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Countdown to Spider-Man: Meet The Lizard, Plus Director Marc Webb Explains His Take

Today's Amazing Spider-Man panel builds off of yesterday's Dr. Connors panel and introduces us to The Lizard, or at least, his claw. Take a look at today's panel below (click on it for a larger version) and then scroll down for a peek at our exclusive 1-on-1 interview with director Marc Webb. You can read the full interview over on Movies.com.

Now that you've met The Lizard's claw, check out a brief snippet of our exclusive 1-on-1 interview with director Marc Webb and our resident Spider-Man fanatic Sean O'Connell:

Summer 2012 likely will be remembered as “The Summer of the Superhero Blockbusters.” The Avengers keeps setting new box-office records. The industry’s bracing for the seismic shock Christopher Nolan’s about to administer with this third and final Batman movie. Only in a summer such as this could a brand-new Spider-Man movie (with a coveted July 4 release date) fly relatively under the radar. 

Well, that’s about to change. The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters on a wave of positive reviews (75% on Rotten Tomatoes as we speak), opening in 2D, 3D and IMAX screens on July 3. Yet with a Spider-Man gig comes great power, great responsibility, and a whole lot of griping from a dedicated fanbase who don’t understand why they need to see the origin story again. 

Marc Webb understands. And the 500 Days (of Summer) director hopes his new movie answers the detractors hesitant about a reboot. The filmmaker sat down with us in New York City, where we dug deep into the updates made to Spider-Man’s mythology, why he didn’t want the Green Goblin as his villain, the reason it isn’t “too soon” for a franchise reboot, and much more. Here’s Marc Webb:

Movies.com: In theory, I should be your worst nightmare for a movie like this. When it comes to Spider-Man, I’m “Comic Book Guy” from The Simpsons, nitpicking every little detail and poking holes through every effort. “Worst. Spider-Man. Movie. Ever.” 

Marc Webb: Oh, really?

Movies.com: Yeah. But only with Spider-Man. Because I care. Deeply. He’s mine. 

Webb: You’re a Spider-Man fan from the early comics? You started there? 

Movies.com: Absolutely. I collected four Spider-Man books as a kid. Bagged and boxed each issue. It was bad. So I cherish this material. With all of that said, I love your movie. I love your take on my beloved character … 

Webb: Wow, thank you!

Movies.com: But what puzzles me is that you do make changes to the mythology. The origin is different. Yet because I think you got the tone of the characters right, the little changes to mythology details didn’t bother me nearly as much as they did in the Sam Raimi trilogy. 

Webb: That’s interesting. And here’s the thing. What I think Sam and Tobey [Maguire] did, and brilliantly, is that they were pretty loyal to the aesthetic of the early [Steve] Ditko / [Stan] Lee comics. I wasn’t trying to recreate a comic book or a panel, though there are certainly references to that throughout the movie. There are certain poses in the movie of Spider-Man that I was really interested in paying homage to. 

I just wanted to create a world that felt natural. And tone is a very tricky thing to talk about because it can mean so many different things to so many different people. But I wanted, when the audience walked out of the theater, for them to recognize the world. I didn’t want it to be stylized. I wanted it to be naturalistic and real. And that comes in through the environments, and it comes in through the performances. I think a lot of it is about the actors that you choose. A lot of it has to do with the environments that you shoot in. And a lot of it is about the emotional consequences of the story you are telling. Of course, you try to do something grounded, and then you have a 9-foot lizard running around New York. [Laughs] That’s a tricky thing. 

For me, I’m a big Spider-Man fan, but I’m a bigger fan of Peter Parker. That was the entrance-point for me, finding this kid who we could all relate to. He has trouble talking to girls. He has chores to do. When I think of Spider-Man, that’s what I’m most loyal to.

Read the rest of the interview over on Movies.com and follow along on Twitter @Moviesdotcom.

 

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