Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts reveals the "great" advice he got from The Amazing Spider-Man director, Marc Webb. And to say that the Spider-Man character has had a crazy couple of years on the big screen as of late, would be an understatement. It was only three years ago, after all, that Sony released The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters, with big plans for the future of its expanded Spider-Man cinematic universe. But when that film was met with harsh critical reviews and disappointing box office receipts, Sony changed plans, entered into a partnership with Marvel Studios to reboot the character again, but this time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Cut to just a few years later, and Marvel Studios is about to release its first ever solo Spider-Man film with Sony Pictures in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Taking place shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the film follows Tom Holland's Peter Parker/Spider-Man as he continues to hone his abilities, and prove himself worthy of being an Avenger in the eyes of his mentor, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Based solely on the early reviews for Spider-Man: Homecoming, it looks like the latest attempt at bringing Spider-Man to the big screen again is one of the most successful yet.
Of course, Homecoming director Jon Watts is one of the biggest reasons why the film has been so well-received up until this point. And in a new interview with Den of Geek, Watts reveals that he actually did get some advice from The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb, who emailed him prior to Watts beginning production on Spider-Man: Homecoming:
“He emailed me, and he said ‘I’m not gonna tell you anything, I’m just gonna say: make sure you get to hang out with Stan Lee.’ I did. I did, and it was great. It was great advice.”
It's interesting to talk about The Amazing Spider-Man films now, knowing not only how they ultimately failed in becoming a major franchise in the film industry, but also the reasons for their demise in the end. In fact, it's generally agreed upon by fans that the filmmakers and actors involved in those two films (including Webb's work as director), weren't to blame for their divisive quality, as much as it was how they were handled behind-the-scenes by the studio and Sony executives.
Watts isn't the only one who's talked with some of his Spider-Man predecessors either, with Tom Holland having met both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire in the months since his debut as the character in Captain America: Civil War. And with a high, certified fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, the excitement surrounding Spider-Man: Homecoming is palpable, which is saying something considering it's technically the third Spider-Man film that's been made in the last five years.
Source: Den of Geek
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018