As the press tour for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicks off in earnest (see more later this week on Newsarama!), director Marc Webb’s first deep interview about the upcoming movie went to The Daily Beast. While the interview talks about things like multiple villains, the new take on Harry Osborn, and the chemistry between stars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), the real news is that Webb will not be directing the already-scheduled The Amazing Spider-Man 4, due for a May 4, 2018 release. Webb will direct the third film, due June 10, 2016, and would “like to be involved as a consultant” beyond that.
Previously, Sony has talked about The Amazing Spider-Man as a largely stand-alone film, while 2, 3, and 4 are meant to be a true trilogy with a larger through line, making the early announcement somewhat of a surprise. Still, committing over six years to one franchise is nothing to be sneezed at.
As for the film he is putting out next, while much has been made of the villains, Webb says the movie is “about Peter and Gwen,” and that relationship “is the central engine of the film.” As has been hinted, OsCorp is the connecting piece of all the villains, but Webb downplays the roles of Rhino and even Green Goblin in the movie.
”Electro’s really the main villain in the movie. Rhino makes a brief appearance,” Webb said. And of Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn going Green Goblin as seen in the trailer, he simply teased, “Yeah. There will be some ‘creature of the night’ popping up.” Webb did say that his take on Harry has more of a brotherly relationship with Peter (MILD SPOILERS INCOMING!), with the pair “bound by the loss of their fathers and their abandonment issues,” confirming the mild spoiler that Norman is dead or dies in the movie. (End Spoilers)
For this film, Webb said he really wanted to capture the “bombastic thrill and spectacle” of Spider-Man. After the first film’s storyline, he said, he had some desire to get away from the “grounded” style. “During the post-production process of the first movie, I thought, ‘I don’t know if grounded is the right thing for Spider-Man.’ The first movie is terrestrial, but with this one, I was like, ‘f*** it, I want to go for a ride.’”
Check out the rest of the interview at the link above for a look back at Webb’s film career so far.