The Tribeca Film Festival is now underway and the celebrities are coming out to catch the screenings, including Rescue Me star Denis Leary, who happens to also be playing the role of Captain George Stacy in Sony's reboot film The Amazing Spider-Man.
MTV managed to catch Leary on a red carpet and tried to press him for some hints about his role as Captain Stacy; Leary remained (contractually) tight-lipped, but in wording his evasive answer may have still dropped a big hint about the film's ending. Read on for details.
One of the first batches of Amazing Spider-Man set photos that hit the Web featured Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) at a funeral looking distraught. It was widely speculated that the scene was the funeral of Gwen's father, George Stacy (Leary) - an event that was a major storyline featured early on in the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book continuity, which we know is influencing Marc Webb's reboot. As our own Ben Moore wisely pointed out at the time, while it was highly likely that George Stacy was the body in the coffin, where and when his death would occur in the film was still largely a mystery - meaning the larger context and shape of The Amazing Spider-Man's plot was still a mystery.
Well, depending on how closely you scrutinize the exact wording of Denis Leary's response to MTV, the mystery regarding if and how Captain Stacy's death figures into the film may now be answered (keyword being "maybe"). To quote Leary, when asked directly if winding up in a coffin 'is his character's ultimate fate':
"I'm not allowed to say anything about the ending of 'Spider-Man' — or the ending of 'Rescue Me,' " he told us at the opening festivities for the Tribeca Film festival. "It's verboten! I can't tell you!"
Some people are going to read that and think nothing of it, but again, it really does depend on how you interpret the nuances of Leary's wording. Personally, I see two distinctly different ways of taking his statement:
- He was NOT specifically referencing the funeral scene, but rather the general ending of the film and the 'ultimate fate' of all the characters.
- He WAS referring specifically to the funeral scene, in which case he inadvertently confirmed that it does occur at the end of the film.
Take Leary's statement how you will, but I for one believe that despite his best efforts to avid doing so, he did let a bit of a spoiler go. We've already heard rumors that point to Captain Stacy and his police squad facing some dire straights at the hands The Lizard (Rhys Ifans); furthermore, ending this reboot film (the first in an assumed trilogy) with Gwen Stacy angry and hurt, and Peter Parker/Spidey (Andrew Garfield) feeling guilty and alienated, would pretty much follow the Spider-Man comic book mythos - specifically the mythos established in Ultimate Spider-Man.
Our own Rob Keyes can spin you an even bigger web: Could Captain Stacy's death, Curt Connor's experimentation, and the rumored recycling of James Vanderbilt's ideas for the now defunct Spider-Man 4 & 5 and an eventual Venom movie spin-off lead to the Ultimate Universe versions of Venom (maybe even Carnage?) being used for later installments of the Amazing Spider-man movie franchise? It's all wild speculation for now - but don't say later that we didn't suggest the possibility way back when... ;-)
The Amazing Spider-Man swings into 2D and 3D theaters on July 3, 2012.