New THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Featurette Looks At Peter And Gwen’s Relationship; Plus Marc Webb Talks Costumes


sfxThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been quiet on the promo front the last few days, but it has swung back into action with the release of a brand new featurette looking at the love story between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). The new featurette has plenty of new footage as it plays up what it calls the greatest love story in comics, you know, other than Peter and Mary Jane Watson. The Daily Mail ends their article with the line “The clip ends with Gwen being swept into Peter’s arms, suggesting that the pair have once again overcome their conflicts and will continue their epic love story,” so nobody tells them what happens to Gwen in the comics. They’re wide-eyed optimists.

Speaking of wide-eyes, along with the new featurette comes a few words from director Marc Webb about Spider-Man‘s new suit. Fans have been very pleased with the redesign and the general consensus is that the suit is the most comic book accurate one we’ve seen on screen to date. Part of what makes it so close to the source material is the larger eye pieces. Webb told SFX Magazine that the redesign drew some inspirations for the The Ultimate Spider-Man and the only real thing that took some work were those eyes:

That is something that I wanted to fix. On the first movie my thought process was really about how a kid would make this costume. The eyes were smaller because those were the lenses he could find – we went out and tried to use material that a kid could find. It was all about trying to make something a little more real. This time around we really just embraced the version of the Spider-Man costume from the comics. We put the belt back on and the big eyes. I realised how important certain parts of the iconography are to the fans. There’s something in the subconscious that reacts really positively to those big eyes. It makes them feel friendly and there’s a primal connection that people feel to that, both as children and adults. We tried to honour the colour and the brightness and the specificity of that costume.
We liked the bigger eyes from the Ultimate Spidey. It’s interesting. Often the proportions of illustrations are quite different than they are in reality. You like the idea of certain things but the reality is… some of the eyes take up half of the surface area of the face. If you put it in a realistic environment it looks totally absurd and bizarre. Illustrators accentuate body parts and angles and it changes from frame to frame. We’re working in a world of live action.

So it seems like things are going well Spider-Man, too well. That Parker luck has to strike before long, doesn’t it? We know Electro (Jamie Foxx), Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), and Rhino (Paul Giamatti) are on their way, but something else has to hit Peter where he lives if it is truly going to impact him. What do you think about the latest goings on in the Spider-Man world?

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