Marc Webb Talks AMAZING SPIDER-Man 2 And How He Won’t Direct The Fourth Installment
We’re a mere three days away from the release of the third and final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We’ve seen a surprising amount of footage for the Marc Webb directed sequel already, but we still have one more full-length trailer to go. We’re going to be hearing a lot more about Spidey’s latest adventure as we get closer and closer to the May 2nd release date. Webb has been out and about talking about the film while at the SXSW movie festival. He talked about the film, the new Harry Osborn, but more importantly he revealed that Spider-Man #3 would be his final go at directing the wall-crawler. Speaking with The Daily Beast, Webb was asked how Dane DeHaan’s portrayal of Harry Osborn would be different from James Franco’s portrayal in the Sam Raimi trilogy. The director says that the main differences will involve their intelligence and how the Peter/Harry relationship is presented. He said “I wanted him to be as smart as Peter Parker. James Franco is a very intelligent man, but his Harry Osborne was a little bit dopey. This Harry Osborne is incredibly sharp. Harry and Peter are bound by the loss of their fathers and their abandonment issues. In Raimi’s film, Harry is trying to protect Peter from getting bullied or whatever, and in this one, they’re more like brothers.” The director goes on to confirm that Harry will indeed be the Green Goblin, if there were any doubts at this point, by stating that there “will be some ‘creature of the night’ popping up.” One thing that fans have been wanting to see for a while now is Andrew Garfield rubbing elbows with the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, or Chris Hemmsworth in a Marvel Studios/Sony crossover. While all parties say it is indeed a remote possibility, though not likely to happen anytime in the near future, it seems everyone is remaining hopeful. When asked that question, Webb said “We’re building out a more complicated Spider-Man universe with characters that people haven’t seen in other Spider-Man movies—The Sinister Six, Venom, and more. We’d all love to overlap with other studios, but it’s beyond my pay grade.” What may be the most shocking section of the interview, the director revealed that he will end his run with the character with the third film. Sony has already set release dates for the third and fourth section of the new Spider-Man franchise, so many assumed Webb would be behind the camera the entire time. The director says he will stay on as a consultant and a member of the big Spider-Man think tank that is working on the Sinister Six and Venom movies, “I’d like to be involved as a consultant, and I’ve already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else.” He does say that the second movie will really ramp things up for his finale. He told the site “The first movie is terrestrial, but with this one I was like f**k it, I want to go for a ride.” So Webb will soon be calling it a day when it comes to directing Spider-Man. It will be interesting to see where the third film ends and how it will set up what will undoubtedly be an all-new film when a director comes in. There have been rumors that the fourth film will be largely devoted to setting up the spinoffs. We’ll just have to wait and see. What do you think about the director’s comments?
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