Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield Discuss ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently making a bid for big box office dollars around the world – but it’s hard to watch the receipts being tallied with bated breath, exactly; we already know that an entire Spider-Man movie universe is on the way, regardless of whether or not this particular installment turns a huge profit. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is coming in 2016; after that, the villains of the Spider-Man universe will get the spotlight in two films, Venom and The Sinister Six.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is being most often criticized for having too many deviations into universe-building, which distract from the main narrative (i.e., “Iron Man 2 syndrome”). That places a great deal of pressure on Amazing Spider-Man 3, which now has the job of finishing out the original trilogy of films, launching these new villain-centric properties, while still managing to tell a satisfying standalone story.

We caught up with Amazing Spider-Man franchise director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield during the Amazing Spider-Man 2 junket in NYC, to talk (briefly) about the future of the franchise:

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Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield on the set of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

Screen Rant: Marc, when we spoke to you early on, you told us the theme of this film was going to be time, which turned out to be incredibly accurate for both the story and the visual shorthand for the film.

Marc Webb: I thought you were going to say it was not accurate at all with that one.

SR: No, it was accurate both on the page and in the visual shorthand. What can you tell me about the next chapter? What is the theme of that?

MW: The next movie?

SR: Yes.

MW: I haven’t figured that out yet. For crying out loud, give me a break (laughter). We’re just finishing this movie.

SR: A theme is early, you can…

MW: Well, a theme—it’s true—you’ve got to crack the theme early. But I’ll tell you what. Themes, sometimes you work on a script and then other things emerge and then you readjust the theme and then you work on the script again. So I think it’s too premature to talk about that.

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SR: Andrew: what’s it like to come back to this role? I know some actors can have trouble just coming back to a role, period. What is it like to come back to such an iconic role? Do you feel when you came back you could now have more ownership of your choices in the role and less kind of filling this icon, can you talk about that?

Andrew Garfield: Yeah, I think it’s a pleasure for me. I want to have every chance to get it right as possible. And I never will get it right. That’s the beauty of the creative arts, you know? It’s that you’re always striving and yearning for more. Yearning for something more perfect, more deep, more full. And with a character like this, you get to—it’s a character I want to honor so much. He’s my favorite superhero and always has been since I was a three year-old, so I get to keep on chipping away at it and failing, you know what I mean? I get to keep on coming back and seeing what I can do.

SR: And for you, what would be the hook for the next step in the evolution of your character? Where is that?

AG: I don’t know. I don’t want to talk about how the film ends, I don’t want to talk about—I don’t want anyone who hasn’t seen it to have any preconceived notion of what happens, but there’s a big thing that Peter has to deal with and you have to give it fair credence. You have to really honor the truth of what it will take for a human being to keep going. Could there be a girl in some of this?…

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SR: A girl in spandex?

MW: Hmmmm… (Laughter)

[WARNING: Incoming SPOILERS for Amazing Spider-Man 2!!!!!]








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As we discussed on our Amazing Spider-Man 2 podcast episode, it is somewhat nerve-wracking to hear Marc Webb say that not even the theme of Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been figured out – much less the finer points of the story. Even Andrew Garfield’s claim that the next film should deal with the weight of Gwen Stacy’s death seems a bit off the mark; after all, didn’t this last film invest heavily in how the weight of Captain Stacy’s death affected Peter (and subsequently Gwen)? Didn’t we get that seasonal montage of Peter standing by Gwen’s grave at the end of this film? His dilemma about being Spider-Man? And weren’t those sorts of things present in the original Raimi trilogy as well? Do we really need MORE of that?

Marvel Studios is planning things until 2028, but it looks as though right now the Amazing Spider-Man franchise is taking it one step at a time – and so far those steps have arguably been wobbly. Can one character (Spider-Man) sustain an entire film universe? And does Sony need to start getting on more solid ground with the planning and execution of these films? Sound off in the comments!


READ: Amazing Spider-Man 2 Deleted Scenes


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now in theaters. Click the tag below for more of our interviews with the cast, and more insight into the deleted scenes from the film.

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  1. Whenever I come upon a comment page like this one, full right up to the brim with cheeto-and-twizzler-flavoured spunk of nerds, that line from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back springs to mind:

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    Probably nothing but a great thing, though at times simply chucklesome and irritating…

    • Hahaha!

  2. I really loved Amazing Spider-Man 2 even though a ton of others didn’t in the end of the say though a lot of people didn’t like the first one and I still liked that so yeah lol… I heard a rumor that Webb is very interested in Kraven in the third movie… well he certainly would be something different from a lot of the other villains we have seen in all of the Spider-Man movies when you think about it most of the Spidey villains we have seen in the movies have been scientists that become evil the only real exceptions are Venom and Sandman which I found very unentertaining, anyway back to the idea of Kraven so I love Kraven as a villain I think he is a really creative concept and he would be a lot of fun to watch on screen but I am very interested as to how he would work for the story what I mean is and correct me if I’m wrong Spider-Man is physically superior to Kraven under normal circumstances so speaking realistically he could easily clober him in the ultimates Kraven is more of a were-lion because he injected some kind of serum into his body making him that way… so I could see them using the ultimate version but I feel like we have already seen that happen in the previous films I would rather have it be closer to the original Stan Lee Ditko comics and involve Kraven using African potions from Calypso that enhance his physical abilities… there is also the idea as to how menacing can a crazy hunter be when Spidey has just defeated an electric powerhouse that is something else that worries me but I am up for seeing it… If they do go with Kraven who would you guys like to be cast in the role… My hope is Gerard Butler but he may very well be too old :( what about you guys?

    • I actually took the time to browse through some of those lists google spits out when you type in “muscular/jacked/bulky Hollywood actors”. And I don’t see any of those suggestions rival Butler’s charisma or physicality (they either lack at least one or both of these qualities).

      So, why shouldn’t Butler be considered for the part? He’d be 46 by TASM3, that’s not too old by Hollywood standards. I could see him bow out after that, though. But the more relevant question is how he’s brought into the narrative: would Harry contact him to track down Spidey (since he probably forgot about his secret identity due to some majors bumps on the head), or would Kraven possibily chase someone like Morbius to NY and just accidentally cross paths with the webslinger?

      • Ooooh I like those ideas man especially the one about Kraven Hunting Morbius that would be really cool. So who would you want as Kraven if he’s in the movie man?

        • Didn’t I say that already? Butler would be more than fine by me. And having proven his menacing physicality in 300 and, to a certain extent, Gamer, I’m rather sure that his casting would go over swimmingly with audiences.

          The only other actors who don’t seem too ridiculous or one-note (Vin Diesel, David Bautista) and could possibly ‘replace’ the ‘But’ would be Ryan Reynolds (he’d have to sport a Blade Trinity/Amityville Horror beard and bulk up massively; plus, he may or may not return as Green Lantern) or (even less likely) Jason Momoa (he wouldn’t have to change much about his bulk, but apart from his GoT stint and the few scenes I’ve seen him act on Stargate Atlantis I’m not sure whether he could pull off the range required for a complex character like Kraven).

          So, I’d stick with Butler as well.

  3. yes bring out dragonballz , thundercats, & voltron also it will be cool to see then come out for dvd