Last month, we reported that Sony is hosting sneak preview events across the country for The Amazing Spider-Man tomorrow. We'll have a full report on that event tomorrow, but in the meantime, a new interview has surfaced with director Marc Webb, who insists his film is not a remake of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.
"That's part of the untold story certainly. It's really important for us to be able to communicate that this isn't a remake of Sam Raimi's movie. There's a new territory, there's a new villain, it's a different Peter Parker."
The filmmaker also talked about why he went with Gwen Stacy as the primary female character, instead of Mary Jane Watson.
"We've seen Mary Jane. I also think that Gwen Stacy is a young scientifically minded woman who's super smart, maybe even a little bit smarter than Peter at times. I like that dynamic, that there was a rivalry between the two of them in some way. And I think Emma and Andrew's chemistry really describes that in a fun, very intimate way."
"There's this trickster quality we were very keen on exploring, with that humor and that fun and that wisecracking stuff. We wanted to keep that alive, but we wanted it to be realistic. We wanted that humor to come from a real place. My aim was to create a world where you could feel all those emotions. There are certainly darker, more intense feelings in this movie. There is betrayal, there is tragedy, but there's also humor and romance. So it's a very complex bouquet of emotions, but what you have to tread on is what feels authentic and what feels real, and you have to earn those different emotions. There are moments of furiousness and gravity, absolutely. But are there moments of humor and levity and whimsy? Absolutely. Andrew was really great. He used this term to describe Peter Parker in Spider-Man and Spider-Man in particular: he's a trickster. He was like 'How would Spider-Man web this guy? He'd give him a wedgy or he'd do some awful graffiti.' There's a punk rock quality to Peter Parker that's really irreverent and fun and that's something that Andrew embodies in a way that we haven't seen before. Certainly the materials that have come out have a darker sentiment or there's a darker projection, but we're very keen on staying loyal to the humor of Spider-Man."