just not a good Spider-Man?
Well someone asked the leading man himself and he blames certain higher-ups who demanded too many edits.
Garfield expressed that he “absolutely loved” Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman‘s original script. But he revealed:
“Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of [the movie], and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies, because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.”
“When you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it … saying, ‘No, that doesn’t work,’ then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story.”
But the actor admits there could have been other factors.
“Is it that this is the fifth Spider-Man movie in however many years, and there’s a bit of fatigue? Is it that there was too much in there? Is it that it didn’t link? If it linked seamlessly, would that be too much? Were there tonal issues? What is it?”
Prior to the film’s release, Sony announced plans to build an entire cinematic universe around Spider-Man, with four more Spidey movies, plus spin-offs starring Venom, the Sinister Six and an unnamed female lead. Some wondered if the studio would rethink these plans, but so far, those other projects still seem active.
Do you think more emotional, personal scenes would have helped?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter