Why Amazing Spider-Man director thinks his hero is kind of a bully

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Dec 17, 2012

The first few clips and trailers from the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man have shown us a different take on Peter Parker, including his snarky side. Director Marc Webb says that's what he was aiming for, because his Spidey is actually a bit of a bully.

In an interview with MTV, Webb was asked about a recent clip that shows Spidey toying with a mugger, pinning him up against the wall with some well-placed web shots. If you thought he was being kind of mean, turns out you were right.

"I think it comes down to everything having to emerge from a real place. The reason why Spider-Man is being so playful in that moment is that as a character, he's feeling drunk on his power. He's having a really good time. He's becoming a bit of a bully there. He's not being deeply altruistic, and that's something you'll learn more about when you see the movie," he said. "It's a reflection of his attitude: He puts that mask on and the shy kid is gone. He's now this really empowered superhero. That means having fun, sometimes at other people's expense. ... You get to see and do whatever you want without any personal consequences. There's a danger to that ... but there's a thrill to it too."

It makes sense, in a way, that geeky Peter Parker might go a little crazy when presented with his spider powers. Webb said he believes its how most people would act out, which is what makes the character so relatable.

"[W]hat stayed with me and haunted me was the idea that this character is so intensely relatable: He's a superhero who's just a kid. He's not a billionaire, not an alien. His normal identity is so ordinary in so many ways, and so relatable, and that's something about Marvel that I always liked," he said. "They made the teenagers the superheroes: the X-Men and Spider-Man, whereas [teens] were just the sidekicks in DC Comics. I think it was at a time in your life when you're starting to access these stories and mythologies that make the wish-fulfillment component much more intense. I know I have a 17-year-old boy trapped inside of me forever, and that's something with an instant appeal."

The Amazing Spider-Man opens on July 3.

Sound off: Do you think Webb's webslinger will be more relatable that Sam Raimi's version?

(via MTV)