Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb knows he has some big shoes to fill, following up Sam Raimi's recent blockbuster trilogy of Spidey films. That's why he's not thinking so much about what worked in the past, and is instead focusing on telling a different type of story.
"It's really important for us to be able to communicate that this isn't a remake of Sam Raimi's movie," Webb told Latino Review. "There's a new territory, there's a new villain, it's a different Peter Parker."
Rebooting a hit franchise is always tricky business. Doing it just five years after the last film in the franchise was released? That takes some guts.
It all starts with Peter Parker himself, Webb said, and he couldn't be happier with Andrew Garfield's take on the character. The new flick is shooting for a "punk rock" Spidey, which sounds a little odd, but Webb seems to know what he's aiming for.
"We wanted that humor to come from a real place," he said. "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 ... there are moments of furiousness and gravity, absolutely. But are there moments of humor and levity and whimsy? Absolutely ... 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."
The initial promo shots that have come out do seem to echo Webb's sentiment, and it also puts that semi-faux-hawk Garfield is always sporting into perspective.