Marc Webb recalls offer to first helm Spider-Man

Marc Webb

Marc Webb

Marc Webb thought it was "crazy" when he was approached by Sony to helm the 'Spider-Man' films.

Marc Webb thought it was "crazy" when he was first offered the chance to direct 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.

The 39-year-old filmmaker - who was recently confirmed to helm Andrew Garfield in the third instalment of the superhero franchise - was initially surprised when he was approached by Sony boss, Amy Pascal, to make a remake of Sam Raimi's 2002 film 'Spider-Man'.

Talking at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, in Austin, Texas, he told the audience: "I thought it was crazy."

Pascal responded to his hesitations by saying: "Honey, you can't turn down Spider-Man."

Webb wants the film franchise to be "fantastic" and "big", in keeping with how children feel when they read about the Marvel superhero, who was first created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko.

He added: "I'm going to embrace the spectacle. There was a moment deep in the [first film's] post-production process where a giant lizard smashed through a wall chasing a boy-man in a unitard and I said, 'This is not grounded. I'm not going to be beholden to smallness. I want it to be fantastic, to be big, to command and express that feeling when you're a kid and reading the comics.' I didn't want to hide or shy away from that."

The Amazing Spider-Man

  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Marc Webb
  • Written by: Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves
  • Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
  • UK release: 3 July 2012

This spin-off from the Spider-Man franchise explores the story of young Peter Parker as he struggles to come to terms with being abandoned by his parents and his early confrontations with Dr Curt Connors' giant lizard. Director Webb and star Garfield breathe new life into this Marvel favourite.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 142 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Marc Webb
  • Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan
  • UK release: 16 April 2014

Peter Parker (Garfield) goes up against new supervillains Electro (Foxx) and Harry Osborn (DeHaan). Garfield and Stone have enormous chemistry, Foxx and DeHaan bring complexity and pathos, and the rebooted franchise continues to capture the original character's wise-cracking energy in a way that the Raimi trilogy didn't.


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