I was among the many scratching their heads at the promise of an “untold story” in The Amazing Spider-Man, a movie that’s almost obligated to lay out a tale anyone over the age of seven knows. But, a plot synopsis from the movie’s official site hinted at something that, while not untold in the world of comics, hasn’t come out on screen thus far.
A recent interview conducted with Empire (via CBM) sees Marc Webb reiterating that approach, all while expanding upon some of the themes and giving us peeks at the action. (Because he was going to publicly say, “No, we’re just kind of selling you the same thing again.”) The meatiest quote on the plot can be read below:
“It’s not a remake, we’re not making Sam’s movie again. It’s a different universe and a different story with different characters. There are certain mythological obligations people have in any story, but it’s so radically different in terms of tone and what Peter Parker experiences that I’m very comfortable with the movie occupying a different space. The movie starts off pretty small and gradually merges into something that’s more fantastic and vibrant and filled with scope. I wanted to start from a place where it felt like, if you walked into the theatre, that it was the same universe you lived in. Which is difficult when you have a giant lizard running down the street…”
That Lizard, played by the wonderful Rhys Ifans, is described by Webb as both “a big bully” and “the literal embodiment of the theme of the movie, which is we all have a missing piece”; an arm, in his unfortunate case.
But, for better or for worse, most of us go to a movie like The Amazing Spider-Man for bright-colored fun, and that’s what we’ll be getting in large doses. Empire’s report describes three scenes, all of which feature Andrew Garfield doing the Peter Parker thing — swinging — and the final of those even featured an “excellently staged fight” with cops and the Lizard. In terms of how we’ll get to that point, Webb summed up the movie’s structure as something that “starts off pretty small and gradually merges into something that’s more fantastic and vibrant and filled with scope.”
And, although he claims this will be more intimate than what Raimi did over the course of a trilogy, one of his primary reasons for making this “was to [frick]ing blow shit up, swing through the air and kick some ass.” Just deliver us a good movie along with that, and we’ll be crystal.
Written by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, and Steve Kloves, The Amazing Spider-Man also stars Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field, and will open on July 3rd, 2012.
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