Marvel fans, your attention please:
We know there are more than a few of you who are voicing concerns about the revamping of the Spider-Man franchise. We're hearing things like, "It's too soon!" "Who cares?" "It won't be any different than the last trilogy!"
Ah, but there is the rub, friends. It IS going to be different than the escapades of Tobey Maguire and Co. Perhaps even VASTLY different. To prove that, producer Avi Arad and our new Spidey Andrew Garfield talked about the differences at a recent press conference for the film in Tokyo.
As a producer, Avi was happy to explain that plot wise, this film will … oh wait a tick! We should probably issue a SPOILER ALERT right now. Some pivotal plot points are going to be discussed from here on out, so if you don't want to know, then you should probably go!
Anyway, where were we? Oh yeah… So, Avi told the Japanese press that the movie kind of follows its own version of Peter Parker's history, one more seen in the comics than in the films. He explains:
“In our movie, [Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker] finds his true love. Gwen Stacy [Emma Stone] was always the true love of Peter Parker… We found a very, very good story about what makes a human being. About what sets their destiny.
… We introduce our villain, Dr. Connors [Rhys Ifans], and in the great tradition of Marvel, Dr. Connors is going to be connected to Peter Parker and, in our case even more interesting, to Gwen Stacy. Right there, the challenge of having to deal with a villain who is a mentor and the only one who you can look at and say, ‘So what really happened to my dad?’ That’s a very hard person to fight.”
Then, after the film was screened for the press (damn!), Andrew chimed in about the plot, talking more specifically about how Peter Parker's journey into a superhero evolves in this movie. He adds:
“As you can see, a lot of the stunts are practical and grounded in reality. That was something that Marc [Webb], the director, really wanted to make sure happened in this movie to set it apart from previous ones… I would exhaust myself every day and get into near-death experiences every hour on the hour.
I collaborated with [the stunt team] not only on the big stunt set-pieces but also on what happens to Peter’s body when he gets bitten. What happens to his DNA and how that effects the way he moves and the way he interacts with objects. The idea that he has spider DNA running in his system. What that will do to his sense of space. What that will do to the sensitivity of his skin. To have an opportunity to play in that forum with creative and talented people was a real opportunity and gift.”
Sounds like fans might be in for a real treat with this one, if they open their minds to accepting the differences.
What do U think? Will this flick be as good as the previous ones?