Rumours are flying faster than the speed of light concerning the sequel to this year’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, with talk of Jamie Foxx cast as Electro etc. In an interview with Collider Webb has spoken about the future of the franchise in terms of villains, Oscorp, a new suit, and the story that will link the trilogy together. Webb said the story with the parents…:
…is the long shadow that’s cast over the three films. I want these films to have a serialized component, and there’s a slow burn to that. I need to leave some juice for the second movie. That was one of the more exciting things about creating Spider-Man, was that I could create more than one and there was a serialized component to it.
was Webb’s first effort at a huge mega-blockbuster, and so he believes he has learned a lot from his experiences on the first film.
We’re taking it one at a time. I think one of the things I’ve learned… There are a lot of things that are harder than it seems, like designing the suit, for example. We’re doing some revising on that. We’re making some cool improvements on the suit. Just how it was surprising to me when I made (500) Days of Summer it was completely under the radar, you know what I mean? There were no paparazzi around snapping pictures of the set. As we were shooting the movie, you realize just how big and curious the audience is for Spider-Man, how everybody feels a sense of ownership. And it’s really wonderful! That curiosity is pretty fantastic and inspiring, just to see how much people care about the character. It was staggering. It was overwhelming.
Webb also divulged some information on how Oscorp is operating as the shady organisation behind everything that happens in the latest series:
When I was thinking about the universe as a whole—and I talked about this with [screenwriter] Jamie Vanderbilt way back in the day—that all crazy stuff in this universe emerges from Oscorp. Oscorp predates Spider-Man and Peter Parker. His parents were involved in some way. And Oscorp represents… The building itself, there was something iconic about it. To me it’s like the Tower of Babel, which is this testament to man’s hubris. Peter’s relationship will evolve with it over time. That was really one of the central components, one of the pieces that tied all these stories together, this relationship with Oscorp.
Most importantly, Webb confirmed the use of Electro as the main antagonist, and also reported on how far along the sequel was in terms of production.
I think Electro is an incredibly visual, exciting, dangerous villain. There is a lot of appealing stuff that is going to happen as the world emerges. The script’s done. We’re doing little tweaks here and there for characters and locations. But it’s done and it’s fantastic. I feel really, really good about it.
I’m finding it hard to get excited by another Spider-Man film. Just him on his own fighting another villain just doesn’t do it for me anymore now that we have large interconnecting stories and superhero team-ups. If they get the emotional connection right in regards to Peter’s parents and his relationship with Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson, then perhaps it can set itself apart.
is released on DVD and Blu-ray on 26th November. It stars Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, and Emma Stone.