First thing, if you haven't yet seen 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' you should not be reading this article as it contains major spoilers for the ending of the film.
Okay, now that that business is out of the way ... director Marc Webb has been hinting for some time that the events in his film could eventually emulate what occurred in the pages of 'The Amazing Spider-Man' #121, which (last chance) depicts the death of Peter Parker's love interest, Gwen Stacy -- who is played by Emma Stone in the two most recent Spider-Man films.
Now that you've seen 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' we asked director Marc Webb about everything that went into the final shot of Gwen falling off the clock tower, including when it was decided to kill off Gwen (early); if there were any second thoughts; why the original scene had to be re-shot; and why 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' ended on an upbeat note, as opposed to leaving us with a dark ending.
Andrew Garfield has publicly intoned that he's not long for the 'Spider-Man' franchise once 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3' is done ("I know that I don't particularly want to be a 40-year-old Spider-Man..."). One of the popular theories is that the franchise will continue with a new Spider-Man, as Peter Parker hands over the reigns to fan favorite Miles Morales (who, in the comics, took over after the "Death of Spider-Man" storyline). It would be a neat way to keep the franchise coming, while also diversifying the superhero universe. Except, according to the 'Amazing Spider-Man' producers, it's never going to happen.
At this point, celebs should know that if they don't want to showcase their hidden talents on late-night TV, they shouldn't bring them up around eccentric hosts. While Garfield seemed a little hesitant to "let it go," as they say, given that this was to be his first time singing in public, he eventually gave in and gave a folksy, Brooklyn-hipster-bar rendition of the 'Spider-Man' theme song ... before racing around the 'Tonight Show' studio on a pocket bike.
Most of what I know about complex science comes from comic books, so forgive me if my understanding of quantum mechanics is a little off. But, I think it can mean that particles can exist in two states simultaneously. 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' a film loaded with such half-understood notions of difficult scientific concepts, is a quantum movie. It manages to be both awful and entertaining, frequently at the same exact time. The script is ludicrous, even by summer blockbuster standards. The characters behave irrationally and without motivation and the story makes lengthy, frequent pit stops into dull backstory. But, for every moment of tedium and confusion there is a tiny explosion of joy. Director Marc Webb just barely ties this collision of half-baked ideas together in a sticky Spidey bow.
I met Webb at his SoHo hotel room -- or, if not his room, the room Sony had him sitting in at that particular moment -- to talk about the future of Spider-Man, what exactly Shailene Woodley's role would have been in the final movie had she not been cut, and Webb offers some, let's say, coy hints at the possible return of J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson.
Saving the day, getting the girl, being a good guy -- it's all in a day's work for Peter Parker and his alter ego, Spider-Man. But as director Marc Webb notes in this new featurette for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' Peter's going to learn the hard way in the sequel that he can't have it all because "life doesn't work that way." Webb teases the famous storyline between Peter and girlfriend Gwen Stacy, as well as Spidey's greatest threat yet: the Sinister Six.
Despite the film's many villains, 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' director Marc Webb doesn't believe the movie will collapse under their weight, especially since he says Electro is the main antagonist, with Rhino and Green Goblin appearing in more minor capacities. Though, as the new 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' clip previews, these supporting baddies still offer some thrills.
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