'Spider-Man' film series returns as 'Amazing Spider-Man': Is it too soon for a reboot?(Read article summary)
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone reprise the iconic roles of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson that Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst first played in 2002.
Today, we have some thoughts from the rebootâs aptly-named director, Marc Webb, concerning a (touchy?) issue for fans of the webslinger: how Peter Parker will be wielding his own, home-made artificial web-shooters in the reboot. There are also new high-resolution versions of official images from Amazing Spider-Man available, which offer a clearer look at Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as the new incarnations of Peter and his gal pal, Gwen Stacy, respectively.
Sam Raimiâs Spider-Man trilogy deviated from its comic book source material in many respects, including Peterâs newfound ability to create and shoot webbing, as a result of his mutation. With Amazing Spider-Man, however, Webb ultimately decided to drop that particular idea.
In an interview with Hero Complex, Webb offered the following insight on the matter:
âI had a meeting with Stan Lee and we talked about the web-shooters. I was curious about the incarnation of them [because] of course in the previous films [they went away from them] and we wanted to reestablish ourselves. That was one thing but the other thing was the fact that the web-shooters were able to dramatize Peterâs intellect and I thought that was really cool. âŚ It was in the comics and we have a different design but itâs a cool element to have. Itâs not something we over-use or over-exploit. To me, itâs something I remember from when I was a kid and thinking âIt would be cool if I could build those.ââ
That decision on Webbâs part seems all the more fitting, given the more realistic tone that he is aiming for with Amazing Spider-Man. It also wonât allow for those jokes about Peterâs ability to âperformâ (re: shoot web) that worked okay in Raimiâs more cartoony spider-universe â but would feel out of place in a âgrittyâ Spider-Man movie.
The suit devised by Tobey Maguireâs Peter Parker in Raimiâs Spider-Man trilogy was by and large loyal to the look and design of the heroâs outfit in the comic book continuity. It was also (intentionally?) stylized in such a manner that it almost looked computer-generated at times, which allowed for scenes of Maguire (and his stunt double) in costume to often mesh together well with the CGI version of the character. Webb and his production team went a similar route with Garfieldâs red-and-blue duds, but still deviated noticeably from the look of Maguireâs outfit.
For more, read Webbâs comments on the matter below.
âWe paid attention to the question of âHow would a kid make it?â And obviously we took some license with it. We also wanted a design that would make the body longer and more lithe, more of an acrobat, someone incredibly agile, and the legs of the spider [symbol on the chest] were something we used to emphasize that. We made a bunch of different suits for different lighting conditions. I wanted something that worked in the night a little better. We paid attention to that and also made the webbing [on the costume] a little bit darker. With the costume and the web-shooters we wanted to emphasize that these are things that Peter Parker made and that he is special himself even if he feels like heâs an outsider.â
To get a taste of what Webb means, check out this photo gallery of previously-released Amazing Spider-Man images â now, in hi-res and without the Entertainment Weekly watermark â which offers another look at Garfield in costume, among other things:
See the photos HERE.
As was discussed in the Amazing Spider-Man trailer breakdown, Webbâs film really seems like it will either (pardon the pun) fly high or fall flat on its face. Going off early footage, the 3D elements and cinematography looks promising, as does the cast as a whole. Whether the movie will really feel like a more nuanced and complicated examination of the Peter Parker origin story â or come off as a poor manâs Batman Begins â is something weâll just have to wait and find out.
Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant
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