GARFIELD Suggests Studio Cuts Led to AMAZING 2 Woes, VENOM Will Be Dark, S.H.I.E.L.D. Upped by 3?

Andrew Garfield on the set of Amazing Spider-Man 2
Andrew Garfield on the set of Amazing Spider-Man 2
Credit: Sony Pictures

Didn’t like Amazing Spider-Man 2? Actor Andrew Garfield feels you, bro.

Garfield, who starred as the titular character in this summer’s (domestically) disappointing tentpole, spoke out about studio interference, which he suggests compromised the non-so-well-received sequel.

In an aside during a Daily Beast interview promoting his upcoming film 99 Homes, the young actor pointed out multiple factors that might have contributed to the dour response to the film compared to previous outings.

“For me, I read the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it,” Garfield says. “There was this thread running through it. I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it—because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related. Once you start removing things and saying, ‘No, that doesn’t work,’ then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.”

Garfield stated there is number of scenes filmed that didn’t make the theatrical cut, but in the recent home media release these scenes weren’t included. Back in May a number of fans started a petition for a “director’s cut” release of Amazing Spider-Man 2, but nothing has been said by the studio about anything along those lines.

Garfield goes on to describe him grappling with the negative reviews Amazing Spider-Man 2 received, and about taking a “postmortem” measure of the film and what went wrong.

“What are the people actually saying? What’s underneath the complaint, and how can we learn from that?,” elaborated the actor. “We can’t go, ‘Oh God, we f**ked up because all these people are saying all these things. It’s s**t.’ We have to ask ourselves, “What do we believe to be true?” Is it that this is the fifth Spider-Man movie in however many years, and there’s a bit of fatigue? Is it that there was too much in there? Is it that it didn’t link? If it linked seamlessly, would that be too much? Were there tonal issues? What is it? I think all that is valuable. Constructive criticism is different from people just being dicks, and I love constructive criticism. Hopefully, we can get underneath what the criticism was about, and if we missed anything.”

Sony have already announced a third and a fourth Amazing Spider-Man films, as well as three spin-off films centering on the Sinister Six, Venom, and an unspecified female character.

Credit: Marvel Comics

And speaking of Venom, the writer/director of the Venom movie, Alex Kurtzman, recently spoke out about the upcoming film while promoting the television series Scorpion (not related to the Spider-Man villain), which he produces. MTV has a report from the event, with comments by the multi-faceted movie man.

The movie, which Deadline has reported as being titled Venom Carnage, is said by Kurtzman to be “the representation of every line that will get crossed,” saying that Venom is “a much darker character” than Spider-Man. The writer/director explained that doing Venom allows him to take more chances with a story than he would if working on Spider-Man.

Although Kurtzman isn’t tied into the main Amazing Spider-Man movie franchise or its forthcoming sequel, when asked about the prospects of that franchise the noted scribe was very positive.

“I think as long as it keeps staying true to character, and true to who Peter is, and putting him in interesting and complicated situations, it’ll survive,” said Kurtzman. “Because it’s so beloved – everybody loves Spider-Man.”

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Expanding the Scooby Gang?

Marvel Studios has released an official cast photo for the upcoming second season of ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and while fans already knew the show was adding a lot of new recurring cast members, the new image suggests perhaps Director Coulson's core team for the new S.H.I.E.L.D. could be growing by three.

Credit: ABC/Marvel Studios

Joining all the returning featured cast members in the photo are B.J. Britt as Agent Triplett, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter, and Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mac" Mackenzie.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 23 at its new 9:00 p.m. ET timeslot.

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