Andrew Garfield joined Emma Stone and producers Ari Arad and Matthew Tolmach for a Tokyo press conference yesterday. The big news was that Sony’s reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man will make it’s debut in Japan on June 30th – several days before the July 3rd US release. What’s up with that, Hollywood?
That was hardly the only info revealed during the nearly hour-long discussion of all things Spidey. The stars also gave us a more intimate look at the film’s plot. There are no overt spoilers ahead, but if you want to see the film without knowing anything about it, you’ll want to skip the next few paragraphs.
Ari Arad explained what makes this new Spider-Man different from the Sam Raimi films of a few years ago by stating that “In our movie, [Peter] finds his true love. Gwen Stacy 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.”
Arad wasn’t done there, though – the producer also revealed more about the relationship between the two characters and how Dr. Connors, aka The Lizard, fits into the mix.
“We introduce our villain, Dr. Connors, 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.”
Star Andrew Garfield spoke a bit about the film’s special effects (it appears as though the Japanese press got a sneak peek at some of the footage), stating that director Marc Webb focused on using as many practical effects as possible.
“As you can see, a lot of the stunts are practical and grounded in reality. That was something that Marc, 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.”
That may well be the most interesting thing to come out of the entire press conference. CGI has become a major factor in films – and while the things a computer can create are certainly impressive, we’re big fans of practical effects and like to see them used whenever possible. There will be plenty of CGI in Spider-Man – and we’d imagine it will be excellent -- but it would be nice to see a mixture of the two forms to give some of the scenes a more realistic feel.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg – check out the full 52-minute video below for more details on The Amazing Spider-Man. Expect your favorite neighborhood web-slinger to climb into theaters on July 3rd.