Things are coming together firmly now on Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, now that Marc Webb is locked to return in the director’s chair (where he will draw from a script co-penned by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci). Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are likewise returning to their roles as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Meanwhile, Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) is reported to be onboard as Pete’s other famous love interest, and Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx is putting the final touches on a deal that would see him portray the villainous Electro.

Stone has publicly divulged her interest in recreating Gwen’s comic book fate onscreen at some point in the rebooted Spider-Man storyline. Similarly, Garfield is looking forward to further exploring both Peter’s superhero psychology and orphan identity in the forthcoming Amazing Spider-Man installment(s).

As Garfield told E! Online:

“I feel really excited. I feel like we got over a hump with our first one. We had to reinstate the character [and] reinvigorate an audience to the character. And I hope to bring more of this theme—the theme of the orphan. I wanna keep exploring that theme of being fatherless, being motherless, searching for purpose and finding a purpose within himself, being a self-made man, I guess.”

The actor also humorously referenced the webslinger’s altered costume in Amazing Spider-Man 2, saying that “The suit is undergoing a redesign because I couldn’t urinate in it last time. So I’m less nervous ’cause that’s gonna be nice.”

Garfield’s performance in Amazing Spider-Man was (arguably) essential in keeping the proceedings engaging and resonant on an emotional level, even when the film began to devolve into an overly-formulaic superhero blockbuster during its second half (read our review, for a more thorough breakdown of that issue). Moreover, he did an excellent job capturing Pete’s orphan mentality, while also living up to the expectations of countless people who grew up (or are still growing up) adoring the character (which shouldn’t change with the sequel):

“It is a responsibility to play that role, and I don’t take it lightly. I think there’s so much to explore with that mythology and within the tension between living a double life, struggling with being good, struggling with choosing good behavior over bad behavior, with the pressures of a city on your shoulders.”

Meanwhile, during an appearance this week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Garfield confirmed that pre-production on Amazing Spider-Man 2 is fully underway and that principal photography will commence by next February. You can see a portion of that interview by watching the clip below:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters on May 2nd, 2014.

Source: E! Online